""Boehner's speech highlighted the broad approach long advocated by the Republicans and offered no new specific proposals. He made a direct pitch for tax slashes -- expressing hope that a joint committee would start the process this fall -- and repeated calls to cut all business regulations.+++++ +++++ +++++
Those efforts, along with deficit reduction, would address the "triple threat" of bad policies keeping businesses on the sidelines, he said.
"The wealthy , which is to say the job creators in America, basically are on strike," he said. "My message to Washington today on their behalf: this isn't that hard. We need to liberate our economy from the shackles of Washington. Let our economy grow. Help the rich to help the poor, or at least the poor who deserve it."
Boehner spent little time directly addressing the details of the Obama bill, striking the somewhat conciliatory tone House GOPs have aimed for in recent weeks.
"The House will consider them, as the American people expect. Some of the president's proposals offer an opportunity for common ground," he said. "But let's be honest with ourselves. The president's proposals are a poor substitute for the pro-growth, pro-wealth policies that are needed to generate profits, and thus to job creation in America."
Boehner said any proposals should be tied to increased development of domestic energy resources.
"There's a natural link between the two: as we develop new sources of American energy, we're going to need modern infrastructure--and brokers, investors, speculators-- to bring that energy to the market, and to make it profitable" he said.
Boehner also offered some proposals for a republican jobs bill. "America needs workers who understand the entrepreneurial mindstate," said Boehner. "For instance , we need new caddies, and we are developing caddie-apprenticeship programs to put new caddies to work at corporate golf courses. The gaming industry also offers many opportunities--dealers, pit-bosses, croupiers, slot-machine technicians. Slot-machine techs are an important part of the Las Vegas economy," continued Boehner.
Boehner, a heavy smoker, suggested another jobs program on the table is tobacco picking. "We could have many welfare recipients earn an honest wage by putting them out in the fields picking tobacco," said Boehner. """
"Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate." Bertrand Russell
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