Stimulus Hypocrites Say ARRA Doesn’t Create Jobs, Try to Nab ARRA Jobs for Themselves


Bloomberg has more from the annals of stimulus hypocrisy:

Alabama Republicans Jo Bonner and Robert Aderholt took to the U.S. House floor in July, denouncing the Obama administration’s stimulus plan for failing to boost employment. “Where are the jobs?” each of them asked.

Over the next three months, Bonner and Aderholt tried at least five times to steer stimulus-funded transportation grants to Alabama on grounds that the projects would help create thousands of jobs.

Bonner and Aderholt, echoing the conservative orthodoxy on ARRA, took the public position that it was doing nothing to boost employment. But in their capacity as incumbent elected officials, they knew perfectly well that ARRA would increase employment and they wanted to benefit from that increase. It’s shameful. Fox News spent much of ARRA’s birthday touting a poll that showed that few Americans believed the stimulus has created jobs. What they left out was the fact that people have false beliefs about the stimulus largely because political leaders they trust—like Bonner and Aderholt—have been cynically lying to them for partisan advantage.