Obama Flaming Out On Stimulus Explantion

Obama is stumbling in the stimulus debate — and public support is dropping — because for 30 years Republicans have lied about the role of government. Now he’s got to tell the truth.

By Joan Walsh

Tuesday’s Tom Daschle news stepped all over President Obama’s stimulus sales campaign. Likewise, it kept me from writing about Robert Reich’s excellent Salon piece on the larger issues at stake in the stimulus battle, but I want to take it up today.

Reich said something Democrats almost never say: The so-called fundamentals of our economy didn’t start weakening in 2007 or 2008 with the housing and credit crisis; they haven’t been strong for most American workers since wages began stagnating in the 1970s.

I’m going to quote Reich in a major way in a minute. But I’m writing because I’m concerned about how Obama is and isn’t selling his crucial stimulus/recovery bill. I’m wondering about what he’d say about it in an FDR-style “fireside chat.” On YouTube, or wherever. Even though I’m an Obama admirer, and also, I’m paid to know these things, I’m not sure I do know how he’d make the case for why this bill will solve our economy’s problems, and why it must pass. And soon, because new poll numbers now show that public support for it is already dropping fast. A Rasmussen poll says 43 percent oppose it, and 37 support it, an 8-point slide in two weeks. Nate Silver thinks that poll overstates the bill’s troubles. “There is some evidence — the trendline in the Rasmussen poll — that he stimulus has become less popular. There is no evidence, on the other hand, that the stimulus has become unpopular; on the contrary, the preponderance of polling evidence suggests it remains a course of action that most of the public likes.” Still, the Washington Post reported today that Senate Democrats don’t think they have the votes to pass it right now.

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2 Responses to “Obama Flaming Out On Stimulus Explantion”

  1. smellytourist Says:

    This bailout needs to be scrapped…absolutely, totally scrapped: http://smellytourist.wordpress.com/2009/02/04/proof-the-bailout-will-work/

  2. towp Says:

    For the last year most folks have been telling Obama he can do no wrong and everything he says is right. This is his first dose of reality and he truly does not have the experience nor the leadership qualities to handle it. He should get both parties to cut the waste and the BS then sell the rest to the public—thats his job–not op-eds not TV ads not spreading panic–working is what needs to be done.

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