Thank you for you thoughtful post (Below). It was so insightful, I thought I'd share it with everyone.
I can't believe that crap like this has ended up being picked up for google news story attachment... pure conservative garbage... who let you out of your cage and on to the web?
First of all I 'm not conservative. I am an independent. And you probably liked me better last year when I was critical of Mr Bush, who I bet you hated- I'm just taking a stab in the dark here. I do not live in cage. I live in Manhattan, its actually quite free here- you don't even need car. And the web my dear is open access. For a small fee it's open to anyone- even if they disagree with YOU. How about that! Ain't America grand? Although I can tell you are probably the kind of Democrat Like Hilary that wants to tell me what health care I can and what I can't have and so on. YOU are one those sanctimonious know-it-alls that hates free thinking unless it is free to agree with YOU.
Sorry dear, not here.
You can disagree with me and that's fine. But I do stand by the LOGIC of the points I have made. The president will have a budget. This is only a stimulus plan. And stimulus that lasts for years and years certainly is a misnomer. I bet you hated Bush playing bait and switch with WMDs in Iraq didn't you? I don't care who pulls those shenanigans - I don't like them. No, not even if they are YOUR sacred cow, Adrian.
I have had a lot of people write, thinking I was too timid in my criticism or, like you, people who thought I was outrageous to be critical of the President.
I did not realize the country was supposed to roll over and play dead? Did you do that favor for Mr Bush - Adrian?
I am ANGRY at Republicans and Democrats for rules at the state and Federal levels that have given THOSE TWO PARTIES a lock hold on elections. With a winner-take-all Electoral College there is no chance for a third party. The two greedy ones have cornered the market in political opportunity. I'm an independent.
As a result I am suspicious of whoever wins-whether you, Adrian, think he is a great guy and a practically perfect person (Mary Poppins-like) or not.
Obama has tripped and stumbled with his appointments. Daschle was a particularly bad choice not for his tax issues but because he was a hired gun for the Health Care industry for which he was then going to recommend changes. No he was not actually a 'Lobbyist'. But are we judging Mr Obama on his technical word or more broadly on his character?
He falls short of walking on water my dear.
As for his stimulus plan, it is such a misnomer: as an economist the whole idea of calling such multi-period spending 'stimulus' pisses me off! So take that Adrian.
You think I'm some conservative twit? I think you have such a love-crush on Mr Obama you have disabled your brain. OHHH Obama did it it OOOOH its SOOO goooodd.
What a mellifluous name OHHHHH_Bama!
Get over it. When you find you disagree with someone, disconnect your bile and engage your brain
Look at what we need and what this plan really does. Compare and contrast. When you do that maybe you will acknowledge there is some disconnect in what is being done Vs what has been advertised.
To oversimplify the analysis, I divided the spending of the O-plan into three parts called Stimulus, Cushion and Agenda. The CBO NOT ME (the CBO! Congressional Budget Office, Adrian) finds that one -third of the spending impacts the deficit more than 24 months from now! How can that be construed as either cushioning or as stimulus?
That is why economists say (ever taken an economics course ADRIAN?) that monetary policy is better for economic stimulus than fiscal policy. It is more timely. But of course our cup runneth empty in the monetary dept so we have a mechanism of last resort in place - fiscal spending.
When it comes to your brazen bile, I don't get it Adrian. Nor do I get how my pointing this out makes me the label you so fondly have attached to me. There is nothing conservative about pointing out that the President has mislabeled his plan and is trying to sneak in agenda spending under the rubric of 'stimulus'. All this rush-rush to pass something that a third of which won't take effect for 24 months and much more strikes me as well BUSH-LIKE! Obama is taking a page from the Bush playbook!
Not exactly the guy you expected him to emulate, was it?