Cline’s latest excuse for worker shortage

In an interview with WSLS TV, Congressman Cline blamed the current worker shortage on vaccine mandates.

“I’ve been traveling around to manufacturers all around the area, and that’s the first thing they say is we’re having trouble getting employees, and these mandates will have us lose employees at a critical time. It’ll make it that much harder for our economy to recover,” Cline said.


“Businesses are just struggling to get back on their feet to end they’re having a hard time getting employees to put businesses at the risk of having to lose a quarter or a third of their employees. It might just be enough to put them under,” Cline said.

In fact as of October, only 5 percent of workers said they had quit their jobs rather than get vaccinated. And a lot of major companies have imposed their own vaccine mandates regardless of government requirements.

It was only last June that Cline was blaming the labor shortage on temporary unemployment payments making workers too lazy to take any undesirable low-wage jobs on offer.

But states that cut off these benefits early failed to achieve a major increase in employment, CNBC reported in August. Instead they “fueled a nearly $2 billion cut in household spending, potentially hurting their local economies.”

The data suggests unemployment benefits aren’t playing a big role in hiring challenges and that other factors are having a larger impact — a similar thrust to other recent research analyzing the policy decisions.

The real solution to labor shortages– along with wider access to child care— may shock Cline and others with such contempt for low-wage workers.

The Build Back Better plan in Congress would enable millions of parents to obtain affordable child care and make it possible for them to enter the workforce.

But Congressman Cline calls Build Back Better “an abomination.”

Of course he does.

Fighting back

The following ad, sponsored by the Lexington and Rockbridge County Democratic Committees, appeared in the Nov. 24 edition of The News-Gazette, which circulates in Lexington, Rockbridge and Buena Vista.

Enough of letting Congressman Cline’s evasion, deceit and failures go unanswered!

Feel free use it in any way you can to help spread the word about Cline’s utter inability to stand up for the people of the Sixth District.

Cline shrugs off Gosar’s video threat

The Washington Post reports:

The House voted Wednesday to censure Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.) for tweeting an anime video that depicted him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and swinging swords at President Biden — a move that comes amid growing worries about violent political rhetoric 10 months after a mob of former president Donald Trump’s supporters attacked the Capitol.

The 223-to-207 vote, with one member voting present, marks the first time in more than a decade that the House has censured one of its members. The resolution also removes Gosar from his assignments on the House Oversight and Natural Resources committees.

“Disguising death threats against a member of Congress and a president of the United States in an animated video does not make those death threats any less real or less serious,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said during Wednesday’s debate, describing GOP leaders’ refusal to reprimand Gosar as “outrageous.”

Not outrageous enough for Congressman Cline, who joined all but two of his fellow House Republicans to vote NO on censuring Gosar.

Some Republicans have pointed to questionable comments by Democrats. But as Amber Phillips of The Post writes, “none of them have used social media to depict violence against a Republican colleague.”

Many more Republicans than Democrats in recent weeks have alluded to armed revolution and justified violence. On this Cline has been utterly silent.

But Cline did denounce the FBI on the far-right NewsMax channel for tracking the dangerous increase in violent threats against school boards and teachers over masking requirements and teaching about racism.

We won’t let anyone forget, Congressman

Predictably, Congressman Cline was one of the vast majority of House Republicans who voted NO on the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package which was passed Friday and sent to President Biden for his signature.

Cline protested that he’s all for infrastructure, as long as it doesn’t mean anything other than “roads, bridges, transit and rail”– a view more appropriate to the 19th century– and that that the bill “prioritized the Green New Deal and social justice programs.” He didn’t specify which parts of the package did that.

As even Cline must be dimly aware, in the 21st century there is more to infrastructure than roads, bridges, transit and rail. This includes the power grid, water and sewer systems and broadband, all of which the bill funds. So what does Cline object to? The $15 billion for electric charging stations and electric school buses? Who knows? Probably not even Cline.

But don’t worry, Congressman. We’ll make sure your constituents know about every project in the Sixth District funded by the infrastructure bill that puts a lot of people to work at good wages and improves the lives, the health and the safety of the families in our district. And we’ll especially make sure they know that you voted AGAINST it.