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Jim Matheson’s Stimulus Still a Failure

November 8, 2009
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From the NRCC – isn’t this one of those “well, duh” moments? Didn’t we know that the stimulus would have almost no positive effect and lots of negative effect? The US lost almost as many jobs LAST MONTH as the very generous estimates say the stimulus plan “saved or created” throughout the entire year.

Washington- With unemployment at 10.2% for the first time since 1983, it’s painstakingly clear that Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s anti-jobs crusade – backed by big-spending Democrat Jim Matheson – is driving the economy into the ground. Unfortunately for Americans, there’s no sign that Democrats are ready to put a stop to their agenda of job-killing takeovers and government growth. After wasting $1 trillion of taxpayer money, Matheson’s stimulus has failed to produce the results that Washington Democrats promised. While the economy suffers and taxpayers feel the pinch, Pelosi and her Democrat comrades will attempt to ram yet another piece of their tax-hiking, job-killing agenda through congress tomorrow in the form of a massive government healthcare takeover. During these difficult times, it’s clear that the Democrats’ crusade for bigger government and higher taxes is standing in the way of economic recovery.

Thanks to his eagerness to spend billions of taxpayer dollars towards frivolous expenditures and stimulating the growth of the federal government, Utah taxpayers will look to hold Jim Matheson accountable for his role in this jobless recovery.

“The unemployment rate has surpassed 10 percent for the first time since 1983. Nearly 16 million people can’t find jobs and employers cut a net total of 190,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department says.” (Jim Abrams, “Jobless Rate Tops 10 Pct. For First Time Since ’83,” Associated Press, 11/06/09)

Democrats promised that 90 percent of stimulus jobs would come from the private sector. Instead, their government spending spree has given small businesses less than one percent of the stimulus funds, once again ignoring the engine of economic recovery.

“Although President Obama initially said that 90 percent of the jobs created by the stimulus program would be in the private sector, the data suggests that well over half of the jobs claimed so far have been in the public sector.” (Michael Cooper and Ron Nixon, “Reports Show Conflicting Number of Jobs Attributed to Stimulus Money,” The New York Times, 11/5/09)

“American small businesses need more than speeches from President Obama. Every day he`s been in office, government small business contracts have been diverted to Fortune 500 firms. He`s given small businesses less than one percent of the stimulus funds. That`s the real Obama plan for small business,’ ASBL President Lloyd Chapman said.’” (“Obama’s First Year Short Changes Small Businesses, According to the American Small Business League,” Reuters, 11/05/09)

Each and every lost job lost serves as a reminder to Utah families that Jim Matheson’s support for Nancy Pelosi’s anti-job agenda has led this nation down the road to a jobless recovery,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “After imposing a National Energy Tax, $1 trillion failed stimulus, and attempting to shove a tax-hiking healthcare takeover through Congress, it’s clear that Democrats are eager to push ahead with their reckless agenda no matter what the cost to the country’s struggling economy. With Matheson and his Democrat colleagues claiming that the failed ‘stimulus’ bill has saved or created a million jobs, today’s report confirms what we have suspected for some time: Washington Democrats are living in a fantasy world.

Time for a change in the second Congressional district.

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