Conservatives hope President Obama fails to get his economic stimulus plan passed in the Senate, because they don’t want to see him get credit for preventing another [Great] Depression. Rush Limbaugh, for example: “I hope Obama fails.”
Obama, who has the job of rebuilding a shattered economy as well as a shredded Constitution, must not fail. The stimulus creates or saves 3 million or 4 million jobs; did you know the real unemployment rate is already over 13 percent? The official numbers don’t count the underemployed and those who have given up looking. The bill creates hundreds of thousands of green jobs needed for the economy, the environment, even for national security.
The Republicans are nitpicking over tiny aspects of the bill, because even they can find no fault with the bulk of it. America is in a mess now because conservative Republicans (and their Blue Dog enablers) have let Wall Street burn down Main Street. Look around you: Notice how much was built during the New Deal years. FDR saved America from a GOP-caused depression.
Let Obama and America succeed. Pass the stimulus. It’s time to do something progressive again.
— Tom Buckner