Recent Republican jobs proposals

The Republican Party opposes President Barack Obama’s jobs bill, which Macroeconomic Advisers says will boost America’s GDP and add more than 2 million jobs in the next two years. (See also former McCain campaign economist Mark Zandi — who says the bill would create 1.9 million jobs next year.)

But it’s not as though Republicans don’t have any ideas of their own about how to create jobs. Here are three recent Republican jobs proposals, all of which were really offered in earnest by Republican lawmakers.

1. Importing invasive snakes

A ban on exotic invasive species of snakes, such as the Burmese python, is Exhibit A for the Republican argument that over-regulation is strangling job creation:

In the on-going battle over the dismal state of the jobs market, Republicans argue that a “regulatory tsunami” from the Obama administration is choking off jobs growth. Committee members say the free market should handle the giant pythons and that government tampering would “devastate a small but thriving sector of the economy.”

2. De-fund Injury and Illness Prevention

It’s not just the dynamic Burmese python importation business being hobbled by government red tape, it’s also all those workers not being hobbled by injuries. A recent Republican budget proposal in Congress proposed economic stimulus through the elimination of the Labor Department’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program, ending research into repetitive-motion injuries, and getting rid of that rule about workers on rooftops needing safety harnesses.

The short-term harm to safety-harness manufacturers will, I suppose, be overcome by increased spending at emergency rooms.

3. Dwarf-tossing.

No, really. See, those Big Brother socialists in Tallahassee banned the demeaning spectacle in 1999, but a Republican Florida lawmaker says repealing that ban — like all deregulation — will create jobs:

“I’m on a quest to seek and destroy unnecessary burdens on the freedom and liberties of people,” [Fla. Rep. Ritch] Workman said. “This is an example of Big Brother government.”

So don’t let anyone tell you that Republicans don’t have any ideas for creating jobs.

  • http://twitter.com/shay_guy Shay Guy

    Insofar as it serves their purposes. Y’know, like with Jesus.

  • Anonymous

    You know, I think Obama could solve a lot of problems by coming out with the Drinking Arsenic Is Illegal Act of 2011. Just give a press conference condemning drinking arsenic and let nature take its course. 

  • Anonymous

    You know, I think Obama could solve a lot of problems by coming out with the Drinking Arsenic Is Illegal Act of 2011. Just give a press conference condemning drinking arsenic and let nature take its course. 

  • Anonymous

    You know, I think Obama could solve a lot of problems by coming out with the Drinking Arsenic Is Illegal Act of 2011. Just give a press conference condemning drinking arsenic and let nature take its course. 

  • http://mistformsquirrel.deviantart.com/ JJohnson

    I agree with everything except that last bit.  Their sheer media buying power and the fact that our side is so damned fractious makes it far less certain that they’ll even lose the next election.

    I mean have you seen the way some of our side talk about Obama?  Like he’s Bush Part II?*  Combine that with a poor economy and I’m actually pretty worried.  I mean look at 2010 – we should not have lost many seats at all – not to people like Rand freaking Paul.  But we did.  In part because our side stayed home and the other side is freaking rabid.

    I’m not saying that to be discouraging, it’s just sadly far from that in the bag.  While I have zero doubt that over the very long term things will turn out fine – in the short term I really want to avoid President Rick Perry or Bacchman or even Romney. 

    *Not saying he hasn’t done questionable things.  Every president does stuff I’m angry about – even FDR, my favorite president and imo the best we’ve ever had, did several things that infuriate me to read about.

  • http://mistformsquirrel.deviantart.com/ JJohnson

    I agree with everything except that last bit.  Their sheer media buying power and the fact that our side is so damned fractious makes it far less certain that they’ll even lose the next election.

    I mean have you seen the way some of our side talk about Obama?  Like he’s Bush Part II?*  Combine that with a poor economy and I’m actually pretty worried.  I mean look at 2010 – we should not have lost many seats at all – not to people like Rand freaking Paul.  But we did.  In part because our side stayed home and the other side is freaking rabid.

    I’m not saying that to be discouraging, it’s just sadly far from that in the bag.  While I have zero doubt that over the very long term things will turn out fine – in the short term I really want to avoid President Rick Perry or Bacchman or even Romney. 

    *Not saying he hasn’t done questionable things.  Every president does stuff I’m angry about – even FDR, my favorite president and imo the best we’ve ever had, did several things that infuriate me to read about.

  • http://www.ghiapet.net/ Randy Owens

    Dwarf tossing for some, miniature American flags for others!

  • http://www.ghiapet.net/ Randy Owens

    Dwarf tossing for some, miniature American flags for others!

  • http://www.ghiapet.net/ Randy Owens

    Dwarf tossing for some, miniature American flags for others!

  • Anonymous

    I agree with everything except that last bit.  Their sheer media buying power and the fact that our side is so damned fractious makes it far less certain that they’ll even lose the next election.

    Yeah, between their money, Citizens United, and the general ignorance of the voting public, I really see it going the other way entirely (that is, counter to TheDarkArtist’s view). I wish that wasn’t the case, but…

    Relevant New Yorker article regarding money influencing elections in North Carolina during the 2010 elections (multiply by Koch to get an indicator for the 2012 national elections):
    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/10/10/111010fa_fact_mayer

  • Anonymous

    I agree with everything except that last bit.  Their sheer media buying power and the fact that our side is so damned fractious makes it far less certain that they’ll even lose the next election.

    Yeah, between their money, Citizens United, and the general ignorance of the voting public, I really see it going the other way entirely (that is, counter to TheDarkArtist’s view). I wish that wasn’t the case, but…

    Relevant New Yorker article regarding money influencing elections in North Carolina during the 2010 elections (multiply by Koch to get an indicator for the 2012 national elections):
    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/10/10/111010fa_fact_mayer

  • Lori

     Laws against dwarf tossing are Big Brother?  For some reason I’m reminded of the griping against anti-sexual harassment restrictions that went on throughout the nineties.  You can take the boy out of the frat house….  

    Dwarf-tossing and sexual harassment are actually not the same category of thing. Sexual harassment is sexual harassment and not flirting because one of the parties does not consent or can’t give effective consent because of a power disparity. Dwarf-tossing is consensual behavior. It’s not like Little People are being kidnapped off the street and throw around bars. 

    I think dwarf tossing is a demeaning spectacle, I wouldn’t patronize a bar that held dwarf tosses and I almost certainly would not date or be close friends with someone who participated in or patronized dwarf tosses. Because while I love cheesy entertainment, I’m not fond of tacky and demeaning. However, I’m not convinced that the activity should be illegal any more than I’m convinced that the government should be regulating any other fully consensual activity involving adults. 

    That doesn’t change the fact that allowing dwarf tossing is not going to create any appreciable number jobs. That’s just stupid. 

  • Lori

     Laws against dwarf tossing are Big Brother?  For some reason I’m reminded of the griping against anti-sexual harassment restrictions that went on throughout the nineties.  You can take the boy out of the frat house….  

    Dwarf-tossing and sexual harassment are actually not the same category of thing. Sexual harassment is sexual harassment and not flirting because one of the parties does not consent or can’t give effective consent because of a power disparity. Dwarf-tossing is consensual behavior. It’s not like Little People are being kidnapped off the street and throw around bars. 

    I think dwarf tossing is a demeaning spectacle, I wouldn’t patronize a bar that held dwarf tosses and I almost certainly would not date or be close friends with someone who participated in or patronized dwarf tosses. Because while I love cheesy entertainment, I’m not fond of tacky and demeaning. However, I’m not convinced that the activity should be illegal any more than I’m convinced that the government should be regulating any other fully consensual activity involving adults. 

    That doesn’t change the fact that allowing dwarf tossing is not going to create any appreciable number jobs. That’s just stupid. 

  • Rikalous

    Obama should quote Reagan’s reasoning, then add, “If you go against this, you go against Reagan!”

    You’re going to use historical fact to argue against people who think Thomas Jefferson founded a Christian nation? Good luck with that.

  • Rikalous

    Obama should quote Reagan’s reasoning, then add, “If you go against this, you go against Reagan!”

    You’re going to use historical fact to argue against people who think Thomas Jefferson founded a Christian nation? Good luck with that.

  • http://twitter.com/FearlessSon FearlessSon

    When Cheney said “Deficits don’t matter” I get the feeling there was an unspoken assertion that “Fact’s don’t matter” as well.  

  • http://twitter.com/FearlessSon FearlessSon

    When Cheney said “Deficits don’t matter” I get the feeling there was an unspoken assertion that “Fact’s don’t matter” as well.  

  • Lori

     I’m not saying that to be discouraging, it’s just sadly far from that in the bag.  While I have zero doubt that over the very long term things will turn out fine – in the short term I really want to avoid President Rick Perry or Bacchman or even Romney.  

    In some respects Obama is Bush II. In fact, his record in some areas is actually worse than Bush’s. That includes some things over which he has pretty much absolute control, thus eliminating the excuse that the GOPers in Congress are to blame. So, to the extent that he’s not a shoe-in for a 2nd term that’s on him.

    That said, I like his chances. Normally the crap economy is death to the incumbent. However, people are not impressed by the GOP, I think a lot of folks from the mushy middle have buyers remorse over their “throw the bums out” votes in the mid-terms and I think Romney is going to get the nom. The rest of the GOP pack is just too BSC to sustain a campaign. The nominating process is already an embarrassing mess. Is there a non-horrible term for the thing that used to be called a Chinese Fire Drill? Whatever that is, that’s what the GOP race has turned into and watching it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. I think it’s going to end with Mittens on top because he’s not actually a total whackadoo, he has buckets of money and he’s organized. That doesn’t mean he generates any enthusiasm. I’m not sure his mother will vote for him after being forced to listen to him for months on end. Barring a major change for the worse if the Dems can keep voter turn-out from totally cratering I think Obama gets his second term. I just hope he does something worthwhile with it. 

  • Lori

     I’m not saying that to be discouraging, it’s just sadly far from that in the bag.  While I have zero doubt that over the very long term things will turn out fine – in the short term I really want to avoid President Rick Perry or Bacchman or even Romney.  

    In some respects Obama is Bush II. In fact, his record in some areas is actually worse than Bush’s. That includes some things over which he has pretty much absolute control, thus eliminating the excuse that the GOPers in Congress are to blame. So, to the extent that he’s not a shoe-in for a 2nd term that’s on him.

    That said, I like his chances. Normally the crap economy is death to the incumbent. However, people are not impressed by the GOP, I think a lot of folks from the mushy middle have buyers remorse over their “throw the bums out” votes in the mid-terms and I think Romney is going to get the nom. The rest of the GOP pack is just too BSC to sustain a campaign. The nominating process is already an embarrassing mess. Is there a non-horrible term for the thing that used to be called a Chinese Fire Drill? Whatever that is, that’s what the GOP race has turned into and watching it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. I think it’s going to end with Mittens on top because he’s not actually a total whackadoo, he has buckets of money and he’s organized. That doesn’t mean he generates any enthusiasm. I’m not sure his mother will vote for him after being forced to listen to him for months on end. Barring a major change for the worse if the Dems can keep voter turn-out from totally cratering I think Obama gets his second term. I just hope he does something worthwhile with it. 

  • Anonymous

    I like the idea, but the name your suggest for the act doesn’t add up to a good acronym. Would you be willing to change it to the Drinking Injurious, Envenomed, Deleterious, Unctuous, and Malignant Beverages Against all Sense and Sanity act?

  • Anonymous

    I like the idea, but the name you suggest doesn’t add up to a good acronym. Would you be willing to change it to the Drinking Injurious, Envenomed, Deleterious, Unctuous, and Malignant Beverages Against all Sense and Sanity act?

  • ako

    So the theory is to generate tremendous medical expenses with all of the snake bites and on-the-job injuries (including many paralyzed dwarves), thereby getting money moving, thereby creating jobs?

    No wonder they hate the Affordable Care Act! 

  • ako

    So the theory is to generate tremendous medical expenses with all of the snake bites and on-the-job injuries (including many paralyzed dwarves), thereby getting money moving, thereby creating jobs?

    No wonder they hate the Affordable Care Act! 

  • ako

    So the theory is to generate tremendous medical expenses with all of the snake bites and on-the-job injuries (including many paralyzed dwarves), thereby getting money moving, thereby creating jobs?

    No wonder they hate the Affordable Care Act! 

  • ako

    I think there’s some legitimate questions about how much a commercial venture should be allowed to injure even consenting people for entertainment.  There is a long history of severe and permanent injuries involved, including multiple cases of paralysis.  And the law covers commercial dwarf tossing, not strictly personal activities.

    It’s actually a tricky question, because there are many types of work with a high risk of severe and permanent injury, and I’m not sure how dwarf tossing compares to other dangerous types of entertainment on that front.  I do agree that the government should not ban any form of entertainment because it’s degrading to a particular group, but I think regulating and restricting commercial activities where employers put their employees at a high risk of injury is a legitimate function for the government

  • ako

    I think there’s some legitimate questions about how much a commercial venture should be allowed to injure even consenting people for entertainment.  There is a long history of severe and permanent injuries involved, including multiple cases of paralysis.  And the law covers commercial dwarf tossing, not strictly personal activities.

    It’s actually a tricky question, because there are many types of work with a high risk of severe and permanent injury, and I’m not sure how dwarf tossing compares to other dangerous types of entertainment on that front.  I do agree that the government should not ban any form of entertainment because it’s degrading to a particular group, but I think regulating and restricting commercial activities where employers put their employees at a high risk of injury is a legitimate function for the government

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for making my day, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhTiJEYqqY8

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for making my day, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhTiJEYqqY8

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for making my day, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhTiJEYqqY8

  • Anonymous

    I think I’ve hit upon some tax bills that the GOP would get on board with because it would the power of the market to encourage Christian behavior:

    Cast the First Stone Act: Taxes those who condemn as a sin that which they’re not inclined to do anyway (such as homosexual behavior) but ignore, rationalize, or justify sins in which they do indulge 

    The Glass Houses Act: Taxes hypocrisy by charging a fee per public comment that displays the very sin it purports to condemn

    The Do Unto Others Act: Allows you to do unto others as you would never want done to yourself, for a modest fee

    The Motes Act: A tax on turning non-issues into moral panics

    The Beams Act: A tax on ignoring real issues that affect the well-being of everyone

    The What Would Jesus Do Act: Taxes any public claim that Jesus would do something that is completely antithetical to his words and actions as presented in the Gospels.

    Money Changers Act: Taxes all financial transactions not directly related to producing goods or providing services that have actual use value.

  • Anonymous

    I think I’ve hit upon some tax bills that the GOP would get on board with because it would the power of the market to encourage Christian behavior:

    Cast the First Stone Act: Taxes those who condemn as a sin that which they’re not inclined to do anyway (such as homosexual behavior) but ignore, rationalize, or justify sins in which they do indulge 

    The Glass Houses Act: Taxes hypocrisy by charging a fee per public comment that displays the very sin it purports to condemn

    The Do Unto Others Act: Allows you to do unto others as you would never want done to yourself, for a modest fee

    The Motes Act: A tax on turning non-issues into moral panics

    The Beams Act: A tax on ignoring real issues that affect the well-being of everyone

    The What Would Jesus Do Act: Taxes any public claim that Jesus would do something that is completely antithetical to his words and actions as presented in the Gospels.

    Money Changers Act: Taxes all financial transactions not directly related to producing goods or providing services that have actual use value.

  • http://twitter.com/FearlessSon FearlessSon

    Right- wingers can’t do arithmetic.  Or, more likely, they assume that their constituents can’t.  Want to watch right- wingers sputter?  Insist that the come up with real, verifiable numbers.

    How many jobs are they talking about creating?  I’d guess a few dozen; a few hundred at the most.  How many people are out of work?  Millions.  These ideas would solve about 0.01% of the problem, at most.  That isn’t even a rounding error.

    These are the same people who thought that defunding NPR and Planned Parenthood would help balance the budget, yet began a second war when we were already in a huge foreign conflict quagmire with the belief that it would somehow be a boon to… someone… somewhere.  

    Cripes, and they accuse the Democrats of being irresponsible with budgets…

  • http://twitter.com/FearlessSon FearlessSon

    Right- wingers can’t do arithmetic.  Or, more likely, they assume that their constituents can’t.  Want to watch right- wingers sputter?  Insist that the come up with real, verifiable numbers.

    How many jobs are they talking about creating?  I’d guess a few dozen; a few hundred at the most.  How many people are out of work?  Millions.  These ideas would solve about 0.01% of the problem, at most.  That isn’t even a rounding error.

    These are the same people who thought that defunding NPR and Planned Parenthood would help balance the budget, yet began a second war when we were already in a huge foreign conflict quagmire with the belief that it would somehow be a boon to… someone… somewhere.  

    Cripes, and they accuse the Democrats of being irresponsible with budgets…

  • Matri

    I broke my brain just ready Fred’s summary of their idiotic plans. I’m typing this without the use of higher brain functions. Those are still trying to reboot.

  • Matri

    I broke my brain just ready Fred’s summary of their idiotic plans. I’m typing this without the use of higher brain functions. Those are still trying to reboot.

  • Anonymous

    *throws up hands*

    I give up. We’re clearly living in the Onion.

  • Anonymous

    *throws up hands*

    I give up. We’re clearly living in the Onion.

  • Anonymous

    *throws up hands*

    I give up. We’re clearly living in the Onion.

  • Lori

     It’s actually a tricky question, because there are many types of work with a high risk of severe and permanent injury, and I’m not sure how dwarf tossing compares to other dangerous types of entertainment on that front.  I do agree that the government should not ban any form of entertainment because it’s degrading to a particular group, but I think regulating and restricting commercial activities where employers put their employees at a high risk of injury is a legitimate function for the government  

    I understand, and basically agree. That’s why I phrased my comment the way I did rather than simply saying that I don’t think it should be illegal. There are many activities that have a high risk of injury, but which aren’t illegal. Others are, but not always for good reasons. I’m not sure which side of the line dwarf tossing belongs on. The answer probably rests on issues of risk mitigation and informed consent and I just don’t have all the information on those issues in this case. 

  • Lori

     It’s actually a tricky question, because there are many types of work with a high risk of severe and permanent injury, and I’m not sure how dwarf tossing compares to other dangerous types of entertainment on that front.  I do agree that the government should not ban any form of entertainment because it’s degrading to a particular group, but I think regulating and restricting commercial activities where employers put their employees at a high risk of injury is a legitimate function for the government  

    I understand, and basically agree. That’s why I phrased my comment the way I did rather than simply saying that I don’t think it should be illegal. There are many activities that have a high risk of injury, but which aren’t illegal. Others are, but not always for good reasons. I’m not sure which side of the line dwarf tossing belongs on. The answer probably rests on issues of risk mitigation and informed consent and I just don’t have all the information on those issues in this case. 

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    Is there a non-horrible term for the thing that used to be called a Chinese Fire Drill?

    “Charlie Foxtrot”, although not quite the same thing, probably captures the Republican Party’s collective antics.

    http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Charlie_Foxtrot

    For something akin to “Chinese Fire Drill”, try “of much sound and fury, signifiying nothing.”

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    Is there a non-horrible term for the thing that used to be called a Chinese Fire Drill?

    “Charlie Foxtrot”, although not quite the same thing, probably captures the Republican Party’s collective antics.

    http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Charlie_Foxtrot

    For something akin to “Chinese Fire Drill”, try “of much sound and fury, signifiying nothing.”

  • Lori

     These are the same people who thought that defunding NPR and Planned Parenthood would help balance the budget, yet began a second war when we were already in a huge foreign conflict quagmire with the belief that it would somehow be a boon to… someone… somewhere.  

    It’s actually worse than this. The first war is now a quagmire, but that’s largely due to the fact that they were in such a hurry to start the 2nd (totally unnecessary) war that they took their eye off the ball. Thanks to that genius decision war #1 is now the longest war in US history. 

  • Lori

     These are the same people who thought that defunding NPR and Planned Parenthood would help balance the budget, yet began a second war when we were already in a huge foreign conflict quagmire with the belief that it would somehow be a boon to… someone… somewhere.  

    It’s actually worse than this. The first war is now a quagmire, but that’s largely due to the fact that they were in such a hurry to start the 2nd (totally unnecessary) war that they took their eye off the ball. Thanks to that genius decision war #1 is now the longest war in US history. 

  • Mr. Heartland

    Fair point.  Like I said myself there was no rational basis for associating the two things in my mind, it just happened.  I could even agree that an outright ban on Dwarf Tossing is overreach.  I think what got me though was the casual ‘Big Brother’ name drop.  Hyperboly and referencing famous books one obviously either didn’t read or didn’t understand are two big pet peeves of mine.   

  • Matri

    *throws up hands*

    I give up. We’re clearly living in the Onion.
    Not true. The Onion would have articulated more sense.

  • Mr. Heartland

    Fair point.  Like I said myself there was no rational basis for associating the two things in my mind, it just happened.  I could even agree that an outright ban on Dwarf Tossing is overreach.  I think what got me though was the casual ‘Big Brother’ name drop.  Hyperboly and referencing famous books one obviously either didn’t read or didn’t understand are two big pet peeves of mine.   

  • Matri

    *throws up hands*

    I give up. We’re clearly living in the Onion.
    Not true. The Onion would have articulated more sense.

  • No-one

    Bah. HTML fail. :(

  • No-one

    Bah. HTML fail. :(


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