July 18, 2010 by Post Team
Nevada Unemployment:(Huffington Post (blog)) — A TV ad launched against Harry Reid last week highlights an obvious tension, if not outright duplication that exists within the Republican Party over the economic stimulus package approved by the Democrats last year.
On Thursday night, the new conservative group Crossroads – conceived by Karl Rove Republican veteran players and Ed Gillespie – released a television advertisement attacking Senate Majority Leader for, of all things, not enough incentive to bring money problem Nevada.
It’s bad enough that Nevada has the highest unemployment in the nation. And Harry Reid says he is helping the employment situation? Harry really? Recent data show that Nevada ranks 50th on the money received from Harry stimulus bill. That’s right – the Senate leader, Harry Reid, has managed to help his own state than all other states but one. And along with the bailouts, deficits, and ObamaCare, that’s what Harry Reid has done for Nevada. Harry really? That is not Nevada needs a little help.
Coming in the middle of the Nevada Senate race heated, the site is designed to put all the blame for unemployment in Nevada at the feet of Reid. But the numbers are wrong. There are, in fact, 13 states have received less money from the stimulation of Nevada, according to data management.
More important than the wrong message, however, is the audacity of the messengers. American Conservative crossroads is a team led by a number of fierce critics of the Democratic stimulus program. Gillespie, former RNC Chairman and Bush’s hand, has criticized the stimulus package as ineffective and wrong. Karl Rove, another U.S. chief crossroads and confidant of Bush, insisted that in fact the stimulus bill to affect the economy. Now, it seems, who see virtue in the recovery package. If it were not for the inept Harry Reid, the group argues, Nevada would reap more benefits.
Of course, the most fundamental message being advanced by the American Crossroads is that Reid is simply incompetent. How, after all, could not be a majority leader to bring home the bacon to their constituents need? But this is misleading. As The Atlantic Derek Thompson explains: “The Republicans have spent the last three months of blocking an extension awarded to Senator Reid, unemployment insurance, especially help Nevada, and federal contributions are tied to IU state unemployment rate. They are Democrats blocking of unemployment assistance in Washington and Senator Reid to blame for not spending more on the lack of jobs in Reno. ”
In fact, from the perch of Congress and the cable news circuit, Republican lawmakers have howled at the mere suggestion of additional government spending – which reflects concern about rising deficits. But when the debate moves back to the districts or states, the issue is decidedly different. GOP lawmakers have attended opening ceremonies for projects of encouragement, but have hosted job fairs with companies that have received funds for recovery, but have complained about slow distribution of stimulus, and even privately lobbied within government departments incentive funds.
In the end, the Republican Party is not just trying to have its cake and eat it too. They are insisting that the cake has no nutritional value, refusing to cook more, and then criticize the Democrats for not feeding more people.
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