Some Democrats in Congress have been considering a new $300 billion jobs bill. Lawmakers “are calling for extending aid to the unemployed, infrastructure spending, a hiring tax credit and increased small business loans.”
Last night on CNBC, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) attacked the idea. “All they want to do is grow the size of government. Government doesn’t create jobs!” Boehner complained. Boehner and host Larry Kudlow then repeated the debunked GOP talking point that the Obama administration doesn’t know how to fix the economy because “virtually no one” in Obama’s cabinet has private sector experience:
KUDLOW: There’s virtually no one in President Obama’s cabinet with any business experience. Have you ever looked at that? Virtually no one in that cabinet with any real private sector business experience.
BOEHNER: That’s right. Listen I’ve talked to them. It’s like talking to a wall because they don’t understand the dynamics of our free enterprise system.
It’s odd that Boehner would claim that “government doesn’t create jobs” because in July, he released a statement praising the stimulus for creating 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.
Moreover, Recovery.gov estimates that the stimulus has saved or created just over 17,000 jobs in Boehner’s home state, and Ohio.gov notes that “an estimated 21,257 jobs will be created or retained through these [transportation] stimulus projects” alone.
As for Kudlow and Boehner’s claim that “virtually no one” in the Obama administration’s top jobs have private sector experience, PolitiFact.com deemed it to be “false.”