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Monday, May 5, 2014

The Daily GOP Ignominious: GOP "Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi," And "No" Interest in "JOBS"

While the GOP via Boehner and Issa are embarking on yet another round of "Benghazi Derangement, I am reminded of the 55 appeal ACA (AKA Obamacare) votes that cost the nation ($1.6 million per vote) $88 million USD. After digesting the ACA repeal financial impact via use of our tax dollars, my mind moves further into tea party governance. It doesn't take, but a second to settle on the "Sequester" and the GOP initiated and perpetrated 2013 Federal Government Shutdown. 

Fact Check Dot Org and the differences in cost from the "GOP government shutdown. "
But estimates for total economic cost only range from $12 billion to $24 billion. The $12 billion estimate comes from Macroeconomic Advisers, but Democrats are fond of quoting the higher of those figures, issued by Standard & Poor’s on Oct. 16, only hours before the shutdown ended 
And now Standard & Poor’s is saying the shutdown cost the American economy $24 billion. And some people are saying that the job implications may go as high as almost 1 million jobs.
Yet, the GOP chases the dragon of Benghazi as the economic recovery chugs along with the real prospect of a more rapid recovery. Prospect available to all in Washington DC. I shouldn't say all as the SCOTUS is busily working to return the United States to its pre-1950s privilege for some and various forms of oppression for others. I will exclude the SCOTUS for failure to work to improve our economy. It is not part of their job description and  after all, the conservative Justices are effectively delivering on their mission aligned with and delivering on American conservatism. 

Benghazi is obviously a 2014/2016 battle cry. It is factually all they have as political leverage. The battle cry is troublesome for those who know the history of US Embassy security. Mother Jones in October 2012 published apiece about GOP support for lack of support for US Embassy Security. 

Mother Jones "Breaking: It Turns Out That Protecting Our Embassies Costs Money"
House Republicans cut the administration’s request for embassy security funding by $128 million in fiscal 2011 and $331 million in fiscal 2012....Last year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that Republicans’ proposed cuts to her department would be “detrimental to America’s national security” — a charge Republicans rejected. 
Ryan, Issa and other House Republicans voted for an amendment in 2009 to cut $1.2 billion from State operations, including funds for 300 more diplomatic security positions. Under Ryan’s budget, non-defense discretionary spending, which includes State Department funding, would be slashed nearly 20 percent in 2014, which would translate to more than $400 million in additional cuts to embassy security.

GOP strategy and Benghazi aside, think of our economy, improving jobs number, low employment rates (lingering), three plus million Americans stuck in a jobs void, unemployment payments fiendishly denied via the GOP, and public sector jobs reductions at historical highs.

Think Progress June 1, 2012.....
Take a look at what the 2009/2010 GOP has done to public Sector employment. 
But what if we hadn’t cut those jobs providing critical public services and investments? Under President Reagan, rather than shedding public service jobs, governments added more than 1.4 million jobs — or twice as many government jobs as have been cut in the current economy — by the time he left office. And rather than cutting government purchases from the private sector, government actually expanded by $410 billion under President Reagan. 
Note that both the population and the economy of the United States were significantly smaller back then, so these stimuli under President Reagan were much larger in relative terms than what we are seeing today. If government jobs continued growing at the same rate as during Reagan’s presidency, today government employment would be 1.05 million jobs larger.

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Now for an August 2013 Think Progress excerpt that is relative as it gets.
While the public sector added 1,000 net jobs in July’s jobs report, shrinking government payrolls have been a consistent drag on the economy throughout President Obama’s term. By contrast, at the same point in President George W. Bush’s time in office the government had contributed over a million jobs to the economy:
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Of course, the recession early in the Bush years looks like a blip next to the economic collapse that was underway when he handed the Oval Office over to Obama. But the ongoing weakness in government employment isn’t an automatic consequence of the Great Recession — it’s the result of policy choices Congress has made. Economists say that the shift to austerity since 2011 has pushed the unemployment rate a full percentage point higher than it would otherwise have been. Those spending cuts harm growth across the entire economy, not just the public sector. But of the last four American recessions, the current is the only one where government payrolls shrank in the years of recovery that followed.
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With an exception for the infestation of far right anti-government Tea Party Members of Congress to the US House in 2010, many House members sat quietly and in full support while the GOP drove the US in economic collapse.  Today they throw lip service at improving jobs numbers, focus their attention to labor participate rates, and reach via a White House stumble on an email back to revive
"Benghazi."

Here is the 'real deal' when it comes to the GOP and Benghazi when the nation so badly needs cooperation of improving our economy.

Nancy Pelosi on the "New Benghazi" initiative



From there, how about seriously relevant information the GOP seems to hold in a "low interest" file: Jobs!




The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)

Today’s Jobs Report in Pictures


May 2, 2014 at 9:48 am
Today’s mixed jobs report shows a big jump in payroll employment but a sharp fall in labor force participation. The labor market is clearly much stronger than in the depths of the Great Recession but still far from the “maximum employment” goal that Congress has mandated the Federal Reserve to pursue. Long-term unemployment remains a particular concern, highlighting why Congress must restore federal emergency jobless benefits – which it allowed to lapse at the end of 2013 and has not restored even though long-term unemployment remains substantially higher than when any of the previous seven emergency programs expired.

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Chad Stone
Chad Stone is Chief Economist at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where he specializes in the economic analysis of budget and policy issues. You can follow him on Twitter @ChadCBPP.

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State and Local Jobs Climbing out of Deep Hole

May 2, 2014 at 12:03 pm
State and local governments added 18,000 jobs in April, according to today’s jobs report, and have added 43,000 jobs since the start of 2014.  This is great news given the steep loss of public jobs due to the Great Recession.
Yet, while states and localities have slowly begun to rehire in the past two years (see graph), the number of public employees remains far below six years ago. Meanwhile, the demands on states and localities continue to grow.  For example, public elementary and secondary schools have 492,000 more students than before the recession.
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And, to think, the us voters are not clamoring for better.

....And The Band Plays On......

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