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Sometimes, Speaker John Boehner is a funny guy. Not that he means to be, mind you,....but it just seems like the goofy Ohio man can't help himself sometimes. Whenever the man some folks refer to as Orange Julius wants to change the subject or emphasize his irritation over a question being asked him.....Boehner often throws out this smartassery...
"Where are the jobs?"
It's a question Big John has thrown out in president Obama's direction many times. "Mr. President, where are the jobs?"
Yesterday, Speaker Boehner did not want to talk about Obama's statement endorsing gay marriage. To gay Americans, President Obama's statement of support was,.....how did Biden put it?....a big effing deal. Sure, progressive heteros were pleased that Obama stood on the correct side of equality.....but to gays, Obama's statement was monumental, historic, and an affirmation that hope for equality for all endures.
But to John Boehner....any talk of gay marriage and such is a distraction away from his very, very Serious business.....
The speaker suggested the reignited debate over gay marriage is a distraction to other legislative business on Capitol Hill, especially considering the state of the economy.
“Republicans here on Capitol Hill are focused in on the economy,” he said. “The American people are still asking the question, ‘Where are the jobs?’ and our focus is going to continue to be on the economy like it has been for the last year and a half.”
Pardon me, what? Boehner claimed that the focus of Republicans for the past year and a half has been on the economy and job creation. Seriously? It's a wonder that the Orange Julius could hold a straight face. The focus of House Republicans for the past year and a half has been on killing Obamacare in it's crib, defunding Planned Parenthood which is a primary source for women to receive health care and reproductive services, limiting a woman's right to choose, and 3 hostage taking events in separate attempts to shut down the government. And let me remind readers that Boehner's House Republicans, the same Republicans now reneging on the debt-committee trigger they agreed to during the last of the three hostage taking events......directly caused the first debt downgrade in U.S. history in order to pin the blame on the Kenyan-born Usurper-in-Chief as he headed into a re-election year.
But let's unpack Boehner's bullpuck. "Where are the jobs?"
Who creates private sector jobs? Private businesses hire people when consumer demand warrants doing so. Boehner, without doubt, is talking about private sector jobs ....why?....because Republicans do not consider government jobs to be real jobs. In fact, to conservatives like Boehner's Orange Julius Tea-Brigade, if government attempts to stimulate a lack-of-demand economy by offering such policies as Obama's 2009 stimulus....said stimulus is branded as a "job-killing stimulus." To 2012 Republicans, government jobs are "artificial" jobs or "make-work" or "welfare" ....what they're not is "real" jobs.That is why virtually all efforts by modern conservatives are directed towards the privatization of government jobs. The reason? Government jobs are not "real" jobs unless there's a profit motive attached to the revenue stream which pays for those jobs.
You'll have to excuse my inability, then, to comprehend what it is that Boehner is doing when he continually asks "where are the jobs?" Why is Boehner directing that question to Obama? If he believes his conservative convictions that only the private sector can create "real" jobs, then why isn't he asking,.....well,....the private sector?
Many, many apologists for conservative economic thought, aka voodoo economics, repeatedly claim that the private sector is not creating enough new jobs because of "lack of confidence", " invisible bond vigilantes", or a combination of "ObamaCare, uncertainty over tax rates, the Dark Knight says mean things to obscenely rich people, and/or class warfare."
Sure, it's all a bagful of bunkum, but those claims continue....and will continue. What conservatives rarely, if ever, acknowledge is that our economic sluggishness since the great Bankster caper is being caused by a lack of consumer demand.
The reason conservatives rarely discuss the authentic economic problem our nation is confronting is because the only solution to our problem is putting more money into the hands of tens of millions of average American consumers. That would require structural changes in the minimum wage, a better balance in sharing corporate economic productivity gains with workers, a resurgence of unionized workers,....and/or another government stimulus program in which all of the tax investments go directly to public jobs.
Boehner's Boyz will have none of that......because their constituents expect Republicans to cut taxes....again....on the already-very-rich 1%. The top 1% don't need any more tax breaks, and won't hire anyone new if they are granted yet another windfall......but, we're told, cutting taxes on the already-rich will give the top 1% "confidence", cutting taxes on the 1% will create a "job-creation environment"....whateverthehell that means. Consumers still won't have any more money to stimulate demand, but hey, the rich will be richer.
So, when Boehner, or any other usual conservative suspect, asks "where are the jobs?", what they are really, truly asking is "where are the tax cuts for the 1%?" Those tax cuts won't create any new jobs for the millions of unemployed now suffering as a result of rich people stealing their futures......those tax cuts won't do anything to help satisfy our weak-demand situation......but conservatives aren't trying to solve our real economic problem anyway, they are using our economic problems as an opportunity to reward their rich constituents, again..... and if the little people suffer as a result, so be it.