The GOP Says They're All About Creating Jobs. So Why Do They Want to Cut $2 Billion From Job Training?

The irony would be hilarious if it weren't so real. Yesterday the House Committee on Appropriations released its proposed budget cuts and, as expected, it completely slaughters a profound number of social programs, yet leaves the engorged defense budget untouched. There's much in there to scorn, including the continuation of their war against women by cutting maternal and child health care grants and family planning But nothing is more telling than the juxtaposition of Hal Rogers' statement with one program in particular to be bloodlet:

“Make no mistake, these cuts are not low-hanging fruit.  These cuts are real and will impact every District across the country - including my own.  As I have often said, every dollar we cut has a constituency, an industry, an association, and individual citizens who will disagree with us. But with this CR, we will respond to the millions of Americans who have called on this Congress to rein in spending to help our economy grow and our businesses create jobs.”

Yet in the ensuing list of programs whose budgets are proposed to be slashed--$2 billion from Job Training Programs, which in general help our nation's poor with job-readiness with programs stemming from the Departments of Labor, Education and Health and Human Services. This is, of course, consistent with how their job creation plan is wan to non-existent. But when the latest unemployment rates are at 9.8 percent, details such as these are hard to ignore.

Read the full list of proposed budget cuts here. It's special.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at February 11, 2011, 4:02am

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