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Monday, June 08, 2009

Good patriots spend money, dammit!

Obama is trying to look like a blue Ronald Reagan. Obama's become a hard-core capitalist.

"White House focuses on stimulating the stimulus ."

He's not the second leader in the past quarter-century to encourage Americans to spend for the economy. Wasn't this one of the most comforting early calls from Bush in the days following September 11 when people were afraid the markets would collapse? The old "show 'em they can't stop our way of life with heinous, cowardly attacks, Islamofascist bastards!" Okay, I've modified that a tad, but same thing.

Final analysis:

Reagan's 'trickle down economics'? Successful.
Bush's 'comfort in consumerism'? Successful.
Obama's 'trickle blue economics'? Let me put it like this:

And the talking heads sing
doo, doo doo, doo doo,
doo, doo doo doo, doo doo, doo doo,
doo doo doo doo
(that's an updated version of Lou Reed)

From the article:

"Today's announcement is an acknowledgement that the Democrats' trillion-dollar stimulus is not working, and the American people know it," House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement Monday.

"When they passed this spending plan, Democrats said it would immediately create jobs, yet nearly four months later unemployment has continued to climb and none of their rosy predictions have come true," he said.

Snark winner: "I think if you were to poll all of America they would probably think that there is $800 billion worth of asphalt in the Recovery Act," said Chris Whatley, Washington director of the Council of State Governments. That's a crack about Obama's never-ending road to recovery, in case you don't read the article.

Bad news?

The nation's jobless rate is at 9.4 percent, but the administration predicts that job creation will come next.

"The president said it was going to take some time for it to filter through the system and that employment was the last thing that was going to respond," White House senior adviser David Axelrod said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

But by then, critics of the stimulus argue the economy will be staging a comeback on its own [emphasis mine].

Forget your mortgage foreclosure or the gas-guzzler you sold and all the macaroni-and-cheese grocery cuts you made that are starting to stick to your thighs. And for heavens' sake, don't sell the kids to the gypseys just yet!

It's simple. Go! Go now! Spend, spend, spend this country back to economic health!

Which reminds me of another call to "buy, buy, buy!":

Um... yeah, that didn't go well, what with spending fake money to make money and all.

I'm gonna go collect some bottles to recycle and buy a six pack of Miller Lite.