Pardon my language, but the Obama stimulus bill was crap. It hasn’t produced squat. It was a gigantic $3.27 trillion socialist spending giveaway that has rightly been called “the Generational Theft Act of 2009.”
First we had Barack Obama, then Joe Biden, falsely claiming that they had the porkulus plan had created or “saved” 150,000 jobs. There is no proof that any such number of jobs have been created (the figure is actually merely an estimate of what Obama’s own economic advisers say they think the stimulus bill is doing, and not based on any evidence whatsoever of its actual effects). And for what it’s worth, I can claim that I “saved” 150,000 jobs – and you just try to prove that I didn’t.
Any rational human being has to mock Obama for claiming he “created or saved” jobs. The national media would NEVER have allowed George Bush to get away with such pinheaded partisan polemics. By contrast, the mainstream media wouldn’t even allow Bush to claim he kept America safe in spite of the obvious fact that he clearly did. Even five years after 9/11, fully two-thirds of New Yorkers said they were still “very concerned” about another terrorist attack on the city. Everybody thought we’d be attacked by terrorists again. Bush kept the American people safe by carrying the fight to the enemy on foreign soil. Yet the media that has blithely allowed Obama to claim he “saved” jobs has bitterly resisted allowing Bush to claim he “saved” lives.
Obama’s arguments that the stimulus worked have increasingly come to sound like Hitler’s claims that the invasion of the Soviet Union worked.
Among other problems is the fact that only 3% of the stimulus funds have been actually spent so far, which precludes it as a factor in any discussion of “economic recovery.” Particularly when the states and regions that were hardest hit by the bad economic conditions didn’t even get any money. And please don’t forget that conservative predicted that the funds wouldn’t go out fast enough to make any difference in any short-term economic recovery, and complained that the people weren’t given enough time to pass a better bill. Congressional Democrats didn’t even read the bill that they rushed through the process.
Obama’s own rhetoric proves how terribly flawed his arguments and ideas were.
Obama promised Caterpillar workers in Peoria, Illinois that laid-off workers would be rehired if his “Death to America Act” (aka his stimulus bill) passed. Not only was that a complete fabrication, but 2,400 additional workers have been laid off since the passage of porkulus.
But now there’s an even BIGGER bogus ‘Bama baloney claim that has been utterly refuted by actual reality. In a March 7 speech in Columbus, Ohio, Obama said the following:
Now there were those — there were those who argued that our recovery plan was unwise and unnecessary. They opposed the very notion that government has a role in ending the cycle of job loss at the heart of this recession. There are those who believe that all we can do is repeat the very same policies that led us here in the first place. [...]
So for those who still doubt the wisdom of our recovery plan, I ask them to talk to the teachers who are still able to teach our children because we passed this plan. I ask them to talk to the nurses who are still able to care for our sick, and the firefighters and first responders who will still be able to keep our communities safe. I ask them to come to Ohio and meet the 25 men and women who will soon be protecting the streets of Columbus because we passed this plan. (Applause.) I look at these young men and women, I look into their eyes and I see their badges today and I know we did the right thing.
These jobs and the jobs of so many other police officers and teachers and firefighters all across Ohio will now be saved because of this recovery plan -– a plan that will also create jobs in every corner of this state. Last week, we announced that Ohio would receive $128 million that will put people to work renovating and rebuilding affordable housing. (Applause.) On Tuesday — on Tuesday I announced that we’d be sending another $935 million to Ohio that will create jobs rebuilding our roads, our bridges, and our highways. (Applause.) And yesterday, Vice President Biden announced $180 million for this state that will go towards expanding mass transit and buying fuel-efficient buses -– money that will be putting people to work, getting people to work. (Applause.)
Altogether, this recovery plan will save and create over three and a half million American jobs over the next two years.
Well, what has happened since the applause lines? What has happened since the Teleprompter of the United States was packed up and hauled away?
The AP article covering the event noted that Obama “suggested that critics talk to 25 police recruits in Ohio’s capital city who owe their jobs to stimulus spending and ‘talk to the teachers who are still able to teach our children because we passed this plan.’“ It also described how “Obama touted the 114th police recruit class as proof that the stimulus plan, which drew scant Republican support in Congress, is paying dividends.”
That article also presented the Republican prediction that the stimulus would be a failure, and why it would be a failure. The very last sentence in the article says:
Breann Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for Rep. Pat Tiberi, one of eight Ohio Republicans who voted against the stimulus, noted that the money that saved the recruits’ jobs will run out next year. [Columbus Mayor] Coleman hasn’t said how he’ll pay the officers’ salaries after that.
Look what has happened since:
Without tax increase, 300 police officers to be laid off
By Robert Vitale May 26, 2009 THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Nearly 300 Columbus police officers – 17 percent of the force – will be laid off next year if voters don’t approve an income-tax increase on Aug. 4, Columbus Police Chief Walter Distelzweig said this morning.
“If we receive additional revenue, these cuts would not be made,” Distelzweig said.
The 2010 budget plan he unveiled this morning is based on revenue projections without the proposed tax increase. The Police Division would shrink by 324 officers, with 297 layoffs and 27 retirements, according to the chief.
If the cuts happen, the division would have fewer officers than in any year since 1993. Columbus had 91,000 fewer residents then.
Potential layoffs would affect the 25 recruits whose class was saved by federal stimulus money this year. Officers hired during the past four years likely would lose their jobs, Distelzweig said.
And I’d be willing to bet the jobs of all the firefighters and nurses and teachers Obama talked all that smack about are in the same boat.
In other words, Obama created 25 jobs and saved about 300 others – until they were told to expect their pink slips less than 3 months later. And it only cost $3.27 trillion dollars. There’s your tax dollars at work.
How is it that jobs that have already been “saved” by Obama’s gargantuan stimulus plan now have to be “saved” again by a massive state tax increase?
About the only jobs that are being created by porkulus seem to be making the road signs that falsely advertise currently nonexistent construction projects.
We’ve also learned the poor are getting poorer under Obama’s “stimulus.”
Obama’s stimulus was based on bogus and failed economic theory that won’t work. The President of the European Union has called Obama’s plan “the road to hell” and argued that it “will undermine the stability of the global financial market.” China’s Director General of the Chinese Banking Regulatory Commission has expressed fear that Obama would
“devalue not only your [US] currency but the currencies throughout the world.” Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned Obama about his country’s own failed experiment with socialism and urged against “excessive intervention in economic activity and blind faith in the state’s omnipotence.” And “analysts are increasingly concerned about the Treasury’s ability to fund costly economic rescue measures that are expected to drive this year’s budget deficit to $1.75 trillion.”
Don’t take my word for it that the stimulus was the gargantuan fraud that Republicans claimed it would be; just look at what Obama promised would happen, versus what actually HAS happened.
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