Frederic Bastiat, Call Your Office

Obama was here in Missouri last week, stumping for Democratic Senatorial candidate Robin Carnahan. While visiting a Kansas City electric vehicle plant that pocketed $32 million of federal stimulus money last year, Obama found this thoughtful way to defend the stimulus program itself:

Some people would make the political calculation that it’s better to just say “no” to everything than to lend a hand to clean up the mess that we’ve been in. But my answer to those who don’t have confidence in our future, who want to stop, my answer is come right here to Kansas City see what’s going on at Smith Electric. I think they’re gonna be hard pressed to tell you that you’re not better off than you would be if we hadn’t made the investments in this plant.

Um, no, Mr. President, no one really doubts that your pals sucking on the stimulus teat are better off than they would be without the stimulus.

Is this guy a brilliant intellectual or what?

Peter G. Klein is a Research Fellow, Associate Editor of The Independent Review, and Member of the Board of Advisors of the Center on Culture and Civil Society at the Independent Institute.
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