Thanks for posting this, Charles. Very enlightening. I can't help but notice too that Sanford seems to be conflating the economic recovery package with a bailout, which has been a concerted strategy of Republicans in the media of late, gone unchallenged by the media, and no doubt has contributed to the lowering of people's support for the package.
I guess I'm sort of wondering who you're arguing with here. Is there someone on the left fighting against Obama's incrementalist approach? All the anti-incrementalist lefties you seem to be contemptuously addressing here all voted for Obama whose universal health care plan never was technically universal.
I have no idea what you mean by "please hold accountable both side of our same aisle argument." my call for pertinent and substantive diaries is hardly limited to Clinton supporters. Is that what you're suggesting?
Next time you want to write a diary, think to yourself: does this add something constructive to the dialogue? If the answer is No, then don't hit submit. This diary is such a remarkable waste of space. I'm wondering when this chip on the shoulder of some of you Clinton supporters will ever come down. Or perhaps you enjoy playing the martyr too much.
and I love how they're picking 6 months out of their ass as the benchmark for determining the success or failure of the stimulus. Obama has said in virtually every speech he's given over the past couple months that this will not be a quick process and polls show people do not expect immediate results. obviously it's in Dems' interest to have the referendum on success or failure well down the road and it's in Republicans's interest to accelerate that timeline so they can point to the situation in July or August and call it "Obama's recession." the funny thing about that, of course, was that any economic downturn during Bush's tenure as president was Clinton's fault well into Bush's second term.
are now trying to move up the point at which they can start
really? I'm not so sure. but if that's the case then Obama shouldn't tap him. it's a tradeoff. another Republican in the cabinet for 60 Dems in the Senate. otherwise, turn it down, Judd, we'll just get a Dem in there, np.
well, the first stimulus was merely checks in people's pockets, which never works, it just makes people feel better. as for TARP, that's completely unrelated. I get the frustration with spending all this money, but this is in part about re-building America's infrastructure, which will absolutely create a crapload of jobs.