In an interview Sunday with Candy Crowley on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) defended his opposition to President Obama’s now dead jobs bill, saying that the federal government should instead focus on decreasing regulations.
Senate Republicans defeated the $35 billion package last week, which aimed to hire or retain teachers and emergency responders. This bill was paid for by raising a 0.5% tax on people who make OVER $1 million. Let me repeat that….a 0.5% tax hike on individuals who earn OVER $1 million. Their first million in income would be taxed at the same rate, however, beginning at $1 million plus, they would pay just 0.5% more in taxes.
Can there be any question as to what the Republicans priorities are….who they are fighting for?
McConnell told Ms. Crowley that saving emergency responders from unemployment shouldn’t be a federal responsibility because we can’t afford “to be bailing out states.”
“I certainly do approve of firefighters and police,” said McConnell. “The question is whether the federal government ought to be raising taxes on 300,000 small businesses in order to send money down to bail out states for whom firefighters and police work. They are local and state employees.”
It’s not just the fringe Tea Party Republicans but also the mainstream Republicans who are preaching to America about small government and we should rely on the private sector to create jobs, not government.
While there are some Americans who like the idea of a smaller government, Republicans blatant willingness to fire even the most essential public servants for the sake of decreasing “the number of people who work for the government” reflects the true price of Republican ideology.
Last summer the Democratic-controlled House took up a similar bill to prevent teacher layoffs, and then-Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) complained about “bailouts” for “liberal special interests.” Also, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) described the bill as a “government worker bailout.”
In an interview with Voice Of Americas McConnell’s response to blocking the “Teachers and First Responders Jobs” bill was “Bailouts do not solve the problem. In fact, they perpetuate it.”