Friday, January 22, 2010

America's Mayors Grade The President

This week there has been a meeting in Washington D.C. of about 200 mayors from all around the country. The primary topic of concern was no surprise: Jobs.

While Barry O may want to give himself a B+ as a grade for his performance so far, the mayors on at least one issue give him an F. There was a general consensus that the highly touted stimulus package did just exactly what most average citizens knew it would do.
About 80 percent of stimulus money has gone directly to state governments, they say. Instead of being used to create new jobs, the bulk of the money has been used to save existing state government jobs -- teachers, law enforcement and others -- and for shoring up sagging state budgets.
Still, day after day the talking heads in this administration will trot out their tired talking points about how many jobs have been saved or created, and how we can now see the light at the end of the tunnel, yadda, yadda, yadda.

It now seems apparent that the actions taken by the liberals in Washington have hampered and probably delayed the economic recovery in this country and that light at the end of the tunnel is a freight train headed right for us.
A report issued by the mayors' group this week showed the bulk of the nation's unemployed are in cities. It also predicts that most cities won't see a return to pre-recession employment levels until at least 2013.

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