Scott Brown and stimulus

I guess Scott Brown has decided to go back to the well:

“China invests 9 percent of its GDP in infrastructure,” Warren says in the ad. “America? We’re at just 2.4 percent. We can do better.”

Brown says that if the United States were to spend 9 percent of its gross domestic product on infrastructure, it would cost $1 trillion annually. He likens Warren’s plan to Obama’s $789 billion stimulus program, which is being hammered by negative ads from the Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee.

“She’s comparing us to China, and actually wants us to do another stimulus bill,” Brown said. “The first one didn’t work, and led to higher unemployment. And where are we going to find the money?”

When Brown first ran for the Senate he claimed that the stimulus package didn’t create one job, which Politifact declared a pants on fire lie (although right after he was elected he worried that Governor Patrick wasn’t spending the stimulus fast enough). Not content with one big lie, he went with another:

“It’s not a government-created job that’s going to get us out of this economic mess,” said Brown, a Republican. “It’s people like this who are working very hard to create small-business jobs.”

Brown’s tour has an added edge.

He wants to lash Warren to President Obama’s statement last month that “if you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that; somebody else made that happen.” The president was reiterating a theme central to Warren’s campaign, that infrastructure lays the groundwork for businesses to thrive.

But Republicans have seized on Obama’s phrasing to portray Democrats as hostile to private enterprise. Late last month, Mitt Romney, who employs the same political strategists as Brown, launched a “We Did Build This” tour to praise business owners for their ingenuity.

As many noted, including me, this statement by Obama was taken so far out of context that anyone who uses it is an obvious liar and you would think the Globe would mention that Romney’s tour used business owners that were successful partially with the explicit help of the government.

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