No Escaping That Shadow

Even though I look far more like a manatee than an overgrown rat, I live in Pennsylvania, went outside this morning, saw my shadow, and feel confident in proclaiming that this economic winter is far from over.

During a meeting at the White House this morning with the Republican governor from Vermont, President Barack Obama took a moment to speak with reporters and explain to them that the ideological differences regarding the now $900 billion so-called “economic stimulus” package are actually “very modest,” and that he is confident that both Republicans and Democrats will act quickly and ensure that the bill pass the Senate as it passed the House last week.

For the life of me, I cannot understand how the writing on the wall is so illegible to so many supposedly intelligent people. History has shown us, time and time again, that this sort of plan just plain will not work. We can look at how spending by FDR in an attempt to bolster the economy out of concern for low prices and low wages led to the extension of the Great Depression for more than six years. We can look at how similar infrastructure spending in Japan during the 1990s led to a sustained recession and what the Japanese call the “Lost Decade.” We can even look at the $750 billion TARP bailout plan, and how our economy is still spiraling downward like the Arizona Cardinals’ hopes in the final minute of last night’s Super Bowl.

It. Will. Not. Work. Plain and simple.

And the differences, by the way, are far from “modest.”

Conservatives in the House and Senate want tax cuts, and want any spending to either immediately impact the housing market or to fund construction projects ready to go immediately. Democrats, however, want to simulate the economy by telling us how to avoid gonorrhea, by researching global socialism masquarading as junk climate-related science, and by preparing doctors and nurses and hospitals and insurance companies for the inevitable decline in quality in our envy-of-the-world healthcare system.

Sure, they feel as though infrastructure is vital to our economic recovery, yet they only provide it with $30 billion of the $900 billion in what is looking more and more with each passing day like monopoly money. According to The Wall Street Journal, only ten percent of the spending set forth in this entire so-called “stimulus” bill will be earmarked for projects and items which could be considered even remotely stimulative, and much of that may not even be spent for more than a year. Even if mass infrastructure spending would work, the only targets for mass spending now being proffered by the Democrats smell more like bacon than asphalt.

By coming out today and glossing over the major ideological divide, and by refusing to do the right thing and pull this bill and advance his own ideas for economic stimulus–carefully crafted and incorporated with true bipartisan support, of course–rather than those put forth by Nancy Pelosi and her cabal of bitter hippie liberals, President Obama is ensuring that it may be a long, long time before our economy, frozen and on the verge of shattering, even begins to thaw.



  1. Kathy says:

    Hey Jeff,

    That is likely their plan. Carry that thought forward (and with Alinsky’s Rulebook for Radicals and Cloward-Piven strategies as a backdrop) and what’s going on may make more sense.

  2. Carlyle says:

    Jeff -


    Obama doesn’t care. He has no ideas. He just mouthed whatever he was told to say to get elected.

    Whatever happens, the Democrats will blame the Republicans. Either for dragging their feet now or for screwing the economy so badly over the last eight years, that even THIS massive stimulus didn’t work. The media will be 100% behind them in selling this idea. The critical thing is to be seen to be doing SOMETHING right now. Damage control can come later.

    I hate to be so pessimistic and fatalistic, but we’ve been had. Writing or talking about “issues” is a waste of time. We are now effectively under a dictatorship. Yes, “they” have THAT much power. You watch – they will either bribe or badger enough Republicans to go along.

    You guys are totally “fiddling while Rome burns” by trying to write articles on Issues (same for Rush Limbaugh and others). The issues are truly of tiny significance as long as “the elephant in the room” is still there.

    To continuing mixing metaphors – there are no longer any adults, no referees, nobody to appeal to. The “game” is one-sided and totally out of control.

  3. Carlyle says:

    PS -

    “I WON” is code for “F–K YOU”.

  4. Anonymous says:

    In the event this decline doesn’t get countered, I’m very busy copying news articles and info on blogs to be kept in quadruplicate copies. This historical info will be kept with my will and financial info for my descendents to determine who were the individuals who “sold out” their futures in favor of keeping their own power. I figure I can exact some revenge by preventing revisionist historians from whitewashing these incompetents.

  5. Anonymous says:

    This ‘stimulus’ bill is a massive robbery of the American people. It is a hand out to the groups that know they are in for hard times like the rest of us so they call it a stimulus package and grab whatever money is left – a piece of groundhog crap by any other name is still a piece of groundhog crap.

  6. Seeks Truth says:

    Why do I feel like I’m living Groundhog Day (the movie)? Same ‘ol story day after day for four long years.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Anonymous @ 8:02,

  8. Gail B says:

    If we have to deal with much more from the liberals’ “snow jobs,” there will be a shortage of shovels to clean up the mess. Six more weeks of winter would be a blessing, if the political arena could just shut down and quit taking our money! I think Americans could do much better without the federal government. It’s done enough damage.

    Maybe, just maybe, people will come to understand just how corrupt our government has become. And that is such a shame, considering the lives that have been given to protect and defend it.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I would draw this if I knew how to draw.

    A postman delivers a package to a house. The husband and wife answer the door and say, “Oh, look. Our Stimulus Package has arrived.”

    Package is opened by them and inside are 10 condoms. They look puzzled.

    Wife says to husband, “I think we are screwed?”

  10. Jeff Schreiber says:

    ^^^^ FANTASTIC!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Fear not people!

    If you knew my parents, you would know what an incredibly big deal this is that I am about to tell you.

    My parents are both life long Democrats, who ALWAYS vote with their party. I tried for months to show them what snakes Pelosi, Frank, Dodd and especially Obama are, but they just wouldn’t listen.

    My mom called me today and told me that my dad is so pissed off right now, about the bailout, Obama “talking with the enemy”, Gitmo (I know, they should have seen it all coming, but I’m tellin’ you that they were not listening during the campaign), and all the crooks Obama is offering positions to.

    She said that if this keeps up, they will have no one left to vote for them next time around.

    Believe me, if you knew my parents, you would know that if they are waking up to what is going on within their lifelong party, this may turn out to be a very good deal for the Republicans next time around.


  12. Anonymous says:

    They don’t want to address problems. Does any of this sound familiar? (copied directly from the communist’s party website….

    A socialist United States will guarantee all the freedoms we have won over centuries of struggle, and also extend the Bill of Rights to include freedom from unemployment, from poverty, from illiteracy, and from discrimination and oppression. Socialism will guarantee the right to vote, to health care, to a job at a living wage, to decent housing. With socialism, pensions and social programs take priority over new weapons systems that protect only the profits of the “defense” industry. Socialism will bring a peaceful foreign policy that will not threaten other peoples or countries with invasion, domination, or war.

    # Replacing the foreign policy of preemptive strikes and dictating to the world in the interests of U.S.-based transnationals with a policy of international cooperation to solve problems of war and aggression, poverty, education, environment, health, and development;
    # Full restoration and expansion of the Bill of Rights and all democratic rights; the complete separation of church and state;
    # Full legal protection from hate crimes and racial profiling, and the outlawing of oral and written racist propaganda;
    # Implementation of affirmative action and compensatory programs to achieve actual equality for the racially and nationally oppressed and women;
    # Prevention of the “freedom” of monopolies to move assets in ways that harm workers and communities without full compensation; the guaranteed right to a job at living wages or full income through public works and public service jobs; the growth of public ownership of industries;
    # Elimination of management prerogatives coupled with the expansion of workers and union rights to prevent socially harmful management decisions;
    # Full funding for education, affordable housing programs, day care, Social Security, a universal health care program, youth job training and recreation programs, and cultural programs;
    # Creation of a social fund starting at $200 billion to make up for past and continuing wrongs and to help achieve equality in facilities and infrastructure for communities of the racially and nationally oppressed;
    # No taxes for workers and low and middle income people; progressive taxation of the wealthy and private corporations;
    # Military budget slashed to a fraction of current spending;

  13. cpabooks says:

    This is off topic, but nevertheless….
    I hope that you write on the Berg case being sent to the Merits Panel.

  14. Anonymous says:

    This stimulus package is such a farce that the Democrats have to know people would be outraged and the media would spend all their time covering this.

    We need to find out what they are really up to. There is something else they are trying to get by us while we are distracted by this matter.

  15. MIDDLE CLASS GUY says:


    What is the significance of Berg’s case being sent to the Merits panel at the 3rd Circuit?

    Thanks, Ken

  16. Let us move forward says:

    I watched the TV news last night. The Prez was on and expressed concern about only having one term in office if the stimulus package was not passed very soon and the economy was not fixed in the next two to three years.

    Which do you think he is he more concerned about? The second term or the economy?

    I can’t believe that he even mentioned a second term! Does he think that such a “threat” will get this bill through Congress?

    I am requesting that my Republican Senators gather other Republicans and filibuster on this bill.

  17. Dee says:

    Republicans are circulating a petition voicing disapproval of the stimulus package.

  18. toto says:

    I’m sort of amazed that no one has thought of this, or perhaps they have. But this infrastructure won’t work, at least not for the common american. These companies that will doing this work will only hire illegals, or at least migrants workers who will work for peanuts, and therefore, nothing will happen to help the average american citizen, regardless of race.

  19. Not Jeff says:

    What is the significance of Berg’s case being sent to the Merits panel at the 3rd Circuit?

    Very little. Most cases in the federal circuit courts are heard “merits panels” (a panel of three appellate judges). There’s nothing noteworthy about that.

    The FEC filed a motion for summary affirmance. If the court had intended to grant that motion, then the case would not have gone to a merits panel. So we can infer there will be no summary affirmance.

    While the order dismissing Berg’s will no doubt be affirmed, there’s no reason for the court to do so a summary basis. That, however, does not mean there will be oral arguments on the case; the merits panel may decide to rule on the case based on the briefs alone.

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