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Democrats pounce on Boehner’s ‘so be it’ line

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Democrats smell blood in the water after House Speaker John Boehner said “so be it” in response to federal job losses this morning. Here’s a roundup of quotes, starting with former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi:

So be it? Democrats do not subscribe to Speaker Boehner’s verdict that if jobs are lost in this continuing resolution, so be it. Maybe so be it for him, but not so be it for the people who are losing their jobs.

From Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., whose Arlington district contains thousands of federal employees:

The Speaker is ignoring the fact that putting more federal employees out of work will be a significant drag on our economy. If you don’t have a job, you won’t take your family out to dinner, buy a car when your old one breaks down, or engage in the various activities that aid in our nation’s economic recovery. This will negatively impact our small businesses and the economy at larger, ultimately impeding private sector job growth.

And Rep. Rob Andrews, D-N.J.:

What I wonder is, so what if it’s aircraft controllers that make the skies safe? … So what if it’s USDA meat inspectors that make sure the food supply is safe? … I think there’s a lot of concern about that and this blithe assumption that anyone who works for the federal government must be part of waste, fraud and abuse, maybe that should extend to the Congress as well as the federal workforce. I think that’s a very flip attitude about a very serious problem.

UPDATE: Joe Beaudoin, president of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association, just put out a statement of his own:

I’m surprised by Speaker Boehner’s indifference to the future of federal employees who go to work every day in every state to keep America safe and moving forward. These are the Americans who protect us from infectious diseases, warn us if a bad winter storm is coming, and care for our veterans. Can we afford to not fully support these critical efforts? Even in the harshest fiscal climate, these hard-working Americans, who are already doing their part by undergoing a two-year pay freeze, deserve our respect for the jobs they do.

Beaudoin also cites stats from the 2012 budget proposal released yesterday that shows the federal workforce has shrunk considerably, when compared to the overall U.S. population. The budget said that in 1953, there was one federal worker for every 78 people who lived in the United States. In 1989, that ratio had dropped to one fed for every 110 residents, and in 2009, it was down to one fed for every 147 residents. (The stats can be found on page 103 in this document.)

Video of Boehner’s comment is below:

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  1. d Says:
    February 15th, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    i could get into a whole host of reasons why boehner is ill-informerd and/or ill-intentioned but ill just go with:


  2. Robert Leonard Says:
    February 16th, 2011 at 5:19 am


  3. Edward Says:
    February 16th, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Boehner is a phony. He has been part of the budget quandry for many years and part of the Bush regime that got our nation into the financial mess it now is in. He voted for overspending on pork projects and give aways to well connected lobbies and friends.

    Boehner voted to keep two unjustified wars going, voted to give trillion dollar “bailouts” to corrupt international bankers, voted to insulate the very wealthy from paying their fair share of taxes, voted to remove government oversight on banking and real estate issues that contributed to the financial melt down of our economy.

    Now he all of a sudden Boehner portrays himself as a fiscal conservative. He picks on the group that represents a minor portion of the budget and can least protect itself from political rhetoric and attacks, federal employees.

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  5. Tony Nev Says:
    February 17th, 2011 at 9:53 am

    I think I like the Douchebag but think I would add, “Just another republican crook.”