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Today's L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:
Mitt and Ann Romney say that they don't want to release any more of their tax returns because it would open them up to more attacks. What do they think is happening to them now?
I don't get the lack of work ethic. Yes, Congress members are busy, busy, busy doing Very Important things that take a lot of effort.
What's more important than "doing the people's work"?
Oh yeah. Fundraising.
I guess that flurry of shouting out "aye" or "nay" wore them out. It must be really "wearing on the body":
Am I being too harsh? Good. With all the talk of "never enough time" and "the clock running out", I guess I'm out of patience when it comes to whining about being too pooped to tend to an enormous backlog of House bills that have been sitting there doing absolutely nothing.
Even though it will be a different, more GOP oriented Congress come January, fighting even harder for what we want will require more time, not less.
Meanwhile, while everyone is still hanging around, doing their, you know, jobs:
President Barack Obama on Wednesday will sign legislation ending the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that bans openly gay service members, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Monday.
Mr Boehner and Mr Cantor, please note who was in control of the government all those months we lost jobs. Our numbers ain't great, but they're a hell of a lot better than anything you guys created. I swear, at this point you can just substitute "Waaa Waaa Waaa" for anything the R's say and it would make as much sense.
Washington (CNN) - The top two Republicans in the House were quick to respond Friday to the June jobs report.
The Labor Department reported that the U.S. economy lost jobs for the first time this year, as modest hiring by businesses only partly offset the end of temporary government Census jobs. According to the report, there was a net loss of 125,000 jobs last month, higher than the loss of 100,00 expected by many economists. Businesses hired 83,000 people, a bit weaker than was expected. But the hires were offset by a loss of 225,000 Census positions.
The unemployment rate fell to 9.5 percent from 9.7 percent in May. Economists had forecast it would climb to 9.8 percent, but the improvement was due mostly to many discouraged job seekers not bothering to look for work during the month and no longer being counted as in the labor force, not because of any gain in jobs.
"This jobs report is a disappointment for every family and every small business who heard President Obama declare just weeks ago that our economy is 'getting stronger by the day.' The writing is on the wall for President Obama's 'stimulus' policies and everyone – taxpayers, economists, and the rest of the world – sees it but him. How much longer are we going to continue with this disastrous spending spree that is scaring the hell out of the American people and piling debt on our kids and grandkids?" said Boehner.
There was a similar message from Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the House Minority Whip, who also criticized the federal stimulus program, which was backed by the administration and Democrats in Congress.
"Despite the moniker of the Administration's 'Recovery Summer,' President Obama continues to avoid correcting the structural deficiencies in our economy. Much of what the Administration touts as a 'jobs recovery' has caused- and will continue to cause- the deficit to soar. As the administration continues to spend, our debt keeps piling up, preventing private sector job growth. Government jobs that are paid for by taxing small business people and borrowing from the Chinese should not be celebrated by a summer road show," said Cantor, in a statement.
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