Later, speaking to House Democrats gathered at the Kingsmill Resort, Mr. Obama strayed from his text to express frustration with the barrage of criticism that has bogged down the plan. The plan’s opponents say, “‘This is not a stimulus bill, this is a spending bill,'” Mr. Obama said. “What do think a stimulus is? That’s the whole point! No seriously, that’s the point! Now I’m getting carried away.”
Thus, spending = stimulus. By this logic, the President is claiming there is no reason to limit government spending. It’s all stimulative! The American people sense this is at best hyperbole, at worst, a falsehood, no matter what the content of the bill, so it follows that support for it is waning.
Worse, still, is if anyone looks at the contents of the bill. Is it any wonder that Reid and Pelosi and the President want a vote on it without Congressional debate?
The voters want a stimulus bill that has a chance of actually stimulating the economy beyond the momentary pop one gets by shoveling dollars from helicopters. There’s plenty in the current bill worth enacting, but the bulk of it is politically-driven government largess.
Taxpayers know this.