According to reports from an hour-long interview with Peter Baker of the New York Times President Obama reflected on his presidency and the report is somewhat startling. The President gave some insight into his thinking on the subject of the stimulus and where he went wrong.
Mr. Obama admitted that he let himself look too much like “the same old tax-and-spend Democrat,” perhaps because of inexperience he realized too late that “there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects”. I guess community organizers don’t get experience in actually getting a project done as much as organizing a crowd to demand change.
The President second guessed his actions and lack of co-operation with Republicans saying perhaps he should have “let the Republicans insist on the tax cuts” in the stimulus.
So there you have it the President is now concerned with his image as a “tax-and-spend Democrat” those were his words. Does it get any clearer than that?
When he says “there’s no such thing as shovel-ready projects” he is also admitting that his stimulus “shovel ready” projects could not possibly stimulate the economy on the schedule as presents to the American people. Most people know that to construct anything with all the regulations of government and oversight that is required by law means a protracted period of time will pass before actual construction can begin.
So will we hear a mea culpa from incumbent Democratic candidates that went along with the President and his spending and stimulus? Will our own local Congressman Joe “tax and spend” Cortney still be defending his support of the stimulus or will he continue to sell us on how much he has done for the people of Connecticut supporting the President and his tax and spend stimulus?