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September 13th, 2010

Will Liberal Trial Lawyer Roxanne Conlin Endorse President Obama’s Second “Stimulus” After First Spending Bill Failed?

As her fellow Democrats denounce President Barack Obama’s proposal to enact another costly taxpayer-funded $50 billion “stimulus” bill after the first $787 billion debacle failed, liberal trial lawyer Roxanne Conlin (D-IA) has not told Iowans whether she supports this new spending measure.

Several reports have noted the Democrats’ divisions on the new spending proposals:

  • Hotline OnCall reports: “In a sign that Democrats are not on-board with what was supposed to be a major cornerstone of their platform this fall, an increasing number of Democratic incumbents and candidates are criticizing Pres. Obama’s economic plan.”
    • Reuters writes: “Former White House budget director Peter Orszag added to Obama’s problem when he caught the White House by surprise with a New York Times editorial this week calling for a two-year freeze on current tax rates… Orszag’s comments reflect the gap between Obama and some congressional Democrats.”
    • And the Associated Press notes: “Even if [President Obama] can get the plan through Congress, at a time when lawmakers and voters are worried about federal deficits”” the new spending bill “wouldn’t create jobs right away.”

Meanwhile, Conlin’s fellow Democrat Senate hopefuls U.S. Representatives Joe Sestak (D-PA) and Brad Ellsworth (D-IN) readily admitted that the bill was a political ploy and a “gimmick” less than 60 days from the midterm elections.

“Iowans deserve to know: Will Roxanne Conlin finally stand up to President Obama’s out-of-control spending agenda and reject this second ‘stimulus?’ Or will Conlin continue to put her left-wing partisan interests ahead of Iowa taxpayers and endorse yet another costly taxpayer-funded spending bill after the first one failed to create much-needed jobs?” asked National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Chris Bond. “Roxanne Conlin’s fellow Democrats have already admitted this bill is a poll-driven ‘gimmick,’ so when will she stand up and finally say ‘enough is enough?’”

Notably, while the nation’s jobless rate has risen to 9.6 percent, the Democrats’ first $787 stimulus debacle, which Conlin readily endorsed, managed to pay for a number of wasteful non-job related projects, including:

  • $144,541 to see how monkeys react under the influence of cocaine;
  • $2 million to study exotic ants;
  • Almost half-a-million to provide quitting smokers with a smartphone;
  • $554,000 to replace windows at a closed visitor center;
  • $760,000 for a computerized choreography program;
  • $357,710 to restore an abandoned furnace;
  • Over $13 million for repairs at the remote Dry Tortugas National Park in Key West, Florida;
  • $700,000 to study why monkeys respond negatively to inequity and unfairness;
  • Nearly $300,000 to provide information on interplanetary weather. (Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. and John McCain, “Summertime Blues: 100 Stimulus Projects That Give Taxpayers The Blues,” August 2010)

Background Information:

“Conlin Also Defended The $862 Billion Stimulus Package Thursday, Saying It Had Created 2.5 Million Jobs. And she added that, while it is politically impractical to inject further stimulus into the economy — which some economists say is needed — she thinks the staggering economy must get back on its feet before worrying about the federal deficit.” (Ed Tibbetts, “Conlin Faults Grassley On Financial Overhaul Vote,” Quad-City Times, 7/15/10)

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