Speaker Boehner: Wrong Answer

February 16, 2011
By Levana Layendecker | 0 comments

Talking Points Memo reports that at a press conference this morning, Speaker John Boehner was asked a rather obvious question based on this point: If House Republicans succeed in cutting tens of billions of dollars in discretionary spending over the next six months, some of the most immediate victims will be federal employees, many of whose jobs will be slashed as their agencies pare back. You know what his answer was? "So be it." Yup, that's right. If the Republican budget cuts cost Americans their jobs, the Republican response is "so be it." It's time for progressives to offer a real alternative. America needs to know what we stand for, what makes Democrats different from Republicans, and our vision for moving America forward. Join me in calling on Democrats to fight for a progressive budget that has no cuts to vital programs, invests in jobs, and makes the rich and corporations pay their fair share. ADD YOUR NAME NOW The budget fight is just beginning and it's going to be a big one. Republicans are claiming they'll shut the government down if they don't get their way. They're willing to cost even more Americans their jobs -- just so Republicans can make a political point in an attempt to hold Obama hostage. What Republicans don't understand is if Democrats stand together, we'll win this fight. The majority of America is on our side. 1) NO CUTS TO VITAL PROGRAMS Americans don't want cuts to programs like Social Security, Medicare, and others that keep seniors out of poverty and helps the struggling middle class. Republicans are even going after the WIC program which provides supplemental food, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. Are they serious? I guess, if more babies die in America because of lack of food, John Boehner's response will be "So be it." 2) INVEST IN JOBS Americans want strategic investments in jobs and job creation because and getting more people back to work is actually the best way to reduce the deficit. The President said it best when he unveiled his suggested investments in job creation earlier this week: "We also have a responsibility to invest in those things that are absolutely critical to preparing our people and our Nation for the economic competition of our time. We do this by investing in and reforming education and job training so that all Americans have the skills necessary to compete in the global economy. We do this by encouraging American innovation and investing in research and development -- especially in the job-creating industries of tomorrow such as clean energy. We do this by rebuilding America's infrastructure so that U.S. companies can ship their products and ideas from every corner in America to anywhere in the world." 3) EVERYONE PAYS THEIR FAIR SHARE Middle class Americans and the poor are sick of carrying all the weight when Washington talks about "shared sacrifice." It's time to make sure that every American pays their fair share and that means repealing the tax cuts for the rich and ending big business subsidies to industries already making millions in net profits. We must fight to end government subsidies to companies who like Exxon/Mobil have record breaking profits while paying next to nothing in corporate taxes. ADD YOUR NAME TODAY This will be a fight and we won't get everything we want -- but we absolutely must fight. Because win or lose, Americans must see Democrats fighting for them in Washington. It's time to stand up and expose Republicans for caring more about defeating Obama than creating jobs. And if exposing Republicans for who they are costs Speaker John Boehner his job, then so be it.

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