Our first priority is jobs!
Remember? That’s what Republicans said when they won control of the House in November. President Obama hadn’t done anything about jobs, they insisted, but they were going to make jobs their #1 priority.
What a joke! Republicans have been in control for six weeks now, and what have they done to create new jobs? NOTHING!
First, they passed repeal of America’s new health care reform law – which would actually kill tens of thousands of new jobs in the health industry.
Then they forced votes on renewing the Patriot Act and defunding the United Nations – neither of which had anything to do with jobs.
Now they’ve proposed $100 billion in cuts for this year, which would result in the loss of tens of thousands of more jobs – from air traffic controllers to meat inspectors to border guards.
And, when reminded by reporters that his drastic budget cuts would mean a dramatic loss of jobs, Speaker John Boehner’s only response was: “So be it.”
That sums up the Republican philosophy in a nutshell. As a result of their policies, millions of Americans will lose their jobs, lose their health care, maybe lose their homes.
But don’t look to Republicans for help. All they can say is: “So be it.”
That’s my parting shot for today.