I need a clean-up on Aisle Hypocrisy!
For two years, John Boehner couldn’t stop whining about jobs. “Where are they? Where are they?” he cried, orange tears plopping down his face:1
So much did our Republican compatriots love the idea of giving a job to every man, woman, and child (yes, I said child) that they ran on a platform of OMG JOBZ!! even though they have a provably craptastic record of job creation.
As the Wall Street Journal noted in the last month of Bush’s term, the former president had the “worst track record for job creation since the government began keeping records.” And job creation under Bush was anemic long before the recession began. Bush’s supply-side economics “fostered the weakest jobs and income growth in more than six decades,” along with “sluggish business investment and weak gross domestic product growth,” the Center for American Progress’ Joshua Picker explained. “On every major measurement” of income and employment, “the country lost ground during Bush’s two terms,” the National Journal’s Ron Brownstein observed, parsing Census data.
Obama, by contrast — even with a too-small stimulus — created hella jobs:
Overall, the economy rounded out 2010 with 1.1 million jobs added, the best year for hiring since 2007. And job growth is still trending upward, albeit very slowly, with an average of 128,000 jobs a month added in the last quarter of the year.
Admittedly, I don’t know whether 1.1 million jobs counts as “hella jobs,” and people who know about such things say that Obama could have created more jobs if he had fought for a bigger stimulus. I believe ’em. ::shrug:: I’m not an economist, and I know exactly jack and squat about economics, be they of the “trickle-down” or the “something- D-O-O” variety.
The one thing I do know, however, is that after riding into Congress on the MOAR JOBZ Express, Republicans have done exactly jack and squat — hey that’s how much I know about economics! — to create more jobs. Instead, they have gone full speed ahead, like the Titanic into that stupid iceberg, with their “We hate brown people; Everybody should speak English; There should be a baby in every womb; Fuck the poor; Joke’s on you, middle class!” platform.
And, yesterday, a Republican proved just how much she doesn’t give a rat’s ass about jobs. You see, the Congressional Progressive Caucus attempted to rub the lack of jobs and job-creating proposals in the GOP’s stupid face as those very same stupid-face-having Republicans focused on undoing the Home Affordable Modification Program (“HAMP”), and sticking yet another shiv into the backs of the hoi polloi. The Teabillies, however, would have none of it:
This afternoon, Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and other progressives took to the floor of the House of Representatives to turn this question back on their Republican colleagues. Ellison and the others asked where all the jobs-creation legislation was, excoriating their conservative colleagues for focusing on legislation like terminating the HAMP [Home Affordable Modification Program] program, which would do nothing to create jobs:
– Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN): “The Republicans’ no-jobs agenda has been exposed, Mr. Chair. The majority has done nothing to create jobs or protect homes. All they do is criticize programs that could use some improvement. Rather, they would get rid of them altogether.”
– Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY): “[The Republicans] have no plans of their own to address the foreclosure crisis that is hurting neighborhoods and disrupting lives throughout their country. Like the jobs bills they said they would have. We have yet to see them.”
– Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX): “Your cities have been impacted positively by the HAMP program. Job growth is picking up. Investing and growing jobs should be the mindset of the American Congress for that’s what we were sent back to Washington to do.”
At one point, Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL) took to the floor to respond to the progressives. She attacked the HAMP program, urging her colleagues to end it, and signaled that she would oppose progressive amendments to the GOP’s bill for ending the mortgage modification program. Then, she incredulously told her colleagues to stop talking about jobs and focus rather on the substance of the amendments:
BIGGERT: I would urge my colleagues to support — oppose this amendment. And stop talking about jobs, let’s focus on the substance of these amendments.
But just a year ago, so concerned about jobs was Rep. Biggert that all she could do was mumble job-related words from her index cards (during a hearing about stimulus funds which would have actually created jobs2):
Looks like the MOAR JOBZ! EXPRESS has careened headlong into the same ravine where the charred remains of the Straight Talk Express are scattered about. In fact, it seems you can’t even say the word jobs now — unless you don’t mind getting the stink-eye from some unfortunately-dressed Teabilly.
The Republicans are more hell-bent on undoing a program that is intended to help homeowners avoid foreclosure than they are on creating jobs that would, you know, help homeowners avoid foreclosure.
Hey Orange Dude? Where are the ding dang jobs?
1 Okay fine, he wasn’t weeping in that video, but you have to admit, he really does cry a lot for an orange.
2 It’s like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a fucking job.