Why, President Obama? Why would you say that? That's the first thing that came to mind when I read that you are willing to cut up the jobs bill into smaller pieces, assuming the bill fails to get a majority vote in the Senate.
Isn't the point of a vote to make Congress show their cards? At the end of the night, everyone should know exactly where everyone stands on the issue. It has already been said that the Republicans would not support the jobs bill, but you've just made it easier for them to vote "No" because they realize that you're willing to budge. Where is the pressure?
As of late, you've traveled across the nation challenging the GOP to act. Instead, you are now showing signs of weakness.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for working together, especially since you need the conservatives to pass anything. However, if you're trying to get the people to side with you and blatantly disagree with Republicans then you need to allow them to do what you know they are going to do and kill the bill.
Once they vote the jobs bill down then you can run around talking about how Congress failed to do what is best for the country. Once this fact has been established, and the people rally against the GOP, then you come back with other ideas to pass the bill. Hopefully, with public opinion on your side, you can open the door to enough Republicans to compromise with your plan.
Forgive my ignorance with all the details, but I do know that giving away your position before a vote is wrong and you shouldn't have done it.
If you intend to solve the economic problems we now face then you need to get tough. Don't just talk like a cowboy, but live it. Be strong and make the other side show their true colors. Be strong and fight for what you want. Being too flexible means that everyone will walk over you.
As I bring this letter to a close, I just want you to know that I appreciate what you've done, but you must do better. If you want the people to stand behind you, then you have to be willing stand up for yourself.