(Elkhart, IN) – 2nd Congressional District Candidate Jackie Walorski today marked the one year anniversary of the passage of the stimulus package by calling for new leadership in Washington to address the economy.
“Americans are frustrated. They feel duped,” said Walorski. “Joe Donnelly’s vote last year for the stimulus bill came with a price tag of $862 billion dollars or $11,000 for every family in America. We are now at a point where we can begin to ask ‘Was it worth it?’ For most businesses and families in Northern Indiana the answer is a resounding ‘no.’”
Democratic Senator Evan Bayh reinforced that sentiment Monday while announcing his retirement when he said that if he “could create one job in the private sector by helping to grow a business, that would be one more than Congress has created in the last six months.” Unfortunately for families in the 2nd District he may be correct.
Walorski points to her work in the Indiana General Assembly as an example of the kind of economic leadership that is now needed at the federal level. “The people of the 2nd District have a very clear choice to make in terms of representation in Washington when it comes to stewardship of the economy,” said Walorski.
“In Indiana our idea of a stimulus plan has been to create an environment that welcomes businesses to our state, where government doesn’t stand in the way of job growth, and where taxes have been kept low. In Washington on the other hand, Joe Donnelly, Nancy Pelosi and President Obama’s stimulus plan has been to explode spending and leave an enormously burdensome debt with little tangible benefit for working families and small businesses.”
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