If you read nothing else from this blog, please hear this: Check things out for yourself and don’t rely on the media to give you the truth. Here is another example of an Obama administration “clarification,” this time from the vice president.
Shortly after winning the presidency, Obama said the economy needed a large and quick boost to get it going. The buzz word used was “jolt.”
“The most important thing to recognize is that we have a consensus, which is pretty rare, between conservative economists and liberal economists, that we need a big stimulus package that will jolt the economy back into shape…”
Biden echoed this in March, when he said that “the Recovery Act, as we call it, provides a necessary jolt to our economy to implement what we refer as ’shovel-ready’ projects.”
He reiterated in June that the stimulus was “an initial big jolt to give the economy a real head start.”
Now that it is obvious that his boss’s plan did not do that, Biden is quickly backtracking.
“The care with which we are carrying out the provisions of the Recovery Act has led some people to ask whether we are moving too slowly. But the act was intended to provide steady support for our economy over an extended period — not a jolt that would last only a few months.”
Um, right…it was supposed to be a jolt and then it wasn’t. I got it. John Kerry could be proud of a statement like that.
Lest you miss that, in the call for the stimulus and shortly after, the rationale was all about speed; a large and sudden impact. Otherwise they never would have used the word “jolt.”
Webster’s defines jolt as: “to cause to move with a sudden jerky motion,” “to give a knock or blow to; specifically to jar with a quick or hard blow,” “to interfere with roughly, abruptly, and disconcertingly,” “to move with a sudden jerky motion.” Do any of these definitions make you think of something slow and methodical? Of course not.
Biden and the democrats who pushed for this plan have been caught. And instead of admitting things haven’t worked like they thought or hoped they would, the white house is saying the stimulus is working “exactly as we had anticipated.” And unless you’re keeping up with things on your own, you may not know that it is not, nor that tunes are being changed so many octaves.
Remember when the media constantly peppered Bush with “Why don’t you admit you were wrong?” questions? Don’t expect them to do the same here.
Conservatives said repeatedly this “stimulus” not only wouldn’t work but would make things worse…and it has. Now, to try to avoid scrutiny, the administration is changing “what it meant.” The media will not report this, nor point out the conflicting statements. You’ve got to check it out for yourself.