A Jobs Bill Done Right?
11/18/2009 7:00:00 AM - John Hanlon
This blog has recently been highlighting some of the recent stories about the stimulus package that was signed into law in February of this year. One such story involves stimulus jobs being created in Congressional districts that do not even exist
. In spite of such negative stories and as the president prepares for a jobs summit next month
, Democrats in Congress seem to be pushing for another jobs bill for next month but this time, they assure us that they will get things right.
According to Politico.com
, Nancy Pelosi recently stated that "she hopes to move on a jobs bill next month but cautioned against rushing in before Democrats have found the 'right initiative' to deal with what’s proved to be a very stubborn, deep recession for workers." A new jobs bill sounds like an interesting idea considering the fact that many Democrats have been defending the last stimulus bill over the past few months, advising us that that bill was supposed to work over the long term, not the short term. It has been approximately nine months since that bill was signed into law and now one of the "successes" of that bill seems to be jobs created in districts that do not even exist.
It is also interesting to hear Democratic leaders taking time on a new jobs bill when they are many of the same people who quickly pushed through the stimulus bill. According to a "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" transcript
from earlier this year, Pelosi said the following about the stimulus package that was being developed then:
I have the most to prove with this package, by the way, and I'm not - the choices we are making are those that will work, that must work. Our economy requires it. America's families need it. This is urgent.
Since that stimulus went into law, millions of jobs have been lost and unemployment is now over ten percent. Shouldn't the Democrats have taken more time to evaluate the first stimulus package before they pushed it through like so many Republicans suggested? A jobs bill in the future might be a good idea but shouldn't Democrats first acknowledge the failures and the lack of accountability of the first Obama stimulus bill that cost nearly 800 billions dollars?