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Fact Checking ‘Stimulus’ First 100 Days

From House Republican Leader John Boehner:

Fact Checking the "Stimulus" Spending Bill’s First 100 Days

Washington, May 27 – Today, the Administration is releasing yet another report on its trillion-dollar “stimulus” spending bill – one that Democrats claim will produce only half the jobs at twice the cost of the House GOP’s better stimulus solution.  It’s been a full 100 days since the bill became law, and the Administration is pulling out all the stops to put a positive spin on the legislation, which has been increasingly panned by media and state and local officials as wasteful and inefficient – basically, anything but the “timely, targeted, and temporary” bill Washington Democrats promised earlier this year.  As the Administration marks the 100th day of the “stimulus” spending bill, let’s take a closer look at some of the claims Democrats made about the legislation earlier this year – and how those claims stack 100 days later:

The President claimed that the stimulus “…will save or create 3 million to 4 million jobs over the next two years.” (Remarks by the President in Elkhart, Indiana, WhiteHouse.gov)

Fact Check“State officials have complained about the difficulty of obtaining grants for construction projects, while economists question administration claims that the effort already has saved or created 150,000 jobs.” (Adriel Bettelheim, “Tinkerbell Effect, Part 3: Obama’s Job Creation Efforts,” CQ Politics, May 27, 2009)  The Associated Press reported that: “The early trend seen in the AP analysis runs counter to expectations raised by Obama, that road and infrastructure money from the historic $787 billion stimulus plan would create jobs in areas most devastated by layoffs.” (Matt Apuzzo and Brett Blackledge, “Stimulus Watch: Jobs, But Not Where Needed Most,” Associated Press,  May 11, 2009)

Claim:  The President claimed that it would contain, “[n]ot a single pet project.  Not a single earmark.” (Remarks by the President at his first press conference, WhiteHouse.gov)

Fact CheckThe “stimulus” “contains dozens of narrowly defined programs that send money to specific areas or cater to special interests.”  In fact, the “stimulus” contains “$50 million for habitat restoration and other water needs in the San Francisco Bay Area” and “$62 million for military projects in Guam.” (Michael Grabell and Christopher Weaver, “In stimulus bills, earmarks by any other name,” ProPublica, Feb. 5, 2009)

Claim:  The President claimed that the stimulus “…contains an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability, so that every American will be able to go online and see where and how we’re spending every dime.” (Remarks by the President at his first press conference, WhiteHouse.gov)

Fact Check“Although President Obama has vowed that citizens will be able to track ‘every dime’ of the $787 billion stimulus bill, a government website dedicated to the spending won’t have details on contracts and grants until October and may not be complete until next spring — halfway through the program, administration officials said.” (Matt Kelley, “Details thin on stimulus contracts,” USA Today, May 6, 2009)

Claim:  The President pledged that “nearly 400,000 men and women will go to work rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges.” (Remarks by the President, WhiteHouse.gov)

Fact CheckSo far “a full 99.7 percent” of money allocated to the Transportation Department remains unspent, according to The Washington Post.  Perhaps an aide to House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar (D-MN) said it best:  “To some extent, I think the administration oversold the transportation aspect of this…It was sold as the heart and soul of the package, and it really just isn’t.”  (Matt Apuzzo and Brett Blackledge, “Stimulus Watch: Jobs, But Not Where Needed Most,” Associated Press, May 11, 2009)

Claim:  Then-Senator Obama promised that was he would, “not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days.” (Organizing For America, “Obama’s Stance on Ethics”)

Fact CheckCongress passed the stimulus bill on Friday, February 13; the President signed it in Denver on Tuesday, February 17 – less than the five day review period promised by the President.  This troubling trend has continued throughout the year.  Just last week, for example, the President waited only one day before signing the Defense Department weapons acquisition bill after Congress passed it and waited two after Congress passed the “Credit Cardholders Bill of Rights Act” before his signature made that bill law (Stephen Dinan, “Obama ducks promise to delay bill signings,” Washington Times, May 26, 2009); in fact, as of March, “Of the nine bills Mr. Obama has signed so far in his term, he has signed six of them less than five days after Congress sent them to him,” including the trillion-dollar “stimulus” bill. (Stephen Dinan, “Obama to sign lands bill before 5 days of comment,” Washington Times, March 30, 2009)

Some details we will never hear from our watchdog media.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 27th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Fact Checking ‘Stimulus’ First 100 Days”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    The Mobsters of Pennsylvania Ave. have done a remarkable job fleecing the sheeple after only 115 days. “Youse guys are to be given a rousing Tanx froms alls of us peons.”

  2. electionhangovervictim says:

    I don’t get it…I don’t get how ANYONE can still be enamored with this guy. When are they gonna wake up to the sad truth that our country’s in serious trouble because of this guy and his Congressional cronies?

  3. proreason says:

    The Moron and his Criminal Cabal (TMCC) are shovel ready.

    I’ve had enough of the Hypnotize and Change already.

  4. Trogdor says:

    Nobody has still read the stupid thing in 100 days. Bureaucracy in action. Can’t wait until they take over all health care. Egad. Scary. DOOMED.

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    My dumb question is, while we as a nation are broke as “Ba-roke Obama” himself has flatly stated, when a hurricane/earthquake/wildfire strikes the US again…where from does the money come?

    Hopefully, it’ll be n’awlins so it would safely be Bush’s fault and they couldn’t blame Blammo.

  6. Snardius says:

    All those who voted for Obama must be very proud…

  7. MinnesotaRush says:

    The shameless and irrespnsible MSM (et al) hitched their wagons to this fool, o-blah-blah, early on and simply DON’T have the where with all to admit and own up to their mistake. They’re simply too invested in this incapable and sickened dingbat .. financially and professionally.

    The balance are mere paid tape recorders.

    The voters .. well .. tragically misinformed, lacking of solid reasoning skills, or of little to no substance themselves – JUST LIKE o-blah-blah.

    We’ve got some hurdles to pass over. God bless us!

  8. Lurkin_no_mo says:

    EHV: Maybe, just maybe….in two years we can take back Congress. But that depends on how often Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and a host of other cartoon characters vote in the next election.
    Check it out, they all voted in the last election.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      As did skeletons in the closet and people who assumed room temperature some time before the last election.

  9. wardmama4 says:

    The American Idol watching masses voted in their own American Idol cult of personality when America needed a President – and alas America is going to suffer for it. Most especially since it seems that only a couple of Republicans have any guts at all.

    However – the shareholders of GM, the owners of forced hostile takeovers of private dealerships, the voters in the People’s Republic of Kalifornia not to mention the thousands of
    Citizens have begun to speak up.

    Perhaps if the sane in the Senate could/would stand up and say not No but Hell No to this Affirmative Action disgrace for Supreme Court Justice – the spark that will ignite the Reversal of Fortune will be lit.

    At least Boehner (who has been mostly fiscally responsible) is trying – it is better than 99% of the other Republicans who appear not to have a voice or stand at all.

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