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GOP needs to get on board with jobs

To the editor:

For five years plus (since inauguration day 2009), Tea Party Republicans have done all possible to cause the Obama Administration to fail. When they read that 63 percent of our population believes we are not on the right path, they feel this means that 63 percent think they are on the right one. They have done all they can to block the president’s proposals to put America back to work.

When the president called for hiring unemployed veterans in a Veterans Conservation Corps to build and restore infrastructure, Tea Party Republicans said “no” because they would then become government employees. They disregard the benefits of unemployed veterans becoming tax-paying, working citizens, not claiming unemployment benefits . Since the president’s address, we have heard one Tea Party Congressman advocate a “don’t work, don’t eat” policy. In New Hampshire, Scott Brown opposes the president’s call for same pay for women for same work. Wherever Brown has been for the last 40 years, that should seal his fate. From inauguration day 2009, the Senate Minority Leader (Kentucky) and House Speaker (Ohio) have led opposition to the president’s call for high wage infrastructure investment, even to repair the bridge that connects their constituencies. How much more will essential infrastructure cost because of delay and inflation?

It is long past time to recognize the benefits on the other side of the equation and get America back to work. How many well educated, unemployed, Americans are there in their late forties and older, eager to work hard again, who will be unable to save for retirement or qualify for higher Social Security payments if we don’t get them back to work, now? What will it cost if we don’t?

John Vance


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