Who Really Cares About Jobs?

Certainly not the Republicans. Dean Baker has a great column up at Huff Post on the Post Office and the bill currently in congress to gut it. If you aren’t familiar with all that is going on with trying to destroy the postal service, this is a good summary. I bring it up here simply for the great take away line. If the bill passes and becomes law, “the Postal Service would be eliminating about 20 times as many jobs as would be created by the Keystone Pipeline.” And yet the Republicans constantly talk about how Obama doesn’t care about jobs because he won’t completely green light Keystone, while at the same time they want to eliminate over 100,000 post office jobs. It is also important to remember that the post office is not a government agency, it is a company run by the government and has not taken a dime of taxpayer money since 1970. So this is not about saving the tax payer money. Given the current state of the still bad economy, why would Republicans want to cut over 100,000 jobs? Really, I’m curious. Why? Even if for philosophical or other reasons you think we should start cutting back on postal service, why now? It is an election year. Maybe they want unemployment higher so they have a better chance to defeat Obama. Maybe not, and I’ve yet to hear a better explanation.

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About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.
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