So the president has thrown down the gauntlet: He wants his jobs bill to pass, or he will hold Congress accountable. He wants Republicans to explain what they will do to create jobs instead and get this economy moving again, because “independent economists” say his $447 billion jobs bill will increase GDP by 2 percent and will create hundreds of thousands if not millions of jobs. If they follow him and act aggressively, he won’t have to run against them (as Harry Truman did against the GOP in 1948) as the “do-nothing Congress.”

The riposte is simple: “We do not believe this will work. It will be $447 billion down the drain, which will follow the $863 billion in stimulus spending down the drain. Enough is enough.” You decide which is the better argument. Seems obvious to me.