In the now 300 plus days since Republicans have taken control of the House, GOP policies have zero jobs and destroyed over 4.2 million jobs through spending cuts and legislation.
At the 200 day mark of GOP control, House Republicans had voted to create 0 jobs, and had cast votes that would kill 1.9 million jobs. House Republicans have also pushed through spending cuts that they claimed would create jobs, but they have had the opposite effect.
According to study by the Center For American Progress, an additional 60,000 jobs were when Republicans slashed funding for law enforcement, clean up at nuclear weapons production facilities, and The Federal Buildings Fund of The General Services Administration.
The study found that this was just the tip of the iceberg,
Estimates of the number of jobs directly lost by these cuts run upwards to 60,000. The jobs losses that are a direct result of those actions will have a secondary impact on a wide array of businesses ranging from automobile producers to local restaurants and dry cleaning establishments, causing the disappearance of a significant number of additional jobs.
Similar stories could be told about many other budget cuts made in this bill—cuts that resulted in further job losses—but that would require many more pages and exhaust the patience of most readers. All of the various 250 program reductions in the FY 2011 continuing resolution probably eliminated more 370,000 jobs.
It is not just that Republicans have no interest in creating jobs, but the GOP has a vested electoral interest in killing jobs. As Sen. Bernie Sanders explained yesterday, Republicans are voting against any legislation that might create a job. The Republicans have been pushing spending cuts because they know that cutting spending is the one sure way to make sure that unemployment doesn’t decrease. The Republican Party doesn’t care that millions of their constituents are suffering. They are trying to defeat Barack Obama and win an election.
House Republicans are literally creating unemployment with their policies. Besides their spending cuts, the House GOP voted for three separate bills that would kill 1.9 million jobs, H.R. 1, H.R. 2, and H. Con. Res. 34.When you add in the 2 million jobs that House Republicans are not creating by refusing to vote on the American Jobs Act, and the 370,000 killed by spending cuts the total is 4.27 million jobs that the GOP is either refusing to create or has killed.
Over 20% of nation’s unemployed could be back to work if Republicans would embrace job creation instead of job killing. Republicans are prolonging this recession for political gain. After more than a year of these tactics, this fact is no longer a shock or a surprise. It’s reality.
If House Republicans won’t let the American people find a job, then the only thing to do is make sure that they lose theirs.