John Boehner was at the Economic Club of Washington on Thursday to deliver the Republican response to President Obama’s American Jobs Act bill. (NYT story here.)
Just as you would expect, Boehner objected to Obama’s proposal to raise taxes on the wealthy to help pay for the program:
“It’s a very simple equation,” Mr. Boehner said. “Tax increases destroy jobs.”
To quote one right-winger’s comment on one of the articles, this is fiction. This post from August 16th clearly shows that there was job growth during the periods that taxes were highest, and that there was no job growth when taxes were lowest.
“And the joint committee is a jobs committee. Its mission is to reduce the deficit that is threatening job creation in our country.”
Maybe he should explain the link between the deficit and job creation to me. How is it that the deficit keeps companies from “creating jobs”? Besides, I’ll tell you what threatens job creation in our country – the greedy rich who have to have all the wealth, causing the middle class to shrink and the increasing the number of families living at or below the poverty level. When the masses have no money to buy anything, companies will have to ELIMINATE jobs to keep their profit levels up, meaning less money for the masses, meaning less buying – it’s a downward spiral. Their blind greed is biting the hand that feeds them, and eventually there won’t be a hand left to bite.
And “gimmicks” to lower the debt?! I guess cutting expenses is okay, but raising revenue is a gimmick?
Mr. Boehner also criticized a common talking point of some of his Tea Party members — that cuts in spending designed to take place in later years are not real, meaningful cuts.
“That myth is built on a healthy skepticism that spending cuts made today are going to be implemented tomorrow.,” Mr. Boehner said. “But it is a myth nonetheless, and we need to make sure it doesn’t stop us from doing what needs to be done.”
At least he acknowledges that the Tea Party is completely unreasonable and way too extreme.
But even so, Boehner truly is the saddest pumpkin in the world.