Tuesday, October 04, 2011

No Jobs

We were all looking at President Obama's job creation bill with great enthusiasm.  With goals like fixing roads, bridges, schools, and putting people back to work, the legislation seemed like the antidote for the high unemployment in the country.  However, Republican Rep. Eric Cantor stopped the jobs bill from even going for a vote.


House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said Tuesday that President Obama's jobs bill was "dead," adding that the president's "all or nothing approach" was unacceptable.

When asked during a press briefing by a reporter if the American Jobs Act was dead, Cantor replied, "yes," then said, "It seems as if the president is in full campaign mode. The president continues to say ‘pass my bill in its entirety.’ As I’ve said from the outset, this all-or-nothing approach is just not acceptable."

Do you know what I find unacceptable?  It is absolutely unacceptable that Cantor, Boehner, and the rest of the Republicans refuse to even discuss a plan to get people back to work.  The Republicans in the U.S. of Representatives have done absolutely N-O-T-H-I-N-G to help Americans get back to work.  NOTHING!!!!!!!   They have not written or passed one bill to create jobs.  Not one!!!

But wait!!!!!  Here is the real kicker---Cantor demanded just a few days earlier that  FEMA provide help now for his state after the latest weather disasters and earthquake..

HuffingtonPost: (9/27/11)

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials have been busy convincing Congress to quickly fill its emergency aid coffers, as the agency finds its funds drained by the natural disasters that have hit the country in recent months. The insistence, led by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), that Congress should cut spending elsewhere to offset disaster relief funding, led to a partisan standoff and nearly shut down the government. 

On Friday, however, FEMA officials found themselves busy answering to Cantor for another reason: He had requested a conference call to get updates on the disbursement of aid requested by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) for his district, which was affected by the Aug. 23 East Coast earthquake....

.....Cantor also called Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, "asking for additional information and a better sense of timing," according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch....

If I worked for FEMA or Homeland Security, I would have told Cantor to..........!  I guess I would have gotten fired immediately. 

It just isn't right that Cantor demands special attention for his state when he refuses a few days later to help the rest of the country find jobs and feed their families.  The entire Republican Party and their concerns for themselves and their rich contributors is wrong.  This is a country of 308,000,000 people. We all matter. Cantor and the Republicans should care about all of us, not just the rich, and not just the people of their own state.

Those people in Virginia's 7th congressional district need to elect someone with a heart to speak for them in the House of Representatives.