John Boehner humiliated himself again today by standing in a factory and claiming that repealing Obamacare will create jobs.
Boehner said, “What I heard here – and what I hear everywhere I go – is that we need to get the federal government out of the way. Having run a small business myself, I see where these folks are coming from. I know why Americans are still asking the question ‘where are the jobs?’ For the last five years, we’ve had an administration in Washington that acts as if everything can be done from the top down. From the ‘stimulus’ to ObamaCare, it’s a record littered with promises that never panned out. And pain for people trying to get by and meet a payroll. Republicans, we’ve kept our pledge, we’ve offered a new way forward. Our majority in the House has made your priorities our priorities. And every week, we’re focused on passing initiatives that would make it easier to find jobs and create jobs at places just like this. We’re ready to improve job training programs so workers can acquire the right skills; expand production of American-made energy to lower costs; open new markets for small manufacturers; and repeal and replace ObamaCare.”
This is getting embarrassing. Republicans have less than nothing. Boehner and the GOP are now trying to appeal to the middle class by taking their message of tax cuts for the rich and repealing Obamacare and putting it in a factory. Newsflash for Boehner, standing in front of a factory while promoting an anti-worker agenda is not going to convince anyone that Republicans care about everyone who isn’t rich.
The “jobs bills” that House Republicans have passed aren’t jobs bills at all. The bills are tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, and repeals of health and safety regulations. Republicans have not passed any legislation that would create a single job.
As President Obama said last year, “But gutting protections for our air and water isn’t a jobs plan. Gutting investments in things like education and energy isn’t a jobs plan. Putting all your eggs in the basket of an oil pipeline that may only create about 50 permanent jobs, and wasting the country’s time by taking something like 40 meaningless votes to repeal Obamacare isn’t a jobs plan.”
Boehner can put on his red sweatshirt and stand in as many factories as he wants, but the truth is that Republicans have no jobs plan. Republicans also have no economic plan, and no healthcare plan. The GOP’s only plan is to hang on to their seats in Congress.
The humiliation only grows for John Boehner as he continues to sell something that no one is buying.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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