Does He Still Believe $787 Billion Stimulus “Jumpstart[ed] The Economy”???
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” spending. 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 former DNC Chairman Tim Kaine 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 Tim Kaine’s strong support for the Obama agenda and his past failed stimulus policies, Virginians 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 Chris Bond said today.
THEN: September 15, 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 infrastructuresince 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)
Kaine: “The President And Members Of Congress Have Passed A Stimulus Plan That Will Help Jumpstart The Economy And Accomplish Critical Objectives To Get Our Economy Growing Again.” (DNC Chairman Tim Kaine, www.youtube.com, 2/6/2009)
Tim Kaine Said The Stimulus Would Create Or Save Over 3 Million Jobs. Kaine: “. . . The stimulus bill does three things, Gretchen. It has tax cuts for working Americans — those that make — their families make less than $150,000 a year so they can pay bills, put food on the table, help their kids go to college and start spending again. It has infrastructure spending — roads, bridges, alternative energy projects — that will put people to work and then build a platform for greater economic growth. And then it has an important piece of relief as we take care of rising Medicaid and unemployment rolls for Americans that have been hit so hard by 1.8 million job losses in the last three months. This is exactly what we ought to do. We’ll create or save more than 3 million jobs — 90 percent of them in the private sector.” (Fox News, “Fox And Friends,” 2/10/09)
NOW: “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)