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A conservative Raleigh radio talk show host was bantering on the air Wednesday afternoon with the news anchor who had just ended his report with a story about the federal stimulus package, which the host promptly ridiculed as a waste of money.

A Raleigh right-wing think tanker recently described the stimulus package as an abject failure. The anti-government talking heads on the cable shows like to say the stimulus plan is part of what is bankrupting America.

All the zealots must have winced Wednesday when their paper of record, the Wall Street Journal, reported that the stimulus package is helping the county climb out of the recession.

Whoops. Time to adjust those talking points.

5 Comments


  1. Kimberly

    September 3, 2009 at 7:29 am

    I really don’t think the right wing talking heads care about reporting the truth. Those who are against President Obama will find a way to twist the facts and the numbers regardless of what anyone says. Fear, greed, selfishness, and racism clouds their thinking and narrows their point of view to the point that the truth no longer matters to them. It is sad.

  2. IBXer

    September 3, 2009 at 9:07 am

    I don’t know about you guys, but I ALWAYS turn to art history majors like Ms. Solomon when I need a lesson in economics.

  3. Adam Searing

    September 3, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Since 1/3rd of the stimulus package contains broad tax cuts for working people, I’m not sure how the right can say that’s a waste of money.

  4. Jack Lang

    September 3, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Most of them are roadaholics, too. Go figure.

  5. Steve Turner

    September 6, 2009 at 6:38 am

    IBXer:
    The only thing more stupid would be for right-wingers to get economic lessons from an English major named Amity Shlaes.

    Surely you remember that Shlaes’ “The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression” became a must-read for conservatives who opposed the stimulus bill. Shlaes (neither an economist nor a historian) dreadful book had all the intellectual heft and academic rigor of someone with a tape recorder and a free afternoon at a nursing home who interviewed people that had lived through the Great Depression.

    Hell IBXer, Studs Terkel did it first and better with his oral histories, but I don’t remember Progressives wanting to nominate him for Fed Chairman.

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