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Saturday, January 29, 2011

GOP: “Focus on Jobs? Nah, That Was Just an Election Slogan”

Republican politicians tricked millions of gullible people into voting for them last November, using the promise that they’d “create jobs,” “focus on jobs.”

Now that they’ve gotten elected, their “focus on jobs” has morphed into “Jobs? Huh? Oh, that?”

Now that they’re in control of the House, Republicans can turn their backs on all the moderate, independent and swing voters who put them in office. Once again they can ignore mainstream voters and just pander to their base.

The economy has been moved to the back burner so they can concentrate on the important things: banning abortion, teaching creationism in public schools, expanding school voucher programs, reducing jury awards for medical malpractice claims, and cutting benefits for veterans.

Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said:

“It's astonishing to me how tone-deaf the Republicans have been in the first weeks of the session. They've talked about everything but jobs.”

And using that uniquely Republican combination of sleaze and twisted-beyond-recognition “logic,” House Republicans are pretending that everything they’re doing is for the purpose of “creating jobs.” They’ve been instructed by the health insurance industry — which financed their election campaigns — to get rid of those new regulations that prevent sick people from having their coverage dropped. Since they can’t actually word it that way in public, the spin is “We’re going to repeal that job-killing health care reform bill.”

Ditto for financial reform. They can’t publicly say “Our Wall Street Masters have told us to get rid of those banking regulations so they can keep gambling with the public’s money and keep getting bailed out when they lose.” So in public they’re saying “We need to repeal these cumbersome regulations that are strangling the economy and destroying American jobs.”

They haven’t come up with the exact soundbite yet, but banning abortion will create jobs.

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Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

In some corner of their twisted, selfish minds, conservative Republican pols know their only answer of more tax-cut-and-spend, trickle-down idiocy won't create jobs. They've probably calculated that by 2012, the public will be asking, "OK, you've had two years, so where are the jobs?" Then, if their one and only remedy has been adopted again, it will be shown up as a failure again — right in time for an election.

So, instead of pushing voodoo economics Senate Dems will block anyway, Republicans are trying to shore up their base of social conservatives.

The funny thing about that is, the social conservatives never catch on that Republicans have no intention of doing anything about abortion or gays in the military. If they were to actually get rid of those things, they would lose the carrots they bait the suckers with at every election. As bigoted and personally resentful as many Republicans are, their real motivations are money, power and, most of all, winning.

January 29, 2011 at 9:17 PM  
Blogger MRMacrum said...

If the country was not in need of immediate help to pull our asses out of the fire, I would love the turnabaout of the Dems now having the upper hand as far as "Well, what have you done for us so far?" But we need the two parties to (read the Republican party) to stop being such obstructionist and useless legislators.

Unfortinately, I thought the Republican strategy of telling outrageous lies and getting away with it would eventually backfire on them. I thought this back when Ronnie ruled. I am now beginning to believe that a serious chunk of our population will never wake up.

January 30, 2011 at 3:46 AM  
Blogger Beekeepers Apprentice said...

The republicans dont' actually want the economy to improve, and they don't want jobs created. What they seem to want is to keep everything and everyone in such a precarious situation that the voters will go for whoever is not in office at the moment. They won back the house on the promise of repealing healthcare reform (a promise they won't be able to keep, if the Senate goes the way I think it will). In HCR's place they offered...exactly nothing.

SW you've got a good point, that the republicans have no intention of ever actually doing anything about abortion, particularly.

January 30, 2011 at 6:10 AM  
Blogger Dave Dubya said...

The Fourth Reich has one thing on the agenda. They must keep Obama from suceeding at anything, at all costs, especially re-election. Regime change by obstruction. Their problem is in two years their lies will be stale and need refreshing.

January 30, 2011 at 2:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's Obvious,

Cutting the Corporate Tax Rates is their way of getting the jobs.

They wont even consider revising the Pay-as-you-go, which was brought on by HW Bush and was largely responsible for the Clinton surplus.


January 30, 2011 at 4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's also obvious O'Bama is THEIR man.

January 30, 2011 at 7:59 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

SW: That's true, Republican politicians keep dangling that tasty carrot in front of their "Christian" constituents. "Killing unborn children!" "Homasexials gettin' married?!?!?!" And the suckers keep lunging forward, trying to get that carrot.

Both parties are guilty of this, but it doesn't work as well for Democrats. Liberal voters are notorious for staying home on Election Day because the weather is nice, they're stoned, they forgot, or there's something good on the tube. And/or they won't vote for the Democratic candidate because they disagree with him/her on one issue out of a hundred, or they'll vote for a 3rd party candidate because "there's no difference between the 2 parties."

MRM: For years I've been thinking the Republicans' Big Lie tactics and constant obstructionism would backfire on them. It hasn't happened yet, but hope springs eternal.

Bee: You're right, Republicans just love this dire economy. They want their constituents to be scared shitless, desperate, pissed off and ready to jump on the next phony Republican promise.

Dave: McConnell and Paul Ryan have even admitted exactly that, in a candid moment. Getting that Kenyan socialist out of the White House is their top priority.

Erik: Yup, reducing corporate tax rates and extending billionaires' tax cuts -- that's always their answer, no matter what the question was.

Anonymous: You mean he's a bloody Irishman?

January 31, 2011 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Great post, Tom. Isn't it funny how once they get elected, their true colors always show? They will campaign on something other than their "values" things, but once they gain power it's all about them, and about pushing *their* values.

Good "spot on" comments in here. I totally agree about how the GOP wants to keep people angry, fired up, and afraid.

If they get rid of abortion altogether, a significant portion of their voters will no longer be angry, as that is probably the only reason many of them vote GOP (i.e. all Democrats are baby killers).

They will talk about repealing HCR but are certainly not serious about it... because right now it is a great hot-button issue for them. That will backfire as HCR gradually begins to be implemented. If the Dems can retain the White House in 2012, by 2016 HCR will have had six years or so to get going, and by then people will realize the benefits of it and won't be angry about it.

If the GOP actually does something to create jobs, or to lower taxes, again fewer people who tend to vote Republican will have things to be angry about.

So the GOP is not really serious about getting rid of abortion, repealing HCR, creating jobs, or cutting taxes. They just talk a good ballgame, but they don't walk their talk.

January 31, 2011 at 3:59 PM  

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