I just received the following text message on my cell phone:
Failed stimulus & Bailout. Increased unemployment. Foreclosures. More govt spending? Want a new direction? Vote Nov 2nd 4 Roy Blunt. Txt STOP 2 Quit VHLP 4 Help
10/24/2010 3:14:23 PM
If this is from the Roy Blunt (r-lobbyists) campaign I’m seriously pissed. If it isn’t I’m seriously pissed. I don’t have a text plan for my cell phone. I very rarely text anyone. I have to pay for this shit. Assholes. And I didn’t sign up for it either.
As for the content of the text message? Here’s the true story:
…Reality: While many people conflate the “stimulus” with the bank bailouts, the bank bailouts were requested by President Bush and his Treasury Secretary, former Goldman Sachs CEO Henry Paulson. (Paulson also wanted the bailouts to be “non-reviewable by any court or any agency.”) The bailouts passed and began before the 2008 election of President Obama.
Uh, wasn’t Roy Blunt instrumental in getting the bailout passed? Uh, yep.
Reality: The stimulus worked, but was not enough. In fact, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the stimulus raised employment by between 1.4 million and 3.3 million jobs.
And that spending stuff?:
Reality: Bush’s last budget had a $1.416 trillion deficit. Obama’s first budget reduced that to $1.29 trillion.
So, Roy Blunt’s (r-lobbyists) “new direction” is back to the way that got us into this mess in the first place. Idiots.