Economists say the Democrats’ stimulus package saved or created one to two million jobs, but the Senate Minority Leader isn’t about to admit it.
“I think the evidence is pretty clear, you know Tiger Woods and John Edwards had a better year than the stimulus did,” Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told Fox News’ Chris Wallace Sunday.
McConnell did concede that there was some benefit from stimulus money. “The stimulus probably did save state government jobs,” said McConnell.
According to Recovery.gov Kentucky has been awarded approximately $2.5 billion and 10,000 jobs there have been created or saved.
Wallace went on to point out that Senator McConnell praised the stimulus in August of last year, saying of the Blue Grass Army Depot receiving millions of dollars, “This is going to be a source of significant employment.”
McConnell clarified that he is glad the nation’s governors can take advantage of the stimulus to make the employment situation for state employees better. However, he said “the Federal government borrowing money from our grandchildren” has not kept unemployment at 8%.
“It has done little or nothing to stimulate private sector employment,” he said.
One year after signing the stimulus bill, the president credited it on Wednesday with keeping America out of a second Great Depression. “One year later, it is largely thanks to the Recovery Act that a second depression is no longer a possibility,” Obama said.
Wednesday, McConnell responded, “This was not the plan Americans asked for or the results they were promised.”
This video is from Fox’s Fox News Sunday, broadcast Feb. 21, 2010.
Trump’s a traitor — and the Russian bounty scandal is the final straw
The first story of the rest of Donald Trump's life was published last Friday in the New York Times, revealing that the Russian intelligence agency known as the GRU has been paying bonuses to Taliban fighters to kill Americans, and that this intelligence had been reported to Trump and had been known at least since March. The story was subsequently confirmed by the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the AP.
This article first appeared in Salon.
GOP scrambling to pay for Jacksonville convention after Trump yanked it from North Carolina: report
According to a report from the New York Times, Republican officials are having difficulties getting donors to pay for the Republican National Convention to be held in Jacksonville, Florida after Donald Trump yanked the gathering out of Charlotte, North Carolina in a fit of pique over COVID-19 health restrictions.
At issue, the report notes, is that millions of dollars were spent in North Carolina where a smaller event will now be held, and now the party is, in essence, forced to pay for a second convention.
As much of US marks a muted Independence Day, Trump encourages big parties
While public health officials are urging Americans to avoid large crowds and hold more muted July 4 celebrations amid a spike of coronavirus cases, President Donald Trump is going big for what he is promising will be a “special evening” in the nation's capital.
Trump is set hold his “Salute for America” celebration Saturday with a speech from the White House South Lawn that he says will celebrate American heritage, a military flyover over Washington, and an enormous fireworks display that is expected to draw thousands to the National Mall.