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Job Killing For Dummies: Why the GOP is to Blame For the Lack of Jobs

ProudProgressive 2012/06/09 15:29:01
Job Killing For Dummies: Why the GOP is to Blame For the Lack of Jobs
By: Rmuse
June 9, 2012

It is not unusual during elections for candidates to cast aspersion on their rivals to portray them as unworthy of support, and Republicans have spent considerable time blaming President Obama for sluggish job growth. In fact, the GOP, and particularly Willard Romney, has assailed the President for not creating jobs they claim is only possible if the wealthy receive more tax cuts and the government goes on a deregulation frenzy. The GOP agenda has never changed in over thirty years, and despite the abject failure of their grand scheme to enrich "job creators" and their corporations, they persist in attempting to convince Americans that the policies that have failed time and time again are the only remedy to save the economy and spur full employment. Romney, in particular, assails the President for being "anti-business, anti-investment, and anti-job policies," but as usual, Romney lies.

It is important to remember that on Inauguration Day, a group of Republican leaders gathered to map out their plan to obstruct every one of the President's economic plans and they certainly followed through on their promises. Since the President has been in office, Republicans voted against the stimulus that created over 3 million jobs, infrastructure improvements, breaks for small businesses that hire new employees, all of the jobs bills, and any program to spur economic growth. Republicans, and Romney, claim that if the President had concentrated on job creation instead of the landmark healthcare reform bill, the economy would be in better shape than it is and Americans would be back to work. However, their obstructionist tactics have subverted any attempts to create jobs so their argument falls flat.

Yesterday the President pointed out that the private sector created 4.3 million jobs in the past 27 months, but highlighted there are problems with state and local governments that have suffered cuts from austerity measures that resulted in the public sector losing over 600,000 jobs. The President's stimulus package helped create and save millions of jobs as states received much needed federal relief, and if Republicans in Congress spent money for the public sector like they did during George W. Bush's administration, the unemployment rate would fall to 7.3% immediately. Remember too, that when Speaker John Boehner was informed that Republican budget cuts would eliminate 1.1 million jobs, he said "so be it." If the public sector added back the nearly million jobs lost to austerity measures, those workers would increase their spending that would create more private sector jobs and the unemployment numbers would drop significantly.

The Republican assertion that giving so-called job creators tax cuts creates jobs has been tested since Bush was president, and after they held unemployment benefit extensions and payroll tax cuts hostage for a two-year extension of Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy, jobs never materialized disproving their claim that tax-cuts create jobs. What creates jobs, according to business owners across the country, is not lower taxes or deregulation, but putting money into the economy as evidenced by the President's stimulus package. In fact, what Republicans are loath to mention is that the stimulus contained $275 billion in tax cuts for the middle class that they promptly spent boosting the economy and creating more jobs. Every Republican voted against the stimulus package that created over 3.1 million jobs making their "jobs a high priority" meme as false as their campaign pledge leading up to the 2010 midterm elections. It is part of the historical record that for the past year-and-a-half, Republicans have spent all their time creating religious edicts against women, same-sex marriage, and contraception instead of focusing on "jobs, jobs, jobs" they campaigned on with religious fervor.

If there is any blame for killing jobs in the past three years, it falls on Republicans in Congress and states who have worked tirelessly to slash social safety nets and shrink the government. By a large margin, Republicans voted against the Detroit auto industry bailout that saved hundreds-of-thousands of jobs and created 170,000 new ones, and yet they voted to give Wall Street $700 billion to rescue the people who decimated the world's economy and killed millions of American's jobs. Still, Republicans and Romney are parroting the canard that President Obama's policies are retarding job creation and restricting job creators from investing in America and it is time for the President to cease the niceties and place the blame where it belongs; on Republicans.

President Obama has taken the high road throughout his tenure with attempts at bipartisanship that voters said they expect from their representatives, but Republicans have conceded nothing for the past three years. Instead, they have blocked legislation to stimulate the economy and create jobs while complaining the wealthy need more tax breaks to invest in America. Taxes are their lowest rates in 60 years, government spending is at its lowest level since before Reagan was president, and still, Republicans want more for the wealthy and smaller government. Their policies have sent more Americans below the poverty line than any developed country except for Romania, and their Draconian spending cuts and budgets portend more job losses that will drive the economy into a deep recession. It is time for the President to talk to the American people and educate them why job growth is sluggish and exactly who is responsible.

The government cannot create full employment on its own, but it can boost employment in the public sector by investing in education, infrastructure, and small businesses that Republicans are intent on obstructing, and the public needs to understand the damage Republican cuts to government spending has on jobs and the economy. Republicans and their Mormon candidate for president have broadcast their intention to shrink government, give $10.7 trillion in tax cuts to the wealthy, privatize Medicare and Veterans benefits, and the results will be a country of unemployed peasants while the wealthy wallow in luxury. That is the message President Obama and Democrats must relate to the American people and with facts and data to back up their message, only fools, racists, religious fanatics, and hardline conservatives will support the destructive agenda Republicans are promoting as America's salvation.

The President has tried bipartisanship, negotiation, and concessions to move the country forward, and Republicans have not budged on their Draconian, government destroying agenda and, indeed, have ratcheted up their push to finish what Bush-Republicans started with deregulation, two unfunded and unnecessary wars, and more tax cuts for the rich. Willard Romney has broadcast his intention of going farther with Bush-era policies that sent the country on a course of destruction and it is astounding that one American would vote for revisiting the most disastrous administration in our history, but there is no accounting for racists, religious fanatics, and ridiculously stupid Americans who will go to the polls in November and vote for their own, and this country's demise. Now, it is up to President Obama to tell the American people what semi-intelligent Americans with a memory already understand; high unemployment, the sluggish economy, and threat of war are entirely the fault of Republicans.

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  • Z 2012/06/09 16:48:52
    Z
    +3
    Oh silly progressive. How you lie again. First of all, the Republicans have passed through the House more jobs bills in the past 6 months than the Democrats have since 2007. Now, I don't know what policies your saying failed time and time again, but considering that the tax breaks in 2001-2003 relieved the stress of an economic recession caused by the tech bust AND the most damaging terrorist attack in 60 years. The 60's tax cuts by Kennedy greatly grew the economy, as did the 80's. So, considering you have proven not to be an idiot, you clearly must be a liar.

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  • Keeping It Real 2012/06/10 03:30:56
    Keeping It Real
    The GOP is deliberately trying to destroy the economy and many people knows it. They are some of the most anti-American and unpatriotic people that I have ever witnessed. Anyone hoping for the economy to fail and is doing all they can to make sure that happens should be ostracized into shame.
  • A Founding Father 2012/06/09 20:29:46
    A Founding Father
    There are plenty of jobs available, millions of them. In India, Russia, Germany, Vietnam,
    Brazil, and a dozen other places the corporations that have moved operations from the U.S. are short of qualified and trained help. So, if you have any marketable skills and are willing to follow where the hedge funds and Wall Street has moved the jobs, you can become employed right away. If you are undereducated and refuse to move, then things may not be so rosy in your future.

    By electing a former hedge fund manager and adopting the tea bagger programs, you can be assured of a couple of things - one, there will be little to no further "unemployment benefits" available, and two, the outflow of industry and jobs will begin again to be a torrent of such activity as it was when "Reaganomics" prevailed in past decades. If that is
    good news to you, jump on the Romney band wagon and encourage the Party of No to
    stop all of those benefits to the unemployed "freeloaders" while the jobs are moved to those places where more profits can be had by the "Top 2% Club". Another choice is available, of course, plant a garden and try to feed your children before they begin to starve.
  • Lady Whitewolf 2012/06/09 19:13:55
    Lady Whitewolf
    "Now, it is up to President Obama to tell the American people what semi-intelligent Americans with a memory already understand; high unemployment, the sluggish economy, and threat of war are entirely the fault of Republicans..."

    EXACTLY!

    GREAT post, PP!
  • tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA 2012/06/09 18:50:38
    tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA
    Can't blame Obama and his Dem cohorts for anything, can we....
  • Ira 2012/06/09 18:00:35
    Ira
    Yes PP. Now that the public sector is being eviscerated, and the pvt. sector is doing especially well, lets see how patriotic they are and start hiring from the pool, the very jobs many of them have fought so hard to end!
  • Michael=Constitution & Liberty 2012/06/09 17:01:40
    Michael=Constitution & Liberty
    +2
    what you fail to understand is the government on BOTH sides are bought and paid for by corporations and the banks and have been for many many years. obama is just a puppet for the masters, and so is mitt. you have a few good points in your article but you think you live in a democracy, you don't, it is a polyarchy. a democracy would challenge the puppet masters ;)
    http://www.ethosthemovie.com/
  • Z 2012/06/09 16:48:52
    Z
    +3
    Oh silly progressive. How you lie again. First of all, the Republicans have passed through the House more jobs bills in the past 6 months than the Democrats have since 2007. Now, I don't know what policies your saying failed time and time again, but considering that the tax breaks in 2001-2003 relieved the stress of an economic recession caused by the tech bust AND the most damaging terrorist attack in 60 years. The 60's tax cuts by Kennedy greatly grew the economy, as did the 80's. So, considering you have proven not to be an idiot, you clearly must be a liar.
  • Nichola... Z 2013/09/24 06:48:54
    Nicholas DeShane
    I was not aware we lost the surplus due to the terrorist attack, I thought we lost it because Bush jr spent it all finishing his daddies business, which he was only able to do by lying to the American people, oh wait, it was faulty intel because he was Republican, it is only lying when Democrats do it, I forgot. Do not misunderstand, I dislike Obama as well, I just cannot stand hypocrites that talk about Bush as if he was the Messiah, and dog Obama, when they both violated the constitution over and over again, including bailing out private companies, which for Bush is an even greater sin as he is a conservative and supposed to stand for government that does not interfere in private sector business, by bailing out those banks he played favorites, and screwed over the smaller banks that would have inevitably filled the void when the big banks fell, especially as they were failing due to their own short sighted predatory business practices, it essentially rewarded creating the bubble that actually led to the recession, then surprise they just sat on the money, oh wait, I was not surprised in the least as I understand they are contractually obligated to increase share holder value, and it is bad business to increase spending in a recession, it is this one sided make money regardle...
    I was not aware we lost the surplus due to the terrorist attack, I thought we lost it because Bush jr spent it all finishing his daddies business, which he was only able to do by lying to the American people, oh wait, it was faulty intel because he was Republican, it is only lying when Democrats do it, I forgot. Do not misunderstand, I dislike Obama as well, I just cannot stand hypocrites that talk about Bush as if he was the Messiah, and dog Obama, when they both violated the constitution over and over again, including bailing out private companies, which for Bush is an even greater sin as he is a conservative and supposed to stand for government that does not interfere in private sector business, by bailing out those banks he played favorites, and screwed over the smaller banks that would have inevitably filled the void when the big banks fell, especially as they were failing due to their own short sighted predatory business practices, it essentially rewarded creating the bubble that actually led to the recession, then surprise they just sat on the money, oh wait, I was not surprised in the least as I understand they are contractually obligated to increase share holder value, and it is bad business to increase spending in a recession, it is this one sided make money regardless of the cost mentality that caused the damn problem, and instead of letting nature take its course and letting these companies pay the price for their bad decisions, they were rewarded instead, any president, that includes both Bush and Obama that bailed out a private sector business with tax payer money should be impeached, and as Bush is already out he should be charged with something, neither of these men should get off for doing something so fundamentally against what America is supposed to stand for. Do not get me started on Bushes Patriot act or the horrendous fact that Obama keeps renewing it either.
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  • marcuss LIBERALS ARE IDIOTS 2012/06/09 16:34:55
    marcuss LIBERALS ARE IDIOTS
    +3
    How many more incorrect blogs are you going to post here? Your record so far is 100%
  • Reichstolz 2012/06/09 15:57:11
    Reichstolz
    +3
    "It is important to remember that on Inauguration Day, a group of Republican leaders gathered to map out their plan to obstruct every one of the President's economic plans"

    It is important to remember on inauguration Day that the Democrats controlled the House with a substantial majority, controlled the Senate with a filibuster proof majority, and controlled the White House.

    You and you mentally challenged party passed every bill they put through in the first two years of this vapid suit's reign.

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