Cap'n Ed points out his continued tendency towards winning an election he's already won by talking down the opposition, which is curious. We know about White House dot gov. Here's a snippet of the WaPo story he mentions,
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. And it’s a strategy that will be implemented with unprecedented transparency and accountability, so Americans know where their tax dollars are going and how they are being spent.Compare that rhetoric with reality:
Political transparency is an oxymoron. If Obama is willing to dissemble there what else will be lie about? As Ed points out, the references to the "levees failing" and "bridges crumbling" were really condemnations of inept government spending rather than a lack thereof--James Carville recently parroted this line so we know it's a talking point. And it's a talking point designed to solidify a Democratic stranglehold on the future.
Do we need a stimulus? Yes. Do we need it now? Yes. Do we need just anything thrown against a wall as long as it's called a stimulus package? Hades no. They should be thinking short-term with focus on the safety net, not generational societal change without debate.
Federal spending can never create the next Wal-Mart, Microsoft, Google, GM or Ebay, those are ideas that begin in someone's creative mind and expand due to hard work, TLC, and an environment favorable to growing businesses, along with the willingness to take risks. We need a stimulus of the American entrepreneurial spirit along with that new bridge or super train.
Obama answers this by saying the public has spoken and wants his version of change, but did they really want Cuba? It's more likely they just wanted an end to Bush. Dubya did a lousy job of selling his ideas; Obama's supposed to be the best ever yet as times get tougher we see more petty sloganeering and finger pointing and a drift towards the same Bushian stubborness lefties claimed to hate.
I was in favor of the TARP program because they sold it well but even so, was willing to slow down and give it more debate time. We all saw the results. There's no reason we shouldn't learn from our mistakes. There is still time.