Did you know that teachers, firemen, police, office workers, IT professionals and mail carriers aren’t actually doing a “real” job?
That’s according to Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), who told a conservative radio host recently that he’s opposing a national debt limit increase because he believes it wouldn’t affect anyone with a “real job.”
Although Republicans raised the debt limit repeatedly and with little debate under President George W. Bush, Republicans under President Barack Obama are digging in their heels and threatening to harm the global economy by forcing the U.S. to default on its debts or make significant cuts to the government’s day-to-day operations.
Some of those day-to-day operations include workers who may be deemed “non-essential”: about a quarter million of them, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
But speaking to conservative talk host Martha Zoller, Broun was unfazed at all the jobs that would be lost.
“Well those are gonna be government employees that are put out of work,” he said. “There are a lot of government employees that need to go find a real job!”
Failure to raise the debt limit, most experts agree, would be catastrophic to the global economy.
This video is from the Martha Zoller show, as snipped by Think Progress.
‘It’s just sparkling racism’: Internet mocks the hell out of the New York Times for describing Trump’s comments as ‘racially infused’
In an analysis piece in the New York Times on Sunday, chief White House correspondent opted to describe President Donald Trump’s overtly racist comments on Democratic congresswomen color as “racially infused” — an euphemism one Twitter user joked is “the worst flavor of LaCroix.”
Trump over the weekend caused an uproar in the media by tweeting the following:
Fox News’ John Roberts tells Trump to his face: ‘White nationalists are finding common cause with you’
Fox News reporter John Roberts asked President Donald Trump to his face whether he cared that white nationalists agreed with his views on race.
The president provoked widespread outrage by calling on four Democratic congresswomen -- all women of color -- to leave the country because they disagreed with his policies, and Trump insisted his tweets were not racist while continuing to lob bigoted attacks at them.
"Mr. President," Roberts asked during an impromptu Monday news conference, "does it concern you that many people saw that tweet as racist, and that white nationalist groups are finding common cause with you on that point?"
Will Hurd becomes first GOP lawmaker to condemn Trump’s ‘racist and xenophobic’ attacks on Dems
Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) on Monday became the first Republican lawmaker to unequivocally condemn President Donald Trump's racist attacks against four Democratic lawmakers.
When asked by CNN's Christiane Amanpour about Trump's weekend tweets, in which he told Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) to “go back” to their countries despite the fact that all four are American citizens, Hurd did not hold back on repudiating the president's statements.
"Those tweets are racist, and xenophobic," he said. "They’re also inaccurate. The four women he’s referring to are actually citizens of the United States."