The new jobs report is set to be released this morning and given the expected 300-400,000 additional jobs lost in the month of June alone, Republican leaders thought they’d get a bloodhound to help them track down all of these stimulus jobs the President keeps telling us he saved or created. The President gave his mission accomplished-style announcement yesterday saying the stimulus had done its job. The only thing missing was a banner that said “Economy Stimulated” stretched across the Treasury Department as a backdrop.
Given that the stimulus has done its job and the mission is accomplished, all of these created jobs should be very easy to find.
Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), the House Republican Leader today released a new web video targeting Washington Democrats’ trillion-dollar “stimulus” bill and asking “where are the jobs?” The tongue-in-cheek web video, inspired by a classic 1984 TV commercial by now-Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), features a job-sniffing GOP bloodhound named Ellie Mae and a down-home voiceover by Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA).
“This is a lighthearted web video, but the underlying point is no laughing matter,” Boehner said. “At a time when Americans are looking to Washington for leadership, the trillion-dollar ‘stimulus’ isn’t working. Americans were promised the ‘stimulus’ would keep the unemployment rate from going above eight percent. It’s now it’s skyrocketing above nine percent. Where are the jobs?”
UPDATE: The U.S. Department of Labor has just released its jobs report. 467,000 jobs were lost in the month of June with unemployment rising to 9.5 percent — the highest level of unemployment in 25 years.
HUMAN EVENTS obtained an early release of the video. The release video description: In the video, job-sniffing bloodhounds follow the “stimulus” money trail across the nation in search of the millions of jobs the Obama Administration promised to “save or create” if the trillion-dollar spending bill were enacted. The trail takes them to AIG Headquarters in New York City, where “stimulus” funds were used to pay big bonuses to top executives; to Wisconsin, where “stimulus” funds are paying for repairs to a bridge that reportedly carries about 260 cars per day, many to a place called Rusty’s Backwater Saloon, according to a June 16 report in the Wall Street Journal; and to North Carolina, where “stimulus” funds were reportedly used by one town to hire a new worker whose job is to apply for more “stimulus” funds from Washington.
“A real ‘stimulus’ would help small businesses across America get back on their feet and create jobs,” Boehner said. “Washington hasn’t tried that yet. Instead we’ve made government bigger, wasted taxpayers’ money, and piled new debt on our children and grandchildren. Republicans have put forth a better solution — a plan that recognizes small business, not government, is the engine of the American economy. We hope Washington Democrats will work with us in the months ahead to make it a reality.”