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Boehner Report on “Stimulus”: “Broken Promises, Bloated Government, and Wasteful Spending” | John Boehner

It’s been one year since President Obama signed into law the trillion-dollar “stimulus” spending bill opposed by Congressman Boehner. What have we gotten for all of this spending? More debt and fewer jobs.The Hill links to a report released by Boehner today that debunks the Administration’s claims that the so-called “stimulus” has worked “and touts Republican alternatives as better-suited to stimulate job growth.” Bloomberg News reports:

“Republicans released their own report, with House Minority Leader John Boehner saying the stimulus law’s first anniversary ‘marks one year of broken promises, bloated government, and wasteful spending.’

“Since the measure was passed, ‘more than 3 million Americans have lost their jobs, unemployment is near 10 percent and the deficit is set to hit a record $1.6 trillion,’ Boehner said in a statement accompanying the Republican report, entitled ‘Where Are the Jobs?’”

The Dayton Daily News reports that “Ohio unemployment was at 9.5 percent in February 2009 and rose to 10.9 percent in December 2009, the last month for which federal figures are available. Also, the state lost 107,800 jobs from February- December, 2009, according to federal data.”

And NPR reports that all of the new government spending proposed by the Obama Administration means “the national deficit will crest at a record-breaking almost $1.6 trillion in the current fiscal year.” Boehner says taxpayers aren’t getting their money’s worth. According to CNN:

“’The American people took on record amounts of debt to fund Washington Democrats’ trillion-dollar ’stimulus’ and a year later the nation’s unemployment rate is near 10%,’ said Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, the House’s top Republican. ‘Taxpayers aren’t getting their money’s worth from the trillion-dollar ’stimulus’ and struggling families and small businesses are rightly asking, ‘Where are the jobs?’”

To learn more about the “no cost” plan for creating new jobs supported by Boehner, click here.

via Boehner Report on “Stimulus”: “Broken Promises, Bloated Government, and Wasteful Spending” | John Boehner.

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Obama’s misleading jobs rhetoric

There he goes again. In the latest Economic Report of the President, Obama repeats his claim that the $787 billion economic stimulus program “has saved or created roughly two million jobs so far.” Administration officials stopped saying that last year after journalists and think tankers across the political spectrum examined the supporting data posted on the official recovery.gov Web site and found it full of factual holes.

Thousands of jobs were claimed to have been saved or created in phantom congressional districts and ZIP codes. Thousands of raises given to public employees were counted as jobs saved or created. The Examiner’s David Freddoso and Mark Hemingway examined media investigations and found nearly 100,000 phony positions. In other words, the claim that 2 million jobs were saved or created by the Obama economic stimulus program was exposed as being about as trustworthy as the used car salesman’s assurance that the clunker on his lot was owned by a little old lady who only drove it to church on Sunday.

read the rest:  Obama’s misleading jobs rhetoric | Washington Examiner.

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A Less Perfect Union

It was three years ago today that, amidst tremendous hope and anticipation, Barack Obama announced his presidential bid. “In the face of a politics that’s shut you out,” Obama said, “that’s told you to settle, that’s divided us for too long, you believe we can be one people, reaching for what’s possible, building that more perfect union. That’s the journey we’re on today.”

Mr. Obama ended his speech this way:

And if you will join me in this improbable quest, if you feel destiny calling, and see as I see, a future of endless possibility stretching before us; if you sense, as I sense, that the time is now to shake off our slumber, and slough off our fear, and make good on the debt we owe past and future generations, then I’m ready to take up the cause, and march with you, and work with you. Together, starting today, let us finish the work that needs to be done, and usher in a new birth of freedom on this Earth.

Now every presidential campaign begins with expectations that are too high and goals that cannot be achieved. But Obama and his team did more than any other campaign in our lifetime to promise changes of almost biblical proportions, ushered in by a person some of his supporters took to be almost a demi-god (during the campaign his advisers referred to him as the “Black Jesus”). And now, just a year into his presidency, it has all come crashing down around them.

The nation is more divided under Obama than it was under his predecessor. Cynicism is on the rise while confidence in the government is on the descent. The president’s signature domestic initiative is on life-support. His party members have suffered crushing losses and are beginning to turn on him and on one another. Liberals are increasingly unhappy with Obama even as independents are fleeing him in particular and the Democrats in general by 2-to-1 margins.

The Republican Party is back, sooner and stronger than anyone could have imagined just a year ago. The mid-term elections are shaping up to be an epic rebuke of Obama, his agenda, and his party. And Obama himself seems lost at sea, unsure on how to proceed. He is desperately trying to recapture the magic of his campaign, hitting on themes that once served him well, yet seemingly unaware of the fact that his golden moment is lost and gone. For an increasing number of Americans, including many who voted for him, it is a distant, bitter memory.

It’s hard to think of any person who has inflicted more damage to himself and his party at this stage in his presidency. His journey so far has been, on almost every front and by almost every measure, a failure.

Barack Obama still has time to right the ship. But nothing he has done as president would lead one to have confidence that he will. Under his stewardship, we are a less perfect union.

via A Less Perfect Union – Commentary Magazine

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