NRSC - As Biden, Hodes Tout Failed Stimulus Debacle, Granite State Voters Wonder: Where’s The “Summer Of Recovery?”

WASHINGTON – As Vice President Joe Biden stumps for liberal U.S. Representative Paul Hodes’ (D-NH) flailing U.S. Senate campaign in New Hampshire, voters are still wondering when they’ll see the so-called “Summer of Recovery” that Hodes and Biden promised after ramming their massive $787 billion stimulus debacle through Congress.

Despite Hodes’ promise that the stimulus would “reduce soaring unemployment” and his eager willingness to volunteer to help “brand” the stimulus in a positive light for Democrat House leadership,” New Hampshire’s unemployment rate was still higher in July 2010 than it was in February 2009 when Hodes helped Biden pass the bill into law.

Meanwhile, the national debt has skyrocketed to over $13.4 trillion, America’s job picture worsened in July 2010, U.S. home sales plummeted in July to a level not seen in more than a decade, and economists predict that we are still in a 1930s-style Depression.

But instead of funding much-needed jobs, the Obama-Biden-Hodes stimulus has paid for a number of wasteful stimulus spending projects, including:

  • $144,541 to see how monkeys react under the influence of cocaine;
  • $2 million to study exotic ants;
  • Almost half-a-million to provide quitting smokers with a smartphone;
  • $554,000 to replace windows at a closed visitor center;
  • $760,000 for a computerized choreography program;
  • $357,710 to restore an abandoned furnace;
  • Over $13 million for repairs at the remote Dry Tortugas National Park in Key West, Florida;
  • $700,000 to study why monkeys respond negatively to inequity and unfairness;
  • Nearly $300,000 to provide information on interplanetary weather. (Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. and John McCain, “Summertime Blues: 100 Stimulus Projects That Give Taxpayers The Blues,” August 2010)

 “While Paul Hodes and Vice President Biden desperately attempt to spin the stimulus debacle that paid for cocaine for monkeys instead of jobs for New Hampshire voters, our nation’s debt has skyrocketed to $13 trillion, U.S. home sales plummeted, and Granite State voters are still wondering: Where is the ‘Summer of Recovery’ that Biden and Hodes promised?” asked National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Press Secretary Amber Marchand. “There’s a reason why Hodes continues to trail his Republican challengers less than 70 days from Election Day: Granite State voters want a real leader in Washington who will fight for fiscal responsibility instead of espousing out-of-touch, partisan spin on behalf of his party leaders in Washington.”

Background Information:

Rep. Paul Hodes (D-NH) Voted In Favor Of The $787 Billion “Stimulus” Bill. (H.R. 1, CQ Vote # 70: Adopted 246-183: R 0-176; D 246-7, 2/13/09, Hodes Voted Yea)

  • Hodes Volunteered To Help “Brand” The Stimulus In A Positive Light For Democrat House Leadership. “Several members have already signed on to the idea and detailed staffers to deal with recovery issues, including Reps. Paul Hodes, Larry Kissell and Eric Massa. The Dems’ continuing work on the stimulus is in part communications strategy: a separate section of the memo encourages offices to ‘brand’ the stimulus and use local statistics to communicate with skeptics and keep them updated on its results. But more than that, detailing these staffers to manage the economic recovery locally is smart political outreach . . . .” (Tim Fernholz, “House Dems Work The Recovery,” The Tapped Blog At The American Prospect,, Posted 2/26/09)
  • Hodes Said The Stimulus Would “Reduce Soaring Unemployment.” (Travis Andersen, “Hodes Says Stimulus Will Help,” The Nashua [NH] Telegraph, 1/27/09)
  •  New Hampshire’s Unemployment Rate Was 5.5% In February 2009. (U.S. Department Of Labor’s Bureau Of Labor Statistics,, Accessed 8/25/10)
  • In July 2010, New Hampshire’s Unemployment Rate Was 5.8%. (U.S. Department Of Labor’s Bureau Of Labor Statistics,, Accessed 8/25/10)

Vice President Joe Biden Said There’s “No Doubt” The Economy Is “Moving In The Right Direction.” “Biden conceded that the economic recovery was not proceeding as fast as the administration had hoped, but claimed there was ‘no doubt we’re moving in the right direction.’” (Mike Memoli, “Biden: ‘We’ve Seen This Movie Before,’” Chicago Tribune’s The Swamp, 8/24/10)

  •  “Nationally, The Job Picture Worsened In July, With The Economy Losing 131,000 Non-Farm Payrolls. The Unemployment Rate Remained Unchanged At 9.5 Percent.” (Joseph Pisani, “States Show Few Gains in Fight Against Unemployment,” CNBC, 8/20/10)

“The Unemployment Rate . . . Will Not Fall To Around 5 Percent Until 2014, [CBO Director Douglas] Elmendorf Said.” (Richard Cohen and Donna Smith, “More Tough Economic Times Forecast By CBO,” Reuters, 8/20/10)

·         As Of August 24, 2010, The National Debt Was Over $13.4 Trillion. (U.S. Treasury Department’s Bureau Of The Public Debt,, Accessed 8/25/10)

·         “[T]he Congressional Budget Office Said The Deficit Is On Pace To Exceed $1.3 Trillion For The Budget Year That Ends In September. That Would Be The Second-Largest Ever, Just Below The Record Of More Than $1.4 Trillion In The Last Fiscal Year.” (Christopher S. Rugaber, “Spike In Layoffs Feeds Fear Of Faltering Recovery,” The Associated Press, 8/20/10)

·         August 2010: “The Four-Week Average Of New Jobless Claims, Considered A Better Measure Of Underlying Labor Market Trends As It Irons Out Week-To-Week Volatility, Rose 8,000 To 482,500, The Highest Since Early December.” (“Weekly Jobless Claims Post Surprise Jump, Hit 500,000,” Reuters, 8/19/10)

·          “U.S. Home Sales Plummeted In July To A Level Not Seen In More Than A Decade, Spurring Fears Of Renewed Weakness In Housing Prices And The Broader Economy. Sales of previously owned homes fell 27.2% from June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 3.83 million, the National Association of Realtors said Tuesday, the lowest level since the industry group started its tally in 1999.” (Sudeep Reddy and Nick Timiraos, “Plunge in Home Sales Stokes Economy Fears,” The Wall Street Journal, 8/25/10)

·         “The Commerce Department Said Orders For Goods Expected To Last At Least Three Years Rose Just 0.3 Percent Last Month. That Was Much Worse Than The 2.8 Percent Growth Economists Had Forecast, According To Thomson Reuters.”  (“Sales Of New Homes Fell 12.4 Percent In July,” MSNBC, 8/25/10)

 “Positive Gross Domestic Product Readings And Other Mildly Hopeful Signs Are Masking An Ugly Truth: The US Economy Is In A 1930s-Style Depression, Gluskin Sheff Economist David Rosenberg Said Tuesday.” (Jeff Cox, “Economy Caught in Depression, Not Recession: Rosenberg,”, 8/24/10)

·         “Chicago Federal Reserve President Charles Evans Said In A Speech Tuesday That The Risk Of A Double-Dip Recession Has Escalated. He Said Government Programs To Help Distressed Homeowners Have Been Ineffective And Aren’t Helping The Pivotal Housing Sector Recover.” (Jeff Cox, “Economy Caught in Depression, Not Recession: Rosenberg,”, 8/24/10)