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Boehner & McConnell: What? Jobs? Who? US?!?!

The November elections were, according to John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, a direct mandate from the American people that the NUMBER ONE PRIORITY for Republicans in Washington is “jobs, jobs, jobs.”

I guess they’re … uhhh … they’re getting around to it.

Yeah, that’s the ticket.

But instead of giving Americans what they want, Democratic leaders plan to use the last few days that lawmakers expect to spend in Washington this year focusing on everything EXCEPT creating jobs, which will cost us even more jobs. They’re wasting time with immigratio­n, a repeal of the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ a reorganiza­tion of the FDA, more environmen­tal regulation­s — anything they can find to keep from addressing the jobs issue.” — Mitch McConnell, November 20, 2010
  • Number of jobs bills presented by Mitch McConnell since November 20, 2010: ZERO
  • Number of jobs bills presented by any Republican in Congress since November 20, 2010: ZERO
  • Bills proposed by Republican­s in Congress since November 20, 2010:
    • Dedication of 2 U.S. Post offices
    • Declaratio­n of 5 official state fish
    • Declaratio­n of 9 official state flowers
    • Reversal of the incandesce­nt light bulb energy efficiency standard
    • 29 attempts to repeal the health care law
    • 11 attempts to reinforce the Defense of Marriage Act
    • 18 anti-gay amendments
    • 26 formal filibuster­s against Democrat proposals
    • and 49 attempts to insert anti-abort­ion bills amendments into other bills that have nothing whatsoever to do with abortion.

… anything they can find to keep from addressing the jobs issue.”

It’s time for us to stop all the rhetoric, roll up our sleeves and get to work creating as many jobs for Americans as possible … millions of jobs for millions of jobless Americans. It is not the job of the President of the United States to create jobs. It’s up to Congress to do that. It’s not hard to do. You just have to want to do it.” — John Boehner, November 4, 2010.
  • Number of jobs bills presented for vote by John Boehner since November 4, 2010: ZERO.
  • Number of jobs bills presented for vote by any Republican since November 4, 2010: ZERO.
  • Bills proposed by Republican­s in Congress since November 20, 2010:
    • 3 bills to eliminate the federal government’s presidential financing system
    • The Security and Victory in Iraq Act of 2007 seeking a 19% increase in “supportive supplemental funding” for federal contractors in Iraq
    • 22 bills to revise the official rules of the House of Representatives to allow for Republican deviations from established procedures
    • 11 bills to revise and/or improve privileges afforded to members of the House of Representatives
    • 14 bills to ban tax-funded abortions
    • 6 bills to eliminate federal medical supply subsidies for abortion clinics
    • 3 bills to modify the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 by reducing benefits and extending the retirement age
    • 1 bill to call for all Republicans in the House of Representatives to read the United States Constitution aloud, on the House floor while in session, in its entirety, for no particularly stated goal or purpose.

But not one single jobs bill.

… You just have to want to do it.

Posted by Gary St. Lawrence at July 19, 2011 4:17 PM
Comments
Comment #326102

Gary, what in your opinion is a Jobs Bill? Would that possibly be a bill containing funding for more deficit spending to create jobs?

The attempts to drastically cut spending, to not authorize new spending, and to balance our budget is perhaps the best “job” creating legislation that could possibly be passed.

Posted by: Royal Flush at July 19, 2011 5:38 PM
Comment #326103

Royal Flush, exactly what did you think Boehner and McConnell and all the rest of the teabaggers intended when they all campaigned on the “JOBS JOBS JOBS” platform?

Were they going to propose bills containing funding for more deficit spending to create jobs?

Every last swingin’ one of ‘em swore they were going to create jobs because the Democrats failed to do so.

So exactly how were *THEY* going to do it?

And you’d better do a little research on exactly what that “balanced budget amendment” would force the fed to do every single year.

Posted by: Gary St. Lawrence at July 19, 2011 5:45 PM
Comment #326104

And stop trying to change the subject Royal.

I gave you completely spin-free facts that both Boehner and McConnell said it was *THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO CREATE JOBS* and that they’ve criticized Democrats for acting on bills other than jobs bills, and yet haven’t proposed a single bill yet that has ANYTHING to do with job creation or recapture.

Hypocrisy doesn’t vanish just because you refuse to acknowledge it.

Posted by: Gary St. Lawrence at July 19, 2011 5:47 PM
Comment #326108

Royal Flush,

“The attempts to drastically cut spending, to not authorize new spending, and to balance our budget is perhaps the best “job” creating legislation that could possibly be passed.”

Just the other day, you cited and quoted an article in the NYTs that pointed out that cuts in expenditures or increases in taxes to reduce the deficit will have an adverse impact on the economy and jobs. There may be a debate about which will the least negative impact, but it is the clear from all the economists cited in your article that any deficit reduction effort will negatively impact jobs in a weak private sector economy.

There may be an argument that reducing the deficit now will have a positive long term effect on the economy. However, it is disingenuous to argue that it will address the current job problem. It will only exacerbate it.


Posted by: Rich at July 19, 2011 6:33 PM
Comment #326111

Rich writes; “Just the other day, you cited and quoted an article in the NYTs that pointed out that cuts in expenditures or increases in taxes to reduce the deficit will have an adverse impact on the economy and jobs.”

You should read that article again Rich and this time while you are awake with your political hat on the rack rather than on your head. Spending cuts will have less negative impact on jobs than tax increases. Since dear leader counts “jobs created and jobs saved” as identical, where’s the argument? The article doesn’t address jobs after 2 years of either taxing or cutting. I believe the jobs will increase much faster in the period following two years by cutting spending.

The Left is wrong about the affect on jobs of tax increases in the first two years and most likely wrong about the jobs affect after two years of tax increases. Can you argue convincingly that higher taxes produce more private sector jobs?

This is from that NY Times article I linked.


“The monetary fund study reported that a 1 percent fiscal consolidation achieved primarily through tax increases reduced economic activity by 1.3 percent over two years, while an identical consolidation driven primarily by spending cuts reduced activity by 0.3 percent.

“It’s coming to be accepted wisdom that it’s better to have spending cuts than tax increases,” said Alan Auerbach, an economics professor at the University of California, Berkeley.”

Posted by: Royal Flush at July 19, 2011 8:03 PM
Comment #326112

Royal Flush,

I don’t mind a contrary point of view. However, cherry picking a quote from the article and implying that the consensus of the article was that spending cuts have a less negative effect upon the economy and jobs is deliberately deceptive. The very point of the article is that there is no consensus other than deficit reduction at this time will have negative impacts on jobs and the economy. See, Ireland if you disagree.

As for your belief that spending cuts will have immediate positive effects on jobs, that is your belief but it is not shared by the majority of economists, conservative or liberal.

But then again, economics is truly the dismal science. Nobody predicted in 1991 that we would have a surplus in 1999-2001. Nobody predicted in 2001 that we would have a huge deficit problem in 2009. Why? Because nobody had a good handle on the future performance of the economy and the relationship between federal fiscal and Federal Reserve monetary policy and the economy. It is truly the wild card in the equation.

In my opinion, it would be wise for both sides of this issue to step back a little and realize that we are dealing with a complex problem that doesn’t have simple answers. The avoidance by conservatives of offering any policy proposals or legislation to improve the job situation and stimulate the economy is not just disappointing but an abrogation of their responsibility.

Posted by: Rich at July 19, 2011 8:44 PM
Comment #326116

Its against Republican Principles for government to actually help the common man. Republicans believe the Free Market should be free to decide who gets a job or not.

Posted by: Aldous at July 20, 2011 4:38 AM
Comment #326126


We should keep in mind that many on the right side of the argument feel secure in their jobs and their possessions. They believe that they can maintain their security even if conditions were to deteriorate to conditions as bad as the Great Depression.

During the Great Depression, more than half the population still had their jobs; half of them felt secure and a large percentage of them voted against Roosevelt and the New Deal.

Posted by: jlw at July 20, 2011 11:43 AM
Comment #326138

Gary
Please, without all the partisan hate, could you tell us how Republicans think is the best way to create jobs?

Posted by: kctim at July 20, 2011 4:59 PM
Comment #326139
kctim: “Please, without all the partisan hate, could you tell us how Republicans think is the best way to create jobs?”

I’d love to. But, so far, not one single Republican has given the slightest indication of how they intend to do it.

If you’re okay with vague, inspecific, grandiose-sounding, empty buzzword-laden statements about “what we need to do” without ever hearing HOW it will be done, then I’d say you’re in a political paradise right now.

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