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In Case You Missed It: Chairman Priebus Op-ed: Happy Stimulus Day

- February 17, 2011

‘Happy Stimulus Day’

‘How’s That Working Out For You?’ 

From The Washington Times

By: Reince Priebus
Thursday, February 17, 2011

“Two years ago today, President Obama signed into law a "stimulus package" that his administration promised would keep unemployment under 8 percent. What has been the result of nearly $1 trillion spent on the so-called "stimulus?" Twenty-one months of unemployment at or above 9 percent, 2.6 million jobs lost, unsustainable budget deficits and an ever-growing national debt …

“… In my capacity as the new chairman of the Republican National Committee, it is my job to help hold President Obama accountable for his lack of leadership.

“Looking at the president's fiscal 2012 budget, my job may have just gotten a little easier. As the reviews come in, it's clear the president didn't live up to his own standards …

“… Instead of showing the leadership this country wants and deserves, the president continues to punt on real fiscal responsibility, making none of the tough decisions to cut spending - at no point in his budget would we spend less than we are taking in, raising taxes by $1.6 trillion and adding $13 trillion in new debt.

“We've seen this movie before. Spending $814 billion on the stimulus and $2.5 trillion on government-run health care, America tried the Democrats' model of spending hand-over-fist to jump-start the economy - to no avail. …

“… As House Speaker John A. Boehner said this weekend, we are broke. It is time for the Democrats to understand that Washington has an addiction to spending. …

“… With all due respect, Mr. President, our fiscal situation doesn't need a scalpel - we need a machete.

“Already, House Republicans have set a new tone in Washington by committing to $100 billion in spending cuts - the largest cut in congressional history. Returning spending to pre-stimulus levels for the rest of the current fiscal year is the first step of many to restore fiscal sanity …

“… Barack Obama sought the presidency seemingly to make the difficult choices and put our nation on solid footing. If he continues to avoid making the tough decisions and instead insists on an agenda of more spending, higher taxes and more debt, the choice facing voters in 2012 won't be very difficult.”

Click Here To Read The Full Column: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/feb/16/happy-stimulus-day/print/


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