John Callahan’s anti-job agenda has him at odds with former President Clinton
By DENT FOR CONGRESS
Job creation in America continues to stagnate. The U.S. economy lost 131,000 jobs in July. Private payroll numbers fell 30,000 jobs short of expectations, and June data was revised lower to a loss of 221,000 jobs from a previously reported 125,000. Polices coming out of the Pelosi Congress are not only failing to help, they are causing harm. And John Callahan stands firmly in support of that Washington agenda.
Callahan still sings the praises of a trillion-dollar stimulus that only supported taxpayer-funded jobs for a short time. He once signed a pledge to support “cap and trade,” a plan he admits would lose jobs for Pennsylvanians. Callahan supported the Pelosi health care bill that will cut Medicare for seniors by half a trillion dollars, and bury individuals and small businesses in taxes and paperwork.
And John Callahan opposes breaking down trade barriers that actually help American manufacturers sell products and create jobs. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Big Labor have held up important trade agreements with American allies and trading partners like South Korea, Colombia and Panama for years, and Callahan stands with them. Even President Obama acknowledges that expanding American exports is vital to economic growth.
Today, John Callahan will party with Bill Clinton at a high-priced fundraiser. How ironic since President Clinton signed the NAFTA trade agreement into law. President Clinton has lauded the trade agreement, which was passed in a bipartisan fashion by a Democrat-controlled House and Senate, calling it “a great economic and political victory for America.”1 But echoing the talking points provided him by Big Labor, Callahan recently claimed that Clinton’s policy “cost Pennsylvania 38,000 jobs.”
It’s amazing that Callahan refuses to take positions on the policy matters of today, but he finds his voice condemning a 1993 trade agreement orchestrated by the very man raising money for his campaign.
1 Source: Between Hope and History, by Bill Clinton, p. 33-34 Jan 1, 1996
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August 10, 2010 at 10:42 am