I don’t usually like television ads designed by political parties. This one is better than average simply because it uses direct quotes.
A seemingly typical tactic of a politician whose plan hasn’t worked is to begin changing what he or she “meant” after the fact. If I, for example, say this plan of mine will create or save millions of jobs, and will begin doing so immediately, and after four months we’ve actually lost jobs, I can say something like: “Well, what I meant was that it will work over the next two years.” Sound familiar at all?
If the stimulus “is working exactly as we had anticipated” or working “as intended,” there is no need to say that it wasn’t designed to work so quickly. The need to “clarify” should only arise is if things are not happening as the administration said they would. And they are not.
President Obama can feel comfortable saying these things because he knows the press will not call him on it. His solution to the problem of an economic slowdown outlines the difference between conservatives and liberals. Conservatives say cut the budget and cut taxes. Have the government spend less and let people keep more of their own money so they can spend it and get the economy going strongly again. Liberals tend to say spend more and raise taxes (on the rich of course). I think this is a great example of the way this latter plan doesn’t work. After the 1987 stock market crash, president Reagan did next to nothing, and I have little doubt that is why we don’t talk about that crash today. After the 2008 problems, Obama said the government should take an aggressive role in “fixing” the problem. And we can see how well his fix is working. And while the president tries to change what he meant, it’s pretty obvious to me and a lot of other people that these kinds of solutions don’t work. They can’t work, because in a time where the country is trillions of dollars in debt, you don’t go even further into debt to try to solve the problem. That’s like trying to dig your way out of a hole by continuing to dig in the same direction that got you into the hole.
But perhaps this statement illustrates the administration’s philosophy quite nicely.
“And folks look, AARP knows and the people with me here today know, the president knows, and I know, that the status quo is simply not acceptable,” vice president Joe Biden said July 16. “It’s totally unacceptable. And it’s completely unsustainable. Even if we wanted to keep it the way we have it now. It can’t do it financially…We’re going to go bankrupt as a nation,…Now, people when I say that look at me and say, ‘What are you talking about, Joe? You’re telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?’ The answer is yes, that’s what I’m telling you.”
Hope. Change. New kind of logic. Actually it’s not new; it just keeps circulating under new catch phrases.