How Etheridge’s Washington Letter Compares to Real World Facts…
In his latest newsletter to voters – again paid for with taxpayers’ money – Bob Etheridge is making claims that are simply not supported by the facts.
For instance, in his email this week Congressman Etheridge said, “My top priorities in the U.S. House of Representatives have been jobs, jobs, and jobs.”
If he was really in touch with the economic situation in the district – and the nation – he would know the state of the job market has only suffered as a result of his votes for Obama’s so-called ‘Stimulus Plan,’ Obamacare and billions of additional Democratic spending on failed policies. He would also know that the middle class – he claims to be working for – is suffering greatly in today’s economy.
Congressman Etheridge boasts in his email, “A tax credit that I proposed was made law and is already being used to support new jobs, like the new textile jobs at Parkdale Mills in Sanford. According to the U.S. Treasury Department, it is supporting 4.5 million new workers across the country.”
But according to a USA Today report, Assistant Treasury Secretary Alan Krueger told reporters, ”I would say the jury is completely out on the number of jobs that will be created.”
According to the same report, Andy Warlick, CEO of Parkdale Mills in Sanford, N.C., said he recently hired 30 workers who qualify for the tax credits, but said the credit had no impact on those additions.
Bob Etheridge says he has been working to provide tax cuts to small businesses, but he does not mention the effect the huge additional tax burden the health care bill and record deficit spending will have on those small businesses.
Bob Etheridge says he is working to “promote an American Manufacturing Jobs agenda” to keep jobs from moving overseas, but he voted for permanent most favored nation trade status for China even though the trade deficit with China equals 2.4 million lost jobs (6200 in our district). He does not mention that the United States’ forty percent corporate taxes are third highest in the world, while Communist China’s is around twenty-five percent . Bob Etheridge has been part of the jobs killing Washington establishment that has chased business away with their tax policies and unfavorable trade deals.
Bob Etheridge says he is proud of his work to “keep corporate special interests from preying on working families,” but he voted to use the tax dollars of hard working Americans to bailout those banks and Wall Street fat cats while the middle class continued to suffer and shrink. Bob Etheridge did not suffer though. He profited quite handsomely for the favors he showed to special interests.
Washington politician Bob Etheridge says we need budget discipline, but in Congress he’s voted for the largest deficit spending the country has ever seen.
Just like the taxpayer money Bob Etheridge voted to spend on highway signs praising the Obama stimulus plan, and the $700,000 he just defended spending on television ads defending Obamacare, Bob Etheridge has no problem spending tax dollars to try to justify his support of failed policies and record deficit spending. But the facts are not on his side and no matter how many taxpayer funded letters he sends to district voters, he will not be able to run away from his record.