For Immediate Release: January 28, 2010
The one-year anniversary of the stimulus spending bill, Where are the jobs?
One year after Congress approved the nearly $800 billion federal “stimulus” bill, Jonathan Paton is asking: “What happened to all the jobs?”
“Maybe we should call in Jack Bauer to solve this mystery. Gabrielle Giffords said that record spending would create at least 40,000 jobs, but our economy keeps shedding them,” Paton said. “Nationally, we’ve lost 3 million jobs in America since this spending bill was passed and the unemployment rate has soared to 10% — not including those who have given up hope and stopped looking for a job.”
“I think it’s safe to say that the verdict is in on last years ‘stimulus’ bill, “ Paton said. “The only thing it actually helped to stimulate is the rate of job loss over the past year.”
Paton, who was named a “Champion of the Taxpayer” Tuesday by Americans for Prosperity, has a record of fighting against wasteful spending and voting for tax cuts for families and small businesses. He voted for both the largest tax cut, and the largest cut to government, in Arizona history. Active duty military personnel don’t pay state income taxes in Arizona today because of a bill that Paton wrote — and passed. And his call for more oversight of downtown Tucson’s Rio Nuevo project ruffled the feathers of the local establishment and has provided oversight of taxpayer money after years of mismanagement by the city council.
“Those are the type of spend-thrift meaningful tax relief policies we need in Washington right now, rather than reckless spending and tax increases, like the cap and trade bill,” Paton said. “Someone needs to be an advocate for the taxpayer and for families who are struggling to make ends meet.”
“Equally disturbing,” Paton said, “is that last year’s stimulus spending bill included millions of dollars in waste, which Rep. Giffords had to authorize in order to vote for the whole package.”
“These many wasteful projects included $200,000 to fund an anti-capitalist puppet show in Minnesota, nearly $400,000 to study people who drink malt liquor and smoke marijuana at the same time, and $219,000 to figure out whether women are more likely to ‘hook up’ after drinking. Talk about weird science.”
“Enough is enough,” Paton said. “Taxpayers are tired of being fooled by those who say one thing to get elected, yet when no one is looking they do something entirely different.”