Indiana Has Lost Thousands of Jobs Because of Policies Donnelly Supported

By Kemberlee Kaye, 11/02/12

Like many of his Democrat colleagues, Joe Donnelly voted for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly referred to as the Stimulus Bill, the bill that wasted close to one trillion in tax payer dollars and never produced the promised results.

Donnelly promised that by passing the Stimulus Bill, Indiana would benefit. The Stimulus Bill, "would create or save 3.5 million jobs," he said, "75,000 in Indiana and 7,900 in North Central Indiana. The jobs will be created in a wide range of industries from clean energy to health care, with over 90 percent in the private sector," he promised. 

Did Donnelly deliver? Is Indiana better off because of the policies Donnelly supported? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of March, Indiana lost 8,888 jobs since the Stimulus bill passed. Even more concerning is that there are more than 100,000 fewer participants in the labor force. Data released in September indicates the lowest work force participation rate in Indiana since the Stimulus was passed, with no evidence of a trend in the right direction.

To add insult to injury, Donnelly was praised by President Obama for his support of the Stimulus Bill, a bill that left Indiana worse off than before. Thankfully, Hoosiers have a choice. They don't have to settle for the failed policies of President Obama and Joe Donnelly. Indiana needs Richard Mourdock.