As President Obama plans to deliver yet another “major speech” on the economy in an effort to jumpstart the worst approval ratings of his Presidency, the White House is signaling that he will call for another round of borrowed “stimulus” funding. And as ABC News reports this morning, “[m]any Democrats say they want to hear a forceful presidential push for new stimulus spending and middle-class tax cuts, with less emphasis on deficit reduction and government spending cuts they say could stunt job creation and hamper economic recovery.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) today called on Democrat Senator Ben Nelson to step forward and make clear whether or not he agrees with President Obama and fellow liberal Democrats that more government spending is needed to jumpstart the economy.
“Given Democrat Senator Ben Nelson’s strong support for government-run healthcare and the failed stimulus, Nebraskans deserve to know if he intends to rubber-stamp yet another round of government spending that is borrowed on the backs of taxpayers,” NRSC spokesman Jahan Wilcox said today.
BARACK OBAMA – SEPTEMBER 2009: Obama Said His Stimulus Was Putting Americans To Work And Was “The Largest Investment In Our Infrastructure Since Eisenhower Created The Interstate Highway System In The 1950s.” “We’re putting Americans to work across this country rebuilding crumbling roads and bridges and waterways with the largest investment in our infrastructure since Eisenhower created the Interstate Highway System in the 1950s. All in all, many middle class families will see their incomes go up by about $3,000 because of the Recovery Act, helping them get back much of what they’ve lost due to this recession.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks By The President At AFL-CIO Convention, 9/15/09)
SENATOR BEN NELSON – MAY 2009: “During debate to craft the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (also known as the ‘stimulus bill’), Senator Nelson was a strong advocate to make sure an investment in our nation’s infrastructure was a key piece of any stimulus legislation. … The stimulus bill provided a two-for-one opportunity: create jobs while taking a step towards rebuilding the state’s aging infrastructure. The stimulus bill directed over $250 million in federal funding for infrastructure projects across the state.” (Ben Nelson, Nelson On Transportation & Infrastructure, 05/01/09, Accessed 08/30/11)
“President Barack Obama Said Monday He Would Unveil Proposals Next Week Aimed At Spurring Job Growth In Part Through Infrastructure Improvements.” (“Obama Says Will Unveil Jobs Plan Next Week,” Reuters, 8/29/11)
- In His Speech, “The President Is Likely To Discuss Items He Has Pitched Before.” “The president is likely to discuss items he has pitched before, including an extension of payroll tax cuts, a string of free-trade deals and new infrastructure projects — items he said Republicans and Democrats should agree on.” (David Jackson, “Obama: Jobs Are Our ‘Urgent Mission,” USA Today’s “The Oval,” 8/29/11)
Obama’s Economic Advisors and Senate Democrats Predicted That The Stimulus Would Keep The Unemployment Rate Below 8 Percent With Stimulus. (The Job Impact Of The American Recovery And Reinvestment Plan, 1/9/09)
Last Week, CBO Said Unemployment Will Remain Above The Administration’s Projection Of 8% Until At Least 2014. That means a lousy job market for years to come. CBO expects the unemployment rate to fall from today’s 9.1 to 8.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012—and then to remain above 8% until 2014. (The Wall Street Journal, 8/24/11)
Under President Obama, Long-Term Unemployment Has Reached An Unprecedented Level. On average, 44 percent of workers who were unemployed in the first half of 2011 had been jobless for more than six months. Moreover, in mid-2011, 31 percent of unemployed workers had been jobless for at least a year. Those rates of long-term unemployment are unprecedented in the post–World War II era. (By comparison, workers who had been jobless for more than six months accounted for about 25 percent of all unemployed workers shortly after the 1981–1982 recession.) (CBO, 8/24/11)
There Are 2.5 Million Fewer Jobs Today Than When President Obama Took Office. The nation has 2.5 million fewer jobs today than the day Obama took office. (Politico, 8/4/11)