Originally posted on January 26, 2010.
In December, the House passed the second “stimulus” plan. The proposed plan is now before the Senate and will redistribute $174 billion taxpayer money throughout the economy to “create” jobs. The second stimulus, heavily backed by democratic lawmakers, remains unpopular among American citizens that have yet to see any positive effects from the first stimulus. These Americans do not trust Congress to allocate their hard-earned money in an efficient way to help spur job growth. According to a new CNN poll, 3 out of 4 Americans believe that the majority of the money in the first stimulus plan was wasted:
A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Monday morning also indicates that 63 percent of the public thinks that projects in the plan were included for purely political reasons and will have no economic benefit, with 36 percent saying those projects will benefit the economy.
Twenty-one percent of people questioned in the poll say nearly all the money in the stimulus has been wasted, with 24 percent feeling that most money has been wasted and an additional 29 percent saying that about half has been wasted. Twenty-one percent say only a little has been wasted and 4 percent think that no stimulus dollars have been wasted.
A poll by Rasmussen Reports finds that:
56% of Americans oppose the passage of another economic stimulus package.
The majority of Americans recognize that massive increases in government spending are detrimental to the economy. The members of Congress need to be fiscally responsible and representative of their constituents– and stop the continuous passing of wasteful and inefficient bills– or their jobs will be on the line in November.