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Bob Cesca: The Republican Swindle About ‘Obamacare and Stimulus’

Bob Cesca says what I’ve been saying, and we all know – those that pay attention to politics.

“If you happen to be a swing voter who’s considering the Republican slate next month, you’re being tricked. That’s not to say you’re an idiot, but the Republicans are doing an excellent job masking over what they really stand for, and millions of Americans seem to be falling for it.”


CBO weighs in on the stimulus reports

CBO says that only 100 billion of the 787 billion stimulus has been spent.
Which is inline with their original projections.

the CBO estimates that between 600,000 and 1.6 million people were employed in the third quarter of 2009 who otherwise would not have been. The spending and tax cuts raised the Gross Domestic Product by somewhere between 1.2 and 3.2 percent, it found, and reduced unemployment by 0.3 to 0.9 percent.

Reduced unemployment by 0.3% and 0.9%.
As a result of roughly 1/4th of the total (includes $90 billion in tax cuts).

But of course, facts such as these will not prevent conservatives from spinning the opposite picture, with claims that the stimulus has ‘failed’, lol.
They are so full of crap, its hilarious that people believe our conservative politicians.

Shortly after the stimulus was passed, the GOP began declaring it a failure, a conclusion the party has stuck to since – even if some officials take credit for what it’s accomplishing when they’re back at home

You’ll hear republicans crowing about a “promise” the white house made about unemployment not rising past 8% if the stimulus was passed.
As if that was a big selling point, lol – I was paying close attention and didn’t hear that until months later, as conservative nerds no doubt hunted down a phrase they could point at and scream “false”.

However, the white house projections matched the projections at the CBO, for the most part.

the reason the CBO failed to predict the rise in unemployment that has taken place since February is that the model it uses doesn’t take into account the fact that the banking system collapsed.

The Stimulus (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act)

Is it working?

Conservatives largely say no.
At least, those on my favorite political forum say no – but they could be paid propagandists, or the dreaded dittoheads.

They say that it didn’t work and we are heading for the end times and an even bigger crisis.
At the same time they’ll argue we (the economy) are out of the woods and the unspent stimulus money should be ‘returned’.

This article from the Wall Street Journal is from September 2nd.
U.S. Economy Gets Lift From Stimulus
Economists at Goldman Sachs predict GDP to increase by more than 3% and that without the stimulus, we’d be around 0 (breaking even).

Recovery.gov has had a facelift, which details where the stimulus money is going.
For instance, I can see that $14 Billion has been spent by the department of education, with roughly $70 Billion remaining.

You can search by zip or browse contracts/grants/loans on the big map.

And then there are naysayers who are certain that the stimulus did not work, despite being not even 1/3 complete.
I don’t turn off the TV, declaring a winner in the first quarter of a football game.
Or the first inning of a baseball game.

The article concludes:

“Incoming data will reveal more in coming months, but the data available so far tell us that the government transfers and rebates have not stimulated consumption at all”

I don’t know if that article takes into account the fact that the tax rebate in the stimulus was a small weekly increase in take-home pay.
That part of the stimulus isn’t complete either, but they would not have seen a spike – it would be a very small increase, being $10 or so each week.

Is the Stimulus Working?

The author of this article from the Brookings Institute gets the impression the stimulus is in fact working due to increased consumer spending, increased spending at the local, state and federal level, all stimulating GDP directly.  The article points out that a number of forecasters are expecting a 2-3% increase in GDP as a result of the stimulus, which is in line with the numbers expected by the CBO and the administration.

That page also contains a this link:
which states “We find that countries that adopted larger fiscal stimulus packages have outperformed expectations relative to those adopting smaller packages.”