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January 27, 2011

THEY'RE BOUND TO GET TO JOBS EVENTUALLY, RIGHT?.... The midterm election cycle really wasn't that long ago. It was recent enough for congressional Republicans to remember that they did well by running around asking questions like, "Where are the jobs?"

Job creation and economic growth remain the dominant issue on the minds of voters, though the GOP seems to have lost sight of public priorities with surprising speed.

The very first issue tackled by the new House GOP majority was, of course, gutting the health care system, despite the fact that their legislation has no chance at passing, and despite the fact that their proposal would hurt job creation. For their second major initiative, Republicans chose abortion.

Last week, the Republican Study Committee announced one of its top new goals is using federal power to restrict marriage rights in the District of Columbia -- remember, they hate overbearing federal intervention in local affairs, except when they don't -- and this week the House GOP leadership announced yet another priority.

New House Speaker John A. Boehner formally endorsed a bill Wednesday to revive and expand the school voucher program for the District of Columbia, calling it "a model for similar programs throughout our country."

Yes, Boehner loathes spending taxpayer money, unless it's going to pay for private school tuition.

I'm curious -- when, exactly, might we see Republicans work on creating jobs? After tackling health care, abortion, gay marriage, and school vouchers, maybe then the GOP might care about unemployment?

Honestly, this is getting a little silly. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) wrote an op-ed last week on "economic policy," and literally didn't mention jobs at all. There were two Republican responses to the State of the Union address, and neither one presented specific ideas about job creation. The Republican Study Committee has an economic plan of sorts, and it's intended to deliberately but more Americans out of work.

Can anyone, anywhere, actually describe the Republican plan to reduce unemployment? The White House's plan is significantly easier to identify.

The GOP is offering nothing on the public's Issue One (jobs), while Obama is calling for spending on construction, education and energy.

In March, John Boehner asked, "When are we going to address the number one issue on the minds of our fellow citizens? When are we going to focus on the economy and getting people back to work?"

I don't know, John, when are we?

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They extended the Bush tax cuts. In their minds that equals job creation. Their job is done adn they can move on to the important pavlovian votes to get their base salivating for 2012.

Posted by: thorin-1 on January 27, 2011 at 1:39 PM | PERMALINK

Am I the only person that thinks Boehner does not have a clue as to what is going on - when asked about jobs last week, his reply 'You're asking me?'
and the fact that he puts Ryan in sole charge of our money, he does not take responsibility. I hope someone puts him on the spot.
Sadly I do think he is good at two things, drinking with lobbyists and playing golf with lobbyists. That in a nutshell is Mr Boehner.

Posted by: j on January 27, 2011 at 1:43 PM | PERMALINK

Boner is just a pathetic orange hack, Good help us if the real freaks get in there ...

Posted by: neil b on January 27, 2011 at 1:44 PM | PERMALINK

..., and it's intended to deliberately but more Americans out of work.

I think you need another "t" in "but."

Can anyone, anywhere, actually describe the Republican plan to reduce unemployment?

Yes. They're going to actually initiate all those "death panels" they tried to scare us with last year---and thus decrease the surplus population by making people die from lack of health care. The rest of us? We're fodder for the concentration camps. It's called "decreasing unemployment by killing off the unemployed."

Posted by: S. Waybright on January 27, 2011 at 1:45 PM | PERMALINK

The Republican jobs program, pace Alan Grayson:
Don't become unemployed. And if you do become unemployed, die quickly.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on January 27, 2011 at 1:46 PM | PERMALINK

That's what I said when everyone was saying Obama's SOTU was centrist: what a laugh. Republicans have NEVER cared about jobs, ever. Bush created fewer than any other modern president. DId he care? Did they care?

Posted by: jjm on January 27, 2011 at 1:47 PM | PERMALINK

Perhaps as a counterpoint, you could explain the Democratic jobs program to me?

Posted by: TJ on January 27, 2011 at 2:02 PM | PERMALINK

I want to see, in full disclosure, the jobs creating policies these Republican "leaders" promised us on the campaign trail!

Where's the jobs John? Where's the jobs Mitch? Where's the beef dudes? -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on January 27, 2011 at 2:03 PM | PERMALINK

Oh please, jobs are so middle class.

Posted by: ComradeAnon on January 27, 2011 at 2:09 PM | PERMALINK

The GOPs plan for unemployment is to use it to win the White House and the Senate in 2012. For that to happen, unemployment must be as high as now or even higher. It is therefore in the GOP's interests to obstruct any measures that might reduce it. So that is what we should expect them to do.

Posted by: davidp on January 27, 2011 at 2:20 PM | PERMALINK

Increased education funding creates jobs. Maybe John Boehner realizes that, it's just he only realizes if it's in the form of government handouts to unaccountable private institutions

Posted by: mcc on January 27, 2011 at 2:21 PM | PERMALINK

for most of what we need to know about boner boy, see:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/matt-taibbi-the-crying-shame-of-john-boehner-20110105

Posted by: bigtuna on January 27, 2011 at 2:29 PM | PERMALINK

These are not serious people. Was as time when the position was respected and elected officials took the job seriously. Now the clown car pulls up to the curb and disgorges the latest collection of entertainers and graft specialists. The job of politicians is to get reelected , nothing more.

Posted by: John R on January 27, 2011 at 2:41 PM | PERMALINK

"In March, John Boehner asked, "When are we going to address the number one issue on the minds of our fellow citizens? When are we going to focus on the economy and getting people back to work?"

In 2010 when they beat Obama with the mantra: Mr. President, where are the jobs?"

They won't lift a finger to create any situation that would resemble a victory for Obama no matter how it impacts the country. nauseating...

Posted by: stevio on January 27, 2011 at 2:45 PM | PERMALINK

Two words: Jobs Fairy.

Posted by: pj in jesusland on January 27, 2011 at 2:46 PM | PERMALINK

Same old useless f*cking around from Republicans, with a dash of extra-crazy thrown in from the House teabagger loons. And to think, our taxes support these guys' salaries.

Posted by: June on January 27, 2011 at 2:48 PM | PERMALINK

Wow, do you think the GOP was lying about jobs, jobs, jobs when they ran in the last mid-term. I'm sure Krauthammer will be all over this terrible hypocrisy in tomorrow's WaPo Op-Ed.

Posted by: max on January 27, 2011 at 3:18 PM | PERMALINK

The problem with jobs is folks then have to pay taxes.

Since the GOP loathes taxes, why bother helping to spur the economy with such petty things as tax-paying jobs?

Got it?

Posted by: Tom Nicholson on January 27, 2011 at 3:22 PM | PERMALINK

Bigtuna - Thanks for the info about the Rolling Stone article -The Crying Shame of John Boehner, it was brilliant, I hope all take the opportunity to read it!

Posted by: j on January 27, 2011 at 3:27 PM | PERMALINK

Wow, do you think the GOP was lying about jobs, jobs, jobs when they ran in the last mid-term. I'm sure Krauthammer will be all over this terrible hypocrisy in tomorrow's WaPo Op-Ed.

Hahahah.The.Krout.was.o_ly.prete_di_g.to._e.mad..He.will._e._ack.to.right.wi_g._o_se_se.agai_.today.

Posted by: Michael on January 27, 2011 at 3:38 PM | PERMALINK

I'm curious -- when, exactly, might we see Republicans work on creating jobs?

They're working on a plan to create tons of new jobs right now. Many will be employed at new baton and cane factories to supply the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice. Put a hundred thousand new-hires out on the street flogging gays that try to enter city hall, women that even glance at an abortion clinic, liberal university professors, and people of non-pale skin tone who talk about registering to vote....and voila, lots of new jobs created.

Posted by: GringoNoraca on January 27, 2011 at 3:50 PM | PERMALINK

This is Day 24 since the GOP took control of the House. Where is their jobs creation plan?

Posted by: Seould on January 27, 2011 at 5:00 PM | PERMALINK

It's simple. More jobs, better economy, Obama wins.

Less jobs, worse economy, Obama loses.

Why would they try to succeed when their fortunes are wedded to failure?

Posted by: doubtful on January 27, 2011 at 5:16 PM | PERMALINK

To all those who believe that the Republicans merely have to ensure a rotten economy to win the Federal Trifecta in 2012 should remember a couple of things:
1) With control of the House of Representative, the Republicans now "own" the economy. THEY have to pass a budget. THEY have to allocate the funds in that budget. THEY are on record as wanting to know "where are the jobs?" and, if the economy doesn't improve substantially, they may live to regret those words. I don't believe the Republican leadership is so stupid as to think they can sit on their *sses for two years while the economy deteriorates or crashes and expect to win big in 2012. Although they might wish they could...
2) 2012 is a Presidential election year. There will be a much larger turn-out than during a mid-term election and the Republicans will need all the independent votes they can get. How many indpendent voters will support Republicans who have done nothing to get, or keep, the economy going?
Finally, with what is known at present about Rep. Ryan's "Roadmap", it's easy to see what would occur if major portions of it are enacted - economic collapse. Then there's the Teabaggers, seemingly aiming for a "Chapter 11" bankruptcy for the US without realizing what would actually happen if that DID happen. Republicans can try and distract their base with shiny objects but, even with a complaicent MSM, they can't hide a flailing economy from Democratic and independent voters. I could almost feel sorry for Boehner.
Almost...

Posted by: Doug on January 27, 2011 at 9:04 PM | PERMALINK

Oh Steve, you silly wabbit. Don't you know that gutting the social safety net and cutting taxes for the rich is what creates private-sector jobs? You must be listening to the lamestream media.

Posted by: ameshall on January 28, 2011 at 12:29 AM | PERMALINK

That Steve almost as good as Charlie the Greatest.Almost.

DEBT RESPONSIBILITY
Since 1980 three so-called Conservative presidents
have this record

Debt is 14,000 Billion.
Republicans created 12,000 of it.

9000 directly charged to the Big Three (Reagan 1700�Bush I 1300�Bush II 6000)
3000 charged indirectly as a result of their policies and actions.
Of that 3000�1000 Clinton paid in interest on their Debt
and 2000 Obama has paid for (Bush Tax cuts�Bush two wars-Bush Great Recession).

From 1945 to 1981, each President worked to pay off WWII Debt
and had it down to 907B

Reagan began the Conservative Spend and Borrow Let Our Kids Pay Tomorrow
via policies of intervention in foreign affairs�huge tax cuts for the rich
which reduce revenues�let Wall Street wealthy gamblers go unregulated.

Those three over 20 years created 99,000 net new jobs per month or just enough to cover new entries into the work force. Carter + Clinton created 222,000 per month over 12 years. From 1921 to 2003 the Republican presidents had more years in office but created only 800,000 jobs per year compared to Democratic presidents with 1,800,000. On each domestic issue the Democratic presidents have, by far, the best record. Republicans can run only on Values not Issues. Their ideology gave us the Great Depression and Great Recession. Exact same policies.

Will they ruin America? In 2011, they control the Major Corporations, Major Media, Wealth and Income. They had Total Control of our government for (2001-2006) six years and their belief in unrestricted Gambling came close to destroying the world's economy..

Their ideology, as in 1920s, created the Great Recession as a result of Housing Tsunami, and Financial Volcano. Cut taxes for the rich, increase money supply, lower interest rates and encourage gambling on Wall Street. That is why, since the Great Depression, they have been called the Country Club Party.
The new name is WSP Wall Street Party. Their true God has always been $$$$$$$$$$$. Their promotion of Values has been a diversionary tactic to keep attention off their failed Issues policies.
What have the done to improve the Standard of Living of the Middle Class???
They talk Values but do not live them. They are phonies. They support pathological liars. The worse the better. They worship Mush Dimbaugh and his 10,000 lies (documented) over 4,000 hours.

References: Google: clarence swinney + Identify a Republican + 82 Democrat Accomplishments---
+ Democrats create wealth and jobs + Reagan Firsts + Bush Waffles + Praise Clinton + Clinton Vs Reagan + Tax and Spend + Wreckonomics
comments welcome at cswinney2@triad.rr.com
facts-numbers not opinions

Posted by: clarence swinney on January 28, 2011 at 10:13 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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