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Jobs? what jobs? We don't need no stinking jobs!!!

GOP spending cuts could cost 1 million Americans their jobs
February 16th, 2011 10:32 am ETDo you like this Article?
The fight over the next federal budget is now ramping up, with Republicans threatening to pass a package that would immediately cut $59 billion the last half of 2011, and President Obama proposing a longer-term package that would make around $100 billion in cuts over the coming year. President Obama has said that he would veto the Republican proposal if it came to his desk. The Obama administration claims that the Republican spending cuts would cost too many jobs, and now there is at least one study which substantiates their claims.

As Dana Milbank of The Washington Post notes, Speaker Boehner conceded the fact that jobs may be lost through the GOP spending cuts. Boehner claimed that 200,000 federal jobs have been added under President Obama (in fact the number is closer to 20,000), and that if some of those jobs are lost through spending cuts then “so be it.” When pressed by reporters on whether he had got an estimate on how many jobs would be lost Boehner said no.

At that point critics of the Republican plan started making their own estimates. According to Scott Lilly of the Center for American progress, the Republican spending cuts would lead to a loss of 650,000 federal jobs. In many cases the government may not even save money from these job losses, since many of the workers would start collecting unemployment checks from the federal government. In addition, Lilly’s study showed that another 325,000 jobs would be loss due to the decreased spending of all federal workers caused by the GOP spending cuts. Added together that Is 975,000 jobs, just 25,000 shy of one million.

Of course, Republicans would likely disagree with this analysis. However, thus far the Republicans have yet to produce any study of their own to contradict these numbers. Almost everyone agrees that spending cuts are likely to cost jobs as it would generally decrease demand in the economy. The only real question is how many jobs would be lost through the spending cuts, not how many jobs would be lost.

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emilysmom1966

Asked by emilysmom1966 at 3:59 PM on Feb. 17, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • There's never going to be an end to this. Ugh.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:09 PM on Feb. 17, 2011

  • Added together that Is 975,000 jobs, just 25,000 shy of one million

    They need to loss another million or so too, as far as I can see.
    goodwitch399

    Answer by goodwitch399 at 4:29 PM on Feb. 17, 2011

  • Okay. Where do you propose we get the money from then? In your own family do you go out and buy a new car when your credit cards are maxed out, the rent is 2 months late and you are working a part time minimum wage job.

    Nobody has said it would be easy, but there is simply no more money and the govt card is maxed out.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 4:56 PM on Feb. 17, 2011

  • Okay. Where do you propose we get the money from then


    We could have got 700 billion just by letting the tax cuts for the wealthy expire.  It would sure be nice to have now.  It doesn't make any sense to cut things that will make unemployment worse.  Who will that help the tea partiers.  We need to create jobs and get the economy going again, then we can worry about the deficit.    When it's time to make cuts, who do the GOP go after, the people that need it the most.  They have no ideas for creating jobs what so ever.

    mommom2000

    Answer by mommom2000 at 5:09 PM on Feb. 17, 2011

  • About the AUTHOR of the above UNCREDITED quote!! LOL


    "Ryan Witt is a graduate of Washington University Law School in St. Louis and has extensive experience teaching government and politics. His articles have been cited by The Washington Post, NPR, Politics Daily, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Media Matters, Daily Kos, and Think Progress among others. Ryan can be contacted at rdwittsteeler@gmail.com."


    Let's take more advice on jobs from someone else who hasn't worked in the private sector, because that's worked so well so far (sarcasm)!


    BTW...you're damn right we need to cut GOVERNMENT jobs, then the tax money spent on them will stay in the private sector and used to hire PRODUCTIVE people, and spur on REAL economic recovery!!

    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 5:18 PM on Feb. 17, 2011

  • BTW...you're damn right we need to cut GOVERNMENT jobs, then the tax money spent on them will stay in the private sector and used to hire PRODUCTIVE people, and spur on REAL economic recovery!!


     That's one of the dumbest statements I have heard in a while. Excuses excuses is all you ever come up with. Same excuses you used why they shouldn't let the tax cuts expire. How is that working out. Did millions of jobs get created when they extended the taxes?

    mommom2000

    Answer by mommom2000 at 5:21 PM on Feb. 17, 2011

  • That's one of the dumbest statements I have heard in a while.

    Translation: you still haven't figured out that government jobs cost money and private sector jobs make money and as long as we're spending (government jobs) more than we're making (private sector jobs) we're going down the drain.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 5:23 PM on Feb. 17, 2011

  • Here is my take on things, We can start with lavish expeditures on both democratic and republican sides.
    The Republican National Committee gave nearly $2,000 to a Southern California GOP contributor for meal expenses at Voyeur West Hollywood, a lesbian-themed California nightclub that features topless dancers wearing horse-bits and other bondage gear, according to newly filed disclosure records.

    The Feb. 4 nightclub disbursement was included as part of the RNC's monthly expense reports filed with the Federal Election Commission last week. The reports also included tens of thousands of dollars in expenditures for luxury jets, limousines and posh hotels, prompting further criticism from Democrats and some Republicans over the spending habits of RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

    The RNC spent more than $17,000 on private jet travel in February as well as nearly $13,000 for limousines and car services, and also ran up tabs at l
    emilysmom1966

    Comment by emilysmom1966 (original poster) at 5:28 PM on Feb. 17, 2011

  • That's one of the dumbest statements I have heard in a while. Excuses excuses is all you ever come up with. Same excuses you used why they shouldn't let the tax cuts expire. How is that working out. Did millions of jobs get created when they extended the taxes?

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    Newsflash....Congress EXTENDED the tax cuts, they weren't NEW tax cuts. Without the EXTENSION, unemployment (U-3) would likely be around 12-13%!! When are YOU going to understand that there is no "federal money tree," and that the government does not GENERATE income?!?!
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 5:34 PM on Feb. 17, 2011

  • Why would the expenses of the RNC and DNC matter? They aren't government funded, they're donation funded.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 5:36 PM on Feb. 17, 2011

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