Teachers to Boehner: We Are NOT ‘Special Interests’ Begging for ‘Bailouts’ (Video)
August 6, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Ever since the Democrats in the senate overcame a Republican filibuster to pass a state aid bill to prevent layoffs of teachers, firefighters and police officers, House Republicans have been throwing a collective hissy fit, after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced she would recall House members from their August recess to vote on the bill. Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) led the charge, attacking our childrens’ school teachers, as undeserving “liberal special interests.” The tan Congressman also disingenously derided state aid for public employees, as “special interest bailouts and job-killing tax hikes,” despite the fact that the federal assistance was fully paid for. The Democratic National Committee responded to Boehner’s attack on our teachers with a new Web ad, entitled “Message to John Boehner: Teachers Aren’t “Special Interests”‘
Apparently, Boehner is only interested in preserving tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent of Americans. At a time of a deep economic recession and a near double-digit unemployment rate, Boehner and the Republican party have displayed heartlessness towards the unemployed, as illustrated by his rant against school teachers as special interests:
BOEHNER: “The American people don’t want more Washington ‘stimulus’ spending – especially in the form of a pay-off to union bosses and liberal special interests. This stunning display of tone-deafness comes at the expense of American workers, who will be hit by another job-killing tax hike because Washington Democrats can’t kick their addiction to more government ‘stimulus’ spending. Democrats should be listening to their constituents – who are asking ‘where are the jobs?’ – instead of scampering back to Washington to push through more special interest bailouts and job-killing tax hikes,” said Boehner after the $26 billion state aid bill secured passed in the senate.
And today on Fox News, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) echoed Boehner’s “bailout” nonsense.
PENCE: “[W]e’re going to continue this process next week of more borrowing, more spending, more bailouts, and continue to sustain this policy of takeovers that’s been characterized in this Congress. And we’ve just got to try something different. It’s time for fiscal discipline in Washington, DC, and it’s time to preserve the tax relief of the recent past and even talk about passing tax relief that will create jobs. But this more spending, more bailouts is not the answer.”
The DNC ad depicts three school teachers voicing their shock at being labeled a special interest group, looking for a government handout. “When I heard John Boehner refer to teachers as special interests, I was appalled,” said a fight-grade teacher in the spot.
All three teachers pointed out that the only special interests they have are the children they teach.
Boehner was further challenged to leave the lofty confines of his Capitol Hill offices where he meets with corporate lobbyists, to visit an actual classroom.
“Until you understand that, you need to come down off the Hill and visit my classroom and see just what it is that I do on a daily basis before you lump me in with the fat cats on Wall Street and the banks.”
Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons/Keith Allison/John Boehner at the AT&T National golf tournament, July 2009.