Dem Congressman: We're told not to call it a stimulus bill. We're calling it a jobs bill

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Naked Emperor News (via has posted a new piece of audio yesterday of Congressman Brad Sherman (D - CA). Mr. Sherman hosted a telephone townhall on Monday and told participants that he was told (among others) to not call the upcoming jobs legislation another stimulus bill.(video above and transcript below)(bolding is mine throughout):

The other thing I’ll point out is we now have…we are working on a…we’re told not to call it another stimulus bill. We’re calling it a jobs bill. it’s similar but smaller and there’s a lot of discussion as to what it’s best to spend the money on, and I’ve been pushing for aid to state and local governments. First, because my own state is having such severe problems—and second because from a macro-economic stand-point, we’re trying to have jobs now. And construction projects, for example, they talk about them being shovel-ready, but even if you’re ready to start building a bridge now, a big chunk of that work is going to be done in 2013, 2014.”

Very often, lawmakers get into the ridiculous habit of re-naming horrible legislation in order to put a big pretty bow on upcoming bills that are similarly horrible. In this case, the first stimulus bill, which passed early last year, was pushed by not only the Obama administration but also Democrats on the Hill as the ultimate job creator. Remember the term “shovel-ready” projects that were supposed to create millions of jobs?  Here’s a “first stimulus” push video reminder from Mr. Obama after his election in 2008.(:45 in):

“The one thing I can say with certainty is we’re going to need a stimulus package passed either before or after inauguration. We are going to have to focus on jobs, because the hemorrhaging of jobs has an impact, obviously on consumer confidence and the ability of people to buy goods and service—and can have enormous spill over effects. And I think its going to be very important for us to provide the kind of assistance to state and local governments to make sure that they don’t compound some of the problems that are already out there by having to initiatiate any major layoffs or initiate any tax increases.”

Since Mr. Obama got his wish, and the first stimulus package passed in the beginning of last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported only further unemployment in our nation.:

“In Decmeber [2009], both the number of unemployed persons at 15.3 million, and the unemployment rate at 10.0 percent, were unchanged. At the start of the recession in Decmeber 2007, the number of unemployed persons was 7.7 million, and the unemployment rate was 5.0 percent.”

The Democrats and the Obama administration need to start facing reality. Public relation attempts to put lipstick on another lame version of the first so-called “stimulus package” is downright laughable. No Madison Avenue approved name change will make this legislation put more Americans back to work any sooner than the first try last year.

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Kerry Picket

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Kerry Picket, a former Opinion Blogger/Editor of The Watercooler, was associate producer for the Media Research Center, a content producer for Robin Quivers of "The Howard Stern Show" on Sirius satellite radio and a production assistant and copy writer at MTV.

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