Campaign 2010

Dec 02, 2009

Extreme Hypocrisy: Dan Lungren Edition

Congressman Dan Lungren is no stranger to hypocrisy on the stimulus package, but his comments in a recent interview make it clear he’s gunning to be featured on Extreme Hypocrisy: Dan Lungren Edition.

 

Despite a non-partisan analysis that shows up to 1.6 million jobs created, Lungren actually claimed that the stimulus package “didn’t work.”  Lungren also called the economic recovery package a “terrible tragedy” and noted that, despite his feelings, he’s “held [his] tongue on this.”

 

“Congressman Lungren’s recent statements about the economic recovery package not only reek of hypocrisy, but also fly in the face of reality,” said Andy Stone, Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  “His comments about the economic recovery package show just how out of touch Dan Lungren is.”

 

For months, despite his multiple votes against the stimulus, Lungren has claimed credit for stimulus-funded projects – a package he now calls a terrible tragedy. 

 

Although Lungren issued countless press releases and was quoted in news stories outlining his position on the economic recovery package, Lungren actually tried to claim he’s held his tongue about the stimulus package and its effects. 

 

And, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office in an analysis released on Monday, the economic recovery package has generated up to 1.6 million jobs, lowered the nation’s unemployment rate up to 0.9 percent and boosted the economy by up to 3.2 percent.

 

Background

 

  • In a recent interview with the Folsom Telegraph, Congressman Dan Lungren said, “Obviously, (the stimulus package) didn’t work,” and went on to say of the stimulus, “It was a terrible tragedy in the midst of an economic downturn. We poured kerosene on the fire. I’ve held my tongue on this, but we’ve got to get our priorities in order.” [Folsom Telegraph, 12/2/09]

 

  • A report released this week by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office found that the stimulus package created between 600,000 and 1.6 million jobs, lowered the nation’s unemployment rate by between 0.3 and 0.9 percentage points and boosted the economy by between 1.2 percent and 3.2 percent. [Bloomberg, 12/1/09]

 

  • Lungren called a $127 million stimulus grant for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District a solution to “energy, environmental and national security issues. [Sacramento Bee, 10/28/09]

 

  • According to KXJZ-FM Sacramento, Lungren appeared at an event to note the beginning of a stimulus-funded road construction project in Sacramento County, commenting, “…if there’s one thing we agree on with this spending package, it is for simple infrastructure.” [KXJZ-FM Sacramento, 8/4/09]

 

  • Lungren called the economic recovery package a “missed opportunity,” said he was, “…disappointed with the passage of this ill advised bill.” [Lungren press release, 2/09; accessed 12/2/09]

 

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