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March 9, 2011

Republican Senate Leader Makes Case For More Stimulus

-- by Dave Johnson

This post originally appeared at Campaign for America's Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture. I am a Fellow with CAF.

At TPM, in Republicans Struggle To Square Spending Cuts With Job Losses, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell explained why we need more stimulus:

"If government spending would stimulate the economy, we'd be in the middle of a boom," he said.

Now, look at this chart of job growth/loss by month:


In this chart, the RED lines -- the ones that keep doing DOWN -- show what happened to jobs under the policies of Bush and the Republicans. We lost lots and lots of jobs. The BLUE lines -- the ones that just go up -- show what happened to jobs when the stimulus was in effect. We stopped losing jobs and started gaining jobs. The TAIL -- the leveling off on the right side of the chart -- show what happened as the stimulus ran out. Job creation leveled off.

It looks a lot like the stimulus created a boom, compared to what was going on before the stimulus.


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Posted by Dave Johnson at March 9, 2011 1:50 PM


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