Brendan goes ghostbusting:
In light of the latest unemployment figures, there are more persistent questions coming at the administration. Did Obama and his team get it right last winter when they put together their $787 billion stimulus package, or did they undershoot? If they made a mistake, what should they do now?
The guys at the Post must be too busy selling access to lobbyiststo do their homework, because that statement is not even close to accurate. As the AP reported in February, it was the Senate that insisted on a $787 billion stimulus. Obama asked for more than a BILLIONS more. And guess who was the driving force behind the cuts?
Scaling back the bill to levels lower than either the $838 billion Senate measure or the original $820 billion House-passed measure caused grumbles among liberal Democrats, who described the cutbacks as a concession to the moderates, particularly Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., who are under pressure from conservative Republicans to hold down spending.
Actually, Arlen is really neither a Republican nor a Democrat.
He’s an Arlenicanocrat.