Mrs. McMORRIS RODGERS. I want to join the chorus asking, Where are the jobs?
When the stimulus was passed a year ago, we were promised--promised--that jobs would be saved. Instead, we've seen 3 1/2 million people lose their jobs. We were promised unemployment wouldn't go above 8 percent, and yet it's hovering at 10 percent.
Defenders of the stimulus bill argue that the situation would be much worse if the stimulus had never taken effect. But many economists are starting to ask a different question: Could it be that the stimulus itself is adding to job losses?
Today's Wall Street Journal features an op-ed by Robert Barro, who is a professor of economics at Harvard University. He argues that the forgotten element in the stimulus debate is whether the government's spending reduced or enhanced private spending and whether public sector hiring lowered or raised private hiring. He argues that opening the spigots of government spending has actually had a negative impact on our economy.
To quote Mr. Barro: ``Viewed over 5 years, the stimulus package is a way to get an extra $600 billion of public spending at the cost of $900 billion in private expenditure.''
This is a bad deal.