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Introduced by Madam Pelosi friend and fellow California Democrat, Rep. George Miller, this bill now has 154 cosponsors. The details of the bill indicate that it is a gigantic bailout of government employees and union jobs. Miller insists that the first stimulus did a “pretty fair job” but "clearly is not going to be sufficient" to reduce the current 9.7 percent national unemployment rate, so he’d like to get another stimulus-type bill passed. However, this new piece of deficit spending will come at the expense of hardworking American taxpayers.
In a summary provided by the House Committee on Education and Labor, the bill will miraculously create jobs out of thin air with no budgetary concerns — no pay-as-you-go restrictions on this measure — support public sector jobs, help community organizations (ACORN?) and thereby stimulate local business in a trickle down effect, all without raising taxes.
The perks for unionized government employees are pretty nice. No wage or salary cuts nor cuts to cushy benefits need to be taken according to the House Committee on Education and Labor:
H.R. 4812 would bail out union jobs for large cities and postpone large public sector layoffs until after election time. While many Americans are losing their jobs, having their wages frozen, or seeing their wages or salaries cut back along with all sorts of benefits, this newest scheme would keep the unionized government employees in the pink.
Aside from Rep. Miller’s legislative pork for the folks back home, the bill’s union elements are serious and frightening. The Heritage Foundation’s “Morning Bell” ran a highly interesting expose and well-documented piece on the Service Employees International Union’s (SEIU) troubles and also on Obama’s admitted debt to that union. It’s easy to connect the dots and conclude that perhaps this bill is partial payback for the 2008 elections.