The Stimulus: A Different Story Every Day

Yossi Gestetner
A vast majority of people surveyed recently believe that the economy, eighteen months after the Stimulus, is still in a very poor shape. Indeed, with an Unemployment Rate double than before Dems took control of Congress; the private sector economy - according to official BLS data - is losing a net three million jobs since the Stimulus; the Stock Market is in retreat; Home foreclosures expected to surpass the 2009 record, and federal deficits nine times larger than the last Republican deficit (less than $170 billion in FY 2007), few would think that the economy is doing anything but bad.

However, to counter this negative view that Americans have on the economy, Dems have a list of talking-points to prove unemployed and frustrated Americans how wrong they are.
Here are the excuses, depending on the economic news of the day:

First, the economy is still bad because it's Bush's fault. Secondly, things are actually getting better, but could have been much worse if not for the stimulus. Third, this economy is booming, as we in fact "created and saved more jobs than originally thought" (as Congressman Eliot Engel of NY - against whom I am working - claimed in a recent Press Release). Besides, if not for Republicans - VP Biden claims - we would have had a larger Stimulus, which would have given us by now a good economy.

I just wonder how Dems shamelessly keep selling these conflicting talking points every other day, thinking that Americans are really THAT stupid! But what else would you expect from a Party who asked for the head of a Congressman - Joe Barton - who in a poor word-choosing suggested that the Rule of Law be followed in times of crisis, just days after one of their own House members was seen physically hitting a teenage boy...


A vast majority of people surveyed recently believe that the economy, eighteen months after the Stimulus, is still in a very poor shape. Indeed, with an Unemployment Rate double than before Dems took control of Congress; the private sector economy - according to official BLS data - is losing a net three million jobs since the Stimulus; the Stock Market is in retreat; Home foreclosures expected to surpass the 2009 record, and federal deficits nine times larger than the last Republican deficit (less than $170 billion in FY 2007), few would think that the economy is doing anything but bad.

However, to counter this negative view that Americans have on the economy, Dems have a list of talking-points to prove unemployed and frustrated Americans how wrong they are.

Here are the excuses, depending on the economic news of the day:

First, the economy is still bad because it's Bush's fault. Secondly, things are actually getting better, but could have been much worse if not for the stimulus. Third, this economy is booming, as we in fact "created and saved more jobs than originally thought" (as Congressman Eliot Engel of NY - against whom I am working - claimed in a recent Press Release). Besides, if not for Republicans - VP Biden claims - we would have had a larger Stimulus, which would have given us by now a good economy.

I just wonder how Dems shamelessly keep selling these conflicting talking points every other day, thinking that Americans are really THAT stupid! But what else would you expect from a Party who asked for the head of a Congressman - Joe Barton - who in a poor word-choosing suggested that the Rule of Law be followed in times of crisis, just days after one of their own House members was seen physically hitting a teenage boy...