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Democrats Want $100B For City Workers

From an approving San Francisco Chronicle:

$100 billion proposal to save city worker jobs

Carolyn Lochhead, Chronicle Washington Bureau

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Washington – With unemployment still stubbornly high despite last year’s $800 billion fiscal stimulus, a top House Democrat and Bay Area lawmaker on Wednesday proposed sending cities $100 billion over the next two years to forestall predicted layoffs of hundreds of thousands of city workers, teachers and other local public employees.

And by ‘city workers’ they mean union foot soldiers.

The bill by Rep. George Miller, D-Martinez, is part of a welter of legislation, including a major extension of unemployment benefits in a jobs bill that passed the Senate on Wednesday, that Democrats are trying to enact to boost employment. About 8 million jobs have been lost since the recession began in December 2007 [sic], and while the economy has been growing smartly and job losses have slowed sharply [sic], job growth has not yet rebounded.

Leaving aside the false claims that the recession began in 2007 and that jobs losses have slowed sharply, it should be noted that very few of those 8 million jobs lost have been from the public sector.

Moreover, the public sector has received more than three quarters (3/4th) of Mr. Obama’s ‘stimulus’ money spent on employment so far.

Which could be part of the problem, since private sector jobs grow the economy while public sector jobs drain it.

About 17,000 of 26,000 San Francisco city workers received pink slips on Friday, but Mayor Gavin Newsom plans to hire most of them back with a shortened workweek that would amount to a 6.25 percent pay cut. Spokesman Tony Winnicker said the move will avoid the kind of mass layoffs taking place in cities across the country, such as Los Angeles, which has announced that it will terminate 4,000 city employees with more likely to follow.

Miller predicted his bill would immediately create 1 million jobs, counting spillover effects on private businesses that sell goods and services to public sector employees.

Notice that Mr. Miller is saying “create” not save. And we are supposed to believe this.

In truth $100 billion dollars would probably only fund a few public union healthcare and pension funds for a few months.

He did not propose offsetting spending cuts or tax increases despite Democrats’ vow to institute pay-as-you-go budget rules, arguing that deficit spending is necessary to boost job growth

It’s nice to see that the San Francisco Chronicle reporters haven’t lost their sense of humor.

Miller’s "Local Jobs for America Act" was written with input from mayors across the country who said they are confronting a meltdown in property tax revenue from the real estate crash and cutbacks in aid from similarly strapped state governments. Miller said local budgets have been cut to the bone, receding to their level of 1980, and that many cities are facing layoffs of firefighters, police and teachers.

The same old familiar song we have heard for decades.

He said the money would go directly to city hall officials, who would best know what their local needs are and be able to hire people immediately.

Well, at least Mr. Miller is being honest about it. The money will surely “go directly to city hall officials.”

The effort won rave reviews from liberal interest groups, including the labor-friendly Employment Policy Institute, which called it "exactly the kind of bold response we need," but there are no Republican co-sponsors

Even though ‘there is not a dimes worth of difference between the two parties.’

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, March 11th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Democrats Want $100B For City Workers”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    Oh yes!
    We MUST save those Oh-So-Valuable union employees so they can continue to tax, fine, cite, and otherwise make life miserable for the masses of laid off workers that will have much higher taxes and crappy, Govt. healthcare by the time they get back to work.
    No reason for these pillars of the community to suffer along with the rest of us through the mess their political masters created.

  2. proreason says:

    Redistribution – chapter 1,232

  3. GetBackJack says:

    Meanwhile … those of us who ranch and farm ….

  4. Mithrandir says:

    When the Democrats are in power, they pay back the voters who got them there. Who says you can’t buy votes in America?
    That’s what politics is all about: everyone contributes to the piggy bank, then pop out the bottom and give it back to the people you like. This is why socialism just doesn’t work!

    The Republicans are just mad because they didn’t get a chance to funnel the money to keep themselves in power.

    The two oligarchical parties are different alright. One side is heads, the other is tails, but of the same coin…..

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