The L.A. Times reports:
Acknowledging public doubts about “the size and scale of this recovery plan” which is likely to exceed $800 billion in new spending if the new president wins his way with Congress, Obama also promised an unprecedented new commitment to “root out waste” in government to ensure the money is spent wisely.
Indeed, I believe a commitment to root out government waste is entirely without precedent.
Where did the paper get the idea that a promise to “root out waste” is “unprecedented”? It’s a new journalistic technique called “stenography.” Read on:
“I know that some are skeptical about the size and scale of this recovery plan,” Obama said in his address today.
“I understand that skepticism, which is why this recovery plan must and will include unprecedented measures that will allow the American people to hold my administration accountable for these results,” the president said. “We won’t just throw money at our problems – we’ll invest in what works.”
“We’ll launch an unprecedented effort to root out waste, inefficiency, and unnecessary spending in our government,” the president said in his address today, “and every American will be able to see how and where we spend taxpayer dollars by going to a new website called recovery.gov.”
Ah. So if Obama says it’s “unprecedented,” then it is “unprecedented.”
But is it really unprecedented?
“We begin this year and this administration in the midst of an unprecedented crisis that calls for unprecedented action,” Obama said.
Look, he said “unprecedented” four times. Now who can argue with that?
P.S. The article does take care to warn that hundreds of millions of dollars are being slotted for the key job-creation industry of contraceptives.
Just kidding! There’s not one word about that. Instead, the article touts the wonders of Obama’s plan to spend money “with an eye toward not only creating jobs, but also advancing alternative energy production, health care, education, transportation and Internet access.”
A lack of skepticism towards Democrat spending by the Los Angeles Times?
P.S. Editors: it’s recovery.gov, not “reovery.gov”:
It’s a front-page story. Those are the ones you try to get right.