by Mike Hall,
Feb 15, 2011
The nation’s No. 1 priority is getting the nation’s job-creation engine running again. But House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his gang instead have unveiled a budget plan that slams working families and is a “naked payback” to Wall Street CEOs, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka.
The Republican plan for the rest of fiscal year 2011 slashes investments in education from pre-school to college, cuts and cancels real world infrastructure projects at the cost of 300,000 jobs, chops billions from the job training programs that help 8 million people a year and goes after workplace rights, job safety and the environment.
But they haven’t put everything on their hit list. While working families will bear the brunt of the proposed cuts, corporate CEOs are not being asked for any sacrifices at all. Nor are the lawmakers pushing these cuts proposing to cut their own pay and benefits.
Trumka says the “budget gutting” bill the House will vote on this week:
Will padlock the doors to essential programs millions rely on every day and put hundreds of thousands out of work.
The lawmakers who campaigned on creating jobs are instead pushing an agenda that will cost jobs and is a naked payback to the CEOs who poured millions into the 2010 elections. Don’t like safety regulations on the job? Cut the funding. Don’t want environmental safeguards, energy improvements or curbs on health insurance companies? Defund them.