Three out of four think stimulus money was wasted




People are gullible, and Republicans lie.

But what do you expect people to believe when one party fights and the other runs?

I wrote early last year that the administration was not fighting hard enough to pass the stimulus package, and wasn’t fighting hard enough afterwards to define it as necessary and a success. And this is what happens as a result. It’s why Joe and I, and many others, complain when we see the White House and the congressional leadership not standing up to the Republicans, and the conservative sell-outs in our own party. We don’t do it because it’s fun to complain. And it’s not because we’re bed-wetters. But rather because we’ve been around long enough to know that there are consequences to shows of political weakness.

To not get credit for passing the stimulus, which CBO says saved or created from 600,000 to 1.6 million jobs, is insane. And it’s a prescription for being blamed for any other good legislation we pass in the future. Democrats need to learn how to fight, or their good work will get them thrown out of office. And the one proven tool we have for fighting back, the Netroots, is treated with disdain by the White House and ignored by the party.

And they wonder why we lose.


CyberDisobedience on Substack | @aravosis | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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