Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Fili-Boehner revisted: long AND wrong

During last month's floor debate of the historic American Clean Energy & Security Act, House Minority Leader John Boehner (OH) did a wonderful Senatorial impersonation by attempting a filibuster-like delay of proceedings, reading aloud from a 300-page managerial amendment for well over an hour. Of course, we already wrote an entry criticizing his stall tactics, but upon looking at the tirade's transcript, we decided the "Fili-Boehner" deserved another post.

You see, not only was the rant extremely LONG, but by golly, the things he said were just flat out WRONG.

Very wrong.

Here's a few choice quotes from Mr. Boehner's speech, and our responses:

“If you look at this bill and you look at the analysis of this bill, you’ll see that two-and-a-half million jobs on average will be lost each and every year over the next 10 years as a result of the bill.”

Wrong: The Center For American Progress found this bill would help create 1.7 million green jobs.

“This is the biggest job-killing bill that has ever been on the floor of the House of Representatives, right here, this bill, and I don’t think that’s what the American people want.”

Still wrong: Just because it's said twice, that doesn't make it true. See above.

“The bottom line of all of this is all pain for the United States citizens and no gain.”

Extraordinarily wrong: Not only will a comprehensive clean energy bill help create 1.7 million jobs, but it will also do so at the low low cost of about a postage stamp per day, while the nation's low-income earners will actually see LOWER electricity bills as a result of the bill. And if you take into account savings from the energy efficiency standard in the bill, families might just see a net benefit.

Since when did 1.7 million more jobs become "no gain," and a postage stamp a day become "all pain?" Yes, when dealing with stamps, one runs the risk of getting a paper cut, but in our humble opinion, it's well worth that risk.