Rep. Price: "It Didn't Take A Genius" To Know The (Successful) Recovery Act Would Fail

February 22, 2010 11:56 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

Congressional Republicans have spent most of the past year attacking the Obama administration's top legislative achievement, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (better known as the stimulus), as a "failure."  But, lately, powerful evidence has piled up that the recovery effort is working.  The leading, independent economic research firms estimate that the bill has created at least 1.6-1.8 million jobs so far.  The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office puts the number even higher, at up to 2.4 million.  Consequently, Republicans are finally being forced to defend, and even revise, their debunked talking points.   

However, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) isn't backing down.  During an interview on CSPAN's "Newsmakers" yesterday, Price repeated the GOP's familiar "where are the jobs?" trope, saying that "they clearly haven't been created" by the stimulus.  He added, "it didn't take a genius to figure out what was going to happen with that program, and that it wasn't going to be successful."  Watch:


Of course, public confusion aside, Price really doesn't have any basis for his attack. Today, Bloomberg News is reporting that "more than 100 congressional Republicans" who voted against the package have sought recovery funding for their districts.  And, on many occasions, the bill's opponents have explicitly claimed credit for its success. 

In the congressman's words, "it doesn't take a genius to figure out" that Price and his party were wrong all along.