We know the R’s really care about jobs. Indeed, they really, really, really care about jobs. How do we know this?
They introduced another bill about abortion.
Sometimes the R’s disingenuousness on employment borders on the irritating. When the May jobs number was announced…admittedly not a great number…the R’s came out to crow. The Big Orange…Speaker Boehner…and his Sancho Panza…Majority Leader Cantor…both called the numbers pathetic. Possibly 69,000 additional jobs isn’t the greatest accomplishment…unless you recall that in the last month the R’s occupied the Oval Office, the economy lost nearly 800,000 jobs. And, while they continue to heap ridicule on the President for not doing enough to remedy the jobs situation, they conveniently ignore the fact that they have not proposed a single piece of serious jobs creation legislation while at the same time they’ve voted down every proposal coming from the Democrats in Congress or the Democratic White House.
But, truly, the R’s agenda is all about jobs, jobs, jobs.
The fact is that the sole Republican contribution to the employment debate is their insistence that “job creators”…by which they mean their wealthy masters…not have their taxes raised. The fact that these “job creators” aren’t creating any jobs seems lost on them.
Or maybe it isn’t. Maybe they simply don’t care.
Here in California the unemployment rate fell last month to 10.9%. This was good news…except for the state’s long term unemployed, thousands of whom lost their unemployment benefits. While the R’s in the legislature and elsewhere bleated their sympathy, they opposed any action that might alleviate the situation. So the R’s on the national level. They whine and cry about Presidential inaction on the jobs front…while they vote on yet another anti-abortion bill that will never pass the Senate or pass a budget that utterly guts any programs that might actually help cure the unemployment problem.
While the R’s bleat out their concern about their unemployed constituents, one suspects that these are nothing but political talking points. Employment was never very high on the R’s agenda and now, in a Presidential election year, one is forced to the conclusion that they don’t want the economy to get better, that, indeed, they want it to get worse. After all, it’s the President’s fault, isn’t it?
Of course, voters have been known to blame such things on “do-nothing” Congresses. Just ask President Dewey.