Friday, February 19, 2010

No Mystery in History

There is spin -- and there are facts. History -- slowly but surely -- washes away the spin and leaves us with the facts. The emotions, the clamor and the confusion get left behind as the facts become known and the truth emerges.

”Just look at the outside evaluations of the stimulus. Perhaps the best-known economic research firms are IHS Global Insight, Macroeconomic Advisers and Moody’s They all estimate that the bill has added 1.6 million to 1.8 million jobs so far and that its ultimate impact will be roughly 2.5 million jobs. The Congressional Budget Office, an independent agency, considers these estimates to be conservative.“

That’s the word from David Leonhardt in his article “Judging Stimulus by Job Data Reveals Success“ in today’s New York Times.

You probably won’t ever hear that out of my Congressman. He still uses his office to spread the Republican narrative:

”Even though administration officials promised the stimulus would have an effect "almost immediately," we're still waiting.

Georgians, along with all other Americans, are asking, "Where are the jobs?"”

Congressman Westmoreland chooses spin over facts. But that’s politics. And nobody ever said politics had anything to do with the truth. I know which source I choose to believe. You can believe Lynn Westmoreland if you want. But I’d watch this first.

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There’s that history thing again.

Don Brown
February 19, 2010

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