Nevermind that the "stimulus" is bad economic policy thrusting the nation farther into debt. It serves a useful purpose by helping Democrats buy votes. It's all about winning at all costs, and explains why Democrats are such avid believers in big government. It is a means to an end.
"Though some parts of the stimulus, such as extending health and
unemployment benefits, were clearly justified, the whole program never
sought to address the roughly $800 billion annual imbalance between
American consumption and production.
Instead, we have witnessed a grab bag of political handouts — Chicago
machine politics on a grand scale — designed to placate key Democratic
constituencies. Most have gone to what my old teacher Michael
Harrington described as “the social-industrial complex” consisting of
the education industry, social service providers and the various
It was never about sound economic policy, it was about politics. Consequences be damned.
HBO premiers "Assault in the Ring" tomorrow night, a documentary about the real criminal assault that took place in the boxing ring between Billy Collins Jr. and Luis Resto in 1983, when Resto removed a substantial amount of padding in his gloves to cause greater damage to the undefeated Collins.
Collins suffered permanent damage and never fought again, tumbling into a spiral of substance abuse before dying a year later in a car crash while under the influence.
"The political media played a big role in misinforming the American
public of their purported lofty view of this president. Therefore, we
are responsible for the supposed shock at Obama's average standing."
The same author notes in a separate article that the plummet in Obama's poll numbers is more precipitous than his predecessor.