In a meeting with several reporters this afternoon, House Minority Leader John Boehner outlined the top three measures he'd pursue if he becomes Speaker of the House next Congress to create new jobs. But, those who thought he'd outline specific programs and how they would create jobs were disappointed with a familiar litany of wish-list items: repeal health care reform, eschew climate legislation, and renew the Bush tax cuts.
In other words, repeal a program that largely hasn't yet taken effect; prevent new legislation that is also not in effect; and keep a current tax structure in place. Step four: profit. Or jobs.
I can't tell if Boehner is just this stupid or counting on Americans to be this stupid. Either way, it doesn't reflect well on the Orange One.
The Gavel has prepared a fact-based response for this mystical belief that tax cuts for the wealthy brings new jobs:
It’s clear the House Republican economic plan for the future is more of the “exact same” failed Bush-Republican policies that got us into this mess in the first place. Today, House Republican Leader John Boehner described the GOP ‘plan’ to create jobs:
Repealing the Affordable Care Act would increase the deficit by $143 billion over the next ten years and halt the creation of 4 million new small business and health care jobs…not to mention leaving 32 million Americans uninsured and continuing an unsustainable and broken health insurance system.
Blocking clean energy legislation will prevent the creation of 1.7 million new jobs in the clean energy sector…and continue our nation’s dangerous dependence on dirty and foreign oil and puts our environment and future at risk.
Continuing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans would add $678 billion to the deficit…House Republicans unanimously opposed giving 98% of American working families a tax cut in the Recovery Act to create and save 3.5 million jobs.