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Obama Acolyte Demands More ‘Stimulus’

Yet another salvo from the vaunted editorial pages of the New York Times:

Wrong Track Distress

By BOB HERBERT

June 28, 2010

It’s getting harder and harder for most Americans, looking honestly at the state of the nation, to see the glass as half full. And that’s why the public opinion polls contain nothing but bad news for Barack Obama and the Democrats.

The oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, the war in Afghanistan and, above all, the continuing epidemic of joblessness have pushed the nation into a funk. All the crowing in the world about the administration’s legislative accomplishments — last year’s stimulus package, this year’s health care reform, etc. — is not enough to lift the gloom.

Given that Mr. Obama’s stimulus package was supposed to create and save millions of jobs by now, and that his ‘healthcare reform’ will not go into effect for years – it’s hard to see how anyone could call them accomplishments.

Unless just ramming through legislation that is barely written, mostly unread and completely misunderstood is supposed to be an accomplish.

Mr. Obama and the Democrats have wasted the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity handed to them in the 2008 election. They did not focus on jobs, jobs, jobs as their primary mission, and they did not call on Americans to join in a bold national effort (which would have required a great deal of shared sacrifice) to solve a wide range of very serious problems, from our over-reliance on fossil fuels to the sorry state of public education to the need to rebuild the nation’s rotting infrastructure.

In other words, Mr. Obama squandered a wonderful crises when he didn’t he didn’t immediately impose an energy tax and he didn’t immediately jack up taxes enough to bailout the public sector unions and their lavish benefits.

All of that could have been pulled together under the umbrella of job creation — short-term and long-term. In the immediate aftermath of Mr. Obama’s historic victory, and with the trauma of the economic collapse still upon us, it would have been very difficult for Republicans on Capitol Hill to stand in the way of a rebuild-America campaign aimed at putting millions of men and women back to work.

Just look at how FDR’s WPA campaign turned this country around in just 15 short years. But could Mr. Obama count on a World War to finally restore employment?

Mr. Obama had campaigned on the mantra of change, and that would have been the kind of change that working people could have gotten behind. But it never happened. Job creation was the trump card in the hand held by Mr. Obama and the Democrats, but they never played it. And now we’re paying a fearful price.

Unless you count tax reductions, there has never been a government plan that created any real jobs to any significant extent. As the German finance minister recently reminded Mr. Obama: “there is no empirical proof that deficits aid growth.”

Fifteen million Americans are unemployed, according to the official count, which wildly understates the reality. Assuming no future economic setbacks and job creation at a rate of 200,000 or so a month, it would take more than a decade to get us back to where we were when the Great Recession began in December 2007. But we’re nowhere near that kind of sustained job growth. Last month, a measly 41,000 private-sector jobs were created.

And Vice President Joe "Bite Me" Biden has assured us that the 8 million jobs lost during he Obama administration will never be recovered.

We are in deep, deep gumbo.

Which would of course be called a racist reference if Mr. Herbert were not himself a liberal black man.

The Obama administration feels it should get a great deal of credit for its economic stimulus efforts, its health care initiative, its financial reform legislation, its vastly increased aid to education and so forth. And maybe if we were grading papers, there would be a fair number of decent marks to be handed out.

But Americans struggling in a down economy are worried about the survival of their families. Destitution is beckoning for those whose unemployment benefits are running out, and that crowd of long-term jobless men and women is expanding rapidly.

But not for government workers and other public sector employees. Where are your priorities, Mr. Herbert?

There is a widespread feeling that only the rich and well-placed can count on Washington’s help, and that toxic sentiment is spreading like the oil stain in the gulf, with ominous implications for President Obama and his party. It’s in this atmosphere that support for the president and his agenda is sinking like a stone.

Again, Mr. Herbert wildly misses the mark. Who can doubt that Mr. Obama sees “the rich” as the enemy? At least any of the rich who do not want to fund his redistributionist agenda.

No, the only people who can count on getting Washington’s help are those who have helped Washington –  or rather, the Democrat Party. And that means the unions and the rest of the DNC’s foot soldiers. Everyone else can sit and starve.

The ‘stimulus,’ indeed every single Obama initiative has one common thread: You have to ‘pay to play,’ baby. Washington, DC is now just the Chicago political machine writ large.

Employment is the No. 1 issue for most ordinary Americans. Their anxiety on this front only grows as they watch teachers, firefighters and police officers lining up to walk the unemployment plank as state and local governments wrestle with horrendous budget deficits.

Again, this is laughably untrue. Those are public union jobs. They will be the last to go on unemployment even if Mr. Obama has to double the federal tax rate (on only ‘the rich,’ of course) to save them.

And what do these worried Americans see the Obama administration doing? It’s doubling down on the war in Afghanistan, trying somehow to build a nation from scratch in the chaos of a combat zone.

Funny how the same liberals who love to cite FDR’s nostrums for our economic recovery refuse to see that wars might actually help stimulate the economy. Without WWII, we might still be enjoying Mr. Roosevelt’s Great Depression.

By nearly 2 to 1, respondents to the most recent New York Times/CBS News poll believed the United States is on the wrong track. Despite the yelping and destructive machinations of the deficit hawks, employment and the economy are by far the public’s biggest concern.

There they go again. Like the rest of the lockstep left, Mr. Herbert is calling for more ‘stimulus,’ more government spending of money we do not have, more income redistribution to Obama’s constituents. None of which will do one thing to grow the real — that is, the non-government — economy.

Mr. Obama is paying dearly for his tin ear on this topic. Fifty-four percent of respondents believed he does not have a clear plan for creating jobs. Only 45 percent approved of his overall handling of the economy, compared with 48 percent who disapproved.

And yet Mr. Herbert is calling for Mr. Obama to (in his words) ‘double-down’ on what has failed so far and to give us even more of the same failed ‘stimulus.’ 

It’s not too late for the president to turn things around, but there is no indication that he has any plan or strategy for doing it. And the political environment right now, with confidence in the administration waning and budgetary fears unnecessarily heightened by the deficit hawks, is not good.

Oh, those crazy “deficit hawks.” Do they think the sky is falling just because we are on the brink of a Greek-like economic meltdown? How absurd.

Obviously, the European Union, even the Red Chinese have no idea what they are talking about. We need to spend like there is no tomorrow. Literally. That always works.

It would take an extraordinary exercise in leadership to rally the country behind a full-bore jobs-creation campaign — nothing short of large-scale nation-building on the home front. Maybe that’s impossible in the current environment. But that’s what the country needs.

Obviously Mr. Herbert is not even in the same zip code as reality.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 29th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Obama Acolyte Demands More ‘Stimulus’”

  1. Right of the People says:

    “Just look at how FDR’s WPA campaign turned this country around in just 15 short years. But could Mr. Obama count on a World War to finally restore employment?”

    Steve, he may be planning on starting one with the help of the mad mullahs in Iran and the myopic midget in Ping Pong North Korea. Not too hard to go from a war footing to martial law for National Security reasons you know.

    • proreason says:

      There shouldn’t be any mercy for Republicans if they fail to go full-bore with free-markets and low-taxes when we take power back from these criminals.

      There is no need whatsoever to compromise about what we know will work…because the marxist criminals sure as hell aren’t compromising about their insane evil strategies.

      It doesn’t matter how disastrous their policies are, they just double down, every stingle stinking time. And I’m not just talking about the last 18 months. I’m talking about the last 10 thousand years.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Of WWII, my mom told me that it actually increased the problems. Of what little they had, there was less. Less gasoline, less rubber, less salt, sugar, basic needs. “Victory Gardens” was the euphemism for “grow your own, cuz the stores ain’t gittin’ none” and for obvious reasons. Everything was rationed.

      On the good side, the industrialization of this nation on a grand scale set the stage for post WWII modernity, which gave rise to the baby-boom and millions of spoiled brats who “turned on, tuned in, and dropped out”. Cool, man.

      Of the great number of those who did not understand nor heed the lessons that brought us to WWII to begin with…here we are again. Same music, same dance with new partners. It’s been played to death and will kill us in the short or long run.

      Socialism is destruction. The only thing it’s good for is affording comfort to those who are incapable or afraid of competing. Remember, these are the same people who teach children to feel good about themselves no matter how deep the failure; Who got rid of score-keeping on Soccer Saturdays. “We’re all winners here”….which means in reality, “Nobody wins, everyone loses but hurray for ice cream!” (you smart-ass).

      When I went to grade school, most everything was competitive. It thrived and many kids found their talents that way. Competition may not be good for everyone but it does teach a basic tenet of life: “If you’re prepared to win, you may lose but you’ll know how to do better next time”.

      Now we’re a nation of quitters. O-boy gets on his knees before dictators and keeps saying “”We’re sorry”. Well, he doesn’t speak for me. I’m not sorry we kicked Japan or Germany’s ass. The friendship that followed has proven beneficial to all. And contrary to popular belief, it wasn’t “imperialism”. Successful business has a habit of attracting people who want to also be successful. This is why Coca-Cola, Exxon-Mobil, McDonalds signs are up all over the world. Coca-Cola didn’t go to Mumbai and hold them hostage and say, “Serve this or you will all die”.

      This is what the liberal left would have us believe. Plus, the bottling plants that opened provide jobs, so that otherwise unemployed people now provide a service and get paid for their time and skills.

      Liberals ignore that one reality that they consider cruel: That you have to WORK to get money. They hate that idea. They often truly feel, “I’m smart….I know I’m smarter than that person over there who puts lug nuts on Chevys, I deserve more than him”. And there you have the trappings of the desire for a marxist system.

      People will pay what the market will bear. It’s up to the individual to select a career choice that works for them. The window for doing so pops up in your youth…and can quickly vanish if you don’t see it and take advantage of it. If you’re a realist, you’ll know that sometimes you have to sacrifice in the short term to make your life better in the long term. Ask any single mom who’s gone and finished her degree. Ask any GI who took advantage of the GI Bill to get an education.

      Ask anyone who put themselves through school. Or anyone who started at the bottom but worked hard and long hours to learn a trade and is now a foreman or supervisor.

      And there are plenty of them around.

      The notion of getting paid to think is bullshit. People in this country, historically, get paid to produce, not to have meetings and ponder possibilities. There is some of that in big business but no more than is absolutely necessary for, all the while you’re in a meeting, you’re not doing your job.

      Perhaps we have too many intellectuals now. college professors who want to be “recognized” for their incredible mental abilities. Well, to that, I say, “screw you”. No college professor taught me much and those who did became professors after many years of actually working for a living.

      I have little use for academicians. Granted, once in awhile an Einstein comes along but do you realize that from 1921 when Einstein came up with Special Relativity to when he died in 1955 he produced absolutely NOTHING? 34 years. And from 1932, when he accepted a position at Princeton, he worked feverishly on unified field theory, most commonly referred to now as string theory. But he produced bupkiss from that moment until his death 23 years later.

      An academic of immense magnitude, to be sure, and for his efforts, perhaps should be given a pass. But for all the other professori emeritas, “up yours”. They produce ZERO.

      A university can pay them whatever they like but to get paid for just being “smart” is ridiculous.

  2. AcornsRNutz says:

    I love to read this kind of thing because it shows the basic flaw of hte progressive/liberal/marxist utopian image. The human element. These clowns refuse to blame the idea, and instead blame the individual who at the time is trying do fulfill their wishes for what the perfect society should be. Let me tell ya something, Mr. Herbert, the problem is not that obama is “wasting a once in a life time opportunity” to sell this country on your horrible progressive ideals of a marxist dictatorship. He should be the perfect salesman for it. The problem is the system, marxism, keynesian economics, defecit funded “stimulus”, “green” policy etc, DO NOT WORK. THe problem is not the man at the door who is selling the new world order, the problem is that the American people won’t buy it. You guys will (God willing) tear yourselves apart before you see this, and we will pick of the stragglers when the liberal infighting is over.

  3. Freedom615 says:

    Rusty Shackleford, if you run for president, I will vote for you. What you wrote is brilliant. Pro, you’re my choice for secretary of defense!


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