Reinforcing fears over Boehner’s illiteracy

In early May 2010, the single best jobs report in more than four years was released. The private sector added nearly a quarter-million jobs and the overall economy added over 450,000 jobs. It was, at the time, the best economic news Americans had received in a long while.

John Boehner was inexplicably outraged, calling the good news “disappointing news,” adding that the big jump in job creation was “a harsh reminder that families and small businesses continue to ask ‘where are the jobs?'”

Even by GOP standards, this was bizarre. It was as if the Republican leader wrote a condemnation before the job numbers were even released, and didn’t feel the need to adjust it after the report was released.

This morning, Boehner did it again.

“Today’s unemployment report is more proof that all of the Washington spending, taxing, and regulating is devastating our economy. While the American people are asking ‘where are the jobs?’ the Democrats running Washington are determined to punish small businesses with higher taxes and more red tape….

Does the Speaker actually expect anyone to take this seriously? Or did his press flacks, who assume the public will fall for anything, write this yesterday?

The new jobs report shows the private sector continuing to grow, but the public sector continues to shed tens of thousands of jobs every month. “Washington spending … is devastating our economy”? Government spending cuts have led to massive layoffs, serving as an anti-stimulus dragging down the larger economy. How in the world could a sane person believe more spending is undermining the economy when we’re spending less and losing jobs as a consequence?

Here are a few questions some enterprising reporter might want to ask the House Speaker at his next press availability: “You said Washington spending is ‘devastating our economy.’ What does that even mean? And where is this Washington spending you keep referencing? And if spending cuts had led to fewer jobs, by what reasoning would more spending cuts lead to more jobs?”

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