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Obama’s Stimulus Failed Scranton

For the 3,200 unemployed residents of Scranton, Pennsylvania, Obama’s first $825 billion stimulus has woefully underperformed. After 33 months, only 34.3 jobs have been funded in the city by the stimulus at a cost of over $386,000 a job. Obama said that the stimulus was “paving the way for long-term growth and prosperity” but, after over two years of Obamanomics, Scranton locals are still “petrified they are going to lose their jobs tomorrow.” As NBC’s Matt Lauer asked Obama advisor David Plouffe this morning, how can the President say to Scranton residents “I know we talked about hope and change. It hasn’t really worked out. I need more time.”

NBC’s Matt Lauer: “How Does The President Look The People Of Scranton, Pennsylvania, For Example, In The Eye And Say, ‘I Know We Talked About Hope And Change. It Hasn’t Really Worked Out. I Need More Time.’” “The President goes to Scranton today to make this case, and I want to talk about Scranton as a location. According to The New York Times, unemployment in that city is about 9.7%, the highest in the state. The food bank there served a record number of meals on Thanksgiving, even the Democratic mayor of Scranton, Christopher Dougherty says that he’d hoped for more federal help under this Democratic administration, and it hasn’t come. His words, ‘Four years ago it was about hope. Now it’s about his record,’ referring to the President. How does the President look the people of Scranton, Pennsylvania, for example, in the eye and say, ‘I know we talked about hope and change. It hasn’t really worked out. I need more time.’” (NBC’s“Today,” 11/30/11) 

Obama’s Binge Spending Has Failed To Help Scranton

There Are Over 3,200 Unemployed Workers Living In Scranton, And After 33 Months And $13 Million Spent, Obama’s Stimulus Only Funded 34.3 Jobs In The City. (Recovery.gov, Accessed 11/29/11; Bureau Of Labor Statistics, Accessed 11/29/11)

  • Obama’s Stimulus Awarded Scranton Over $51 Million, But So Far Only 25 Percent Of The Funds Have Been Spent. (Recovery.gov, Accessed 11/29/11)
  • Each Job Reported By Stimulus Fund Recipients In Scranton Cost $386,010. (Recovery.gov, Accessed 11/29/11)

Scranton Locals Don’t Share Obama’s Optimism As They Watch The Economy Around They Limp Through His Failed Presidency

Obama Said The Stimulus Was The “Beginning Of The End” And The First Step To “Paving The Way To Long-Term Growth And Prosperity.” OBAMA: “But today does mark the beginning of the end — the beginning of what we need to do to create jobs for Americans scrambling in the wake of layoffs; the beginning of what we need to do to provide relief for families worried they won’t be able to pay next month’s bills; the beginning of the first steps to set our economy on a firmer foundation, paving the way to long-term growth and prosperity.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks At The Signing Of The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act, Denver, CO, 2/17/09)

Scranton Has The Highest Unemployment Rate In The State And The Local Food Bank Has Seen A 25 Percent Rise In Demand. “But here, in this old coal mining region, the rate was 9.7 percent; the Scranton area has the highest unemployment in the state. The city is on the verge of losing 300 postal service jobs. The regional food bank served a record number of meals on Thanksgiving and has had a 25 percent increase in demand over the last year.” (Katharine Q. Seelye, “Obama Is Facing A Replay Of ’08 Hurdles In ‘Hillary Country,’ Pa.” The New York Times, 11/29/11)

  • Scranton’s Democrat Mayor, Christopher Doherty: “Today, We Don’t Think Things Will Get Better.” “‘People are afraid,’ Mr. Doherty said. ‘I remember when Ronald Reagan was president, unemployment was high and interest rates were through the roof. But we always thought things were going to get better. Today, we don’t think things will get better.’” (Katharine Q. Seelye, “Obama Is Facing A Replay Of ’08 Hurdles In ‘Hillary Country,’ Pa.” The New York Times, 11/29/11)
  • Democrat Lackawanna County Commissioner, Corey O’Brien: “People Are Furious … Everybody Here Is Petrified They Are Going To Lose Their Jobs Tomorrow, And I Mean Everybody.” (Katharine Q. Seelye, “Obama Is Facing A Replay Of ’08 Hurdles In ‘Hillary Country,’ Pa.” The New York Times, 11/29/11)