Friday, June 3, 2011

Where are the jobs, Speaker Boehner?

Jobs report today was not good.  Although, the U.S. economy is no longer in immediate danger of enterig the second great depression we still have some structural problems reflected in the poor jobs report.  Clearly, banks are still speculating instead of investing and corporations are sitting on large amounts of unused capitol.  What the country needs now is jobs, and since the private sector isn't hiring, the government needs to step in and provide some impetus.  Unfortunately, after incurring huge debts fighting two wars, creating crushing tax breaks for the wealthy and free gifts to the pharmaceutical industry now the republicans no longer want to spend money.  They don't want to raise any money either.  What are they doing in government if they are not interested in performing governmental functions?  Hire me to be your delivery boy, but don't expect me to deliver packages?!   After 5 months of ruling the roost the republicans have introduced 0 jobs bills.   The following democratic jobs bill were either voted down or voted against even being voted on by the republican majority.  from "the gavel"
An American jobs effort to end government contracts rewarding corporations that ship American jobs overseas. [Vote 19]
Build America Bonds to Create Jobs Now Act – leveraging public dollars to strengthen the private sector, growing our economy by rebuilding America’s schools, hospitals, and transit projects, supported by American businesses, the construction industry, mayors and governors. [Vote 38, Vote 30, Vote 189]
American Jobs Matter Act – to give preference in federal contracts to U.S. manufacturers that create jobs here at home. [Vote 257]
National Manufacturing Strategy Act, which calls on the President to lay out a plan to help ensure American manufacturers can compete, grow, and thrive. [Vote 279]
Advanced Vehicle Manufacturing Technology Act to help ensure the cars of the future are built here in the U.S., by investing in a broad range of near-term and long-term vehicle technologies to improve fuel efficiency, support domestic research and manufacturing, and lead to greater consumer choice of vehicle technologies and fuels. [Vote 310]
Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act to provide our government with effective tools to address unfair currency manipulation by countries like China, which could help create 1 million American manufacturing jobs by leveling the international playing field for American workers and businesses. [Vote 9, Vote 199]
Come to think of it why would the Republican party be interested in a jobs bill?   They represent the top 2% income bracket in this country.  Those people don't need jobs.   They have enough money to last them thousands of lifetimes.   So you can wait forever if your expecting the republicans to introduce a jobs bill. 
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