NRSC - President Obama, Paul Hodes Attempt To Launch Second Costly Stimulus After First Debacle Failed New Hampshire Voters

WASHINGTON – As the Democrats desperately attempt to save their reelection chances this November, President Barack Obama and U.S. Representative Paul Hodes (D-NH) are planning to force taxpayers to fork over even more of their hard-earned dollars in order to pay for another massive spending bill after their first $787 billion “stimulus” debacle failed to create much-needed jobs.

Despite Hodes’ promise that the first massive bill would “reduce soaring unemployment,” the nation’s jobless rate has risen to 9.6 percent. And as the Associated Press notes, “Even if he can get the plan through Congress, at a time when lawmakers and voters are worried about federal deficits, the transportation spending plan envisioned by President Barack Obama wouldn't create jobs right away.”

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal editorialized:

So two months before an election, and 19 months after the mother of all spending programs, President Obama said yesterday he's rolling out one more plan to stimulate the economy…Stimulus I failed. Enter Stimulus II, the $814 billion plan that was also supposed to make up for lost private demand… Democrats embarked on the most sweeping expansion of government since the 1960s, imposing national health care, rewriting financial laws from top to bottom, attempting to re-regulate the telecom industry, and imposing vast new costs on energy, among many other proposals. Not to stop there, in January it plans to impose a huge new tax increase on “the wealthy,” which in practice means on the most profitable small businesses… Mr. Obama and the Democratic Congress have succeeded in doing all of this despite the growing opposition of the American people, who are now enduring the results. The only path back to robust growth and prosperity is to stop this agenda dead in its tracks, and then by stages to reverse it. These are the economic stakes in November.

“Last year, Paul Hodes and President Obama ignored taxpayers’ concerns and promised that their massive stimulus bill would create much-needed jobs in New Hampshire and nationwide. Now, after failing to deliver on their economic promises for more than 18 months, the Obama Administration and Hodes want to raid taxpayers’ wallets once again – this time with higher taxes to pay for even more Washington spending,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) Press Secretary Amber Marchand. “If there is one thing that President Obama and his party should have learned by now it’s that our country cannot spend its way out of a recession. As Granite State voters face out-of-control debt, voters deserve to know: Will Hodes rubberstamp even more spending, or will he stand up and finally say enough is enough?”

As a reminder, Obama and Hodes’ first failed stimulus spending bill spent taxpayer dollars on wasteful non-job related 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)


Background Information:

Hodes Voted For 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 Said The “Stimulus” Would “Reduce Soaring Unemployment.” (Travis Andersen, “Hodes Says Stimulus Will Help,”The Nashua [NH] Telegraph, 1/27/09)

In October 2009, Hodes Claimed That Voting For The Stimulus “Was The Right Thing To Do.” “Democratic Rep. Paul Hodes, who backed the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act early this year, acknowledged, ‘There is more work to be done.’ But, he said, ‘I thought then it was the right thing to do,’ and he still does.” (John DiStaso, “Stimulus Sentiment Follows Party Lines,” The [Manchester, NH] Union Leader, 10/25/09)

  • Hodes Continued To Claim The Stimulus Was Working, Despite A Report Claiming Only 116 New Hampshire Jobs Came From Infrastructure Spending In The Stimulus. “[A]ccording to Fitch’s report, only 116 full-time jobs were created as a result of highway infrastructure investment in New Hampshire as of Sept. 30, compared to 2,041 in education and 745 in government services. Still, Hodes said, the stimulus is working. ‘It delivered the biggest middle-class tax cut in history,’ he said in an interview. ‘It has saved the jobs of teachers and firefighters and cops, and created jobs, and the program isn’t done.’” (John DiStaso, “Stimulus Sentiment Follows Party Lines,” The [Manchester, NH] Union Leader, 10/25/09)

As Late As December 2009, Hodes Claimed He Was “Comfortable” With His Vote On The “Stimulus” Bill. “Hodes said he ‘remains comfortable’ with his vote on the earlier bill. ‘The first American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was obviously a much broader and larger act that gave the middle class the largest tax cuts in history, made sure that firefighters, teachers and cops stayed on beat and had considerable stabilization and recovery provisions for infrastructure,’ Hodes said.” (Shira Schoenberg, “Jobs Bill Splits House Delegation,” The Concord [NH] Monitor, 12/18/09)