In a speech to the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC yesterday, House Speaker John Boehner gave a speech on how he views America’s economic future. It consisted of the same old Republican talking points- praise for tax reform (code for more tax cuts for corporate America and the rich), more of the kind of deregulation that caused the financial crisis and is destroying our environment, and some other boilerplate conservative failed policy solutions.
Then when Boehner opened the floor for questions, one of his responses revealed once again how he and the the Republican Party genuinely feel about the unemployed and working poor in this country. In an nutshell, the unemployed are lazy moochers who don’t want to work:
“We’ve got a record number of Americans not working. We’ve got a record number of Americans… stuck, if you will. And I think it’s our obligation to help provide the tools for them to use to bring them into the mainstream of American society. I think this idea that’s been born out the last – maybe out of the economy last couple of years that, “you know, I really don’t have to work. I don’t really want to do this, I think I’d just rather sit around.” This is a very sick idea for our country.”
Boehner then offered himself as an inspirational example for all the layabouts who can’t be bothered to drag themselves out of their cushy welfare-sponsored palaces. “I don’t know there was any moment in my entire bringing up that I didn’t have some kind of a job, whether it was throwing newspapers, cutting grass, mopping floors at the bar, tending bar, dealing with those characters that walk in every day. Trust me. I did it all!”
Boehner and the Republican party’s lack of empathy for struggling Americans is off the charts despicable and anti-American. In case America needs reminding this pontificating is coming from a party that would not pass one of the President’s jobs bill. Well, that is unless it contained cuts to food stamps, WIC, government agencies such as the EPA, and it slashed regulations that protect, among other things, public health, consumer rights, and workplace safety.
Boehner and his ilk, along with the millions of misinformed Americans that tune into Fox News must think that living on food stamps is a cushy life. They give no consideration to what happens when unemployment insurance runs out. They give no consideration to what happens when these businesses that are hiding record profits overseas and shipping jobs overseas won’t hire you. Should not then an American, a child, a veteran, be afforded a meal to share with their families, at least until somehow they can get on their feet.
What Boehner seemingly doesn’t get is that it doesn’t matter how motivated people are to find work, when there are not enough jobs, people end up unemployed. What speaks volumes is that John Boehner and the Republican Koch puppets readily apply their skewed morality and work ethic when it comes to the poor and middle class but not when it comes to businesses moving jobs overseas or profits to avoid taxes.
This Republican mind-set that a life on unemployment and food stamps is the life most Americans would choose is nonsense. The Republicans complain that Americans don’t want to work but back in 2011, when the American Jobs Act was proposed by President Obama, that would have put over 1.5 millions to work and saved a million jobs, Boehner and the Republicans blocked it. This was a bill that encompassed putting millions of Americans back to work on our crumbling infrastructure and would have saved millions of Americans from misery and hardship.The reality is that Boehner and the Republican Party are not about jobs. They are about tax cuts for the rich, deregulation, no unemployment benefits, no minimum wage, no collective bargaining, and no medical coverage unless you can afford it yourself.
This writer is growing sick and tired of these Republican jackasses in Congress making $175,000 annually who are about to go on a 7 week vacation after coming off a 5 week vacation taking potshots at the working poor and unemployed. It’s time they went on a permanent vacation.