Have we become a nation of fools? Or is that what these GOP Senators think of us…
When President Obama took office one year ago, he walked into a situation where the economy was on the brink of a depression. Not just affecting America, but the global community. We were also in the midst of fighting two wars, our Schools were failing our kids, and because of the economic situation, we were loosing hundreds of thousands of jobs on a monthly basis.
So walking into that situation as a new president presented many challenges and called for drastic actions. One of which, was to come up with an Economic Stimulus plan to put a halt, or at least slow down the runaway economy he inherited.
Thus, The Recovery Act. A bill, that economists on both sides of the isle deemed necessary. After all, if jobs were being lost at such an alarming rate, it only made sense that the government picked up the slack in spending. Everyone saw the need for such a bill, except the GOP Senators in both houses. GOP Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, the party’s leader stated he wanted “100% opposition” to the Recovery Act, which the called, wasteful spending. The bill pass on party lines, with Democrats voting for the bill, and Republicans voting against.
Fast Forward 1 Year.
Since it’s passing, the Recovery Act has saved or created 2 million jobs. In addition, 111 Republican senators who voted against the bill, still criticize it in public, but proudly accept these same funds for their districts. Among them are the following:
- John Boehner – A stern critic of the Recovery Bill now accepts the funds for Ohio. He states, “With Ohio’s unemployment rate the highest it’s been in 25 years, I’m pleased that federal officials stepped in to order Ohio to use all of its construction dollars for shovel-ready projects that will create much-needed jobs.”
- Eric Cantor – Who wouldn’t touch the Recovery Bill with a ten foot pole, reached out and embraced it for his district with open arms! According to Washington Post, half of the 30 organizations participating in a job fair Cantor is holding Monday in Culpeper were recipients of the stimulus. Eric Cantor then requested Stimulus finds to create a railway from Washington to Richmond.
- Jack Kingston (R-GA) – Voted No on Recovery Act, then brags about all the stimulus funds he got for his district – $106,901 grant for the Alma Police Department and a $138,286 grant for the Jesup Police Department in Georgia. These grants, distributed by the Department of Justice for the “hiring of new police officers.
- Elton Gallegly (R-CA) – Voted No on The Recovery Act, then talks about $8 million of Stimulus funds going to his district.
A total of 111 GOP Senators have been photographed, give press conferences, or pretend to be signing jumbo checks, all compliments of The Recovery Act, that, according to Economists from both sides of the aisle, have put the economy back on track. These GOP Hypocrites will still go on camera and denounce the Stimulus, but given the oppertunity, will gladly stretch their hands for more.
Americans are not fools, we know what’s going on GOP!