Republican Senate Leader Makes Case For More Stimulus

This post originally appeared at Campaign for America’s Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture. I am a Fellow with CAF.
At TPM, in Republicans Struggle To Square Spending Cuts With Job Losses, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell explained why we need more stimulus:

“If government spending would stimulate the economy, we’d be in the middle of a boom,” he said.

Now, look at this chart of job growth/loss by month:


In this chart, the RED lines — the ones that keep doing DOWN — show what happened to jobs under the policies of Bush and the Republicans. We lost lots and lots of jobs. The BLUE lines — the ones that just go up — show what happened to jobs when the stimulus was in effect. We stopped losing jobs and started gaining jobs. The TAIL — the leveling off on the right side of the chart — show what happened as the stimulus ran out. Job creation leveled off.
It looks a lot like the stimulus created a boom, compared to what was going on before the stimulus.
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