“The American people’s priorities are clear,” said Boehner spokesman Michael Steel. “They want to keep the government open, and they want to cut spending.”
Uh. no. Americans have said agan and again their chief priority is JOBS and the the economy.
It is bizarre. For these Republicans, cutting spending is an end in itself. If it costs jobs, well, as House Speaker John Boehner said, “So be it.”
Fed Chair Ben Bernanke, George Bush’s former economic advisor, warns against cuts now, and calls for a long term plan to reduce the deficit. But Republicans aren’t interested in reducing the deficit — their insistance on tax cuts for the rich and for business, their reluctance to cut defense,their defense of subsidies for Big Oil, Big Pharma, Agribusiness and more insures that they will increase, not decrease the deficit. They just want to cut spending in education, for poor kids, for vulnerable seniors, for the environment.
And if this costs jobs, well, “so be it.”