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Economic Growth Slows To A Crawl as Dems Push Legislation That Will Kill 1 Million Jobs

The Wall Street Journal reports today, “The U.S. economy nearly stalled in the first quarter as weakness overseas hurt exports and frigid weather curtailed business investment. Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of goods and services produced across the economy, grew at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 0.1% in the first quarter, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That matched the second-weakest quarterly reading of the nearly five-year-old economic recovery. . . . ‘Not a great start to the year,’ said Lindsey Piegza, chief economist at Sterne Agee. . . . The latest numbers continue a familiar pattern. The nation’s economic recovery, which started in mid-2009, has been marked as much for its choppiness as its slow pace. At several junctures, consecutive strong quarters have raised hopes for a breakout-only to be upended by a slowdown. The overall gains have been too weak to push the unemployment rate back in line with historical norms. The unemployment rate in March stood at a still-elevated 6.7%.”

 

And so of course Senate Democrats’ answer is to push a bill that could cost up to 1 million Americans jobs today. As Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said “[T]oday feels like déjà vu all over again. Because even though our constituents keep telling us that they expect Washington to focus on jobs, that’s clearly not what they’re getting from the Senate. Instead, Senate Democrats are pushing legislation today that could cost as many as a million jobs in this country — legislation that the Left flank of their party demands. That’s their response to the pleas of our constituents to do something about jobs — a proposal that non-partisan analysts tell us could cost jobs. But then again, these are the same Washington Democrats who’ve been at the helm of our economy for five and a half years — the same ones who’ve been bragging about a recovery for the past four.

 

“Well, we learned this morning that the economy grew by just 0.1% last quarter. So I can assure you that if this is the Democrats’ idea of a recovery, the people in my state at least aren’t terribly impressed. They’re ready for new ideas. They’re ready to turn the page from the liberal playbook that just hasn’t worked. It’s clearer every day that the D.C. liberal establishment is completely out of ideas. I mean, they don’t even pretend to be serious about jobs anymore. The clearest proof of that is today’s vote — on a bill that could cost about 17,000 jobs in Kentucky alone and potentially as many as a million nationwide. But Senate Democrats don’t really seem to care. They don’t seem to care that about six-in-ten Americans oppose a bill like this if it means losing hundreds of thousands of American jobs. Because Washington Democrats’ true focus these days seems to be making the Far Left happy – not helping the Middle Class.”

 

Meanwhile, every day there are more stories from all across the country about how Obamacare is hurting American workers: hospital employees laid off in Kansas, Kentucky, and Michigan, teachers’ hours cut in North Carolina and university professors’ hours cut in New Jersey and Ohio, paychecks of county employees cut in Georgia and those of nurses cut in North Carolina, hours limited for prison guards and emergency service personnel in Pennsylvania, and small business owners in Maryland curbing hiring.

 

Leader McConnell added, “I think our constituents deserve a lot better than what they’ve been getting this year from the Democrats who control the Senate. They’re already struggling under the weight of Washington Democrats’ ideological adventure from a few years ago: Obamacare. . . . Washington Democrats downplayed Obamacare’s negative impact on jobs, just as they’re doing with this legislation today. And yet, the government’s own nonpartisan analysis shows that Obamacare will effectively drive 2.5 million people out of the American workforce. We’re already seeing the effects in Kentucky, where hospitals are laying off workers and cutting salaries because of the impact of this law. One of the largest health systems in the state recently let go of nearly 500 employees – and its CEO stated that Obamacare was a factor in that decision. The head of another community hospital in Glasgow, Kentucky also said that Obamacare was a factor in his hospital’s recent decision to reduce salaries and cut as many as 49 employees. . . . Washington Democrats promised this law would help the little guy, but it ended up hurting many of the same people it purported to help. We’re seeing the same thing with the legislation before us today.”

 

Democrats like to talk about helping the middle class, but their solutions, like Obamacare, are already costing middle class Americans, and so their answer is to push legislation that would cost Americans even more jobs. As Leader McConnell said, “[I]t’s time for Washington Democrats to drop the tired ideological approach that’s failed so miserably the last five and half years.”

 

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog.

Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

5 Responses to “Economic Growth Slows To A Crawl as Dems Push Legislation That Will Kill 1 Million Jobs”

  1. Gene Lefty says:

    The economy has been stalled for years.

    The Republican answer has been to substitute the growth of government, for lack of growth in the private sector. For those who doubt this, the Republicans financed this government growth in Virginia with bills like HB 2313. Then they passed massive budget increases under McDonnell, and are trying to continue to do so under McAuliffe. Budget increases many times the rate of inflation. All designed to grow government, and make Virginia a Socialist State.

    Our jobs were sold to Communist China for PAC and Campaign cash. In Virginia, goodbye Smithfield. Just who pumped the grease gun to get that deal done?

    Until campaign finance and PAC’s are reformed, nothing will change. One simply cannot put one good apple in a barrel of 434 bad apples, and get more good apples.

    A good case could also be made that the RPV name should be changed to CPV, Catholic Party of Virginia. Wouldn’t this fit nicely with Virginia now having what could best be called “The Fluvanna County Vatican”?

    Just where is the Protestant voice in the Republican Party of Virginia Leadership?????

    • John Louis says:

      Mr. Lefty, It is clear you are very disappointed w/ RPV, as are many people including VA Right, but the article is about National politics, specifically, the failure of the Democrat policies coming out of DC.

      Are you disappointed w/ them as well? Or to ideologically bent to see the massive collapse taking place everywhere around you?

      • Gene Lefty says:

        Thanks for the reply Mr. Louis. Why not talk about Virginia? What are you afraid of? That $500 million the McDonnell admin blew on a road to nowhere?

        As was found out last week on the 26th, in the NOVA firehouse primary, the Liberal Republican’s are in control. They have no intention of any change.

        My way is the only logical way, as the Old School Republican’s are not about to let what they may view as “political pirates” take control of “their” money, opp’s, I meant party.

        You vote for the candidate they give you. That candidate has already been vetted to ensure more of the same, ala the Peace, Comstock, and Cantor cancers, Also, Mr. Marshall has continually voted for the massive budget increases in Virginia. Budgets many times the raises in inflation, or the cost of living index.

        I throw a wrench in their BS by voting Democrat. That is how you stop them! The Republicans give me a more of the same, liberal, BS candidate, I give them a Democrat in return! It is all about disinformation and ignorance.

        That my friend is how you stop them!

  2. John Richardson says:

    The only people who benefited from all this Socialist madness in DC are the Dems that used these feel good policies and the taxpayers dime (trillions of them I might say) to buy more votes from the uninformed, misinformed, and quite honestly the down right ignorant.

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    Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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