So what’s a few lost jobs to a well-fed, well-tanned congressman like John Boehner? Not much, apparently.
At a press conference in Washington D.C. yesterday, the Speaker of the House claimed that President Obama has swollen the government payroll by 200,000 jobs (Democrats put it at closer to 20,000) and said, “If some of those jobs are lost so be it. We’re broke.”
The House has begun debating legislation that would cut $61 billion from current spending for the remainder of the fiscal year ending on September 30, equivalent to a 14 percent reduction.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner warned Republicans on Tuesday against cutting spending too quickly, calling for gradual deficit reduction to avoid endangering the economic recovery.
Never mind that, like almost every other candidate last year, Boehner campaigned on a promise to create jobs. Perhaps he plans to hire a lot of new caddies to work for him on the 100-plus golf outings he takes per year. — Anastasia Pantsios