We all know the platform the Republican party ran on in 2010, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, and they were very successful with big wins at both the federal and state level. Well, it has been 8 months, and there isn’t much to show for it. This Congress, the 112th Congress, is on track to become the least productive Congress in history. The things that they have managed to get through (excluding the naming of post offices and ending Medicare) have been quite opposite of what they ran on.
Keep in mind two facts. One, not one bill has been brought up in Congress that would create jobs. Secondly, there are several bills (that have bipartisan support) waiting to be brought up that would create jobs but Boehner has yet to do so. The Republicans have actually been successful in losing jobs, not creating them.
For instance, the debt ceiling crisis debacle, which was a pure creation by the GOP. In a recent interview with ABC, Speaker Boehner was asked about the results of the debt ceiling deal and his response was this: “When you look at this final agreement that we came to with the White House, I got 98 percent of what I wanted. I’m pretty happy,” So, what are the results going to be that he forced through his Congress.
Also, the partial shutdown of the FAA by the GOP. The reason for this shutdown: The short-term funding bill passed by the House cuts money for rural airports, including several that lie in states with Democratic senators. Meanwhile, the long-term funding bill passed by the House would make it harder for air and rail workers to unionize. This is also turning out to be a job loser as well.
Number of federal workers out of work: 4000
Number of construction workers out of work: 70,000+
“The House Republicans’ insistence on attaching anti-worker provisions to an aviation bill has brought about a terrible stalemate that is hurting the economy,” Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) said in a statement. “From day 1, House GOP leaders admitted openly — almost proudly — that they were doing this to gain ‘leverage’ toward a larger goal — undermining worker rights.”
I am not a conspiracy theorist, but It does make you wonder if Republicans are intentionally crashing our economy for their political and financial benefit. Maybe there is something to that “Starve the Beast” strategy of theirs.