I support sensible welfare support systems, and contrary to what most conservatives believe, almost all welfare is administered by the states and almost all welfare is temporary. The main variations being Veterans benefits (which are included in welfare numbers, but I would hardly consider them handouts, and permanent disability claims).
I do recall conservatives arguing that the polls surrounding heathcare reform should be taken as the Gospel of American opinion, but hey, that was then (and those polls included not only people who thought the reform bill went too far, about 38%, but the folks who felt it did not go far enough, about 14%)
Another month of proof for four years running that this administration couldn't give a crap about private sector jobs. Forget what they say, all their actions and results prove that their priority is to grow and get more people dependent on government. The Obama malais continues, right on schedule.
But you say "by all standards the stimulus was a complete and utter failure as the results show"
How do you support that contention?
The only way to know for sure is to have a view into an alternate reality where a different policy path was taken. Beyond that impossibility, all we can go on is the view of experts, professional economists.
So tell me what do economists say?
I can show you a poll of economists where 92% agree that the stimulus succeeded in reducing joblessness, but I could also find economists in the minority who disagree.
Are you suggesing that since a small minority of economists agree with you they must be right, because.... they agree with you???
yeah, that makes an unemployment rate of 7.7% Which is a big improvement over the worst in October 2009 when it was 138.4 million employed and a labor force of 153.8 million (UE rate of 10%)Getting back to 143 million is very poor performance especially with a 155 million labor force.
but it's not. You keep talking like the numbers are the lowest they've been, and not an improvement over the worst. Too slow perhaps, but still an improvement.Being up from the worst decline but not even close to being back to 2007 numbers is the disaster I am talking about.
Therefore, since the world has still/Much good, but much less good than ill,
And while the sun and moon endure/Luck's a chance, but trouble's sure,
I'd face it as a wise man would,/And train for ill and not for good.
So, which is it?
How many attempts to repeal Obamacare does the House need? I would suspect that since they KNOW that it will not get through the Senate, maybe one vote to get themselves on record might be appropriate, but how exactly is Congress doing the business of the nation by having nearly three dozen votes passing the same DOA bill? How does a pointless vote save us money?
Filibusters, read it yourself.... U.S. Senate: Reference Home >
I recognize that you believe that lower income taxes will stimulate economic growth, I just disagree and if you look at the data, America has always had economic growth, whether we have tax hikes or cuts, so eventually we will recover lost revenues to a point, but as the record shows, that point has never been enough to balance the budget, that is why we see record deficits during good economic times following supply side tax cuts. Reagan, Bush.