RETHUGLICAN TALKING POINTS  9:05 am June 28, 2012

Club For Growth Pres Will Now Explain Why Laying Off 47,000 People Will Help The Economy

by Kris E. Benson

I vant to lay you offYou know what we DON’T need, especially in this economy? An agency dedicated to spurring economic growth, encouraging exports, and funding investment in local businesses, that’s what. Chris Chocola, a former Republican congressman and current president of the Club For Growth, took to The Hill yesterday to make these and other incoherent arguments about why we will all benefit from laying off 47,000 and destroying an agency dedicated to economic recovery. For example:

According to its own website, the agency has a budget of approximately eight billion dollars and employs nearly 47,000 people. Many of its functions are unnecessary or easily merged into other departments.

How better to address chronic unemployment than by laying off 47,000 people?  Of course, they work for the government so these jobs don’t count. What other brilliant suggestions does Chris Chocola have, now that he’s suggested that we maybe fire about 50,000 people?

Take one, a program in the Commerce Department called the Economic Development Administration (EDA) that costs hundreds of millions of dollars. Not surprisingly, the “economic development” benefits are dubious and the program has turned into a corporate welfare slush fund for members of Congress. Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina has identified EDA grants that went to a wine tasting room, a tourism promotion program in the Northern Mariana Islands, and an “innovation conference center” in Arkansas.

Senator Jim DeMint huh. Is that the same Senator Jim DeMint that recently participated in a workshop to “highlight competitive funding opportunities available to community businesses and organizations” and included representatives from the Economic Development Administration? And why would the capitol of the great state of Arkansas need a conference center anyway?

But that’s not all. The Commerce Department also spends millions of dollars in subsidies for fishermen as well. For example, the Cato Institute estimated that in 2010, the Commerce Department spent $74 million on Pacific salmon state grants and $35 million on fisheries promotion. The fishing industry should be allowed to rise and fall on its own two feet, and not receive taxpayer subsidies at any time – much less when we’re $15 trillion in debt. We have a United States Trade Representative who is supposed to be in charge of promoting trade. However, the Commerce Department also has an agency called the International Trade Administration, which hands out wasteful export subsidies that are already duplicated (many times over) by other government agencies. Cato estimates that its elimination in 2010 would have saved taxpayers $389 million.

Yeah the fishing industry is not at all like the oil industry, which Chris Chocola thinks should be given incentives to spur production.  Salmon is a totally different story. And helping American businesses sell their goods abroad—that can’t possibly generate money for the American economy.

Politicians in Washington have been asking the wrong questions for years. For too long the Democrats have spent every dollar that wasn’t nailed down. The Republicans haven’t quite spent every last dollar, but they’re almost as bad as the Democrats. Only a fool would believe that the current rate of spending by our government is sustainable. Instead of asking how we slow the rate of growth of government, why don’t we actually get serious about cutting government by ending and reforming government agencies?

Yes, DEMOCRATS have spent every dollar that wasn’t nailed down.  Remember when Democrats pissed away hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue in order to give tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires? How about when they started a war in Iraq that cost oh, three trillion dollars, give or take? Oh! And remember when the Democrats created the third largest existing government agency? Yeah. Me neither.

[The Hill]

 
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Barb June 28, 2012 at 9:07 am

You can tell Monopoly is an old game because there is a luxury tax and rich people go to jail.

I have SCOTUS stress right now.

chascates June 28, 2012 at 9:10 am

http://scotusblog.wpengine.com/ has great updates.

Barb June 28, 2012 at 9:15 am

Thanks and good morning!

randcoolcatdaddy June 28, 2012 at 9:19 am

I think Scalia is using the court's decisions this term as a launching pad to resign from the court and run for President. At least that's what I'm hoping.

Barb June 28, 2012 at 9:24 am

I just pray that Scalia isn't planning on taking his healthiest bowel movement in a decade on the poor people of America.

starfanglednut June 28, 2012 at 9:29 am

Welp, there goes my breakfast.

Barb June 28, 2012 at 9:32 am

Sorry, I owe you some pancakes.

randcoolcatdaddy June 28, 2012 at 9:43 am

Taking a dump on the Constitution and the reputation of the Supreme Court is just a part of his morning routine.

MilwaukeeKent June 28, 2012 at 9:53 am

Gives a whole new (or old) meaning to "his morning constitutional".

chascates June 28, 2012 at 9:28 am

Don't you mean 'Pope of America'?

AbandonHope June 28, 2012 at 9:29 am

I don't know, I just assumed the worst — that they would just throw out the whole thing — a while ago, and got the stress over with. That way, any other decision ends up being a pleasant surprise.

jodyleek June 28, 2012 at 9:40 am

So, what happens to the Massachusetts' health care law if "Obamacare" is struck down?

Biel_ze_Bubba June 28, 2012 at 10:25 am

It stays, because the states can do whatever they like (check your immigration status, probe your vagina, whatever.) Except for the obvious exceptions, like preventing corporations from buying elections. That would be unconstitutional.

Then again, given that Scalia's definition of "unconstitutional" is "Republicans don't like it", maybe Mass. residents can look forward to getting back their Constitutional right to the lack of health care. I look forward to reading all about Massachusetts's terrible liberal politics in his dissent.

chascates June 28, 2012 at 9:09 am

Club for Growth means growth in plutocrats' net worth.

actor212 June 28, 2012 at 9:16 am

It's not just a name, it's a command.

Biel_ze_Bubba June 28, 2012 at 10:11 am

You got those special sunglasses, don't you?

noodlesalad June 28, 2012 at 9:21 am

Is that a Club for Growth in your pocket or are you just happy to see people getting laid off?

GunToting[Redacted] June 28, 2012 at 9:11 am

I saw someone comment recently that it was the LIBERALS who are responsible for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, since most of the D's voted to support the war resolution, so the deficit spending is really the Democrats' fault.

I laughed and laughed.

Serolf_Divad June 28, 2012 at 9:43 am

Repeat the big lie often and loudly enough and people will come to believe it.

That said, I'm a registered Green specifically because of the outcome of the 2003 Senate vote. The Dems were by no means responsible for Iraq, but more than half of them lacked the balls to vote against it.

OurHoboSenator June 28, 2012 at 9:12 am

I want to say something, but LifeHacker says snark is bad for you.

Terry June 28, 2012 at 9:35 am

That's just because the LifeHacker folks, bless their hearts, are bad at it.

noodlesalad June 28, 2012 at 9:13 am

God bless the Club for Growth. If only we had them in the 19th century, we'd still have low-cost slave and child labor, no whales clogging up our oceans, and all the dark, soory water and air a truly self-regulated and free person could drink and breathe, until dying at the age of 28.

PsycWench June 28, 2012 at 9:18 am

Don't forget marrying our girls off by the age of 14 or so, so that they could fulfill God's plan by pupping out the maximum number of offspring before dying of exhaustion or childbirth.

Estproph June 28, 2012 at 9:13 am

Government employees aren't really employed. They don't make any money, so they don't pay any taxes or put any money into the economy at all.

This message brought to you by People Who Are Too Stupid To Understand How Things Really Work.

chascates June 28, 2012 at 9:15 am

I think it's the constant drumbeat from the right that drills stupidity into the gullible. Here's a bit from one of the their blogs today:
As the day of judgment approaches, half the country sits waiting for a small group of men and women to decide how many of our civil rights we get to keep. After two flawed decisions that draw not from the Constitution, but from policy and opinion, we wait hopefully for a third opinion that will set us free.

Estproph June 28, 2012 at 9:20 am

Christ. They are delusional.

actor212 June 28, 2012 at 9:22 am

Free at least! Free at least! Thank GOD almighty, we are free at least!

GunToting[Redacted] June 28, 2012 at 9:21 am

Let's see if I can guess the two decisions which removed our civil rights: Bush v. Gore, and Citizens United.

What do I win?

Terry June 28, 2012 at 9:37 am

The Patriot Act, can't forget that abomination. Not only did that piece of legislation significantly erode our civil rights, it screwed up goddamn NyQuil.

GunToting[Redacted] June 28, 2012 at 9:40 am

True, but without BvG, the Patriot act would not exist. Ipso facto, QED, etc…

PsycWench June 28, 2012 at 9:28 am

Do you think they realize that the Constitution is a government thing, not a list of talking points?

Terry June 28, 2012 at 9:38 am

The Constitution is not to be actually read. You're supposed to just hold it up and either cry or wank over it, depending on the situation.

PsycWench June 28, 2012 at 9:42 am

ohhhhh….like in my favorite Onion article http://www.theonion.com/articles/area-man-passion….

MosesInvests June 28, 2012 at 11:51 am

Those worship words!

AbandonHope June 28, 2012 at 9:32 am

This is a bit OT, but recently while driving to work I've been seeing these bumper stickers that read "Protect Religious Liberty" — illustrated with the Statue of Liberty holding a cross aloft instead of the torch. Okay, I understand the whole pun on "liberty," but could they have chosen a more ironic image to represent supposed religious freedom?

I have SUCH an urge to make an identical sticker but have it read "Protect Christian Hegemony". At least then it would make sense!

Biel_ze_Bubba June 28, 2012 at 10:05 am

In the Xtard Dictionary, "Religious" is a synonym for "Christian." Everything else is pagan, idolatrous, blasphemous, heathen, secular, etc. etc. etc., and otherwise lumped into the huge category of Things That God Hates.

GeneralLerong June 28, 2012 at 9:36 am

If there actually were such a thing as karma or justice, these people would quickly develop debilitating and preferably deadly medical conditions. Then they could go bankrupt thanks to their inadequate insurance, and die.

So far only 45,000 citizens a year are dying because they don't have health insurance. We really need to get to work on that number and at least triple it, preferably amongst white GOP voters. Sorry, Gramps, we just quadrupled your Medicare co-pay. Gotta do your bit to reduce that deficit you keep soiling your depends about, yah?

elburritodeluxe June 28, 2012 at 9:15 am

I guess it don't make no sense… if you ignore the obvious benefits of bombing and maiming Islamics (hint: Jesus' Second Coming).

PsycWench June 28, 2012 at 9:16 am

"the program has turned into a corporate welfare slush fund for members of Congress such as Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina " That's what this sentence was intended to say, no?
Seriously, when did it become common to use "wasteful", "unnecessary" and "duplicative" as shorthand for "it is not to my liking"?

Serolf_Divad June 28, 2012 at 9:44 am

The same day "liberal" became shorthand for "my opponent."

actor212 June 28, 2012 at 9:16 am

I see "Club For Growth" but read "Hair Club For Men". Why is that?

viennawoods13 June 28, 2012 at 9:17 am

I don't know, but I too saw that.

PsycWench June 28, 2012 at 9:20 am

I saw "Chris Christie" next to "Club for Growth" and thought, now that's alarming.

BaldarTCrabass June 28, 2012 at 9:30 am

I experience the same confusion every time I see "Club for Growth," and always have. Thing is, I have a full head of hair and by the miracle of genetics it appears as though I will until the day I die.

actor212 June 28, 2012 at 9:37 am

First, let me say this the kindest way possible: Fuck you for having hair.

Second, that certainly would explain my confusion. Well, that and the fact that their executive staff all look like Sy Sperling. Especially the women.

MosesInvests June 28, 2012 at 11:53 am

I have hair-it's just migrated down from the top of my head.

Terry June 28, 2012 at 9:38 am

Because both appeal to fat, nasty old men.

12X34X June 28, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Must have been all the hot tubs.

viennawoods13 June 28, 2012 at 9:17 am

mmmm De MInt Chocula, so good!

James Michael Curley June 28, 2012 at 9:18 am

EDA gave Arkansas $1 milllion? Mitt Romney takes that much to CoinStar each week in one or both of Ann's Cadillacs.

BaldarTCrabass June 28, 2012 at 9:19 am

Remember when male-pattern baldness and penis enlargement were the primary concerns of the Club for Growth?

GunToting[Redacted] June 28, 2012 at 9:19 am

I keep reading that fish oil is healthy for you, but based on the CFG's advice I'm chucking those pills and picking up some light sweet crude.

AbandonHope June 28, 2012 at 9:33 am

I hear it goes down smooth and pairs well with Brawndo.

HistoriCat June 28, 2012 at 10:08 am

Get it along with the eyeless shrimp – delicious!

johnnyzhivago June 28, 2012 at 9:19 am

An innovation conference center in Arkansas is sort of like a Muslim Gay Marriage Chapel in Mississippi.

Baconzgood June 28, 2012 at 9:20 am

"You know, Paul, Reagan proved that deficits don't matter. We won the mid-term elections, this is our due."

-Kitten eating Lord of the Dark Realm-

Limeylizzie June 28, 2012 at 9:20 am

Here's a lovely wake-up picture for you, those still in bed may want to masturbate.
https://twitter.com/MicheleBachmann/status/218330

Baconzgood June 28, 2012 at 9:21 am

Is she holding a coupon for a new brain?

johnnyzhivago June 28, 2012 at 9:21 am

Is that her birth certificate or her Swiss citizenship card?

Ruhe June 28, 2012 at 9:28 am

It's a golden ticket. Let's hope the UmpaLoompas can't save her from whatever mess she gets into at the chocolate factory.

cheetojeebus June 28, 2012 at 9:32 am

Fucking hell, I am not looking forward to this.

Barb June 28, 2012 at 9:37 am

I love the first comment on this link!

jodyleek June 28, 2012 at 9:44 am

Her eyes are crossed. She must see two of everything. That's why she thinks the government's so big.

outragedcitizen June 29, 2012 at 10:13 am

Thank you for that link and my first laugh of the day.

DerrickWildcat June 28, 2012 at 9:20 am

I think we should get rid of all the things that I don't personally benefit from.

johnnyzhivago June 28, 2012 at 9:22 am

Tax all foreigners living abroad.

actor212 June 28, 2012 at 9:23 am

Tax the blonde in my bed. Or rather, let her tax me.

MosesInvests June 28, 2012 at 11:54 am

You have just encapsulated the *entire* philosophy of the Republican Partei.

actor212 June 28, 2012 at 9:20 am

a tourism promotion program in the Northern Mariana Islands

Say, wasn't a disgraced and arrested former Republican House Majority Leader deeply intent on improving trade relations with the Marianas Islands?

Some other guy was involved….Jack….Jack Meoff? Something like that….

BaldarTCrabass June 28, 2012 at 9:31 am

Nah, it was Heywood Jablomie.

actor212 June 28, 2012 at 9:35 am

I think he and Ben Dover played golf with Ben's sister Aileen.

MosesInvests June 28, 2012 at 11:55 am

Abraham Jackoff.

randcoolcatdaddy June 28, 2012 at 9:21 am

Well, this is good news for pay day loan companies and manufacturers of cardboard boxes.

ChernobylSoup June 28, 2012 at 9:22 am

Arkansas is just Alabama waiting to happen. That Innovation Conference Center was a last ditch effort to keep us from going full retard.

scorpy1 June 28, 2012 at 9:23 am

"Cato estimates that its elimination in 2010 would have saved taxpayers $389 million."

Pfft, that's not even enough to cover the cost of building a time machine to make it happen.
That said, mental masturbation never has a cost.

Doktor Zoom June 28, 2012 at 9:39 am

How much progress would be made by eliminating the Cato Institute?

scorpy1 June 28, 2012 at 10:02 am

About $21-23 million in progress, roughly. That's a lot of progress!

mavenmaven June 28, 2012 at 9:24 am

Lie, Lie, Lie, destroy people's lives, lie some more, and then blame the black man.

starfanglednut June 28, 2012 at 9:48 am

Best summary of the Republican platform I've read in quite some time.

Goonemeritus June 28, 2012 at 9:25 am

I hate this death by a thousand cuts why not just pull the Band-Aid off quick. Clearly we should zero out all spending other than military and then turn control of the military over to Exon.

James Michael Curley June 28, 2012 at 10:18 am

Having had small parts in procurement for both the military and Mobil, there is no guarantee that scheme will save any money.

Military kept sending us replacement helicopter blades for a model we no longer had.
Trip for Mobil had the department manager hosting a lunch at Ma Mason (in Beverly Hills). which came to $12,000 for 8 people in 1981. (He gave himself and each of his guests a case of vintage Veuve Cliquot. I attended but did not get champagne).

BaldarTFlagass June 28, 2012 at 9:26 am

Well, taking that to it's logical conclusion, if we just stone cold fired everybody in the entire government and dismantled it completely, the economy would go right through the fucking roof, just like it has in Somalia.

chascates June 28, 2012 at 9:32 am

You, sir, will have your own Fox News show before long.

actor212 June 28, 2012 at 9:34 am

Let's start with all, and I mean ALL, the lawyers, as Shakespeare suggested.

Biel_ze_Bubba June 28, 2012 at 9:56 am

No government AND no laws … talk about your freedumbs!

outragedcitizen June 29, 2012 at 10:16 am

But at least you could shoot that motherfucker next door that keeps annoying you without fear having to worry about the police, or laws, or well, your own safety.

Allmighty_Manos June 28, 2012 at 9:29 am

I'm waiting for Sen. Frankenberry to weigh in on this.

Barb June 28, 2012 at 9:37 am

Hes being lobbied by Quisp and Quake.

DerrickWildcat June 28, 2012 at 9:57 am

Sen. BooBerry (D) has your back.

BarackMyWorld June 28, 2012 at 9:30 am

This makes about as much sense as Paul Ryan's explanation.

DerrickWildcat June 28, 2012 at 9:32 am

If there is a Department of Spiders, we should get rid of it because they are scarey.

randcoolcatdaddy June 28, 2012 at 9:47 am

We do. Dick Cheney started it.

Tyrannically_Joe June 28, 2012 at 9:36 am

Tourism promotion in the Mariana Islands is only cool with Republicans when it inolves manipulating religious-right tribalism in order to protect sweatshop labor and sex trafficking.

Doktor Zoom June 28, 2012 at 9:39 am

I always mix up "The Club For Growth" and the conspiracy-theory bugbear "The Club of Rome." And with the three of clubs, too, sometimes.

An_Outhouse June 28, 2012 at 9:39 am

"EDA grants that went to a wine tasting room"

I fucking love wine tasting! Chocola needs to be taken out back and given a sound beating.

HarryButtle June 28, 2012 at 9:52 am

There IS a wine industry in the USA, isn't there? And wine tastings promote the wine industry, right?

fawkedifiknow June 28, 2012 at 9:39 am

Chocola asks why his (hare/hair?-brained) proposal to eliminate, roughly, 80% of the government isn't "a no-brainer for Congress"?

I have to concede, on those terms, they are qualified.

chascates June 28, 2012 at 9:44 am

Any one know when the vote on Holder's contempt charge is scheduled today?

actor212 June 28, 2012 at 9:45 am

About five minutes after SCOTUS speaks

starfanglednut June 28, 2012 at 9:51 am

Of course, he'll also be willing to eliminate the free healthcare for life he receives as a former congressman. You know, to reduce spending and the size of government.

Biel_ze_Bubba June 28, 2012 at 9:52 am

Anything that keeps unemployment high is good for the GOP, ergo it's good for America. What's so hard to understand?

chascates June 28, 2012 at 9:53 am

The Holder vote will take place during the Transportation/HUD appropriations bill, as per Daily Kos' 'Today in Congress': http://www.congressmatters.com/story/2012/6/28/31

Meanwhile the Senate also has important matters to onsider:
Adopted S.Res.511, commending the Pacific Lutheran University Lutes Softball Team for winning the 2012 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Softball Championship.
Adopted S.Res.512, recognizing the 100th anniversary of Rice University.

Biel_ze_Bubba June 28, 2012 at 9:54 am

Ineffective? Haven't you noticed what huge pricks they are?

MilwaukeeKent June 28, 2012 at 10:02 am

With some of the elections on Tuesday, it looks like an endorsement from "The Club for Growth" is once again back to being a guaranteed kiss of death for any candidate unfortunate enough to receive one. Can they and Grover Norquist just wrestle to the death in a bathtub already?.

elburritodeluxe June 28, 2012 at 10:40 am

The ball is now in your court, Bo(eh)ner!. Please, please, introduce legislation to allow insurance companies to limit coverage for pre-existing conditions and to set lifetime limits on care! Let's see how that flies.

seppdecker June 28, 2012 at 11:13 am

You can tell Count Chocula is a Republican, because he keeps going on about the "Blahs."

Callyson June 28, 2012 at 11:40 am

the “economic development” benefits are dubious and the program has turned into a corporate welfare slush fund for members of Congress

Yes, that's a good description of today's Wall Street.

Wait, you were talking about something else?

fuflans June 28, 2012 at 11:49 am

will someone please liveblog mittens as i can only get my mittens news via wonkette.

12X34X June 28, 2012 at 12:03 pm

A huge reason as to why we may be $15 trillion in debt is the vast sums of corporate welfare repubs love to dole out to the military industrial complex and outsourcing multi-nationals.

notanncoulter June 28, 2012 at 12:20 pm

"Club For Growth"?
Aren't they the people that have been clogging up my spam folder for years with their magical growth/enlargement formula?
Yes – the same honest people.

DahBoner June 28, 2012 at 2:04 pm

I thought people didn't put those clubs on their steering wheel anymore?

ttommyunger June 29, 2012 at 9:17 am

I'm all for reducing costs, how about we start with the insane perks and retirement bennies for our Congressidiots?

starfanglednut June 28, 2012 at 9:44 am

Mmmm, I love pancakes.

Biel_ze_Bubba June 28, 2012 at 10:12 am

Blueberries. We want blueberries.

Terry June 28, 2012 at 9:45 am

I have allergies. The authors of the Patriot Act, along with a bunch of meth heads, made my life more difficult.

Terry June 28, 2012 at 9:46 am

This is my favorite: http://www.theonion.com/articles/elderly-man-sile

Probably because I know several people for whom this could easily be the truth.

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