O-Bull In The WaPo Today
This item by Obama is a farce meant to trick the American people. If the government doesn't spend over a trillion dollars immediately unemployment may approach double digits:
Unemployment will approach double digits.
Gasp! Clue Obama. It reached double digits in 82 and it didn't take a trillion dollars of our money and mortgaging our children's future to dig us out. It took calm and perseverance to endure some hardship, both of which you apparently lack.
The economy entered 1982 in a severe recession and labor market conditions deteriorated throughout the year. The unemployment rate, already high by historical standards at the onset of the recession in mid-1981, reached 10.8 percent at the end of 1982, higher than at any time in post-World War II history.
Another clue, Obama - smart long term planning doesn't get done overnight (the way you, or someone, who knows, the doors were closed) produced this bill. You are taking advantage of, admittedly, a very bad economy to fulfill your ideological goals.
That isn't noble, it's disingenuous and even loathsome. And any call for change was not for you to create a US socialist state. Whatever happened to Drill, Baby, Drill? The American people were all for that, but you are already shutting down approved new oil leases? It seems your desire to act upon what Americans may or may not want is very selective, indeed.
This plan is more than a prescription for short-term spending — it's a strategy for America's long-term growth and opportunity in areas such as renewable energy, health care and education.
If this is such a critical time, then act forthrightly, which you are not. To do that you would be seeking to immediately push through a bill that dealt only with any immediate threat. And you would be content to allow American citizens to watch any debate over your many extremely liberal policies and spending proposals as it played out over time, giving ample room to assess such significant change.
Instead, you are leading like some Halloween trickster dressed in a mask and wearing the cloak of a bad economy to fool Americans looking on in hopes that you will get your desired result before they have time to strip away the facade.
In your very short time in office you have already managed to look incompetent given many of your troubling appointments, more than a few of which have had to withdraw. And now your style suggests a certain sneaky-ness that Americans would do well to not trust unless or until you manage to prove yourself to us.
Try concentrating on that for awhile and get back to us when we have reason to find you credible. For now, you can keep your bloated and over reaching stimulus package that polls suggest has been marked return to sender by the majority of voters - just as it should.