Obama hits back at Republicans over stimulus
The White House is stepping up its efforts to call out Republicans for what Democrats see as hypocrisy over the $787 billion stimulus package.
Republicans have slammed the bill as wasteful and ineffective at creating jobs but the Obama administration says some of the same politicians who have lambasted the package have lined up for a share of the money for their states and districts.
“Independent economists credit the Recovery Act with growing the economy and for two million jobs that otherwise wouldn’t exist,” President Barack Obama told a gathering of the nation’s governors at the White House.
“Now, I understand that some of you still claim it’s not working or wasn’t worth it, but I also know that you’ve used it to close your budget gaps or break ground on new projects,” he added. “I’ve seen the photos, and I’ve read the press releases, so it must be doing something right.”
At a conservative gathering in Washington last week, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney blasted the stimulus package, saying it had failed to spur private-sector hiring.
Obama got some support over the weekend from California Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who credited the stimulus with creating 150,000 new jobs in his state.
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Picture Credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Obama speaks at a meeting with state governors in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, February 22, 2010)