NRSC: “Where’s The Stimulus, Charlie Melancon?”

September 21, 2010

Louisiana's Unemployment On The Rise After Melancon Rubber stamped President Obama's Massive Spending Debacle

WASHINGTON – According to the federal government’s monthly report released today, Louisiana’s unemployment rate increased from 7.2 percent in July 2010 to 7.6 percent in August 2010 – despite the fact the Obama Administration and embattled U.S. Representative Charlie Melancon (D-LA) backed a massive $787 billion stimulus bill that the Democrats promised would create much-needed jobs during the nation’s current economic crisis.

Upon ramming the bill into law, Melancon claimed that the stimulus would “create or save an estimated 50,000 jobs in Louisiana.” But 18 months after the passage of this wasteful spending bill, Louisianians are still struggling to make ends meet.

In the meantime, the stimulus bill that Melancon eagerly rammed into law paid for a number of non-job related projects, including a study to determine how monkeys react to cocaine; $2 million to examine exotic ants; a system to purchase cell phones for smokers trying to quit, and $760,000 for a computerized choreography program, among other wasteful endeavors.

“There’s a reason why Charlie Melancon is trailing Senator Vitter by double-digits 42 days from the election. While Vitter rejected Washington’s out-of-control spending projects, Melancon eagerly rubberstamped President Obama’s stimulus debacle, which failed to create jobs but spent millions of dollars on wasteful projects like testing cocaine on monkeys and studying exotic ants,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Chris Bond. “If voters had any question who Melancon sides with in Washington, they need only look at his rubberstamp support for President Obama’s failed stimulus, health care takeover, and reckless spending agenda.”

Background Information:

Louisiana’s Unemployment Rate Was 7.2% In July 2010. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, Accessed 9/21/10)

Louisiana’s Unemployment Rate Rose To 7.6% In August 2010. (Bureau of Labor Statistics. www.bls.gov, Accessed 9/21/10)

Melancon: The “Stimulus” Will “Create Or Save An Estimated 50,000 Jobs In Louisiana.” “‘Today, we are facing an economic crisis more serious than any since the Great Depression,’ said Rep. Melancon. ‘Last month alone, almost 600,000 Americans lost their jobs and unemployment in Louisiana has risen to 5.9%. With so many people hurting, we can’t afford to sit back and wait for the perfect solution to come along. We must take bold action now to stop the downward spiral. . . . This plan, while far from perfect, will create or save an estimated 50,000 jobs in Louisiana, invest over $538 million in infrastructure projects for our state, and lay a foundation for long-term growth for our country through innovation and education.” (Congressman Charlie Melancon, Press Release, “Rep. Melancon Supports Economic Recovery Plan To Create And Save 50,000 Jobs In Louisiana,” 2/13/09

* Melancon: “This Bill Is The Right Thing To Do For America’s Future, And I Am Proud To Support It.” (Congressman Charlie Melancon, Press Release, “Rep. Melancon Supports Economic Recovery Plan To Create And Save 50,000 Jobs In Louisiana,” 2/13/09)

Louisiana “Stimulus” Funds Were Listed As Going To Congressional Districts That Do Not Exist

Millions In “Stimulus” Funds Were Listed By Recover.gov As Heading To Phantom Congressional Districts In Louisiana. “When President Barack Obama came before a joint session of Congress on Feb. 24 to talk about his $787 billion stimulus package, he acknowledged that there were many ‘who are skeptical of whether this plan will work.’ . . . But Louisianans visiting the site might find themselves not just skeptical but truly puzzled to see that nearly $5 million was listed as headed to Louisiana’s 8th Congressional District, $2.8 million to the 22nd Congressional District, $1.8 million to the 12th Congressional District, and lesser amounts to the 26th, 45th, 14th, 32nd and even the 00 districts. The problem, of course, is that Louisiana only has seven congressional districts, and while those seven, to be fair, are listed as the intended destination of the lion’s share of the $2.2 billion awarded to Louisiana — of which $554 million has been delivered — many millions of dollars are listed as bound for nonexistent districts in Louisiana.” (Jonathan Tilove, “Recovery.Gov Web Site Errors Fuel Criticisms By Opponents Of Program,” NOLA.Com, 11/17/09)

Times Picayune: “Giving Citizens Information On How Federal Stimulus Money Is Being Spent Is A Good Idea, But Only If The Information Itself Is Accurate, And Therein Lies The Problem With The Web Site Recovery.Gov. If the congressional district number is wrong, other information could be wrong, too. Without better quality control, the Web site is an embarrassment for the administration that doesn’t result in a better informed public and doesn’t inspire confidence in government.” (Editorial, “Sorry, Wrong Number On Stimulus: An Editorial,” Times-Picayune, 11/23/09)

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