by elpresidente | 12:44 pm, February 17, 2010 | Comments Off
Michelle Malkin took a look back at the very start–before the first Tea Parties–when bloggers in cities like Seattle and Denver helped launch the organized protests that preceded but foreshadowed the Tea Party movement (and refute the ignorant or disingenuous claim that these protests were astroturf campaigns). Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds collected a great roundup of links to the Denver anti-porkulus rally one year ago today (today’s post features the same pic from PPC).
GOP Chairman Dick Wadhams had this to say in today’s press release looking back at the platitudes offered by top Democrats in support of the stimulus bill signing:
With great fanfare and extravagant claims, Mayor John Hickenlooper, Senator Michael Bennet and Governor Bill Ritter joined President Barack Obama to sign the 1,100 page, $787 billion “stimulus” bill into law one year ago today in Denver.
“President Obama asked Coloradans to ‘hold us accountable’ one year ago today and now it’s time to do so,” said Colorado Republican State Chairman Dick Wadhams. “Mayor Hickenlooper, Senator Bennet and Governor Ritter are just as responsible as President Obama for this failed ‘stimulus’ bill that has done nothing but drive up unemployment and the federal debt.”
“One year ago, President Obama, Mayor Hickenlooper, Senator Bennet and Governor Ritter claimed that the ‘stimulus’ bill would create 60,000 jobs in Colorado but the fact is Colorado has lost 76,000 jobs over the past year,” Wadhams said. “President Obama’s own ‘stimulus’ website claimed 8,094 jobs were ‘created or saved’ in 2009 but at least 1,000 of these alleged jobs were proven to be phony.”
“Here in Colorado, more than $247,000 in ‘stimulus’ funds were used for signs promoting Governor Bill Ritter at highway construction sites,” Wadhams said. “Those signs might have stimulated Bill Ritter’s ego but they did nothing to add jobs.”
“One year ago, President Obama, Mayor Hickenlooper, Senator Bennet and Governor Ritter said 3.5 million jobs would be created by the end of 2010,” Wadhams said. “But 2.8 million jobs have been lost since he made that promise.”
“One year ago, President Obama, Mayor Hickenlooper, Senator Bennet and Governor Ritter said the unemployment rate would remain under 8 percent because of the ‘stimulus’ bill,” Wadhams said. “One year later the unemployment rate is 9.7 percent and at 16.7 percent when underemployed and discouraged workers are included.
Colorado Republicans paid for full page ads in the Denver Post and the now-defunct Rocky Mountain News one year ago warning that the ‘stimulus’ bill was a misguided Washington solution full of irresponsible federal spending that would fail.
“Everything we warned about one year ago has proven to be true while the Obama-Hickenlooper-Bennet-Ritter ‘stimulus’ bill has been a miserable failure,” Wadhams said.
The Denver Post also notes the anniversary with links to coverage of the stimulus bill’s impact in Colorado.
Praise for PPC From Our Lefty "Fan"
- "Zany-ass bombast-entertainment...Hackneyed weirdo communist pseudo-nostalgia" --Alan Franklin, ProgressNow
- PPC Training for Activists
UPDATE: Something apparently got messed up with the PayPal buttons during this past weekend’s database glitch – fixed now. Yes, it’s that time again — PPC will be conducting training classes for center-right activists on Saturday, April 20 and Saturday, April 27, at Independence Institute in Denver. The tentative class schedule is as follows: Saturday, [...]
- Holder’s First Letter to Paul Precipitates the Best Filibuster Ever
- The Lamest Twitter Argument Ever Offered?
- Return of the PPC Re-Education Camps – You Know You Want to Be There
- Supreme Courts Blesses Warrantless Surveillance of Citizens in a Kafkaesque Farce
- GOP Elite and the Ruling Class
- Do We Now Get to Call Joe Salazar a “Rapist”?