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House Majority Doesn’t Have a Jobs Plan—Just More Attacks on Workers

House Majority Doesn’t Have a Jobs Plan—Just More Attacks on Workers

David Madland explains why the proposals House Republican leaders are pushing have nothing to do with creating jobs and everything to do with attacking political opponents and helping their CEO friends.

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The new “jobs agenda” outlined in an August 29 memo from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) to House Republicans is laughable as a jobs plan. But the joke is on us if this plan passes because it doesn’t do a thing to actually create jobs.

The memo—a “pre-buttal” to President Barack Obama’s scheduled jobs speech on September 8 —lays out the House schedule of votes for the remainder of the year on the “10 most harmful job-destroying regulations.” The first and last votes on the schedule are on regulations that protect workers’ basic union rights, which indicates that the House Majority thinks workers having too many rights is a core problem causing current joblessness in our economy.

Even people skeptical toward unions should recognize this agenda for what it is: a shameful blaming of workers for problems they didn’t create that proposes solutions that only help the rich and the powerful.

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David Madland

Senior Fellow; Senior Adviser, American Worker Project