Just to share with you some of the e-mail that I ran through just before leaving the office for the night, here are three views on the stimulus bill that passed the House today.
First, Jim Clyburn really LIKED it:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CLYBURN HAILS PASSAGE OF AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn today released the following statement praising House passage of HR 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
“Our economy is shedding 20,000 jobs a day. Just last month nearly 600,000 jobs were slashed, marking the deepest cut in payrolls in 34 years. The unemployment rate in January reached 7.6 percent, the highest level in more than 16 years. Of the top 20 highest months of job loss in America’s history, five occurred in the last seven months. It’s time to turn those statistics around.
“The American Recovery and Reinvestment plan is the bold action that President Obama called for. It will create and save 3.5 million jobs, cut taxes for 95 percent of American workers, and strategically transform our economy for years to come.
“Yesterday we marked the bicentennial anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln and the centennial anniversary of the NAACP. It’s not coincidental the NAACP founded its organization on Lincoln’s birthday. Yesterday, to mark their anniversary, the NAACP celebrated the breaking of glass ceilings, but also admonished us to uplift the grass roots by focusing on economic issues.
“The last time our country faced an economic crisis of this magnitude, the government’s response in large measure omitted the communities that I represent and for which the NAACP advocates. As we crafted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, we targeted our efforts on traditionally underserved communities and rural communities using census tracks and poverty levels to direct the greatest need. I believe we met the challenge put forward by the NAACP for equity and fairness, and I expect this recovery package to deliver the hand-up that Americans so desperately need.
“The American Recovery and Reinvestment act makes targeted investments so the children in Sumter, South Carolina will have clean-water, so that children at J.V. Martin Junior High School in Dillon, South Carolina will not have to learn in a 150 year old school, so that the mother in Charleston, South Carolina will not be homeless, so that kids Columbia, South Carolina will have a summer job, so that a teacher in Anderson Primary School in Williamsburg, South Carolina will not lose their job, and so that families in Florence, South Carolina looking for a way-out out this economic recession will not suffer under a Governor’s political ideology.”
Lindsey Graham really DIDN'T like it:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Vote Against Stimulus Package
– U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made these statements on
the stimulus package the Senate will vote on later today.
“The stimulus package creates more government than jobs.
The original goal was to work together to create jobs and stimulate our
economy. It’s clear we have failed miserably in that
“There was never a real effort to find common ground.
We’re spending $1.1 trillion over the next ten years and we never had a
thoughtful discussion to figure out how we could come together on something with
bipartisan support. The idea that this is bipartisanship does not meet any
realistic test of bipartisanship.
Lack of Job Creation
“About seventy percent of the jobs in our nation are
created by small business. If our goal was to crate jobs and stimulate the
economy, one of the tests should be how much did we do for small business? Not
much. Less than $3 billion in the entire package is directed to small
business. It’s one of the areas of the bill where the focus missed the target
by a country mile.
Untimely Spending to Create Jobs and
Stimulate the Economy:
“There are so many things in the package completely
unrelated to creating a job in the next 18 months. Only 11 percent of the
appropriated spending will be spent in the first year. In fact, over half of
the money will not be spent until two years from now. We waste money in this
bill that could have gone to shoring up the financial sector and fixing our
And Columbia Mayor Bob Coble sent out this spreadsheet
with the message: