Report: Stuck on 'Stimulus' where are the Jobs?

Boehner Releases “Stuck on ‘Stimulus’” Policy Report
Where Are The Jobs? GOP Leader Analysis Shows President’s Economic Policies Have Failed To Support Private Sector Job Creation, And Failed Most Sharply In America’s Most Vulnerable Communities

House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today released a policy report outlining how President Obama’s ‘stimulus’ policies have failed to deliver the economic recovery Americans were promised while actually making matters worse.  Entitled “Stuck on ‘Stimulus,’” the report makes the case that the trillion-dollar ‘stimulus’ has been an even bigger failure than most Americans realize by closely examining troubling employment disparities:

  • Nearly 18 months after President Obama’s signing ceremony, African-Americans, Hispanics, as well as low-skill and older workers are facing disproportionately high unemployment rates.

  • National and regional joblessness figures are also significantly higher than Obama Administration officials predicted they would be if the ‘stimulus’ was enacted.

  • Since February 2009, more than 3.3 million jobs have been lost in the private sector.  The federal government has gained more than 590,000 jobs over the same time period.

“While the rest of the world seems dialed in on the need to rein in spending and impose fiscal discipline, Washington Democrats are still stuck on ‘stimulus,’” Boehner writes in the foreword to the report. “Rather than face facts and make tough choices, Washington Democrats have chosen to cling cluelessly to their discredited ‘stimulus’ philosophy.  To keep their spending spree going, Democrats have flat-out cancelled the federal budget for the first time in modern history at a time when a fiscal blueprint has never been more badly needed.”

In the report, Boehner – who ran a small business in Southwest Ohio prior to his election to Congress – notes that small businesses, the engine of job creation in America, are hesitant to make capital investments or hire new workers due to great uncertainty on what tax rates will be, whether the credit crunch will pass, or what new burdens could be placed on them.  ObamaCare, with its massive tax hikes and burdensome mandates, is responsible for much of these headaches.

Less Spending, More Jobs.
As the “Stuck on ‘Stimulus’” report notes, economists say we need to cut spending now in order to put people back to work, and Republicans have put forward an aggressive agenda to do just that.  House Budget Committee Republicans, led by Reps. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), have already identified $1.3 trillion in specific spending cuts that could be implemented right now.  House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) is offering the America Speaking Out community a number of solutions to begin reining in our unsustainable deficits.  Cantor’s ideas can be discussed and voted on here.
The “Stuck on ‘Stimulus’” report is comprised of the following sections:

  • Foreword by House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH)
  • Overall Employment Picture
  • Geographic and Sectoral Disparities
  • Racial and Ethnic Disparities
  • Other Disparities
  • Case Studies: How Democrats’ Policies Are Killing American Jobs
  • Better Solutions: Less Spending, More Jobs

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