Transportation Secretary to Stimulus Critics: ‘Baloney! The Stimulus Worked’

October 10, 2012 - 12:14 PM

(CNSNews.com) - U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood stood on the back of a train and lauded stimulus spending, telling critics, “Baloney! The stimulus worked.”

The comment from LaHood followed his remarks about 30 second advertisements “about the fact the stimulus didn’t work.”

“That is what this is about today. A good use of stimulus money and I know they’re not running any thirty second ads up here about the fact the stimulus didn’t work, because people here know better. In some places in the country they’re trying to say to people ‘the stimulus didn’t work’ – Baloney! The stimulus worked, this is it,” LaHood said at the Oct 5th event in Brattleboro.

LaHood was joined by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) at an event recognizing the upgrade work on tracks used by Amtrak’s ‘Vermonter’ line. A portion of video from the event has surfaced online.

According to recovery.gov the website that tracks stimulus spending, the Vermont Department of Transportation received $50 million dollars for the rail upgrade work and the project created 7.82 jobs.

The rail work will also “enable the scheduled running time for the Vermonter to be reduced by about a half hour,” According to a Department of Transportation press release.

The release also claims that the project received $52.7 million in Recovery Act funds.