WASHINGTON – According to a report from the Associated Press today, recent White House data on the so-called “stimulus” bill that U.S. Representative Paul Hodes (D-NH) supported this year misled Americans with a gross overstatement of the actual jobs that would be created or saved by the controversial legislation.
Hodes claimed in February 2009 that the stimulus would “reduce soaring unemployment.”
But as the AP notes today “An early progress report on President Barack Obama's economic recovery plan overstates by thousands the number of jobs created or saved through the stimulus program, a mistake that White House officials promise will be corrected in future reports.”
In addition, “The AP review found some counts were more than 10 times as high as the actual number of jobs; some jobs credited to the stimulus program were counted two and sometimes more than four times; and other jobs were credited to stimulus spending when none was produced.”
“Today’s report further demonstrates just how incredibly wrong Paul Hodes was about the so-called ‘stimulus’ bill, which he claimed would ‘reduce soaring unemployment,’” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Wilkerson Marchand. “The unfortunate truth is that as unemployment continues to rise nationwide, the families, seniors, and small businesses in New Hampshire are paying the price for Hodes’ mistake.”
“Hodes wants a promotion to the U.S. Senate next year, but he has not proved that he will rein in government spending as a good steward of New Hampshire voters’ hard earned tax dollars,” Wilkerson Marchand continued. “Instead, nearly nine months after the stimulus debacle, Hodes is eagerly backing another one of Nancy Pelosi’s massive spending bills that Granite State voters do not support.”
“Instead of providing another rubber stamp for Nancy Pelosi’s government-run health care plan, Paul Hodes should learn a lesson from the failed stimulus bill and start putting his constituents’ priorities before politics during this critical debate in Washington,” Wilkerson Marchand concluded.
Congressman Paul Hodes (D-NH) And The Obama Administration Touted The So-Called “Stimulus” Bill As A Means Of Job Creation:
Hodes Said The “Stimulus” Would “Reduce Soaring Unemployment.” (Travis Andersen, “Hodes Says Stimulus Will Help,” The Nashua [NH] Telegraph, 1/27/09)
The Obama Administration Claimed The “Stimulus” Bill Would “Jumpstart Growth And Transform Our Economy.” (“American Recovery And Reinvestment Act: State-By-State Jobs Impact,” The White House, 2/13/09)