NRCC - With America Still Bleeding Jobs, When Will Carol Shea-Porter Finally Focus on the Economy?

As Democrats Continue to Push Their Partisan Agenda, Americans Ask: Where Are the Jobs?

Washington- The economy just took another hit with this morning’s announcement from the Labor Department that America is stuck in a jobless recovery, but Democrats like Carol Shea-Porter continue to push forward with an agenda that spends too much, taxes too much, and borrows too much. With party leaders continuing to favor their partisan spending spree at the expense of economic recovery, Democrats voted yesterday to take on nearly $1.9 trillion more in debt in order to clear the way for more runaway government spending. Despite White House promises that unemployment would be curbed at 8 percent, it’s clear that Shea-Porter's failure to rein in spending and slow the growth of government continues to undercut potential job growth:

“A sharp increase in the number of people giving up looking for work helped to depress the jobless rate. The number of 'discouraged job seekers' rose to 1.1 million in January from 734,000 a year ago.” (“Payrolls Fall in January, Jobless Rate at 5-Month Low,” Reuters, 2/5/10)

As Democrats kick around the idea of another ‘stimulus’ spending bill, Americans have overwhelmingly stated that their first stimulus was a failure:

“Only one-quarter of Americans think the federal stimulus plan has helped the middle class, while a majority say it has helped bankers and investors, according to a new national poll.

“A CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Wednesday morning indicates that 25 percent of the public thinks the stimulus has benefited the middle class.” (Paul Steinhauser, “Poll: Most say stimulus has not helped middle class,” CNN, 1/27/10)

Even some Democrats know that it will take more than lip service to turn the economy around, but Shea-Porter and her party leaders continue to pile it on:

“’Other moderate Democrats are simply skeptical that a jobs bill can be effective regardless of how it’s funded. Alyson Heyrend, spokeswoman for Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah), another Blue Dog, said the congresssman ‘has concerns about just how much the federal government can do to create job growth.’ Although Matheson voted in favor of the Democrats’ $787 billion stimulus bill a year ago, he opposed December’s jobs bill. ‘It’s that balancing act,’ Heyrend said, referring to the need for job creation versus the push to rein in spending. ‘The devil’s always in the details.’” (Mike Lillis, “The Democrats’ Jobs Pickle,” Washington Independent, 2/4/10)

“Economic recovery is still struggling, but Carol Shea-Porter and her party leaders continue to pile on an agenda that spends too much, taxes too much, and borrows too much,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Despite the obvious red flags, Shea-Porter and her party leaders can’t seem to stop sinking the economy further into the red. Thanks to Shea-Porter’s failed economic policies, recovery continues to stall and the deficit is about to reach its highest point in history while Americans are still asking: Where are the jobs?”

As it becomes exceedingly clear that wasting trillions of taxpayer dollars on a partisan spending agenda does little to revive a slumping economy, how many more jobs will be lost before Shea-Porter finally rejects a job-killing agenda that spends too much, taxes too much, and borrows too much?