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David Brooks on Stimulus: The Food is Poison and the Portions are So Small!

Tuesday, 27 September 2011 17:09

Jonah Gelbach takes me to task for not reading David Brooks column carefully enough. Had I done so, I would have noted this part about President Obama’s latest jobs plan:

“Look at the recent Obama stimulus proposal. You may like it or not, but it’s trivial. It’s simply not significant enough to make a difference, given the size of the global mess.”

After telling us that stimulus does not work, Brooks is now telling us that Obama’s plan is too small to make a difference. [The latest jobs bill actually would provide more stimulus in 2012 than the original stimulus did for either 2009 or 2010.]

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Arsenic Takes a Long Time to Kill Compared to Cyanide
written by izzatzo, September 27, 2011 7:17
Brooks is wise enough to know the difference between small portions of an arsenic stimulus dribbled out over time versus a one time wallop of cyanide full employment stimulus that can bring down a teabagging entrepreneuring bootstrapper in mid stride.

While both kill one is certain immediate death to be avoided where the other is to be used as torture.

Stupid liberals.
Obama's Jobs Stimulus Bill Will Definitely Make a Difference
written by Paul, September 27, 2011 11:36
Once the GOP defeats it, and they will, Obama will have the high ground in the Jobs, Jobs, Jobs campaign ads which he will ride to re-election victory in 2012. Meanwhile, the Cons will be campaigning on cutting the deficit, killing Medicare and deporting all illegal aliens - not exactly winning themes.

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