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Friday, October 21, 2011

Scotto strikes again

Did Congressional Republicans really choose millionaires over teachers, cops and firefighters? Yep.

Decrying a "government jobs bill," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell proudly led his Republican team, including our own Scott Brown, in lockstep opposition to a $35 billion piece of the larger Obama jobs bill. The money was targeted to state and local governments to prevent the layoff of teachers, police and firefighters.

Wasn't it just this week that Scotto declared his disgust with "political obstructionism?" Yep again.

The GOP has declared war on government jobs, despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of them go to people who teach our children, plow our streets, pick up our trash and protect our lives and property. To McConnell, the Obama proposal is just designed to "bail out cities and states that cannot pay their bills.”

The sin involved in standing up for the public sector workforce, which continues to bleed jobs even as other sectors show some signs of life?

A surtax of 0.5 percent, starting in 2013, on income in excess of $1 million. As Vice President Joe Biden explained to the math-phobic GOP:
You have a one-half of one-percent surtax on the 1,000,0001th dollar -- in other words it doesn't affect anybody who makes $999,000, it doesn't affect anybody making $999,999 -- and if you want to find the guy who make $1,000,0001, it only affects that $1. That's the only thing the rate goes up."
Who exactly is guilty of class warfare? The party looking to protect 400,000 teachers, cops and firefighters? Or the one backing the "300,000 U.S. business owners" doing well enough to earn $1,000,001 a year and being asked to kick in an extra nickel?

No word from Brown on why he forgot his own sanctimonious declaration to "stop playing games" so soon.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Teachers, police, and firefighters, are three groups that are represented by unions that are especially strong, and are often seen as opposition to reform. If nothing else, 2011 is ground zero in the Republican attack on public employee unions. This is just another strike in that war.

October 21, 2011 10:15 AM  

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