Scaringi Says Casey’s Vote for Stimulus II Shows He’s Learned Nothing from Recent History

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania — Marc Scaringi, candidate for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate from Pennsylvania, said today that Senator Bob Casey’s vote for President Obama’s $447 billion Stimulus II proves that he has learned nothing from recent history. “At a time when our country is experiencing the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, Senator Casey has proven once again that he’s stuck in the old liberal mantra of tax-and-spend, when it’s been shown time and again to harm economic growth.”

Since Senator Casey took office in 2007, the nation’s budget deficit went from $162 billion to $455 billion the following year, and has hovered around $1.5 trillion for each of the last three years. The reason for the astounding level of deficit spending is not hard to find. Casey voted for the $870 billion Stimulus Bill of 2009, the bank and auto bailouts, the bailouts of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and for Obamacare. All told, federal discretionary spending went up 24% under President Obama and the Democratic Congress, while the unemployment rate has stayed above 9% for the longest period of time since the Great Depression. “Senator Casey’s answer to our nation’s economic challenges is to spend $447 billion more that we do not have and to raise taxes on the job creators. The difference between Senator Casey’s beliefs and the solutions that I am offering is vast. He believes government knows best how to manage the economy, and I believe in the American people’s ability to build, to innovate, and to grow the economy. The federal government needs to roll back the onslaught of job-crushing regulations, including Dodd-Frank and Obamacare, lower the taxes on work, savings, and investment, and get out of the way. Then our businesses will be able to breathe, grow, hire, and prosper.”

Scaringi added, “Senator Casey came out early in 2008 as a supporter of Barack Obama’s candidacy for President. He’s remained committed to the cause since then, having voted with President Obama 97% of the time. He kept that record going with his vote for Stimulus II last night. It’s time to replace President Obama and Senator Casey, along with their Obama-Casey agenda, and implement policies that reward economic growth and job creation.”

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