WASHINGTON – As U.S. Representative Paul Hodes (D-NH) prepares to defend his failed $787 billion stimulus law during a speech to the liberal National Education Association (NEA) this evening, a new government report revealed that the legislation led to job losses and helped drive our national debt over $13 trillion while paying for non-job related projects.
According to the new report, the stimulus dollars that Hodes plans to champion this evening were used to pay for a study to determine the effects of cocaine on monkeys, iPods for high school students, cell phones for smokers trying to quit, and advertising devoted to the promotion of the stimulus bill itself.
CNBC noted today that the report “spotlights everything from federal stimulus money that went to study the effects of cocaine on monkeys to dollars that went to construction projects that blocked access to local businesses — which laid off employees as a result.” And the Chicago Tribune reported that “Stimulus money is going toward iPods for high school students in Utah, cellphones for smokers trying to quit in Washington and advertising devoted to the promotion of … the stimulus.”
According to a campaign press release, Hodes will address the NEA tonight and plans to “criticize his Republican opponents for opposing the Recovery Act” while challenging his “opponents to reverse course.” New Hampshire’s unemployment stood at 5.5 percent in February 2009 when Hodes helped his party bosses ram the $787 spending measure into law. In June 2010, the state’s unemployment rate stood at 5.9 percent.
“Instead of mishandling taxpayer dollars to fund exotic ant farms, computerized dance programs, cell phones for high school students, and animal drug testing, where are the much-needed jobs that Paul Hodes promised when he rammed his massive stimulus debacle into law – which he admittedly did not read?” asked National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Marchand. “Hodes is running up our national debt with spending projects that have failed to create much-needed jobs and killed vulnerable positions thanks to botched stimulus projects, and there’s no doubt Granite State voters will hold him accountable for his out-of-control spending agenda this November.”
Paul Hodes Will Defend The Democrats’ $787 Billion Stimulus Law During A Speech For The Liberal National Education Association (NEA)
Hodes Will Criticize His Republican Opponents For Opposing The Recovery Act. This evening in an address to the National Education Association, Paul Hodes will criticize his Republican opponents for opposing the Recovery Act that saved the jobs of hundreds of New Hampshire teachers. Hodes supported the economic recovery plan that kept teachers in New Hampshire’s classrooms, while his Republican opponents all want to repeal the critical assistance that saved teachers’ jobs. Hodes will challenge his opponents to reverse course and do the right thing by standing with New Hampshire teachers, instead of the Republican establishment in Washington. (Hodes Press Release, Hodes to Challenge GOP in Speech to NEA, 8/3/10)
The Wall Street Journal Called The NEA “A Honey Pot For Left-Wing Political Causes That Have Nothing To Do With Teachers, Much Less Students.” “Under new federal rules pushed through by Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, large unions must now disclose in much more detail how they spend members’ dues money. Big Labor fought hard (if unsuccessfully) against the new accountability standards, and even a cursory glance at the NEA’s recent filings -- the first under the new rules -- helps explain why. They expose the union as a honey pot for left-wing political causes that have nothing to do with teachers, much less students.” (Editorial, “Teachers’ Pets,” The Wall Street Journal, 1/3/06)
The NEA Spends Mandatory Dues Paid By Members Of Its “Hyper-Liberal Political Goals.” “When George Soros does this sort of thing, at least he’s spending his own money. The NEA is spending the mandatory dues paid by members who are told their money will be used to gain better wages, benefits and working conditions. According to the latest filing, member dues accounted for $295 million of the NEA’s $341 million in total receipts last year. But the union spent $25 million of that on ‘political activities and lobbying’ and another $65.5 million on ‘contributions, gifts and grants’ that seemed designed to further those hyper-liberal political goals.” (Editorial, “Teachers’ Pets,” The Wall Street Journal, 1/3/06)
“It’s Well Understood That The NEA Is An Arm Of The Democratic National Committee. (Or Is It The Other Way Around?) But We Wonder If The Union’s Rank-And-File Stand In Unity Behind This Laundry List Of Left-To-Liberal Recipients Of Money That Comes Out Of Their Pockets.” (Editorial, “Teachers’ Pets,” The Wall Street Journal, 1/3/06)
Hodes’ Stimulus Bill Failed To Create Jobs While Funding Non-Stimulative Projects
A New Report On The Economic Stimulus Shows That Paul Hodes’ $787 Billion Government Spending Program Has Led To Job Losses And Lavished Taxpayer Dollars On Outrageous Wasteful Projects. (CNBC, 08/03/10)
According To The Report, Small Businesses Across The Country Experienced A Decrease In Business Due To Stimulus-Funded Road Construction Projects And Other Unintended Consequences.
The Report Also Found That Taxpayer Dollars Are Being Thrown At Dubious, If Not Outrageous, Projects, Including:
- $2 million to capture and study exotic ants
- $71,000 to study how monkeys react under the influence of cocaine
- $750,000 to develop a computerized choreography program that could lead to a YouTube-like “Dance Tube” online application
- $554,000 to replace windows at a Washington visitor center with no plans to reopen the visitor center
- $54 million to develop a building for the Mohegan Tribe in Connecticut that will also serve as a practice facility for the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun women’s professional basketball team
- $300,000 to study whether Integral Yoga can be an effective method to reduce hot flashes in menopausal women
New Hampshire’s Unemployment Rate Increased After The Passage Of Hodes’ Stimulus Bill
In February 2009, New Hampshire Had 5.5.% Unemployment. (The Bureau Of Labor Statistics Website, www.bls.gov, Accessed 8/3/10)
In June 2010, New Hampshire Had 5.9% Unemployment. (The Bureau Of Labor Statistics Website, www.bls.gov, Accessed 8/3/10)