Friday, July 17, 2009

Stimulus? What stimulus?

I see the Lightworker isn't calling it a stimulus any more. Declining job numbers and worsening economic indicators would tend to make one believe that the recession might deepen for awhile. So, our President isn't calling his plan a stimulus anymore.

However,

If we go to the wayback machine that is the Internet, we can see our President's words from the past. For example, on January 9, 2009, he said this about that.
That is why I have moved quickly to work with my economic team and leaders of both parties on an American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan that will immediately jumpstart job creation and long-term growth.
Bold words, good words. Notice the words "immediate". Look it up in the dictionary. Immediate means "right now". His words, not mine. Look up the word "jumpstart". That's a word that denotes a short timeframe. The President coupled them into "immediate jumpstart". That's pretty quick.

His words, not mine. The context is clear.

Now, ABC News reports that the comedy-master, Robert Gibbs says that the administration never intended the stimulus to... you know... stimulate. No, it was just a cushion.
"This legislation was designed to cushion the downturn," said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. "That's why we have always talked about this as one function of economic recovery."
Uuuh, no, Gibbs, it was intended to "immediately jumpstart job creation and long term growth." Your bosses words, not mine.

It's starting to look like Gibbs is as stupid as Biden. Neither of them understand that even common folks in the hinterlands know how to read.

And, it looks like our President wants us to believe one thing, when he says another.

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