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Cong. Roskam Job Creation: An Enigma Wrapped in a Riddle

Job creation record of Congressman Peter Roskam

My poor brain struggles to decipher how my Congressman Peter Roskam (IL - 6th) is working to create jobs. His first term spanned the economic meltdown under President George W. Bush, caused in part, from loosened financial regulation and trillion dollar tax cuts for the rich. Millions of jobs were lost, yet Congressman Roskam has spent the entire three and a half years of the Obama Administration championing those same twin anchors to our economy. 
 
Maybe his support of the Republican Senate filibuster of the American Jobs Act will help create jobs. But that doesn't make sense since this new stimulus would have pumped $447 billion into the economy adding around two million jobs and will be a net deficit reducer over ten years.
 
Could his role as a House leader in the utterly phony GOP debt ceiling crisis last summer have been a job creator? Not likely, since that foolhardy stunt spooked financial markets which further damaged job creation.
 
How about the cuts in discretionary spending Roskam championed in last year's budget deal? Well, according to the Economic Policy Institute, the $30.5 billion in discretionary spending cuts in 2012 cost the economy 0.3% in growth and over 300,000 jobs, so it couldn't be that.
 
I've got it! It must be those 33 votes Roskam cast in the House to repeal Obamacare. Yes sir, by repealing Obamacare, the health insurance industry will be free once again to hire thousands of additional workers to scour medical claims for reasons to deny benefits, and re-institute finding technicalities such as pre-existing conditions deny coverage outright to new enrollees. 
 
I'm so happy I found the secret to Congressman Roskam's job creation genius. For a moment I thought Congressman Roskam wasn't doing a single thing to create jobs.

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Lisa July 17, 2012 at 03:11 PM
I'm sick of the way most Republican's are wasting my tax money! Voting to repeal Obama Care 33 times? Really! They need to Move on! If you know that you can't change an outcome until you have a majority do you really Have to waste that much time to make a point?!!!
Dan F. July 17, 2012 at 03:36 PM
If it weren't for those darn rethuglycants we'd be Moved On much further on the way to what? Utopia? Bankruptcy? Democrats took control of congress in 2006. And did what between then and 2010? Solved what problems?
DG Guy July 17, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Walt the loosening of financial restrictions came about under Clinton with bipartisan support. Here;s is the offending legislation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gramm-Leach-Bliley_Act The Bush tax cuts contribute to the deficit but have nothing to do with the financial collapse. Regarding the rich: Only 18% of the Bush Tax cuts went to to people making more than 200,000. The majority of those cuts went to the middle class.
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