When Barbara Boxer joined a unanimous Senate Democratic caucus in voting for their party’s “stimulus,” unemployment in her jurisdiction (AKA the (once-)Golden State stood at 10.7%. She quoted the President as saying the policy would create (or save) 400,000 jobs in California.
Now, she’s running for reelection, telling us it created (or saved) 150,000 jobs (that’s 250,000 fewer than the president advertised). Yet, nearly 400,000 fewer people* are working in California than were employed when Mrs. Boxer voted for the big-spending boondoggle. Unemployment now stands at 12.6%, a full three points higher than it was when she first took office (during a recession).
I am proud [Mrs. Boxer writes] of my record of fighting to create jobs for California. I have met construction workers, law enforcement officers, teachers, scientists, and many other hard-working Californians who are working because of the Recovery Act — a bill that has saved or created 150,000 California jobs. Yet Carly Fiorina…opposed that critical bill…
According to Recovery.gov, the stimulus has already sent $27.7 billion to California. So if you take Boxer’s number at face value, that translates to $186,000 per job. That’s more than Boxer makes annually as a senator. In fact, $27.7 billion would have been enough to hire 750,000 new staff assistants for her office. (Just imagine the constituent service you’d get!)
Even by Mrs. Boxer’s own wild claims, the “stimulus” has not yet provided the jobs she promised us. And more Californians are out of work than were when she first took office and when she voted for the stimulus.
And she has the cheek to campaign on the jobs she’s created.
Hey, Ma’am, government doesn’t create jobs. The private sector does. We’d be better off turning to someone who actually knows how the private sector works to fix the problems created by an out-of-control federal government.
*355,000 jobs were lost in CA between April 2009 and April 2010. Since we lost jobs in the two preceding months, that number may even be higher than 400,000.