In the days before Congress voted on and President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) repeatedly derided the legislation as “generational theft,” and declared, “When it comes to slow-moving government spending programs, it’s clear that it doesn’t create the jobs.” But as Media Matters Action Fund notes, Boehner has changed his tune. In a little-noticed statement released Monday, Boehner highlighted the Obama administration’s recent order that the Ohio Department of Transportation redirect $57 million to shovel-ready projects. Boehner admitted that such stimulus projects do, in fact, “create much-needed jobs“:
The stated intent of the so-called stimulus package was to create jobs, and certainly a $57 million slush-fund studying projects did nothing to achieve that goal. 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.