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Read Adam Poltrack's thoughts from a left-leaning perspective:
Trying not to roll my eyes when House Republicans talk about putting America back to work, would be like trying not to extend my leg when the doctor taps my knee with his reflex hammer. Why? Republicans don't have the slightest interest in putting America back to work. How do I know? Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told me.
Back in 2010 McConnell said the following at a Heritage Foundation event: Our top political priority over the next two years should be to deny President Obama a second term. Since none of the Republican Congressional leadership publicly repudiated that statement, you can pretty much assume that they're complicit.
If Republicans' top priority is to make sure that Obama is one and done, job creation should be the last thing on their agenda. If Obama were to take the historically impotent economy he inherited and leave something stable and solid in its wake, the entire electoral map would look like Smurfville.
In his early days as Speaker of the House, Rep. John Boehner promised that Republicans would have a relentless focus on creating jobs. There goes that compulsory eye roll again. Let's give Speaker Boehner some credit though, maybe he misspoke. You know, like Sen. Scott Brown did when he said that he frequently, and secretly, met with kings and queens. Maybe what Boehner meant to say was We're going to have a relentless focus on repealing the Affordable Care Act and rolling back reproductive rights. He's certainly delivered on those fronts.
On 33 separate occasions, House Republicans have passed bills repealing the Affordable Care Act. In total they've spent roughly 88 hours passing bills that won't pass the senate, unless and until hell has frozen over. House Republicans have also made anti-abortion legislation a priority, offering dozens of bills that would roll back the rights afforded by Roe vs. Wade.
It's plain to see that, not only are Republicans not interested in creating jobs, they're interested in eliminating them. Back in June, an ABC news article entitled Government Job Loss: President Obama's Catch 22, identified the hemorrhaging of government jobs as a key component of the continued recession. It was actually the public, not the private, sector that shed thousands of jobs in May. While private businesses hired 82,000 people last month, federal, state and local governments wiped 13,000 employees from the payroll, according to Labor Department data. The article goes on to cite an assertion made by Scott Brown, Chief Economist at Raymond James & Associates. Were not for the drag of this public sector job loss, the economy would likely be growing a full percentage point faster. Republicans have made eliminating government jobs is a key component of their jobs plan.
Take Wisconsin's Governor Scott Walker for example. The architect of a union-busting, corporation-coddling budget repair bill, is now a fiscal messiah to a huge swath of the GOP. But Walker's austere budget cripples the state's public sector and is lethal to any effort to increase employment. Now House Republicans' plan is to apply the governor's strategy federally, a move that will only kill more jobs.
House Republicans voted down 10 Democratic jobs bills in their first 200 days as the majority party. When they finally did offer a jobs bill, in October 2011, The Washington Post called it "mostly a mish-mash of previous offered bills, such as that hardy perennial -- a balanced budget amendment to the constitution," and called Republicans' claim that the bill would create 5 million jobs ludicrous. The article added, even if one accepts the studies that came up with the figures, in most cases they indicate the GOP proposals would do little to create jobs in the near future.
Not only do House Republicans waste time with futile legislation, when they finally do offer a jobs bill, it's a bill that will do nothing until AFTER the election. Their backs against the wall, Republicans essentially said 'alright you can have your jobs -- we just have one guy we need to fire first.' Are we really going to let our government put vendettas ahead of the interests of its people?