Short Memory

Can anyone, with a straight face, say that they understood the urgently needed stimulus plan to be a “two year plan.” If you say yes you are a liar. If someone would have asked Obama before passage he would have denied it.

Where to begin?

January 11, 2009

Obama takes office Jan. 20 and is pressing Congress to act quickly on a two-year economic stimulus plan of about $775 billion that includes new government spending and tax cuts.

January 12, 2009

Obama takes office Jan. 20 and is pressing Congress to act quickly on a two-year economic stimulus plan of about $US775 billion that includes new government spending and tax cuts.

January 13, 2009

That compares with President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. plans for a two-year stimulus program of about $775 billion, or about 2.8 percent of GDP.

January 15, 2009

In his weekly radio address on Jan. 10, 2009, Barack Obama said the No. 1 goal of his economic stimulus plan is to create 3 million new jobs in the next two years

January 29, 2009

…the two-year stimulus plan would provide up to $1,000 per year in tax relief for most families…Obama said….”This recovery plan will save or create more than 3 million new jobs over the next few years.”

February 2, 2009

This is a two-year bill. The bill that we’re talking about is a two-year bill.

February 3, 2009

Obama’s plan will create 3-4 million jobs over the next two years.

February 06, 2009

The Kingsport Times quoted the governor saying he would do anything he could to help preserve state jobs, but cautioned the $800 billion stimulus now before Congress is a two-year program.

February 08, 2009

Chris Wallace: “The Congressional Budget Office says only 64 percent of the House plan actually gets out into the economy in the next two years. So how is that timely?”

Larry Summers: “I think this economy is still going to need some support two years from now. And so I think the idea that not 100 percent of it spends out in the next two years is actually a prudent one.”

February 9, 2009

The plan that we put forward will save or create 3 to 4 million jobs over the next two years.

February 17, 2009

Now, what makes this recovery plan so important is not just that it will create or save 3.5 million jobs over the next two years, including 60,000-plus here in Colorado.

February 18, 2009

Obama said the law would save or create 3.5 million jobs over the next two years.

February 24th, 2009

“Over the next two years, this plan will save or create 3.5 million jobs.

3 thoughts on “Short Memory”

  1. Hi Rich,

    I love your blogs. They are great reading!! I’ll do better with comments when I get a computer.

    I don’t understand your point in this one. Obama always said the plan would take two years as your excerpts show. So why is one who remembers that a liar?

  2. Lou! Good to see you here!

    Thanks for the comment. I look forward to more.

    The author of the first excerpt (which if you click on it will take you to his (her?) full post) is saying that Obama’s present claim that it is a two year plan is revisionism and that anyone who, today, says they remember that it was a two year plan is lying.

    The subsequent excerpts/links are to show that anyone who does not remember it was always billed as a two year plan is simply not paying attention.

  3. Thanks for the tip. I clicked on the site. It is scary! Total lies. This is great that you are going to be a blogger who keeps it honest.

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