In a last ditch attempt to sell a failing agenda, Democrats are rushing into Washington to pass the public worker bailout bill which will allegedly save 300,000 jobs of teachers and other public workers around the country.
The usual caveats on fallacious White House numbers apply here such as questioning how many public sector jobs are genuinely in danger, how temporary is this bailout, how much of this goes to unions, etc…
Story from CNS News:
Washington (AP) – Hoping to show disenchanted voters that they are the party that cares about jobs, House Democrats are convening an emergency session to pass a bill aimed at saving hundreds of thousands of teachers and other public workers from unemployment.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took the unusual step of summoning representatives back to Washington because the Senate passed both the $26 billion jobs bill and the border security bill last Thursday, after the House had already departed for its six-week summer break.
President Barack Obama is to be joined Tuesday by teachers in the White House Rose Garden, where he will urge the House to move swiftly on the teacher relief package.
Spending more on border security commands bipartisan support, but the jobs bill, which narrowly passed the Senate, is being described in starkly different political terms. Democrats say it could save the jobs of more than 300,000 teachers, police officers and other public health workers. Republicans see it as more profligate government spending and a pre-election gift to teachers’ unions and other public service unions that are crucial to helping keep Democrats in the majority.
The legislation provides $10 billion to school districts to rehire laid-off teachers or ensure that more teachers won’t be let go before the new school year begins. The money could keep more than 160,000 teachers, including 16,000 in California and 14,000 in Texas, on the job, advocates say.
The other half of the bill has $16 billion for six more months of increased Medicaid payments to the states. That would free up money for states to meet other budget priorities, including keeping more than 150,000 police officers and other public workers on the payroll. Some three-fifths of states have already factored in the federal money in drawing up their budgets for the current fiscal year.
The bottom line on this “jobs” bill is written with the same ink describing President Obama’s original failed stimulus package in 2009. Government cannot spend the economy into positive territory while driving up the debt and deficit along the way.
Democrats have done nearly everything in their power to stifle private sector growth and salaries yet they will go out of their way to keep public payrolls healthy enough as an attempt to buy votes.
No doubt this legislation will be the only mantle Democrats will try to bring home over the next few months and point to as success of their progressive agenda. Ads touting the questionable statistic that they saved “160,000 teachers from being laid off” are inevitable.
More money spent on temporary fixes is not what voters want to see. Just look at Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts for proof of that.