Will Loyal Obama Ally Again Support Tax-Spend-And-Borrow Agenda?
As President Barack Obama prepares to call tonight, in a nationwide address, for a reported $400 billion in new “stimulus” spending – to be paid for later with new debt and job-killing tax hikes – where does his loyal ally, Senator Bill Nelson, stand?
Notably, Floridians have heard this same jobs rhetoric from Obama and Nelson for the last several years. Exactly a year ago, Obama promised a “plan that would start putting Americans to work right away.”
And as he helped Obama and his Washington party bosses ram their $787 billion spending binge into law, Nelson claimed it would create 206,000 jobs in Florida and went so far to say that he could feel the recovery.
But in reality, the United States has lost 2.4 million jobs since Obama took office, and the country is now in its 31st consecutive month of above-8-percent unemployment.
Now, The New York Times reports that Obama’s latest “stimulus” plan will cost “hundreds of billions of dollars,” and Bloomberg reports that the Obama White House says they “will call on Congress to offset the cost of the short-term jobs measures by raising tax revenue in later years” – in other words, spend the money now, but make Americans pay later with job-killing tax hikes.
“When it comes to jobs, Floridians have been listening to the same empty promises from Bill Nelson and President Obama for the last several years,” said NRSC spokesman Jahan Wilcox. “It’s painfully clear that Obama and Nelson’s liberal tax-spend-and-borrow economic agenda has failed to create the jobs they promised while driving our national debt to $14.6 trillion, and Nelson will continue to have a very difficult time explaining his failed jobs record to Florida voters.”
Bill Nelson Promised The Stimulus Would ‘Create Or Save’ 206,000 Jobs
BILL NELSON: “Specifically, in Florida, this bill is going to ‘create or save’ 206,000 jobs. Nationwide it is going to be somewhere between 3 million and 4 million jobs it is going to create or save.” (Sen. Bill Nelson, Congressional Record, 2/13/09, p. S2281)
- Nelson Predicted The Jobs Would Be Restored Within A Year And A Half. “He said the package is expected to restore 206,000 of the 255,000 jobs lost in Florida so far in the economic crisis, within one-and-a-half years.” (Deborah Buckhalter, “Sen. Nelson Speaks To Stimulus,” Jackson County Floridan, 2/19/09)
The Obama Administration Promised The Stimulus Would “Save Or Create” 3.5 Million Jobs And Keep The National Unemployment Rate Under 8 Percent
“The Obama administration is defending its claim that the $787 billion economic stimulus plan will save or create 3.5 million jobs before 2011 even while conceding that unemployment will likely continue to rise beyond its earlier predictions.” (Stimulus plan will create or save 3.5 million jobs, White House says, Associated Press, 05/11/09)
President Obama’s Economic Advisors Christina Romer And Jared Bernstein Predicted Unemployment Would Not Rise Above 8 Percent If The Stimulus Was Passed. (Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein, “The Job Impact Of The American Recovery And Reinvestment Plan,”1/9/09)