Rep. Kline Repeats False Claims About The Republicans' Stimulus Plan

July 09, 2009 3:30 pm ET

In a column at America's Right, Rep. John Kline (R-MN) repeated the previously debunked claim that the Republicans' stimulus proposal would have created "twice the jobs for half the price."

Rep. Kline Falsely Claimed Republican Stimulus Would Have Created "Twice The Jobs For Half The Price"

Rep. Kline: "Republicans are committed to pro-growth policies that will get our economy back on track without saddling future generations with unmanageable debt. We offered a stimulus plan that would have created twice the jobs for half the price." [America's Right, 7/9/09]

As Media Matters Action Network previously noted, the GOP got its "twice the jobs" claim by misusing a formula in an academic paper that they later admitted they weren't able to understand in the first place.

GOP Admitted Jobs Figure Was "Speculative" And "Dictated By Assumptions." In a document released to explain the mathematical reasoning behind the "6.2 million jobs" claim, Republicans on the House Ways & Means Committee wrote: "Efforts to quantify the extent to which even large spending increases or tax cuts will impact future economic growth and employment are largely speculative, and the conclusions are generally dictated by the assumptions made by the authors." [House Ways and Means Republican Staff via TPM, 1/28/09; emphasis added]

GOP Said Source Document Used "Lacks Critical Details Necessary To Fully Understand." In a document released to explain the mathematical reasoning behind the "6.2 million jobs" claim, Republicans on the House Ways & Means Committee wrote, "they use a multiplier that suggests tax cuts equal to 1% of Gross Domestic Product (or 'GDP' which is a measure of national output) have a less than 1% effect on output, while spending increases of the same size have a greater that 1% effect.  The Romer-Bernstein paper lacks critical details necessary to fully understand their reasoning..." [House Ways and Means Republican Staff via TPM, 1/28/09; emphasis added]

Half the price? In reality, the GOP's plan would have resulted in nearly the same deficit. 

Despite Extreme Cuts In Spending, The GOP's Plan Would Have Resulted Deficits "Not Much Lower Than Democratic Plans." The New York Times reported: "Even with the spending reductions and other changes proposed by the Republicans, their plan would still leave annual deficits of about $500 billion, not much lower than the Democratic plans." [New York Times, 4/02/09]

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