GOP to teachers and firefighters: G.F.Y.

Posted on October 21, 2011


Senate Republicans today give a gigantic, blatant “GFY” to teachers and firefighters throughout the country today as they scuttled jobs legislation aimed at helping state and local governments avoid layoffs of teachers and firefighters. And this was AFTER the proposal had already been whittled down to meet the requirements Republicans said they wanted before they consider the bill.

Senate Republicans filibustered Obama’s latest jobs measure to death just as they killed his broader $447 billion jobs plan last week. The 50-50 vote came in relation to a motion to simply take up the bill and fell well short of the 60 needed to break a filibuster.

So now, even the request to DISCUSS a bill has to have a 60-vote filibuster-proof majority instead of just the simple NUMERICAL majority that the U.S. Constitution calls for. Yet there are still Republicans who can keep a straight face when they say they’re not obstructionists.

Thursday’s $35 billion measure combined $30 billion for state and local governments to hire teachers and other school workers with $5 billion to help pay the salaries of police officers, firefighters and other first responders. The White House says the measure would “support” almost 400,000 education jobs for one year. Republicans call that a temporary “sugar high” for the economy.

So Republicans won’t even CONSIDER a plan that doesn’t utterly solve a problem in one fell swoop, no matter how many undeniably deserving people it helps for an entire year.

In response to his “victory” in getting yet another 100-percent partisan no-vote, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “This bill fails to give taxpayers any guarantee that this money would actually be used to hire teachers and invest in our schools.”

Funny how McConnell wasn’t in the least bit concerned that the $412 Billion that he and George W. Bush gave to the likes of Lehman Brothers and CitiGroup went to executive bonuses and not the structural corporate reform for which the money was intended to be used.

And, just in case you’re keeping score: It’s now Day 1,024 of the Republican “We SAID we were going to focus on nothing but jobs, but still haven’t proposed one single bill for discussion or vote that has anything whatsoever to do with creating jobs or supporting any incentives that would lead to jobs being created, but we’re going to spend every waking minute thinking of ways we can trick Americans into voting Obama out of office next November no matter how many bald-faced lies we have to tell” campaign.

Don’t believe me?  Go to and click “Bills” and you’ll see that since January 2009, Republicans have proposed 185 bills, and not ONE of them has anything whatsoever to do with creating jobs.

The New GOP:  Greedy. Obstructionist. Pathetic.