The Stimulus Hoax: Flimflam & Spin

pig-boondoggle-bucksBefore Congress passed the so-called “stimulus” the Administration and the Democrats hectored us continuously with urgent warnings of economic doom if it wasn’t passed immediately.

For example, David Obey, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee said, in response to Conservative objections:

Another week that we delay is another 100,000 more people unemployed.  I don’t think we want that on our consciences.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, arguably the second most powerful Democrat, behind President Obama, told Fox News:

We were — we will lose half a million jobs a month the longer we go without a package.

These comments were designed to deceive the public into believing that passing this legislation would bring about immediate results, that layoffs would all but cease and jobs would become secure.

But now that the Trillion Dollar Borrow and Spend measure has passed, the urgency has drained from from the political-media establishment.  Obama Advisor David Axelrod was typical of the new, leisurely tone when he appeard on Fox News Sunday, and was asked how Americans would know if the so-called stimulus package was working and how to measure it.  Axelrod responded…

Well, I think that there’ll be signs of activity very quickly. As you know, the package will help fund infrastructure programs and other programs that are ready to go around the country.

Let’s deal with the myth that there are infrastructure projects that are “ready to go” or “shovel ready.”   The first step in a government infrastructure project is to appropriate the funds to pay for it.  After funding is secured the following steps begin

  1. Complete the Environmental Impact Report (EIR): 6 to 24 months.
  2. Respond to protests and lawsuits from so-called “environmental groups” that always attempt to derail every construction project before it gets started: months to years.
  3. Complete planning and engineering and in some cases acquire land:  Months to years
  4. Conduct the convoluted government bid process to select a contractor to do the work: Up to a year.

Steps 1 – 4 cannot possibly be completed in less than 24 months and usually take a lot longer.  These steps rarely begin until Congress appropriates funds for the project because there usually is no money to pay for them before the appropriation.

Axelrod predicted “signs of activity” rather than listing any construction projects because he knows no workers will be hired and no work other than paperwork will begin for a long time.

If there were any “shovel ready” projects, where workers could be hired immediately, the Obama Administration and the media cheer-leaders would be telling us about them – over and over.  Camera crews would be sent to project sites to interview the contractors and the smiling workers, excited about getting started.

Axelrod’s answer continues…

But it’s going to take time for that to show up in the statistics. The president has said it’s likely to get worse before it gets better. It is true that without this program, it could be — it could be much, much worse.

And so I don’t expect the [unemployment] arrow to bend down by the end of the year, but I do expect the rise in unemployment to be retarded by the things that were done this week.

So, the language has radically changed from hopeful urgency, to grim acknowledgment of a lot of misery ahead, with millions more layoffs to come.

The Stimulus is a hoax.  Obama and the Democrats used the economic downturn as a pretext to bury  dozens of expensive, liberal boondoggles in emergency legislation they claimed had to be enacted to prevent, in Obama’s words, “turning a recession into a catastrophe.”

Over the next two years, leading up to the mid-term elections, the Administration and the media will claim that even more jobs would have been lost had Congress not decided to borrow an additional Trillion Dollars.  The media will help by contriving lists of “jobs saved” by this gargantuan bill. Hopefully, the voters will see through these claims and begin to demand repeal of the stimulus before all the cash is squandered.

Repeal The Stimulus!

It’s not too early to get started.  Urge your friends to  contact  Senators and Representatives and demand repeal of the Stimulus.

2 Comments so far

  1. Chuck on February 17th, 2009

    Do-nothing Conservatives would let millions of people, maybe 50 million people lose their jobs and lose their houses instead of lifting a finger to help.

    This will SAVE jobs that would go away without it.

    This stimulus isn’t perfect and Obama admitted its not perfect. But at least Obama stepped up to the plate and did something for the American people. Your President looked the other way and shipped a few billion more to Iraq.

  2. aaa again on February 19th, 2009

    50MM unemployed. That’s 8 straight years of losses at 500,000 per month.

    Fascinating………….and mindless.