How the GOP led House is working for America

January 17, 2012

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We have had the House of Representatives ruled by the GOP for over a year now.   I thought it might be instructive to review their year of inaction.  This list is by no means exhaustive and I’m sure someone else could better research and document the year in review.  My point in doing this is that this congress began with John Boehner yelling ‘where are the jobs?’  Did that yelling help your job search?

Here is what the GOP really wants to spend their time on:

  • In God We Trust
  • Terminate taxpayer voluntary funding of presidential campaigns
  • Repeal the Health Care act
  • Eliminate funding for NPR and PBS
  • Install a statue of Gerald Ford in the capitol
  • Terminate the Emergency Mortgage Relief program
  • Terminate the FHA Refinance Program
  • Eliminate tax funds for Planned Parenthood
  • Defund provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care act
  • Prevent the EPA from addressing climate change due to greenhouse gases
  • Refuse to continue funding the government and jeopardizing the bond ratings of US Treasury bills.
  • Eliminate rules concerning the use of pesticides near water as regulated in the Water Pollution act
  • Deregulate clean air rules for oil drilling and refining
  • Fund non public elementary charter schools and CIA pensions
  • Eliminate financial transparency for the judicial branch
  • Balanced budget amendment to the constitution
  • Further deregulate Wall St
  • Defang rules established by executive order
  • Allow increases to payroll taxes

Don’t get me wrong, while I am opposed to most of these provisions, I am ambivalent to a few of these.  Back to my point though, where is the major jobs creation bill that was proposed and debated on the floor of the House?

Like I said, this is not an exhaustive list.  I think I forgot to include the ‘Improving the golf handicap act of 2011’.


4 Responses to “How the GOP led House is working for America”

  1. I would just like to see them get out of the way. When do we get to see that bill on the House floor? I have yet to see anything that the federal government has done that helps the jobs situation.

    • Sounds like you would have preferred to see Chrysler and GM failed and Americans choosing between Ford and foreign autos.

      Those loans to GM and Chrysler saved bunches of jobs despite republican opposition. Since that time we have had massive conservative obstruction and no one knows what other jobs may have been saved had a progressive agenda been allowed to proceed.

      • I hate to see anyone lose their job. I’ve lost a few jobs in my life but didn’t need the government to “bail” me out. If the feds would have stayed out of the automobile industry in the first place and allowed the free market to fend for itself there would have been more than 3 or 4 manufacturers in the country and we would not be in this mess to begin with.
        It doesn’t have anything to do with democrats or republicans…..
        Bad business is just that….whether you do it with the burden of union pentions, labor costs, or the Hill with all it’s taxes and regulations it’s always bad business practices that end jobs.

        All you have to do is look across the pond to figure out that bailouts no matter how small are never the answer. It always bites you one way or the other.

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