Monday, September 27, 2010

Noem Claim Debunked By FactCheck.org

FactCheck.org did what it does, fact checks political claims and this time around they took on the GOP claims that the stimulus didn't add any jobs. Their findings?
Yes, the stimulus legislation increased employment, despite false Republican claims to the contrary
And
Simply put, more people would be unemployed if not for the stimulus bill. The exact number of jobs created and saved is difficult to estimate, but nonpartisan economists say there’s no doubt that the number is positive
Certainly politicians running for office "mis-remembering" facts is nothing new but this time around one of those specifically called out for being a little loose with the truth by the FactCheck folks was none other than our own Kristi Noem.
Kristi Noem, a Republican House candidate from South Dakota, calls the measure a "jobless stimulus."
According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget office, Noem's "jobless stimulus" actually lowered the employment rate between 0.7 and 1.8 percentage points and increased the number of those employed by between 1.4 million and 3.3 million. Not earth shattering by any means but whether or not you think we got enough bang for our buck, it still was not exactly "jobless" like Noem claims.

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