Monday, April 30, 2012

Speaker John Boehner calls President Obama a 'Loser'

Speaker of the House John Boehner grew up mopping floors and waiting tables at his family tavern and worked several jobs to pay his way through Xavier University.

The Catholic college Xavier is primarily an undergraduate, liberal arts institution. Xavier University offers 81 majors within the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Social Sciences, Health and Education, and the Williams College of Business.

John Boehner recently told CNN's "State of the Union with Candy Crowley, "I think Mitt Romney has a background where he can go and talk about how to create jobs, how to turn this economy around and how to give the American people what they want: more jobs."

When you think of the jobs that the Republicans offer, think of jobs at Wal-Mart and McDonalds -- the 2nd and 3rd largest job creators in the U.S. behind the federal government. (Read: John Boehner lied: Government is the REAL "job creator")

Mitt Romney made money as a corporate raider, laying off thousands of workers and/or cutting their wages and benefits -- and negating their pensions. As a private equity investor, some of Romney's shrewd deals did eventually create low paying jobs in companies like Staples, but not because of anything Romney personally managed. In those deals he collected fees and only paid 15% in capital gains taxes for carried interest.

According to Forbes magazine, Staples' CEO Ronald L. Sargent has a total pay packages averaging $15.1 million a year*, while most of his employees earn under $9 an hour.

(*Sargent's base Salary is $1.14 million a year + stock awards $7.7 million + other wages of $477,978.00 + stock option awards of $3.4 million + an incentive plan of $2.4 million = total annual compensation of over $15.1 million a year.)

The predicament we face isn't simply that there are just too few jobs; it's also that an increasing number of workers don't have the kind of job that can pay the bills...a job paying a living wage, and that's why it now takes two-incomes in one household to survive.

John Boehner also said: "The American people do not want to vote for a loser, they don't want to vote for someone who hasn't been successful." That's odd, I thought President Obama was supposed to be a snob.

A "loser"? Obama went to Occidental College then transferred to Columbia University in New York City, where he majored in political science with a specialty in international relations and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1983. In late 1988, Obama entered Harvard Law School and was selected as an editor of the Harvard Law Review at the end of his first year, and president of the journal in his second year. After graduating with a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard in 1991, he returned to Chicago and published Dreams from My Father. Obama accepted a two-year position as Visiting Law and Government Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, then taught at the University of Chicago Law School for twelve years—as a Lecturer from 1992 to 1996, and as a Senior Lecturer from 1996 to 2004—teaching constitutional law before becoming a state senator, and then in 2008, President of the United States.

Does John Boehner think that someone with Obama's background is a "loser", but someone like himself who "mopped floors" is not?

John Boehner was a linebacker on his school's football team, but after he graduated in 1968, when U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War was at its peak, Boehner was discharged from the Navy after only eight weeks because of a "bad back".

After seven years Boehner finally received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Xavier University in 1977, as he held several menial jobs to pay for his meager education.

Shortly after his graduation when he was 28 years old in 1977, Boehner accepted his first "real job" with Nucite Sales, a small sales business in the packaging and plastics industry.

Boehner was steadily promoted and eventually became president of Nucite Sales, resigning 13 years later in 1990. During that time he was an alumnus of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), being a member when he was an Ohio State Representative from 1985-1990.

When he was first elected to Congress was when he first began accepting bribes (that we know of) on the floor of the House of Representatives from the tobacco industry -- just like many members in congress do.

Barack Obama paid for college with student loans, scholarships, grants, student jobs and the help of his grandparents. Obama recently said that both he and wife Michelle just finished paying off their student loans eight years ago.

Wages are too low to live on today AND to pay for the skyrocketing price of a higher education. Unless John Boehner were sleeping on his parent's couch until he was 40 years old, he probably wouldn't make it today. He'd still be mopping floors in a bar, or working at Wal-Mart, McDonalds, or Staples. In his eyes, he'd be a "loser".

But now that John Boehner has a nice government job earning $225,000 a year, paid for with the taxpayer's hard-earned money, he's waging a class war and calling 50% of all Americans and the President of the United States "losers".

A vote for Mitt Romney is a vote for the CEOs of Wal-mart, McDonalds and Staples...and a against all the "losers" who mop floors and tend bar.

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