Found this interesting!
"I am wondering if people really believe that the stimulus was magic and would *poof* make the economy all better."
Obama did claim the stimulus would stabilize unemployment within months and we'd see normalized economic growth by the end of 2009. When that failed to happen he revised normal economic growth to the end of 2010. But here we are at the end of August and he's not made any progress in the area of unemployment yet, much less the economy overall. He claimed it and timing were so critical that he
"I don't believe the stimulus is a "failed" program, but I do believe that the money allocated was far too small to make a quick turn-around in the economy."
I'm curious as to your take on it.
No doubt the stimulus costs are high, but when quoting the CBO figures re: the US's involvement in the Iraq war it appears that he did not take into account other very real costs of the war in Iraq such as care for injured and disabled veterans, which are considerable.
Also, I noticed that he seems to have left off that the US will be paying quite a bit re: the war in the years to come in terms of reconstruction, the troops still there, etc..
I'm not sure why he'd neglect to mention such costs. Do you think that was on purpose, that he assumed readers wouldn't notice?
Personally, I don't think he forgot about such costs, given that apparently he's quite good at his job (ex. in 2008 was named Conservative Journalist of the Year for 2008 by CPAC), but maybe?
Have you heard from US conservatives about the article, and if so, were they offended that costs such as future care and support for injured Iraq veterans was not deemed a cost of the war? Here both liberals and conservatives would be disgusted if someone tried to pull that.
I have to admit, I was kind of surprised to see so much left off of what the author considered to encompass the costs of the US involvement in the war in Iraq.
I'm curious now as to who was his intended audience, because apparently he's a pretty clever guy.
For ex., Americans wouldn't forget or dismiss the costs of caring for injured soldiers, for example, would they? Whether they be conservative or liberal, something like that is too important to dismiss.
Surely there are better ways to make his point that the stimulus is a lot of money?
I'd really love to hear from conservatives on the board re: their take on that.
bwahahahaha....I got a few words past that, to this:
"the message being peddled by lefties"...I know a closed mind pandering to fools when I see one.