Can Hashtags Create Jobs?

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Sept. 13 2011 5:31 PM

Can Hashtags Create Jobs?

Before the August recess, Republicans talked about bringing back the Balanced Budget Amendment in the fall. It would be a prominent campaign. It would have to be, because John Boehner promised his conference that they'd get a guns-a-blazin' BBA campaign if they backed the debt deal.

And then Congress returned. The economy was still lousy. The president was making a much-mocked "pivot to jobs" that, despite the jokes, became the conversation in Washington. How to respond?

You respond by tweeting that the Balanced Budget Amendment is about jobs.

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America Speaking Out is the web site Republicans created in 2010 to crowdsource a pledge to voters; the new campaign begins with a re-run of the GOP's two-month-old video for a new BBA, which was originally released to promote the BBA as part of Cut, Cap, and Balance. The executive branch doesn't get to have a monopoly on pivots!

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.