Jobs: Boehner-McConnell hypocrisy blocks Obama-Conyers action
|By Kopp, Emily|
It's time to call out the hypocrisy of House Speaker
Congressional Republicans continue to push rich tax breaks and deregulation that the
Boehner took to the podium recently to echo the refrain the press corps has heard the entire new year: "The American people are still asking the question: Where are the jobs?" He asked incredulously on
It was 2011 when
In his State of the Union speech,
After the Jobs Act's investment in transportation infrastructure was blocked, Obama began to push for piecemeal votes, plank by plank. But the
The Affordable Health Care Act is also an enormous job builder, despite Republican propaganda to the contrary and continuous special interest opposition. Providing health care to 30 million people who did not have it, and covering pre-existing conditions and expanding benefits for 100 million Americans, gives the health care industry enormous jobs opportunities - probably America's best shot at a growth industry.
"Stop the political circus," Obama has pleaded. Recently Boehner tweeted, "No more excuses. It's time for Obama to work with the
Boehner has rebuked Obama in recent days like an errant student for "taking his eyes off the ball" of bolstering employment - despite the unemployment rate dropping from 10 percent to 6.7 percnt after the Republicans stated Obama would not get it below 8 percent. Indeed, though progress has been made to steady the once dismal job market after the Bush crash inherited and countered by Obama, more must be done to encourage the prosperity of American families and to get back to the 4 percent that experts consider "full employment."
Under Democratic Presidents and their pro-jobs policies since Hoover, there has been a 5.4 percent GDP growth rate. Under Republican Presidents, pushing rich tax breaks, the growth rate has been 1.6 percent: over three times worse.
"The Hill" newspaper blazed the headline a week ago, "
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