What will the Republicans say now?
USA Today reports
“States have reported using stimulus money to create or save more than 388,000 jobs so far this year, buttressing the Obama administration’s claim that the $787 billion plan has had a significant impact on the economy.”
“That total, based on a USA TODAY review of reports from 33 states and Puerto Rico, includes teachers, construction workers, and others whose jobs were funded by stimulus money awarded to states. The administration plans Friday to release reports from all 50 states, providing the broadest accounting yet of the stimulus plan’s impact.”
“Frank Lichtenberg of the Columbia Business School says the figures show a significant economic impact. Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors estimated that the stimulus had saved or created 600,000 to 1.1 million jobs.”
Several two-faced Republicans who vigorously opposed the stimulus have used the stimulus money and in some cases did not acknowledge its origins. These include Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA), Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Rep. ..continue reading
Eric Holder and Joe Biden announced today that he police forces in approximately 1,000 cities will get $1 billion in grants to hire new officers or retain existing ones under the COPS program which is part of the $787 billion stimulus package. This works out to a total of 3,818 new hires and 818 retentions that would have been lost because of budgetary cuts. But this is only a fraction of the police agencies that requested help. 7,000 requested grants and only 1,000 will receive them.
I have family and friends who are cops for various police forces in the Northeast and I am very happy for the cities that received the grants. However it is difficult to understand how a City like New York did not get anything from these funds.
NYC was and probably still is one of the prime targets for terrorists and no matter how large the force ..continue reading
Matt Drudge and the Republicans have found a new cause: make sure that the poor and homeless don’t benefit from the stimulus package.
Drudge reported (now that is a joke in itself) that the stimulus package included millions of dollars for pork products. Of course Drudge and the Republicans just love to blame Democrats for pork spending although they have been some of the biggest abusers of this practice.
Drudge claimed that $1.19 million was spent on “2 pound frozen ham” and $16.7 was to be spent on “canned pork”
Drudge never bothered to go any further and get into the details because that would have killed his story and he couldn’t have that happen. So the story spread like wildfire on the Internet and the right wing bloggers and Republicans just jumped on the bandwagon. Like the good old days when Bush was in office and they all marched in lockstep.
Agriculture Secretary ..continue reading
Today’s GOP talking point is the stimulus money and the lack of job creation.
Let’s put things in perspective. Obama has been in office less then 6 months. The stimulus package was passed by Congress and signed by Obama in mid-February, 5 months ago. The mess we are in is a direct result of the previous administration’s policies or lack of for 8 years and loose or non-existent regulations going back 20 years. It will take longer to turn this around.
But the GOP is happy to try to create havoc. They are hammering at the point that the $787 billion stimulus money has not created the jobs promised. First the entire $787 billion will not go to job creation, second the entire $787 billion has not been distributed to the Fed agencies and individual States, third even the money that has been distributed to the agencies and States has not yet ..continue reading
Suddenly Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina is back. After “missing” since last Thursday it appears the Governor decided to take a hike along the Appalachian Trail.
The man from the party of Family Values who decided to disappear and not return for father’s day (he has 4 young children), the man who decided his State does not need the stimulus money offered by the federal government, even though the economy there has been difficult for many as in most States, decided to take a hike. This came after the South Carolina legislature forced the Governor to accept the stimulus money for the people of the State.
Governor Sanford has been mentioned as a possible 2012 presidential contender. When he decided to disappear last week he did not turn over power to the lieutenant governor as is required by the State constitution.
It seems that he should be measured for a straight ..continue reading