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Republicans Hate American Jobs, But Love Sending Them Overseas!

That is not hyperbole either, those are the cold, hard facts. Steve Benen has an excellent post about why they hate American jobs so much…it boils down to one word, POLITICS! From Benen at the Washington Monthly…(emphasis mine)

THE GOP PLAN TO MAKE UNEMPLOYMENT MUCH WORSE…. The number one issue on the minds of most Americans is job creation. With that in mind, it seems rather important that congressional Republicans are pushing a plan that would make unemployment much worse, on purpose.

A Republican plan to sharply cut federal spending this year would destroy 700,000 jobs through 2012, according to an independent economic analysis set for release Monday.

The report, by Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi, offers fresh ammunition to Democrats seeking block the Republican plan, which would terminate dozens of programs and slash federal appropriations by $61 billion over the next seven months.

Zandi, an architect of the 2009 stimulus package who has advised both political parties, predicts that the GOP package would reduce economic growth by 0.5 percentage points this year, and by 0.2 percentage points in 2012, resulting in 700,000 fewer jobs by the end of next year.

Zandi also had bad news for liberal Democrats who are resisting sharp spending cuts: Bringing deficits down to sustainable levels will require more than a growing economy.

If this seems familiar, it’s because it’s not the first report to raise this point. The Washington Post‘s Dana Milbank, relying on data compiled by the Center for American Progress, found that the Republican budget plan would force roughly 975,000 Americans from their jobs. What’s more, just last week, economists at Goldman Sachs estimated that the GOP proposal would reduce economic growth by as much as 2% of GDP, which would cause the unemployment rate to go up about a point.

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This deserves to be the lead story for every major news outlet covering the debate. There’s no more important angle to the electorate that still says economic growth and job creation trump everything else.

I would, by the way, gladly note the Republicans’ response to this, but as far as I can tell, the GOP doesn’t have one. The House majority has seen these multiple projections, showing steep job losses, that Republicans have responded with nothing — no projections, no competing sets of numbers, no hearings on the effects of their cuts, nothing.

I remember when I first heard that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce supported outsourcing and in fact, encouraged American companies to do it, I almost fell off my chair. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce encouraging American companies to ship American jobs overseas…you have to be kidding me, right? Oh no, this is not a joke. They actually have offered classes on how to do it….how to stick it to American workers. From ThinkProgress…

The ties between the AmChams and the U.S. Chamber are deep. In addition to sharing staff members, the Chinese AmCham has worked closely with the U.S. Chamber and the Chinese government to sponsor a series of seminars in America to teach American businesses how to outsource jobs to China (called the China Grassroots Program). Below is an invite to an event sponsored by the right-wing billionaire Sheldon Adelson, inviting local businesses in Florida to come to Jacksonville and learn about outsourcing from Chinese government officials like Li Haiyan, the Counselor for Economic Affairs for the People’s Republic of China, U.S. Chamber lobbyist Joseph Fawkner, and BChinaB, a firm that specializes in helping American firms outsource their manufacturing jobs to China. Click the screenshot below for the invitation:

Now everyone knows that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a huge benefactor of the Republican Party and make sure that their beneficiaries of their largesse fall in line with the “company line.” But really, the name “U.S. Chamber of Commerce” should probably be changed to reflect what it really does. How about the “Foreign Chamber of Commerce” or the “Non-U.S. Chamber of Commerce” because they receive a lot of money from foreign corporations and I’m sure it has NOTHING to do with their stance on outsourcing, right? More from ThinkProgress…

Separately from their relationship with the AmCham affiliates, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce receives direct foreign donations to the same 501(c)(6) political account the Chamber is using to run an unprecedented $75 million attack ad campaign against progressives. In an exclusive investigation, ThinkProgress documented over 80 foreign firms donating at least $885,000 to the Chamber’s 501(c)(6) account. As ThinkProgress’ Brad Johnson noted, many of these foreign supporters of the Chamber financing its 501(c)(6) are also some of the world’s largest outsourcing companies.

Isn’t that just sweet, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce taking donations from foreign nations that compete directly with American companies for jobs. Does anyone else see a problem with this or is it just me? Even Ronald Reagan must be rolling over in his grave over this bullshit, and this is the same group of folks who claim to have a monopoly on patriotism and nationalistic pride.

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February 28, 2011 - Posted by | Economy, Jobs, Politics

16 Comments »

  1. What about Bill Clinton and Nafta? No ocean involved but still…

    Comment by altonwoods | February 28, 2011 | Reply

    • I agree, Bill Clinton also started the whole financial mess we are in by deregulating Wall Street in 1999. Thanks for nothing, Bill.

      He still did a lot of good for our country, but he started the mess we are in now for sure.

      Comment by ExtremeLiberal | February 28, 2011 | Reply

      • They called him a “protectionist” when he ran before…any chance Pat Buchanan would consider a run in 2012?

        Comment by altonwoods | March 1, 2011 | Reply

  2. Who owns the USA? Increasingly its foreign interests.

    http://finance.yahoo.com/banking-budgeting/article/112189/who-owns-the-us?mod=bb-debtmanagement

    Comment by Grant in Texas | February 28, 2011 | Reply

  3. This proves what I and others been saying months before the election, the only people you’re going to hurt by not voting is the people you claiming to care about and yourselves.
    Since taking over the house early last month The Republicans have spent their time trying to repel something they know don’t have a chance of passing in the senate, going after women’s reproductive rights and slashing everything that matters to regular people.

    As for jobs, what jobs? These Republicans want this economy to tank further so their empty suit, empty head Republican challenger has something to run on next year.

    And these Republican governors and these Republican state house are playing the role of trying to drown their own state progress because they want to make sure people are angry enough that these people will get rid of more Democrats.

    But what is our side rather talk about “President Obama should go to Wisconsin” President Obama isn’t showing leadership or trying to look for far left options to primary President Obama and other kinds of bullshit.

    We wouldn’t have an Citizens United if some on our side didn’t play that I’m more liberal than you card by voting for Nader or staying home in 2000.

    Comment by Johnny C. | February 28, 2011 | Reply

  4. I am not surprised to be perfectly honest. If you think about it if the republican challenger wins in 2012 he’ll lose in 2016 at least thats how some liberals think. Boy they can be so dumb sometimes almost as dumb as conservatives that they claim to loath. Its disgusting.

    Comment by Jeff | February 28, 2011 | Reply

    • The good news is President Obama is at 50% approval ratings. I rather the President look reasonable vs the shit ding bat crazy the Republicans are putting on display. I got President Obama winning re-election but then again I would be lying if I said I wasn’t worried about the firebag factor.

      Republicans got a small taste of power back and they’re showing us what could be in store for us if they managed to get back the senate and the presidency but yet we still got people wanting to debate rather President Obama is liberal or not.

      Only shows I listen to from start to finish is Stephanie Miller and Randi Rhodes because they’re trying to keep the focus on the real issue and not trying to knee cap the president.

      Now on Firebag Underground they had a video from hip hop artist saying he’s not going to vote. I don’t get it after the mess we seen and people are proud to tell people they’re going to sit out another election.

      Comment by Johnny C. | February 28, 2011 | Reply

      • They obviously don’t give a shit about people, they are not liberal or progressive or even independent, they are assholes who are willing to hurt people, women and children mostly, for their goddamn ideology. An ideology that doesn’t do shit for them, since it only exists in their minds.

        Comment by ExtremeLiberal | February 28, 2011 | Reply

      • Well just look at it like this their the reason Bush won TWICE. Isn’t that something to be proud of?

        I just hope that the fire baggers change their minds and vote for Obama anyway but who knows Obama can still win without the fire bagging crowd.

        Comment by Jeff | February 28, 2011 | Reply

      • Like I posted elsewhere, Gov. Walker would never have squeaked by with a .2% margin if the Green Party hadn’t skimmed off nearly 4.0% of the Wisconsin vote. Greens are a lot closer to the Democrats than Republicans, many of the latter favoring profits over pollution, care little about the environment, and don’t even believe in Global Warming. But the Democrats are not ECO-friendly enough by the measure of an ideologue Green. As much as I would like to see more than a two-party system, don’t think it will ever happen here unless we abandon our Constitution and go to a parliamentary form. So often a “third party” protest vote elects the very people who are the most unlike you. But then, for some, being smug in one’s own mind is most important.

        Comment by Grant in Texas | February 28, 2011 | Reply

  5. George Lakoff writes that much of the MSM media is falsely portraying a “battle” between “taxpayers” and “unions”, the latter demanding tax money. And of course there are the “fleeing” Democrats (illegally, if you believe some pundits) hiding out in Illinois. He also notes that when Abe Lincoln was locked in the Illinois statehouse to ensure a quorum during a Whig revolt, Lincoln jumped from a second story window to help spoil a quorum. IOW, if Lincoln were around today he would be supporting the “fleeing” Democrats! But then the racist Republicans long ago vacated the Party of Lincoln!

    If the Wisconsin plan to kill the public employees’ unions succeeds, then there will be little union money in the future to support democratic candidates. Conservatives will be effectively unopposed in raising campaign funding in most elections, including the presidential elections. This will mean a thoroughly conservative America in every issue area.

    http://georgelakoff.com/2011/02/25/the-real-issues-a-wisconsin-update/

    Remember, one of the first things Hitler did coming into power in 1933 was to destroy labor unions!!!

    Comment by Grant in Texas | February 28, 2011 | Reply

  6. Back in 2004 I was a big Howard Dean supporter but once he lost his bid, I become a Kerry supporter because removing George W.Bush from office was more important to me than whatever feelings I had for Kerry as a candidate.

    Progress didn’t move fast didn’t move enough for some and people went firebag, how are you going get a single payer healthcare system when you hand the house back to people who are going to do the bidding of the health insurance industry? If you mad at the banking reform bill how are you going to make it stronger when allowed the people that are on the bankers payroll write the rules?

    I posted a story tonight about how if the election was do over Scott Walker would lose and the main reason he won in the first place was Democrats didn’t show up.

    Part of me wants to tell the people in Wisconsin if you stayed home thinking you’re making a statement by sitting this election out you got what you deserved. When you allow corporatist Republicans win elections you can’t be mad when they do their corporate overlords bidding.

    I’ll tell ya if the Republicans win next year shit a lot of us better be planning for eight year trip to the north eh. And let these firebaggers lose future elections.

    Comment by Johnny C. | February 28, 2011 | Reply

  7. Not only is getting rid of unions going to hurt the Democratic Party since this leaves an open field to the Corporatists to buy all future elections, the movement for Voter ID in many states will also suppress the votes of senior citizens, the poor, and minorities, who vote are more apt to vote Democratic than Republican.

    In today’s Houston Chronicle is a piece about how Voter ID will affect the future politics of the states pushing for it.

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/7450466.html

    Texas Republicans, with a budget deficit 9 times greater than Wisconsin’s, is doing little right now to fix it. Instead they are going forth with “job killing”. I think the GOP wants unemployment in hope they can ride it to victory in 2012. MOST important in Texas, to our Republicans now in full charge, is “Voter ID”, “Outlawing Sharia Law”, “Forced Sonograms dictating what a doctor has to do with patients”, “Papers Please” for Mexicans, and other “important” items EXCEPT fixing the budget crisis here.

    Paul Krugman blasts Texas in the NY Times:

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/outlook/7450465.html

    Like Wisconsin, Texas wants to balance the budget on the backs of the children, the sick and the poor. They seem to want “job killing” here. Gov. Perry lied to the public running for re-election last year making it appear that he had been a great steward for the state, then only after his victory in November, did a lot of the TRUTH come out about the state of our finances.

    Comment by Grant in Texas | March 1, 2011 | Reply

    • Is their anything you can do grant to get people to realize that Rick Perry is bad for Texas? I mean why do these idiots in Texas seem to vote overwhelmingly republican all of the time? Its unfathomable!

      Comment by Jeff | March 1, 2011 | Reply

  8. Gov. “Goodhair” Perry was not honest with the people before the election about the real state of the state. Plus he went hard right supporting every right wing social issue out there, pro-life, Mexican bashing, etc. and the teabaggers loved his crazy talk.

    The Democratic opponent, Bill White, had been mayor of Houston but was not well known outside of the city and Texas is a big state (800+ miles from border to border) with 254 counties to cover. White is not especially a handsome man like the metrosexual Perry in cowboy boots and gun/holster (which he even wears while jogging!). Plus White is not a powerful speaker. Democrats controlled the state for much of the last century until George W. Bush defeated Ann Richards (Rove had a whisper campaign she was a lesbian among other dirty tricks).

    The legislature went from 76 Republican to 75 Democrats to 101 to 49 this time due to the activity of the teabaggers. In reality only 99 Republicans won last fall, but two “Democrats”, who enjoyed money from the party, were convinced to switch parties giving Perry his super-majority, which can ensure no veto will have an override.

    Harris County (Houston), Dallas County, Travis County (Austin), Bexar County (San Antonio) and El Paso are Democratic strongholds. Remember Tom DeLay was responsible for redistricting the state in the mid-2000′s to favor the rural Republican areas. This redistricting fight was the reason our Democratic legislators fled to Oklahoma to prevent a quorum. Even though Perry has been revealed as a liar, the idiots here still like him even though he has become a multi-millionaire on the public dole.

    Comment by Grant in Texas | March 1, 2011 | Reply

  9. Voter ID in many states will also suppress the votes of senior citizens, the poor, and minorities

    You have to have an ID to drive, cash a check, cross check a credit card, fly on an airline but you shouldn’t have to present an ID to vote. Maybe by requiring and ID we can control voter fraud, everywhere but Chicago because corruption is a way of life.

    Loss of American jobs to offshore, thank a union and their absurd demands.

    Comment by atlanta ralph | March 2, 2011 | Reply


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