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House Proceeding 12-03-09 on Dec 3rd, 2009 :: 1:35:25 to 1:53:30
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Greg Walden

1:35:21 to 1:35:44( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: facing. so, this will conclude the progressives' hour and the progressive message and we'll see you next week. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. under the speaker's announced

Greg Walden

1:35:25 to 1:53:30( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Greg Walden

Greg Walden

1:35:45 to 1:36:05( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: policy of january 6, 2009, the gentleman from walton is recognized for 60 minutes. as the designee of the minority leader. mr. much, mr. speaker, i appreciate

Greg Walden

1:36:06 to 1:36:26( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: that and ask that my -- that i may revise and extend my remarks as necessary. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. walden: republicans come to you today to talk about some of the same things my colleague who just finished was talking about. we're going to try to liven it up a little bit because you see, democrats have controlled

Greg Walden

1:36:27 to 1:36:49( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: the congress for the last three year, not the last 10 months or 11 month but the last three years. but in the last 11 months, americans he lost 2.9 million jobs. you see, they passed this so-called stimulus and they rammed it through in record time. it's one of those, you know, 1,000-page bills that probably nobody had a chance to read

Greg Walden

1:36:50 to 1:37:10( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: before it got societied on, and then they passed it. the theory was if th passed it into law that unemployment wouldn't top out over 8%. that was their promise. that's what the democrats promised, that -- pass the stimulus and unemploy we'll solve it. it'll be no more than 8%. that's what their department of

Greg Walden

1:37:11 to 1:37:32( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: labor, the obama department of labor said right here, obama focast with stimulus, right here is where unemployment would be. this is without the stimulus. where unemployment would be at this point, these were their number, this is what they promised the american peopl this is what they said, now let's look at what really happened, however.

Greg Walden

1:37:33 to 1:37:53( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: unemployment started out here in january of this year, 2009. whoa. up it goes. how high, nobody knows, but it goes on up and up and up over 10%. over 10%. now, who's benefiting from that? well, let's first of all look at "the washington post" today,

Greg Walden

1:37:54 to 1:38:14( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: and right here on "the washington post" newspaper in the nation's capital. the top story is stimulus is boom for fellow contractors. fms help spend the money. and let me read the story here. as struggling communities throughout the country wait for

Greg Walden

1:38:15 to 1:38:35( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: more help from the $787 billion stimulus package, one region is already basking in largess th that is metropolitan washington, d.c. that's right. come on down. you are the winner, washington, d.c., once again, the federal government is the winner.

Greg Walden

1:38:36 to 1:38:58( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: reports from stimulus recipients show that a sizeable sum have gone to federal contractors in the washington area who are helping implement the initiative. in fac hefty slice of the money to help spend the rest of it. now, if you want jobs

Greg Walden

1:38:59 to 1:39:20( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: washington, d.c.- government contractors, i don't know how that is sustainable. the red line is not getting lower. it's getting higher. we would have been better off under the president's proposal, the democrat's plan on the all.

Greg Walden

1:39:21 to 1:39:41( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: if they look at what they predicted versus what reality is. if you want to talk about healthy rural areas is, one of the people that's been involved in the government here tells the "post," the reason this money is being spent back here in the washington, d.c., area is i'm not sure if i've heard of a government contract supporter in washington. well, maybe that's part of the

Greg Walden

1:39:42 to 1:40:05( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: problem. maybe if we had some of this actually flowing out to people who need the help and not government maybe things would be better. so where is the money going and where are the jobs? now, we know that on february 25 in an interview with abc's

Greg Walden

1:40:06 to 1:40:26( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: "good morning roberts, joe biden said, and i quote, we got to make sure this is done by the numbers, man. we h know where the money is going. this cannot be squandered. we have an opportunity to get the nation back to work and back on its feet and the first piece of that is generating some economic growth here. we have to do it right.

Greg Walden

1:40:27 to 1:40:47( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: now, that was february 25. now, again, here's where they said we'd be without the stimulus. here's where they said we'd be with the stimulus. here's where we are. here's where and my colleague who spoke earlier about the horrible problem of unemployment, and it

Greg Walden

1:40:48 to 1:41:10( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: is. my home state of oregon has suffered mightily. but this stimulus hasn't produced jobs out there. it may have produced them to ntractors back here, but not out there. so where are the jobs and where's the money going? we were promised, the american taxpayers, when we borrowed all this money from china we were promised that we'd kn

Greg Walden

1:41:11 to 1:41:31( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: by golly this is going to be accounted for. everybody's going to know. everybody's going to know. in fact, in a speech on the stimulus at the brookings institute on september 3 of this year, the vice president, joe biden, said, and i quote, everybody has to account for the money they got beginning october 1. it's going to go up on a big old website. we have a new modern website

Greg Walden

1:41:32 to 1:41:52( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: that's going to blow you away in terms so here's the vice president says first of all that we got to make the numbers, man. we got to make sure people know where the money is going. this can't be squandered. we have an opportunity to get

Greg Walden

1:41:53 to 1:42:14( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: the nation back to work and on s feet a that is generating some economic growth here and we have to do it right. and then he said we are going to track it all. we have a new modern website that's going to blow you away. everybody has to ac the money they got beginning october 1. it's

Greg Walden

1:42:15 to 1:42:37( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: old website. we have a new modern website that's going to blow you away in terms of how detailed it is. well, here's a guy who knows what happens with federal money. we all know this guy. you've seen him on tv. he says, "free government money, buy my book.

Greg Walden

1:42:38 to 1:43:02( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: get the free government money." you think even lesko could so let's look at what happened to some of the money. because i think americans ar asking, "where's all this money $787 billion. where did the money go?

Greg Walden

1:43:03 to 1:43:23( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: new orleans times wspaper says louisiana has seven congressional districts. so louisiana's visiting recovery.gov, that's the website the vice president said would blow you away with the details, would find themselves not skeptical but truly puzzled that it is headed to

Greg Walden

1:43:24 to 1:43:44( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: louisiana's eighth congressional district. $2.8 million to the 22nd district. $1.8 million to the 12th district. and lesser money to the 14th, 32nd, and even the dubleo district. now, let me go back.

Greg Walden

1:43:45 to 1:44:07( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: the 26th district, the 45th district, the 14th, the 42nd, the double o. t districts in louisiana. and the website that the vice president said would really blow us away, list all these grants, this money is going to

Greg Walden

1:44:08 to 1:44:28( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: exist. so "the times-picayune," this is the fancy website that joe biden would blow us all away -- and boy ihas -- the communications director for this fancy new website that's going to detail everything, how will this work? this is the great accountability model of

Greg Walden

1:44:29 to 1:44:49( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: transparency of the democrats. he said, we rely on self-reporting from recipients for the federal money. it is transferred to recovery.gov and no one -- get this -- no one checks to verify its accuracy or to take note to the fact that utah -- here's

Greg Walden

1:44:50 to 1:45:11( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: another example -- really do congressional districts. utah has three congressional districts. south dakota, well, they had a 10th congressional district of south dakota. see, folks, south dakota has one congressional district. louisiana doesn't have 15 congressiol districts. it has seven.

Greg Walden

1:45:12 to 1:45:32( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: so even lesco here could know. we get back here on some examples of some of that free money quote-unquote that went out. in my home state of oregon, we have actually five -count them on one hand he congressional districts. that's one, two, three, four, five. and yet on this fancy new

Greg Walden

1:45:33 to 1:45:54( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: website that's supposed to trac organizations said, wait a minute, there district in oregon or a 14th or 60th. and this is transpa accountability in a record amou spent?

Greg Walden

1:45:55 to 1:46:15( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: now, frankly, being an egonian and having five sdricks, i kind of like the notion that we are going to add even the people that live there, that gives us -- cloudier in the congress and that's ok with me. you are talking about taxpayers' money here and it's not creating jobs.

Greg Walden

1:46:16 to 1:46:36( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: now, they went on to say that we are not certifying the accuracy of the information. so you have the vice president who is telling us, man, this website is going to blow you away, we got to make sure people know where the money's going, everybody has to be accountable. this is accountability?

Greg Walden

1:46:37 to 1:46:57( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: oh, and by the way, these are the folks -- this is the same government that's going to take over your health care and take over energy production and they can't even manage a guest list for a dinner party at the white house. this is what we're getting, folks, with too much government. we know what the problem is, according to pound, and we are trying to fix it

Greg Walden

1:46:58 to 1:47:18( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: ask why recipients would pluck random numbers like 26, 45 or 14 to fill in for their director of communications replied, who knows, man? who really knows? that was his answer. there are 130,000 reports out there, he said. ok. so we have an issue with

Greg Walden

1:47:19 to 1:47:42( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: reporting. now, let's go back to our friend, lesco, because everybody knows him. anybody that watches tv, you see lesco show up and says, where's the government money? get my c.d. buy it and you can get government money. well, talladega county in alabama, reported t

Greg Walden

1:47:43 to 1:48:03( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: created - this is frugal now - 5,000 jobs from only $42,000 in stimulus money. now, as a journalism major, not a math major, but 5,000 jobs from $42,000, that's $8.40 a job. this is a record. no.

Greg Walden

1:48:04 to 1:48:24( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: but wait, it gets better. the belmonts metropolitan housing authority in ohio reporting 1,020 jobs saved or created from $1.3 million from h.u.d. that's $80.46 per job. but the winner, the winner -- the lesco wib winner for

Greg Walden

1:48:25 to 1:48:48( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: effiency goes to sheldon state university college in alabama, 14,500 jobs saved or created with $27,000 from the g.a.o. that's $1.86 per job. now, that's a bargain. builders of arkansas reported 3,000 jobs from $11 million.

Greg Walden

1:48:49 to 1:49:10( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: $1,366 a it's not even being reported accurately. and yet we're saddling our kids with this enormous debt. so let's look at a few other examples. the earl e. devainy, the top monitor of the stimulus in the ballparks, quote, acknowledged

Greg Walden

1:49:11 to 1:49:31( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: that he, too, found dubious the 640,000 jobs figured touted by the obama administration proof that the stimulus was working and there were too many errors to accurately offer that estimate. now, he's the one who actually is the watchdog and that's what he told "the new york times."

Greg Walden

1:49:32 to 1:49:52( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: now, how many americans does it take to fill in a $890 shoe order? on the recovery.gov site an $890 shoe order for the army corps of engineers created nine new jobs at moore shoes and servicing in kentucky. really? head start in augusta, georgia.

Greg Walden

1:49:53 to 1:50:14( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: they claimed they created 317 job with a $790,000 grant. now, i happen to be a supporter of head start but it's this reporting issue and whether you are creating sustainable jobs. actually, the money went to pay for pay hikes for workers. that would be a bonus. so republicans stand up here

Greg Walden

1:50:15 to 1:50:35( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: and we hear our colleagues on the other side of the aisle say, you know, we need a new jobs summit. we need an economic stimulus. we need an economic stimulus ii because we got to get back to work and lord knows we do. but that's what they said the last time and they've been in charge for three years around these halls.

Greg Walden

1:50:36 to 1:50:57( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: and we've never had greater debt, morgovernment takeover and more to come, and record unemployment. there is a 10.2% unemployment. it hasn't gone down since they enacted their proposal. it's gone up, up, up, up. and americans are paying the price. and our kids and grandkids are

Greg Walden

1:50:58 to 1:51:18( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: going to pay the price on debt. now, how about that alabama housing authority claim of 5400, 70 dollar grant would create 7,280? that's what they reported, 7,280. they created 14 at best. 14 at best.

Greg Walden

1:51:19 to 1:51:39( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: now, you go back to these congressional districts that have been identified here that don'exist. you remember back to the new deal when wanted to increase the supreme court from seven to nine members so that he could -- so that he could get a majority? well, it appears this administration takes it one step further, forgetting to add

Greg Walden

1:51:40 to 1:52:01( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: the two more justices, let's just add 25 districts. maybe make it 50 new congressional districts because that's what you'd think happen here when this is your reporting. far from accountable. and this is big stuff. we make a little light of this today perhaps but this is big stuff because this is debt.

Greg Walden

1:52:02 to 1:52:22( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: in your checking acc spend. this is like you went to the bank and borrowed this money and shoved it ou reco know where it went. you don't even know where it went. i suppose he's going to come out with a new d.v.d. soon that says, ask the government for free money and i'll tell you where it went.

Greg Walden

1:52:23 to 1:52:45( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: i've found it. it's gone. i mean, i just -- i just don't know -- and then the next stimulus bill, are we going to create like whole new states? maybe that's what we should do. when we're done creating new congressional districts, we should get new states. if you like massachusetts, how about new massachusetts? minnesota, how about south

Greg Walden

1:52:46 to 1:53:09( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: minnesota or north minnesota, east minnesota? . six little mini al frankens going on in districts that don't exist and create 100,000 new jobs, who could find the voters who say we didn't? they'd love it in duluth.

Greg Walden

1:53:10 to 1:53:30( Edit History Discussion )

Greg Walden: they say, thanks for the jobs. this is crazy, this is just kay sy where it's going. i see i've been joined by my friend and colleague from oio, mr. latourette. this is a report that came out in a newspaper here, the "examiner," inflated jobs by state. it shows drainage ditch number

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