RNC launches Web campaign to knock Obama on third anniversary of stimulus

“Three years ago today, President Obama signed his ‘stimulus’ into law, and it’s clear, by Obama’s own standards, that his signature economic plan has been an abject failure,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus in a statement.

“The president promised the nearly trillion-dollar stimulus would ‘immediately’ produce millions of ‘shovel-ready’ jobs. Yet last year, President Obama admitted what was already obvious: Those jobs ‘were not as shovel-ready as we expected.’ Furthermore, he promised the unemployment rate would not exceed 8 percent, yet 36 months later we’ve seen the longest period of high unemployment since the Great Depression.”

{mosads}It’s that theme that the RNC’s Web video hammers home, with a dramatic score playing under a montage of Obama administration officials admitting that the economy continues to struggle.

“His most important promise became America’s biggest punch line. An $825 billion stimulus filled with waste and money spent overseas. An unemployment rate changing because millions have just given up hope, and an economy that has forgotten what ‘normal’ used to be,” onscreen text reads.

Republicans are also urging supporters to chronicle examples they’ve observed of the stimulus not working with the hashtag #Stimulusfail.

The GOP hopes to turn attention back to the struggling economy after social issues have dominated the news cycle in recent weeks, believing that the president’s jobs record still represents the best argument for Republicans in the coming election.

Democrats insist that the stimulus program was essential to halting the economic crisis that resulted from the collapse of the housing market in 2008, and that lowering unemployment figures and an improving economic picture can be credited to stimulus spending.


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