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Opposition to Obama’s Plan ≠ Doing Nothing



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Today’s Washington Post has an article exposing President Obama’s repeated demagogic assertion that those who oppose his so-called stimulus plan favor doing nothing:

But in truth, few of those involved in the stimulus debate are suggesting that the government should not take action to aid the cratering economy.

Many of the president’s fiercest congressional critics support a stimulus package of similar size but think it should be built around a much higher proportion of tax cuts than new spending. Others have called for a plan that is half the size of the one headed for a House-Senate conference — still massive by historical standards.

Even those who think that no new government spending is necessary do not advocate a stand-still approach. A newspaper ad by the Cato Institute, signed by 250 economists, argued for removing “impediments to work, saving, investment and production” and said that “lower tax rates and a reduction in the burden of government are the best ways of using fiscal policy to boost growth.”

“I don’t know of a single Republican in the House or Senate who thinks Congress should do nothing in the wake of this recession,” Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) said Tuesday. “We want to do something that will work.”

Too bad the article is buried on page A6, bears the unhelpful title “Obama Paints America’s Choice as His Plan or Nothing”, and unconvincingly contends that President Bush set up similarly empty straw-man arguments.



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