Chiding Senate Republicans in February for trying to slow passage of the Democrats’ spendthrift “so-called stimulus” package, Ma’am Barbara Boxer said swift action was necessary because jobs “were being lost every minute“.
In a statement made after the Senate passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (AKA the “stimulus”), legislation Mrs. Boxer’s office claimed would “save or create millions of jobs and stabilize an economy in crisis,” the Golden State’s junior Senator repeated this mantra, “There is a very simple, urgent reason for this bill: We need to save jobs and we need to create jobs.”
In a followup statement highlighting a White House estimate “that the legislation will save or create approximately 400,000 jobs in California,” she assured us jobs would be created in the Golden State:
In the face of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the Congress has acted today to save or create jobs in California and across the nation. With so many Californians anxious about the economy, this legislation offers help and hope. This bill will put Californians to work now building the highways, bridges, transit and rail systems, and renewable energy sources of the 21st century.
Eight months later and only 2,260 of those jobs have been created (or saved) in the Golden State, less than 1% of the number the White House promised (with Mrs. Boxer’s blessing). And those 2,260 jobs created in the past eight months barely make a dent in the 39,300 jobs lost last month alone, “nearly six times the number of jobs the state now says were lost in August“.
Or seventeen times the number of jobs created in eight months by the “stimulus” for whose swift passage Mrs. Boxer agitated.