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Flying pig alert! Obama’s MSM cheerleaders are starting to call the stimulus a failure

by Bob in Breckenridge ( 50 Comments › )
Filed under Barack Obama, Democratic Party, Economy, Media at July 14th, 2009 - 12:38 pm

PorkObamaStimulusBillObama’s Stimulus Plan: Failing by Its Own Measure
By Stephen Gandel

The $787 billion stimulus plan is turning out to be far less stimulating than its architects expected.

Back in early January, when Barack Obama was still President-elect, two of his chief economic advisers — leading proponents of a stimulus bill — predicted that the passage of a large economic-aid package would boost the economy and keep the unemployment rate below 8%. It hasn’t quite worked out that way. Last month, the jobless rate in the U.S. hit 9.5%, the highest level it has reached since 1983.

The two advisers who wrote the paper, Christina Romer and Jared Bernstein, went on to land key jobs in the Obama Administration. Romer is the head of Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, and Bernstein is the chief economist and economic-policy adviser to Vice President Joe Biden. And the stimulus bill that both economists championed became law in mid-February. What has not come to pass, however, is the boom in job creation that Romer and Bernstein predicted. A little over a month ago, the Administration said the stimulus bill had created or saved 150,000 jobs. That’s a far cry from the 3 million to 4 million jobs that Romer and Bernstein foresaw back in January.

Lawrence Summers, director of the White House’s National Economic Council, said last week that the stimulus bill was on track. This past weekend, the President rejected calls for a second stimulus package, saying the current stimulus needs more time to work, since only a small fraction of the money has been spent. From the beginning, the Administration has said that much of the boost to the economy from the stimulus plan would not come until the second half of this year. Administration officials have also insisted that it’s unfair to judge the effectiveness of the stimulus by projections they made back in January since the recession has turned out to be worse than what most economists predicted even just six months ago.

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50 Responses to “Flying pig alert! Obama’s MSM cheerleaders are starting to call the stimulus a failure”
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  1. Speranza
    1 | July 14, 2009 12:52 pm

    As I previously wrote, not the bloated Bob Beckel.

  2. 2 | July 14, 2009 12:53 pm

    Reality is hitting the Progressive machine. I saw a cartoon on Think Progress that depicted the Stimulus as a turtle and Rightwing critics as a Hare.
    I was laughing , they really are nervous about it.

  3. Speranza
    3 | July 14, 2009 12:58 pm

    I have the misfortune of knowing several true Obamabots. Their faith in him will never waiver even when they are homeless and unemployed. It will always be Bush’s fault.

  4. Bob in Breckenridge
    4 | July 14, 2009 12:59 pm

    re: #2 by Rodan

    I couldn’t stop laughing when I saw the cartoon I inserted. I thought how appropriate!

  5. mjazz
    5 | July 14, 2009 1:01 pm

    I wonder how many Chinese prostitutes will learn to drink responsibly?

  6. vagabond trader
    6 | July 14, 2009 1:02 pm

    Bwhahahahahaha, have they blamed Rush Limbaugh yet?

  7. Speranza
    7 | July 14, 2009 1:05 pm

    re: #6 by vagabond trader

    and Fox News?

  8. Bob in Breckenridge
    8 | July 14, 2009 1:12 pm

    re: #7 by Speranza

    And the Eeeevil Bush/Cheney?

  9. 9 | July 14, 2009 1:13 pm

    re: #6 by vagabond trader

    Nope they still blame Bush!

  10. vagabond trader
    10 | July 14, 2009 1:14 pm

    re: #5 by mjazz

    lol, yeah how’s that “scientific study” working out, really pulling in the big bucks, mucho job creation Obamaton idiots?

  11. vagabond trader
    11 | July 14, 2009 1:18 pm

    but but but, Rush and the haters on neocon talk radio wished for The Obama to fail, I blame the deniers.

    /moonbat off.

  12. song_and_dance_man
    12 | July 14, 2009 1:32 pm

    The only thing the package will stimulate is the move towards Marxism.

  13. song_and_dance_man
    13 | July 14, 2009 1:34 pm

    I long for the days of the last leftist POTUS, Wet Willie, whose idea of a stimulas package was a voluptuous intern.

  14. tuffy
    14 | July 14, 2009 1:35 pm

    DAYUUUM, Lindsey Graham is GIVIN’ it to Sotomayor in his questioning. He’s really asking some tough questions!

    cool cartoon btw.

  15. song_and_dance_man
    15 | July 14, 2009 1:36 pm

    re: #14 by tuffy

    Graham is probably the brightest Senator on that committee.

  16. tuffy
    16 | July 14, 2009 1:42 pm

    re: #15 by song_and_dance_man

    Well, he disappointed me yesterday when he said “unless you have a meltdown, you WILL get confirmed”. A senator shouldn’t say that before the hearings have begun. But he is kinda redeeming himself now. But he’s still trying to play in the middle of the road. He and McCain are all-too similar there.

  17. Bob in Breckenridge
    17 | July 14, 2009 1:42 pm

    re: #15 by song_and_dance_man

    You mean it’s not Al Franken?


  18. song_and_dance_man
    18 | July 14, 2009 1:43 pm

    re: #14 by tuffy

    Sotomayor has no real answer to defend her wise latina statement other than it was bad. The reality is, she said it and it means what it implies and her backpeddling does nothing but substantiate her belief that a latina woman would make a better better judge than the white people who wrote the charter that allows her to make that statement.

  19. tuffy
    19 | July 14, 2009 1:43 pm

    re: #17 by Bob in Breckenridge

    I’ll be changing channels at that point.

  20. Bob in Breckenridge
    20 | July 14, 2009 1:44 pm

    re: #16 by tuffy

    Well, what Graham said is the truth. None of the dimocraps will vote no, so regardless of what happens, the mental midget racist Latina with the affirmative action law degree will be confirmed to the highest court in the land. God help us, please!

  21. tuffy
    21 | July 14, 2009 1:45 pm

    re: #18 by song_and_dance_man

    I know. I think Linds should’ve had HER repeat her own “wise latina” statement. THAT would have been powerful. He almost had her say it until he found the quote in his pile. Damn, that would have been good.

  22. Bob in Breckenridge
    22 | July 14, 2009 1:46 pm

    re: #19 by tuffy

    I still can’t believe the imbeciles in MN elected that stupid friggin’ dolt.

  23. song_and_dance_man
    23 | July 14, 2009 1:46 pm

    re: #16 by tuffy

    I’m certain Lindsey said that to throw her off guard. Look at the questions he is now asking her. This latest question about enemies wanting to destroy this country. This question is shrouded in a way to imply there are home grown enemies that also envision the same outcome.

    The next question supports his previously veiled question.

  24. tuffy
    24 | July 14, 2009 1:47 pm

    re: #20 by Bob in Breckenridge

    Yeah, but she may get tripped up. *fingers crossed* She’s trying to portray herself as a strict constructionist and there has to be a fissure in there somewhere.

  25. vagabond trader
    25 | July 14, 2009 1:48 pm

    re: #22 by Bob in Breckenridge

    Bob, I’m still shell shocked that the moron residing at 1600 was elected!

  26. tuffy
    26 | July 14, 2009 1:48 pm

    re: #22 by Bob in Breckenridge

    I would be ashamed if I lived there. What a democrap lapdog.

  27. tuffy
    27 | July 14, 2009 1:49 pm

    re: #25 by vagabond trader

    Ditto my friend. Ditto.

  28. vagabond trader
    28 | July 14, 2009 1:50 pm

    Abortion and identity politics, its all this lefturd and her fellow travelers know.

  29. Bob in Breckenridge
    29 | July 14, 2009 1:50 pm

    re: #23 by song_and_dance_man

    This latest question about enemies wanting to destroy this country. This question is shrouded in a way to imply there are home grown enemies that also envision the same outcome.

    Yep, and they all have “D”‘s after their names.

  30. song_and_dance_man
    30 | July 14, 2009 1:50 pm

    re: #22 by Bob in Breckenridge


  31. song_and_dance_man
    31 | July 14, 2009 1:50 pm

    re: #25 by vagabond trader

    Double ditto

  32. tuffy
    32 | July 14, 2009 1:52 pm

    Death penalty question. Good question. But she’s not answering it “personally”. Avoidance.

  33. Bob in Breckenridge
    33 | July 14, 2009 1:52 pm

    re: #25 by vagabond trader

    Maybe we’ll all wake up in a cold sweat and it will have been nothing but a nightmare.

  34. tuffy
    34 | July 14, 2009 1:53 pm

    re: #33 by Bob in Breckenridge

    Pinch me then and wake me up. Hell, SLAP ME!!!

  35. vagabond trader
    35 | July 14, 2009 1:53 pm

    re: #33 by Bob in Breckenridge

    From your lips to G-ds ear.

  36. vagabond trader
    36 | July 14, 2009 1:55 pm

    Gah, its back to the leftist lovefest. No doubt she’ll be up for a Nobel prize afore its over.


  37. song_and_dance_man
    37 | July 14, 2009 1:56 pm

    And another thing that chaps my hide. When the (R)’s held the Congress and the Executive they kowtowed to the tantrum laden (D) toddlers from their complaints of inequity in the Congressional committees and gave them equal representation. Did the (D)’s appreciate it. Heck yeah, and now what have they done in reciprocity? They have a judcial committee that is far from the balance the (R)’s allowed when they had the means to do so.

    Well, that is what Compassionate Conservatism is really all about. spit

  38. song_and_dance_man
    38 | July 14, 2009 1:57 pm

    re: #29 by Bob in Breckenridge

    Some of them have (R)’s as well.

  39. song_and_dance_man
    39 | July 14, 2009 2:01 pm

    re: #34 by tuffy

    If it would take a bullet to wake me from this nightmare I would gladly take the wound.

  40. song_and_dance_man
    40 | July 14, 2009 2:12 pm

    Sotomayor’s feigning ignorance about the terms constructionist and originalist also clearly demonstrated she is neither, else she would have readily admitted to being one or the other. Stating that she knew the definition of the terms after directly asked by Graham if she knew what they mean shows she is not, but rather an activist jurist, or something worse.

  41. tuffy
    41 | July 14, 2009 2:21 pm

    re: #40 by song_and_dance_man

    Yeah, I think he could’ve held her feet to the fire a little more by asking her more “personal” questions, for instance, “What do you think about the death penalty and abortion ASIDE from pertaining to the law”. In other words, what does she BELIEVE in??? I would like to know.

  42. song_and_dance_man
    42 | July 14, 2009 2:30 pm

    re: #41 by tuffy

    Tuffy, we should be on that committee.

    Q: Your honor, are you a constructionist?

    Q: Your honor, are you an originalist?

    Q: Your honor, are you an activist?

    Q: Your honor, based on your statement in a speech from 2005 you stated the ‘court of appeals is where policy is made.’, wouldn’t that define you as an activist judge in the common and popular definition of the term?

  43. Bob in Breckenridge
    43 | July 14, 2009 2:44 pm

    re: #38 by song_and_dance_man

    Some of them have (R)’s as well.

    Those would be (RINOS)…

  44. Bob in Breckenridge
    44 | July 14, 2009 2:44 pm

    Ben Stein is on with Glenn Beck on FNC now…

  45. vapig
    45 | July 14, 2009 2:49 pm

    The whole point of the stimulous was to stel from the public to pay their cronies back for a job wel done in getting all the marxists in office.

    If they really wanted to stimulate the economy they could easily have done it by cutting corporate and personal taxes.

  46. song_and_dance_man
    46 | July 14, 2009 2:50 pm

    re: #44 by Bob in Breckenridge

    The bane duo of 1.0.

  47. mike
    47 | July 14, 2009 2:59 pm

    re: #40 by song_and_dance_man
    This affirmative action nothing does not have to feign ignorance.

  48. Bob in Breckenridge
    48 | July 14, 2009 3:12 pm

    re: #46 by song_and_dance_man


  49. song_and_dance_man
    49 | July 14, 2009 3:44 pm

    re: #47 by mike

    She is actually a brilliant woman. Too bad she was mentored to the dark side.

  50. tuffy
    50 | July 14, 2009 10:43 pm

    re: #42 by song_and_dance_man</

    Those ARE good straight forward questions! Let's see if someone asks something remotely close in the next few days. Like I said (and obviously you agree), the questions need to be framed more personally, not necessarily "how" she interprets the law, which she's fibbing about anyway to seem conservative, but rather what are her beliefs. To be continued tomorrow….

    (not holding breath)

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