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CA 4th District Rep Tom McClintoch Takes Credit for Stimulus Funds

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Tom McClintock, R - CA 4th DistrictLast year when the bill to provide Stimulus funds to halt the economic bleeding caused by the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, Congressional Rep. Tom McClintock (R – 4th District CA) voted no along with every other Republican in the House.

Today, ThinkProgress reports on how Tom McClintock took credit for using Stimulus funds for projects in the district that is providing jobs – even though he voted against the funds that created those jobs.

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) has been a vocal critic of President Obama’s Recovery Act, which was enacted in early 2009 despite McClintock’s “no” vote. The northern California congressman even compared the program to the economic policies of the Soviet Union. “We know of many cases where massive government spending and borrowing has destroyed economies and brought down great nations – one need look no further than the old Soviet Union,” McClintock said.

However, McClintock was more than happy to celebrate a new stimulus-funded drug rehabilitation clinic in Grass Valley recently. Appearing with local officials, McClintock praised the construction of the Community Recovery Resources’ new Center for Hope, which is financed with a 40-year low interest $9,317,000 loan enabled by the stimulus program. “This is your victory,” McClintock told the crowd, shortly after appearing with a ceremonial shovel.

As reporter Brian Hamilton noted, the project is expected to bring 400 construction jobs to the area.

This isn’t the first time McClintock has been caught as a stimulus hypocrite. Last year, California Watch reported that McClintock was among the many anti-stimulus members of Congress to quietly lobby the Obama administration for more funds. McClintock wrote at least five letters asking for money for transportation grants.

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Written by Valerie Curl

July 21, 2011 at 12:26 PM

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  1. First, please get your facts straight: this project was NOT funded with stimulus funds, which the author would have known if he had actually read the USDA press release he referenced. Second, even if it had been funded with stimulus money, Congressman McClintock has been very clear: ARRA has cost every family in his district roughly $9,000 in future taxes and seriously damaged our economy and he has no hesitation in trying to salvage anything he can from this fiasco for the people of this district. This in no way implies that he believes the stimulus bill has been worthwhile. If that $9,000 per family had stayed in his district, a far greater number of worthy projects could have been funded through local revenues generated by a growing economy. Why can’t the Left grasp this?

    Bill George
    Press Secretary
    Tom McClintock
    U.S. Representative, 4th District

    Bill George

    July 22, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    • I realize it is your job to protect and defend your boss, but seriously now!

      Quoting from the USDA report: “Community Recovery Resources, Inc: $9,317,000 loan to construct the Center for Home campus, a substance abuse and mental health recovery center in Grass Valley.”

      So, yes, the project was funded by the ARRA (stimulus funds) at least in part, which was also part of the goal of the stimulus act – to partner with states and communities on projects.

      As for the cost and jobs added value of ARRA, the CBO in mid-May put out a report on it. Quoting the CBO:
      “CBO’s Estimates of ARRA’s Impact on Employment and Economic Output
      Looking at recorded spending to date along with estimates of the other effects of ARRA on spending and revenues, CBO has estimated the law’s impact on employment and economic output using evidence about the effects of previous similar policies and drawing on various mathematical models that represent the workings of the economy. Because those sources indicate a wide range of possible effects, CBO provides high and low estimates of the likely impact, aiming to encompass most economists’ views about the effects of different policies. On that basis, CBO estimates that ARRA’s policies had the following effects in the first quarter of calendar year 2011:
      • They raised real (inflation-adjusted) gross domestic product by between 1.1 percent and 3.1 percent,
      • Lowered the unemployment rate by between 0.6 percentage points and 1.8 percentage points,
      • Increased the number of people employed by between 1.2 million and 3.3 million, and
      • Increased the number of full-time-equivalent (FTE) jobs by 1.6 million to 4.6 million compared with what would have occurred otherwise. (Increases in FTE jobs include shifts from part-time to full-time work or overtime and are thus generally larger than increases in the number of employed workers).”

      If you don’t think those numbers represent success, then you and I have a completely different definition of success. I see every job gained as meaning another family is able to put on the table and keep a roof over their heads; another business making money rather than shutting their doors; and fewer people collecting unemployment. Consider too that only 1/3 of the ARRA actually went to projects. The other two-thirds went to direct tax cuts which people saw in their paychecks and to long term research and investment projects. So, my guess is that your numbers are way off and totally misleading, especially since the direct investments in projects only amounted to approximately $292 billion of the entire package.

      Valerie Curl

      July 22, 2011 at 1:25 PM


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