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- October 19, 2011

Obama’s Promise To Save Local Governments From Layoffs Is A Campaign Ploy That Has Failed Before

OBAMA’S PROMISE THAT MORE STIMULUS SPENDING WILL KEEP LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FROM LAYING OFF WORKERS HAS BEEN HEARD BEFORE

Just Months After The Stimulus Passed, Obama Began Claiming It Saved Tens Of Thousands Of Teacher, Police And Firefighter Jobs

June 8, 2009: Obama Claimed That The First Stimulus Has Saved “At Least 150,000 Jobs, Jobs Of Teachers And Nurses And Firefighters And Police Officers.” OBAMA: “We've created and saved, as you said, Joe, at least 150,000 jobs, jobs of teachers and nurses and firefighters and police officers.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks Prior To A Cabinet Meeting, Washington, DC, 6/8/09)

July 11, 2009: Obama Claimed That, Without The First Stimulus, Governments Would Have Made “Tens Of Thousands Of Additional Layoffs, Layoffs That Would Affect Police Officers, Teachers, And Firefighters.”  OBAMA: “Without the help the Recovery Act has provided to struggling States, its estimated that State deficits would be nearly twice as large as they are now, resulting in tens of thousands of additional layoffs, layoffs that would affect police officers, teachers, and firefighters.” (President Barack Obama, The President’s Weekly Address, Washington, DC, 7/11/09)

August 5, 2009: Obama Claimed The Stimulus “Saved The Jobs Of Tens Of Thousands Of Teachers And Public—And Police Officers And Other Public Servants So That You Wouldn't See The Recession Get Even Worse.” OBAMA: “And for States facing historic budget shortfalls, we provided assistance that has saved the jobs of tens of thousands of teachers and public—and police officers and other public servants so that you wouldn't see the recession get even worse.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks On The National Economy, Wakarusa, IN, 8/5/09)

A Year Later And After Billions More In Stimulus Spending, Obama Claimed It Saved Hundreds Of Thousands Of Teacher, Police And Firefighter Jobs

August 10, 2010: President Barack Obama Signed A Multibillion Aid Package He Said Would “Help States Avoid Laying Off Police Officers, Firefighters, Nurses, And First-Responders.” OBAMA: “And that's why today we're trying to pass a law that will save hundreds of thousands of additional jobs in the coming year. It will help States avoid laying off police officers, firefighters, nurses, and first-responders. And it will save the jobs of teachers like the ones who are standing with me today.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks on Legislation Creating The Education Jobs Fund, Washington, DC, 8/10/10)

  • September 4, 2010: Less Than A Month Later, Obama Claimed Those Emergency Steps Had Prevented “The Layoffs Of Hundreds Of Thousands Of Teachers And Firefighters And Police Officers.” OBAMA: “The steps we've taken to date have stopped the bleeding: investments in roads and bridges and high-speed railroads that will lead to hundreds of thousands of jobs in the private sector; emergency steps to prevent the layoffs of hundreds of thousands of teachers and firefighters and police officers; and tax cuts and loans for small-business owners, who create most of the jobs in this country.” (President Barack Obama, The President’s Weekly Address, Washington, DC, 9/4/10)

NOW, OBAMA IS PROMISING THAT MORE BAILOUTS WILL KEEP GOVERNMENTS FROM SHEDDING JOBS DESPITE THE FAILURE OF THE LAST TWO ATTEMPTS

NOW: Obama Says “This Jobs Bill Puts Teachers Back In The Classroom And Keeps Cops And Firefighters On Our Streets.” (President Barack Obama, The President’s Weekly Address, Washington, D.C., 9/17/11)

Local Governments Are “Shedding Jobs In Unprecedented Numbers.” “Local governments, once a steady source of employment in tough economic times, are shedding jobs in unprecedented numbers, and heavy payroll losses are expected to persist into next year.” (Paul Davidson, “Budget Cuts Claim Hundreds Of Thousands Of County, City Jobs,” USA Today, 10/17/11)

  • Most Of The Cuts Have Come Since The Recession Technically Ended In June 2009. “The cuts so far have mostly come since the recession ended in mid-2009, although they do not yet top those made in manufacturing and construction during and after the recession.” (Paul Davidson, “Budget Cuts Claim Hundreds Of Thousands Of County, City Jobs,” USA Today, 10/17/11)

Since Obama’s First $825 Billion Stimulus Passed, Federal, State And Local Governments Have Shed 592,000 Jobs. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 10/18/11)

  • Since The First Stimulus Passed, State Governments Have Lost 97,000 Jobs. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 10/18/11)
  • Since The First Stimulus Passed, Local Governments Have Lost 520,000 Jobs(Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 10/18/11)

Since The First Stimulus Passed, Local Governments Have Shed 265,400 Education Jobs. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov, Accessed 10/18/11)

Senators From Obama’s Own Party Are Not Interested In More Of The Same Failed Policies

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT): “There's Money For The States That Quite Honestly There's No Assurances It'll Be Created, Even Used To Create One Job.” (KECI Staff, “Tester Voted Against Job Package, Didn’t Agree With Spending,” KECI, 10/12/11)

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) Opposes More State Bailouts Since The First Stimulus Sent West Virginia $218 Million To Prevent Teacher Layoffs Despite No Teacher Jobs Being In Danger Of Cuts. “Manchin, the former governor, said it doesn’t make sense for the federal government to send that money to states that aren’t planning to lay off teachers. That’s exactly what happened in 2009, when the president’s first stimulus package passed Congress. That time around, the federal government sent West Virginia $218 million in money meant to prevent teacher layoffs. Then, as now, the state had no plans to lay off teachers.” (“Manchin Touts Federal Loan Idea,” The Associated Press, 9/20/11)

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT): “Even If You Break It Into Bite-Size Pieces, It's Spending Money We Don't Have.” “‘When you look at the president's jobs act, even if you break it into bite-size pieces, it's spending money we don't have, and you’ve got to raise taxes to pay for it, and to me, all that just makes the job of the debt reduction committee … even harder,’ Lieberman said on Fox News Tuesday morning.” (MJ Lee, “Lieberman: ‘Bite-Size’ Won’t Work,” Politico, 10/18/11)

STIMULUS FUNDS MEANT TO SAVE JOBS WERE WASTED, TIED UP IN RED TAPE OR POORLY ADMINISTERED BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

Many State Governments Used Federal Bailout Money To Fill Their Own Budget Holes, Rather Than Passing It On To School Districts. “Lawmakers gave cash-strapped states $10 billion last month to save 145,000 teachers' jobs. The funds were meant to reduce classroom crowding and restore programs lost to state budget cuts. But some governors have other ideas for the money, namely using the funds to close their budget shortfalls. Several are planning to reduce state aid to school districts by the amount they receive from the feds. Others are looking to use the money for school construction and improvements. And if state tax revenues fall short later this year, even more governors will likely slash state aid, figuring schools have the federal funds as a cushion.” (Tami Luhby, “States Playing Fast And Loose With Teachers’ Jobs Money,” CNNMoney, 9/20/10)

Mixed Messages From The Obama Department Of Education Lead To Millions Of Stimulus Funds Being Misspent By Florida School Districts. “Because the Education Department offered mixed messages about how the stimulus money should be spent, the results have been painful. ‘The program wasn’t carried out in the best of circumstances,’ said Jack Jennings, president of the Center on Education Policy, a nonpartisan research group in Washington, D.C. ‘The intentions were good, but the execution wasn’t the best because there wasn’t anybody at the Education Department to implement. There was all this pressure to get the funding out the door.’” (Mc Nelly Torres, “School Of Hard Financial Knocks,” Florida Center For Investigative Reporting, 9/21/11)

  • Financial Problems In Florida School Districts Were “Made Worse By The Fact That Florida’s School Districts Used The Stimulus Money In Large Measure To Delay Needed Cuts.” “Now, two years after the first stimulus dollar rolled in, Florida’s public school system is learning difficult financial lessons. School districts throughout Florida are laying off teachers, closing programs and scrambling to identify other significant cost-saving measures — all problems made worse by the fact that Florida’s school districts used the stimulus money in large measure to delay needed cuts.” (Mc Nelly Torres, “School Of Hard Financial Knocks,” Florida Center For Investigative Reporting, 9/21/11)

Stimulus Money Sent To North Carolina Schools Was Used On “Tickets For Movies, A Water Park, Fast Food, And Other Entertainment.” “In our review of documents, we found evidence that in addition to paying teachers a total of $17,270 in salaries, HAWS also used ESEA Title I funds to pay for STEP activities that included other salaries and field trip-related expenses, including tickets for movies, a water park, fast food, and other entertainment.” (“GAO Review of LEA Controls over and Uses of Recovery Act Education Funds [Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools],” Government Accountability Office, 7/9/10)

The Alabama Department Of Corrections Received $118 Million In Stimulus Funds Intended For Schools. “Alabama’s biggest recipient of federal education stimulus dollars thus far is not a local school system or a college: It’s the Department of Corrections, according to a Press-Register analysis. The agency has received $118 million of $1.1 billion in stimulus funding doled out to the state by the U.S. Department of Education since 2009. The money covered health care costs for 26,000 inmates, and salaries and benefits for about 4,200 corrections officers and other employees for three and a half months, officials said.” (Rena Havner Philips, “Prisons The Biggest Recipient Of Alabama’s Education Stimulus Dollars,” Press Register [Mobile, AL], 12/19/10)

The City Of Bethlehem In Pennsylvania Used Stimulus Funds To Buy Horses For The Police Department. (Council Minutes, City of Bethlehem, 4/21/09)

A Sheriff Office In Utah Used Stimulus Money To Buy A Motorcycle. “A Davis County, Utah sheriff’s office wants to use stimulus funds — nearly $25,000 — to buy a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.” (Kate Phillips, “Scuffles Over Stimulus Project,” The New York Times’ “The Caucus,” 6/16/09)

Phoenix Police Planned To Spend A Stimulus Grant On Technology Upgrades, Not “Adding New Boots On The Ground.” “Phoenix police are expected to receive about $5.4 million as part of the Justice Assistance Grant portion of the stimulus package allocated to Maricopa County. Phoenix grant priorities will likely include more technology upgrades, such as electronic-citation devices, rather than adding new boots on the ground.” (Michael Ferraresi, “City Safety Agencies work To Meet Stimulus Deadlines,” The Arizona Republic, 4/8/09)


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