Republicans can’t have it both ways: Deny first responder jobs and don’t accept the results.


Recently, Vice President Joe Biden commented with great urgency the need to pass the $35 million part of the American Jobs Act that provides for hiring police officers, fire fighters and teachers. He said that crime was rising in various cities and if Republicans don’t pass at least this part of the American Jobs Act, the loss, particularly of police officers, would cause crime to rise:

“They either are going to figure out how to help those cities the way we want to help them, or some other way. But if they don’t get help, crime is going to continue to go up. It’s that simple,” Biden said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “It’s not an ideological point, it’s not a political point, it’s just a physical reality.” [....]

Biden also included rape and murder when referencing the kinds of crimes on the rise. Jason Matterra (conservative blog) questioned the Vice President, clearly attempting to get him to say that Republicans would cause rape to rise. What Biden said was, “In many cities, the result has been, and it’s not unique, murder rates are up, robberies are up, rapes are up.” [....] This is true, despite whatever political spin Matterra tries to make of it.

A similar problem will rise with the loss of fire fighters. They will not be able to respond quickly enough because of a reduction in numbers. Budget cuts could also force some fire stations to close. Consolidating stations is not an answer either. Overworked fire fighters is not an option when fighting a fire, when attempting to save lives.

So now, many conservative bloggers are expressing their contempt for the Vice President saying all manner of things. Their contempt is ill-placed. If their house was ablaze and they could not get out without help, what would they do if there were limited fire fighters to respond? If police are no longer available to patrol their streets and areas where they work — especially after hours — politics aside, crime would soar; there’d be no one to stop criminals or prevent crimes from taking place.

The big question here is should Republicans be held accountable because they won’t even allow a vote on the American Jobs Act in total or in part? I say, absolutely. If Republicans don’t wish to be cast in such a negative way, i.e., they caused crime to increase, houses to burn adding the potential of life lost, and children to lose out because of loss of teachers and updated schools and technology, they should sign the American Jobs Act.

In his zeal to cast the Vice President in a negative light, Matterra has helped to show the American people what Republicans are doing has immediate, catastrophic consequences. Attacking the President and his administration will not lower crime, fix the economy, pay our mortgage or educate our kids. Matterra is right. Republicans are responsible for this mess.

References:

Biden, reporter face off over crime statistics | CNN Politics

Biden: Rape comments weren’t political | CNN Politics

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