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Wisconsin to Washington: GOP declares war against workers

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What Republicans are doing from Madison, Wis., to Washington, D.C., is
waging a war against workers that will destroy a million jobs for

The GOP is waging a war against teachers, against firefighters, against
police, against programs that create jobs, against men and women who
hunger for jobs, against pay equity for women, and against the economic
recovery that has only begun.

I will guarantee that when the full budget proposals of House
Republicans are added to the full budget proposals of
Republican governors, leading and objective analysts will conclude that a
million American jobs will be lost.

Republicans are not engaging in deficit reduction, they are fomenting a
political civil war based on an ideology that is radical and extreme
compared not only to generations of Democrats, but to generations of
the most respected Republicans who never proposed anything like what
Republicans are proposing today.

Just watch the House
Republicans, voting in rapid fire on amendments they could not have had
the time to read, attacking one program after another in a campaign
that will destroy jobs America needs.

This is not a war against
deficits, it is a war against collective bargaining, a war
against job-creating programs, a war against the very idea of
government creating jobs.

In many cases this is a war against
policies that help women, a war against pay equity for women, a war
against new jobs for women and a war against poor women and their
daughters and sons.

In 1937, Franklin Roosevelt, under
pressure from what was called the conservative coalition of that time,
supported cutbacks in spending that caused a relapse of
Depression-era conditions at the very moment the economy was
recovering. Republicans would repeat that disastrous mistake today.

are plenty of good ways to lower the deficit, but destroying jobs with
ideologically extreme attacks on programs that create jobs is a
disastrous attack of epic and historic proportions.

Republican Speaker might say "so be it" when jobs are destroyed, but a
program that would destroy a million jobs is bad for workers, bad for
jobs and bad for America.

Originally published at the Hill.
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