When President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness met Monday in North Carolina, the president was told that government red tape and the permitting process delays projects and should be more streamlined. The president then commented that, “Shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected.”
While members of the council laughed along with the president, South Carolina Representative Mick Mulvaney reacted differently:
I’ve got 15 percent unemployment in my district. I’m certain those folks weren’t laughing. You sort of get the impression that the president doesn’t really know how to create jobs, doesn’t know how the economy creates jobs, and he’s sort of getting this on-the-job training that’s costing us a trillion dollars. It hurt.
Mulvaney said that when money was talked about being put into building infrastructure in America, most people thought they would get freshly paved roads and new bridges.
Listen, if all the stimulus had gone to actually building the roads and bridges I think we’d have much less debate in this nation. But clearly that’s not what the stimulus was intended to do. There are much more wealth transfer programs than actual roads and bridges. Now the trillion dollars is gone and I’ve still got broken down roads and bridges in my district.
Mulvaney, appearing on FOX News on Tuesday, has a critical view of federal stimulus funds:
The stimulus project was a re-election program for the president, not a jobs program for America. We’ve been saying now that for two years. Unfortunately we’re in the very uncomfortable position now of having said “I told you so”. But sooner or later you’ve got to call it out for what it was. It was not an effective way to put people back to work.
Representative Mulvaney serves on the House Small Business Committee..