U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) issued the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the Obama Administration's "Recovery Summer," a six-week public relations campaign orchestrated by the White House to celebrate the "success" of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Obama's signature $1 trillion stimulus program:
"On June 17, 2010, the White House kicked-off of its "Recovery Summer" campaign with the stated goal of showcasing the "surge in Recovery Act infrastructure projects' and "the jobs they'll create well into the fall and through the end of the year.'
"Unfortunately, the summer of recovery turned into the autumn of angst and then into the winter of our discontent. The jobs promised were not produced; the goals made were never met.
"In fact, the unemployment rate last summer reached an astounding 9.7 percent, while today it stands at 9.1 percent. In the last 12 months, entrepreneurs have started up the fewest new U.S. businesses in more than a decade, and since the passage of the 2009 stimulus, the U.S. economy has lost 1.9 million jobs.
"With nearly 14 million Americans out of work, and millions more underemployed, an increasingly frustrated public has grown tired of the political spin and public relations gimmicks.
"Part of the Republican proposal to recover our struggling economy includes efforts to empower small business owners and reduce regulatory burdens; fix the tax code to help job creators; increase competitiveness for American manufacturers; maximize domestic energy production to ensure an energy policy for the 21st century; and pay down America's unsustainable debt burden and start living within our means.
"It's time for solutions, not slogans. It's time to create the opportunities within the private sector that will encourage growth and investment and unleash the entrepreneurial spirit that has been stifled by uncertainty for far too long."