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Speaker of the House John Boehner has been crying again...
...about how big businesses can't create jobs without more "certainty" in the marketplace. Didn't it ever occur to him that regular working-class Americans and the disenfranchised might want a little "certainty" in their lives as well?
By: Bud Meyers
Didn't big corporations have "certainty" over the last decade with the Bush tax cuts while millions of jobs left our shores as these corporations made record profits? Didn't big corporations have "certainty" when those tax cuts were extended for another two years while big corporations have been paying ZERO in corporate income taxes? Didn't CEOs and bankers have enough "certainty" while earning record salaries and bonuses while cutting their employees wages?
How much "certainty" is John Boehner and his ilk demanding, and why?
I thought investment and business was all about "risk", not "certainty" or guaranteed corporate profits. Glenn Beck says it's rich people who take all the risks when making investments or running a big business - - - and ignorantly asks us, "When was the last time a poor man hired you?" (I'd say about the last time a poor man did.) Beck thinks we should all be "thankful" to big businesses who are creating all those jobs.....in places like China or at McDonalds.
What kind (and how much) "certainty" does John Boehner want for government subsidized corporations who are corporate welfare recipients and corporate tax cheats? What kind (and how much) "certainty" does John Boehner wish for the big bankers?
Didn't it ever occur to John Boehner, the Republicans, and the Tea Party that regular working-class Americans and the disenfranchised might want a little "certainty" in their lives as well? Would it be too much to ask that they had "certainty" that their jobs won't be outsourced to foreign countries, and when they are, have "certainty" that their unemployment benefits won't be reduced or cut off to give corporations more tax breaks?
The average American worker would also like to have "certainty" that after busting their backs for 40 or 50 years that they will have Medicare and Social Security when they get disabled or old. They would like "certainty" that they won't be destitute and homeless when they reach their 60s or 70s.
"Certainty" in the marketplace for mammoth multi-national corporate conglomerates with limited liability while multi-billionaires want more billions? What about "certainty" for the children whose parents rely on food stamps to feed them because they were laid off from their jobs, or were considered "too old" to be hired, or were never rehired just because they were unemployed? Shouldn't they also have "certainty"?
What about "certainty" for those who lost equity in their homes or had them foreclosed by the banks because of casino-like gambling by the big banks? What about "certainty" for those who were evicted and those who lost their unemployment benefits because Republican legislators want to privatize government programs meant for THE PEOPLE so corporations can profit more?
I'd like "certainty" that I won't die a hungry and homeless man tomorrow, but as I've always known, nothing is ever "certain" in life...there are never any guarantees or expressed warranties. But "certainty" is something that the GOP wants for the very CEOs and bankers that put us where we are today.
John Boehner can take his "certainty" and cram it where the light don't shine...that would "certainly" make me feel a lot better.
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Bud Meyers writes about the economy, corporate out-sourcing, labor statistics (the REAL unemployment rate), government and corporate corruption, and the plight of the long-term unemployed.