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“There’s an Act for That”

Filed under: Economics,Government,Obama — DRJ @ 12:53 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

It’s the first anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the Stimulus, and the New York Times is busy reinforcing President Obama’s message that the Stimulus saved 1.6 to 2.4 million jobs.

The House Committee on Education and Labor is also reinforcing the message that government is the answer:

“There’s an Act Cleaning Up the Last 8 Years.”


18 Responses to ““There’s an Act for That””

  1. I honestly thought this was satire until I saw the credits at the end. President Obama may be post-partisan, but his colleagues in Congress certainly aren’t.

    Next question: will Apple sue for non-Fair Use if a Tea Party chapter uses this commercial to mock the stimulus bill?

    Roger (4bb0ce)

  2. An unaccomplished, under-qualified man who is clearly not up to the job, who has surrounded himself with people who are not up to the job.

    We are in for a long stretch of rough road.

    GeneralMalaise (6f6c82)

  3. “An unaccomplished, under-qualified man who is clearly not up to the job, who has surrounded himself with people who are not up to the a job…”

    There, fixed that for you.

    AD - RtR/OS! (3742c3)

  4. One of the Republican candidates for Governor in the recent Illinois primary had pretty much the same ad. Adam called his “There’s a Tax for that” The Dems in Illinois were HORRIFIED that he thought it was legally OK to use an APPLE ad as the basis for his commercial. LOL.

    elissa (f2e53a)

  5. “But that’s not what is happening. Instead, the debate is largely disconnected from the huge stimulus experiment we just ran. Why? As Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts, the newest member of Congress, said, in a nice summary of the misperceptions, the stimulus might have saved some jobs, but it “didn’t create one new job.””

    Cheerleading is an appropriate description of this piece:

    1. It would be nice if the “journalist” gave an objective analysis; however, that’s difficult when he is part of the “we” (I don’t recall much talk about how “we” used enhanced interrogation on enemy combatants, in that case it was “they” who did it.)

    2. I get that the author is saying Senator Brown is wrong, but some follow-up example would be nice – instead we get a discussion of increased government in spite of declining tax revenues in my world a non sequitur.

    Dudeman (b50a96)

  6. I’m reminded of a Simpsons episode where Homer compresses an entire plate of pasta into a single bar form and ate it. Then he promptly calls 911.

    That’s what Obama’s first year is like. It’s like the past 8 years all compressed into one year.

    lee (cae7a3)

  7. If it is on an iPhone it must be true.

    HeavenSent (c3c032)

  8. I wonder when Speaker Pelosi will notice that she is being dissed – after all, the Speaker of the House bears a large responsibility for the last two of those last eight years …

    And the most recent two Budgets – the Pelosi-Reid Budgets – need the most clean-up …

    Alasdair (e7cb73)

  9. ARRA. The road construction company I work for got one ARRA job. We’re filling out the employment forms while a workorder is about 6 months away, as these jobs were so rushed they don’t even have the right of way yet. I understand from other construction companies there’s an EEO Audit after finalization. *sigh* Exactly what I need another executive order to get a woman to want to run a backhoe on a construction crew.

    MelT (67a577)

  10. Using federal, taxpayer funded dollars to promote a partisan, Pro-Obama, anti “last eight years” message HAS to be illegal, no???

    Lawdawgs please weigh in here. Should this ad be taken off the air because its using tax dollars to send an explicitly Pro-Obama anti-Bush message?

    Mike D (cfd823)

  11. At least some ad agency/Obama supporter got a job out of it. I’m sure the govt paid top dollar for this.

    Patricia (e1047e)

  12. I don’t know what my final straw will be with this Administration, but, this comes pretty damn close. This is over-the-top, vomit-inducing propaganda. I too, await opinions of the legality of this.

    sybilll (ace8fb)

  13. someone should tell them that you can’t polish a turd. sell it any way you want to, the porkulus is still an abject failure and a complete waste of money.

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  14. Public money spent to advertise “Clean up the last 8 years” on the public airwaves?!

    Here’s a hint Republicans: for our democracy’s sake get a scalp for this, a big one, or get ready to see more of the same, until these thugs have made America into the banana republic they could aspire to govern.

    Cleanup on aisle “White House”!

    sherlock (e1e91e)

  15. Blame Bush. And complain about gridlock.

    Alta Bob (e8af2b)

  16. the perfect wallpaper for the screen would be the graph that someone made adding the real life unemployment rates to the ones Ear Leader and his minions trotted out showing how the porkulus would save the day….. i’d link it, but a quick search didn’t turn it up…. %-(

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  17. Reminder 1: The “last eight years” now includes one “Obama Year”, so if he’s cleaning up the last eight years, he’s cleaning up his own mess as well.

    Reminder 2: According to Obama-math, if your company received Stimulus funds, and you weren’t laid off, even if you wouldn’t have been laid off without the funds, your job is still counted as “saved.”

    Which is the only way they can make any kind of positive claim about this cooking the numbers.

    Steve B (5eacf6)

  18. Over a year ago, during the debate over the Stimulus Bill, it was Mike Pence (R-IN) I believe, who said the only thing the Stimulus Bill would stimulate was more debt. He was right.

    I hope he considers a run for Bayh’s empty Senate seat.

    ropelight (855f3c)

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