SPIN METER: GOP flips on job creation for defense http://m.cecilwhig.com/mobile/news/national_news/article_ec8924de-08b4-11e1-8970-001cc4c03286.html
Consider the latest argument from Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee as lawmakers stare down at least $450 billion in cuts from projected defense spending over the next 10 years. Running for re-election, Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., said in February 2010 that the stimulus package did not create new jobs. In a statement about the economy and jobs now on his website, McKeon says “congressional Democrats and the administration continue to insist that we can spend our way out of this recession and create jobs, but the numbers just don’t add up.” But at a hearing last week, McKeon, now the committee chairman, argued against cuts to the military, saying, “We don’t spend money on defense to create jobs. But defense cuts are certainly a path to job loss, especially among our high-skilled workforces. There is no private sector alternative to compensate for the government’s investment.” He later added, “While cuts to the military might reduce federal spending, they harm national security and they definitely don’t lead to job growth.”
This is pretty standard b.s. rhetoric. It’s getting a bit more attention now, as rational folks ask how firing a bunch of people in order to prolong tax cuts for high earners makes even a lick of sense during an employment crisis.
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