Wednesday, February 16, 2011

So Be It

House Speaker John Boehner yesterday on budget cuts:

“In the last two years, under President Obama, the federal government has added 200,000 new federal jobs,” Boehner said. “If some of those jobs are lost so be it. We’re broke.

First, his claim that the government has added jobs is demonstrably false. Second, to the person who has the job, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a public or private sector job; it’s still a job. The employee pays taxes, buys food, has a mortgage, drives a car, and in spite of the mythology of the GOP, makes a contribution to the workforce. Third, we wouldn’t be “broke” if someone hadn’t voted for two wars and a bunch of tax cuts for the rich that were never paid for.

I always wonder why is it that Republicans slam the people who work in the government. We’re talking about the police, firefighters, border security guards; the people who keep us safe from ourselves and each other. Not only do they work just as hard as anyone else, the folks in Congress depend on them for their day-to-day work; I’d like to see how long Mr. Boehner would last without his staff of government employees. And, by definition, being in Congress is a government job.

Rachel Maddow has a theory about Mr. Boehner:

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I think the Democrats have been handed a huge gift from Mr. Boehner. I envision a very strong “So Be It” campaign based on the GOP attack on the public workforce; not just appealing to the millions of people who work for some government entity — state and local as well — but make it clear to the rest of the country that the things they take for granted — everything from safe roads to safe food and their child’s education at all levels — depends on people who work in the public sector.

With any luck, the GOP will come back with “Let Them Eat Cake.”