Thursday, February 17, 2011

Boehner On Federal Job Losses: "So Be It"

Speaker of the House John Boehner professes concern about jobs. He and his fellow Republicans, after all, labeled their attempt to repeal health care reform the "Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act." But he's awfully cavalier about job losses for federal workers. They and their families don't count–and he's ready to tell us why, regardless of the accuracy of his points:

...During his weekly news conference on Tuesday, Mr. Boehner claimed that Mr. Obama had added 200,000 federal workers since he took office (a figure that has been disputed), and shrugged at the idea that Republican efforts to slash government spending would put many of them out of work.

“If some of those jobs are lost in this, so be it,” Mr. Boehner said. “We’re broke. It’s time for us to get serious about how we’re spending the nation’s money.”

...Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leader, took to the floor of the House to denounce Mr. Boehner’s comment. “Democrats do not subscribe to Speaker Boehner’s verdict that if jobs are lost in this continuing resolution, so be it,” she said. “Maybe so be it for him, but not so be it for the people who are losing their jobs.”

...Politifact, a Web site that tracks the accuracy of claims by politicians, said on Tuesday that Mr. Boehner’s statement that the federal workforce had grown by 200,000 people was false. In fact, the site said, the size of federal employment has grown by about half that much.

Chris Matthews took note of Boehner's arrogance and false statistics:

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