The Stimulus Dud

posted at 3:38 pm on July 7, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Looks like we have another good editorial cartoonist to follow.  Lisa Benson at the Washington Post Writers Group delivered this zinger last week, tying Independence Day celebrations to the lack of firepower in the $787 billion Porkulus package.  Keep striking those matches, Uncle Barack:

Even once it gets lit, it’ll just turn into one of those carbon snakes — and that will run afoul of cap-and-trade, just like Obama’s economic stimulus and any hope of future job growth. (via HA reader Dr. Dale)


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Oh it’ll fly all right.

Straight into the outhouse.

With Pelosi on the crapper, hopefully.

NoDonkey on July 7, 2009 at 3:40 PM

sizzle.

moonbatkiller on July 7, 2009 at 3:40 PM

pile of matches should be labeled as the taxpayers.

lorien1973 on July 7, 2009 at 3:41 PM

But…but…but…the second stimulus will be even better! And I’m sure that one won’t be a dud! Hey, what’s this pile of gunpowder on the ground doing here…

darii on July 7, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Are those spent matches he’s chucking? Or just the bodies of spent taxpayers?

OhEssYouCowboys on July 7, 2009 at 3:41 PM

When did Obama grow John Kerry’s chin?

myrenovations on July 7, 2009 at 3:41 PM

lorien … yup.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 7, 2009 at 3:42 PM

pile of matches should be labeled as the taxpayers.

lorien1973 on July 7, 2009 at 3:41 PM

The bane of editorial cartoons is excess labeling.

darii on July 7, 2009 at 3:43 PM

The two children who are watching … are the Representatives and Senators who obey his every command.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 7, 2009 at 3:43 PM

pile of matches should be labeled as the taxpayers.

lorien1973 on July 7, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Jobs lost since Stimu-less enacted.

artist on July 7, 2009 at 3:44 PM

Instead of matches, he is using burning dollars.. friggin big eared clown.

redrock on July 7, 2009 at 3:44 PM

My Man Barack.

Can he screw things up anymore. Oh wait – YES HE CAN

bwconq on July 7, 2009 at 3:46 PM

Are those spent matches he’s chucking? Or just the bodies of spent taxpayers?

Not to worry. Obama still has some taxpayers left. No doubt that, to him, it’s full spend away.

JakeRightThought on July 7, 2009 at 3:47 PM

He’s a yankee noodle headed dud-deeeee his stimulus did not do, it diiiiiiiied.

capejasmine on July 7, 2009 at 3:48 PM

Where’s the Kaboom? There was supposed to be an Earth-shattering Kaboom!

World B. Free on July 7, 2009 at 3:48 PM

Obama – “See, capitalism doesn’t work”

Firebird on July 7, 2009 at 3:49 PM

Uncle Scam

fogw on July 7, 2009 at 3:49 PM

Let’s see if we can figure this out:

1. Obama outsources the stimulus to Pelosi with no specific instructions
2. Obama rams the process through so it won’t get voted down
3. Obama signs whatever he gets back, knowing it’s mostly a “pay off my constituents” bill
4. The Obama administration doesn’t even care how it’s spent once it gets passed – it’s almost as if they forgot about it

Now — does that sound like an administration that was really trying to stimulate the economy? Not to me. If they weren’t trying to stimulate the economy with this spending, then what was that huge bill (and huge budget that followed) all about?

Daggett on July 7, 2009 at 3:50 PM

I am afraid that they are going to wait until 2011 and then use the balance of the Stimulus Bill funds as “walking around” money to buy votes.

Cindy Munford on July 7, 2009 at 3:53 PM

The next unemployment report could reach 10%. The second shoe to drop will be when the unemployed max their 26 weeks of benefits, followed by the emergency extension of another 20 weeks. Some time early this winter, Barack’s chickens are coming home to roost.

booter on July 7, 2009 at 3:53 PM

Barbara Boxer in a catsuit would have stimulated more Americans.

Chuck Schick on July 7, 2009 at 3:55 PM

I don’t understand how huge government borrowing/printing of money along with crippling tax increases and the voiding of contract law would not make every investor in the world jump to put capital into the USA?

jukin on July 7, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Now, Now, folks….

Just remember the people who have never run anything are far better at running things than those who have.

We just need to give the clueless one more time, we have lot’s of it to spare now that we don’t have job’s.

It’s the sign of a patriot to work your entire life for something and then just hand it over to someone who didn’t wan’t to earn it like you did.

You really shouldn’t ever disagree with the guy’s in charge because obviously they are much smarter than you, besides your a terrorist anyway.

welcome to Dope & Mange

babydoll4you on July 7, 2009 at 3:56 PM

Raaaaaaaaaaaaacist.

Seixon on July 7, 2009 at 3:56 PM

To be a bit more realistic, the rocket should be much smaller. There should be huge, expensive signs touting the great fireworks extravaganza.

ROCnPhilly on July 7, 2009 at 3:57 PM

I am afraid that they are going to wait until 2011 and then use the balance of the Stimulus Bill funds as “walking around” money to buy votes.

Cindy Munford on July 7, 2009 at 3:53 PM

By design. Of course, we’ll need to new stimulus to actually help the economy…if you believe in Keynesian economics like they do.

genso on July 7, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Barbara Boxer in a catsuit would have stimulated more Americans.

Chuck Schick on July 7, 2009 at 3:55 PM

Totally uncalled for.

Cindy Munford on July 7, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Cindy Munford on July 7, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Totally. Now I’m stimulated. At work :(

lorien1973 on July 7, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Why are those White kids seen lower than the half-black closet muslim?

SouthernGent on July 7, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Obama’s foreign policy will be just as successful.

rob verdi on July 7, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Chuck Schick,
That is Senator Catsuit to you.

rob verdi on July 7, 2009 at 4:01 PM

Now they will attempt another “stimulus” but this one maybe they will try to put actual stimuli in it, so as to duck & cover for next year’s midterms.

I swear if they even try another one, I will LOSE IT!

JAM on July 7, 2009 at 4:01 PM

sizzle.

moonbatkiller on July 7, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Thug thizzle sizzle.

AZCoyote on July 7, 2009 at 4:02 PM

If you can’t even light the fuse, how can you stimulate anything?

fourdeucer on July 7, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Chuck Schick,
That is Senator Catsuit to you.

rob verdi on July 7, 2009 at 4:01 PM

Haha. Hey, she earned it!

Chuck Schick on July 7, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Hey up there, that’s Obama’s Uncle Scam.

maverick muse on July 7, 2009 at 4:09 PM

Where’s the black hole to suck it in?

maverick muse on July 7, 2009 at 4:10 PM

We must have a new stimulus beer, the Democrat constituencies who received the funds, have pretty much drank and snorted the last one.

Party on, dudes and dudettes.

NoDonkey on July 7, 2009 at 4:12 PM

lorien1973 on July 7, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Darlin, have you seen Sen. Catsuit, er Boxer? Deep in my heart I know you could do better, even in your imaginary world. Although I must admit you seldom if ever discriminate

Cindy Munford on July 7, 2009 at 4:13 PM

Where’s the Kaboom? There was supposed to be an Earth-shattering Kaboom!

World B. Free on July 7, 2009 at 3:48 PM

Now I have to clean off my monitor! I love Marvin the Martian!

Chappy on July 7, 2009 at 4:13 PM

Where’s the black hole to suck it in?

maverick muse on July 7, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Too easy, I won’t go there. I don’t even like Star Trek.

redrock on July 7, 2009 at 4:13 PM

lorien1973 on July 7, 2009 at 3:41 PM

I think the pile of matches represents our national debt.

Love the cartoon. Three cheers for Lisa Benson! You go girl!

Loxodonta on July 7, 2009 at 4:14 PM

pile of matches should be labeled as the taxpayers.

lorien1973 on July 7, 2009 at 3:41 PM

+1

bluelightbrigade on July 7, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Part of me says, “Bring it on and let’s get it over with”. The faster we crash, the bigger CHANGE we get in Congress and the WH. I’d hate to see this drawn out over 8 years.

petefrt on July 7, 2009 at 4:19 PM

Oh it’ll fly all right.

Straight into the outhouse.

With Pelosi on the crapper, hopefully.

NoDonkey on July 7, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Meanwhile,back at the outhouse, things were piling up.

Jeff from WI on July 7, 2009 at 4:20 PM

OT: MJ has left the building (almost)

faraway on July 7, 2009 at 4:20 PM

We needed an M-80, we didn’t even get a sparkler.

Jeff from WI on July 7, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Looks like an awfully big carbon footprint being left to get it started.

jmarcure on July 7, 2009 at 4:22 PM

Where’s the Kaboom? There was supposed to be an Earth-shattering Kaboom!

World B. Free on July 7, 2009 at 3:48 PM

Someone stole his Alludium Pew-32 Explosive Space Modulator.

Daggett on July 7, 2009 at 4:25 PM

Someone stole his Alludium Pew-32 Explosive Space Modulator.

Daggett on July 7, 2009 at 4:25 PM

LOL

Jeff from WI on July 7, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Jeff from WI on July 7, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Pelosi had bulimia before bulimia was cool.

Now she just makes taxpayers puke.

NoDonkey on July 7, 2009 at 4:28 PM

When did Obama grow John Kerry’s chin?

myrenovations on July 7, 2009 at 3:41 PM

The Obama caricature looks like some old Bush caricatures, only darker.

The two children who are watching … are the Representatives and Senators who obey his every command.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 7, 2009 at 3:43 PM

The girl is a redhead–must be Pelosi. The boy has too much hair to be Reid.

Barbara Boxer in a catsuit would have stimulated more Americans.

Chuck Schick on July 7, 2009 at 3:55 PM

Don’t know about that. What about Sarah Palin? She’ll need a job soon…

Boy Scout Patrol Leader: You’ll never get that match to light.

Tenderfoot Obama: Why not? It lit once before…

Steve Z on July 7, 2009 at 4:31 PM

I thought the kids were Merkel (Germany) and either Brown (one big eye) looking doubtful of the stimulus working but waiting for it to work because that is all they can do.

In Obama’s mind he is the adult and Germany and the UK are the children.

journeyintothewhirlwind on July 7, 2009 at 4:31 PM

faraway on July 7, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Two of my co-workers are streaming the service. I can’t imagine.

Cindy Munford on July 7, 2009 at 4:32 PM

I thought there was nothing funny about Teh One.

crazy_legs on July 7, 2009 at 4:33 PM

I was going to say Brown or Medvedev until I looked again and saw the one big eye and the other one squinting (showing injury or hurt- take your pick)

journeyintothewhirlwind on July 7, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Does he realize he’s a sitting duck to an attacker with a potato gun?

Jeff from WI on July 7, 2009 at 4:34 PM

Pelosi had bulimia before bulimia was cool.

Now she just makes taxpayers puke.

NoDonkey on July 7, 2009 at 4:28 PM

lol

Jeff from WI on July 7, 2009 at 4:35 PM

You are all out to lunch. I know for a fact that fish barriers were very well stimulated.

Edouard on July 7, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Obama was negligent in letting congress come up with the stimulus. Maybe he believed that almost $800B on anything had to be stimulative, but now he is finding out that the bill was more focused on social engineering and paying off special interest than in providing an adrenaline shot to the economy.

I’m sure he’ll ask for a do-over. Biden fumbled the message the other day, but he was essentially laying the ground work for porkulus II.

dedalus on July 7, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Cap Taxes, Trade Congress
By Kyle-Anne Shiver
I’m all for cap ‘n trade; it’s a nifty idea. Simply splendid. Positively stupendous. Brilliant beyond brilliant. I just have a different take on the whole notion.

maverick muse on July 7, 2009 at 4:40 PM

OT: MJ has left the building (almost)

faraway on July 7, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Yeah… and he’s still dead, too.

Yoop on July 7, 2009 at 4:41 PM

Wait till the new TRADE bill kicks in. Awesome stupititude.

On June 24, 106 Members of Congress introduced the Trade Reform, Accountability, Development, and Employment (TRADE) Act (H.R. 3012) as the vehicle for reshaping U.S. trade policy. Mandating additional reviews of current and potential trade agreements and adding a multitude of new exceptions, regulatory barriers, and other requirements, the act, if implemented, will effectively bring to a halt the free flow of goods and services into and out of the United States–hurting U.S. consumers and exporters alike.
Though cloaked as a measure designed to “ensure that trade is fair for our workers and economy,”[1] in reality such “fairness” means special breaks and government handouts for the politically connected and powerful, with the rest of America paying the bill. The real intent of the legislation is clear: to erect costly, protectionist walls around America’s economy. In the process, it is likely to sound the death knell for the international trade system as a whole.

Open Markets: A Vital American Interest

As a consequence of more than six decades of trade liberalization, the United States has become the central and critical player in the global market, serving as a principle consumer and producer of goods and services flowing around the world. This trade has bolstered U.S. investment, jobs, economic growth, and prosperity. Trade accounts for about one-third of U.S. GDP, and open markets are vital to America’s well-being. The proposed interventions of the TRADE Act would end openness by:

Granting an unfair competitive advantage to the special interests that lobby the hardest for protection, demanding onerous–and likely unfeasible–concessions from America’s trade partners; and ultimately Eroding the rules-based system of trade that has lifted millions from poverty and driven economic growth in the U.S. and elsewhere.

The legislation would reduce America’s presence in international commerce and hurt workers and businesses in all nations–including the U.S. [Front Page via Weasel Zippers]

Akzed on July 7, 2009 at 4:42 PM

The cartoon portrays the stimulus as a rocket – meaning it has the potential to blast the economy off. And only the dolt Obama who can’t light a match (find a catalyst) is standing in the way of the stimulus working.

Looks like a liberal slant to me – “stimulus could work if we just do it right” – most likely libs think the catalyst is… more stimulus.

I’d like to see Obama dumping a bucket of gasoline (stimulus) on a raging inferno (recession) which is burning up a house (economy).

Ahh a Lion on July 7, 2009 at 4:43 PM

Looks like a liberal slant to me – “stimulus could work if we just do it right” – most likely libs think the catalyst is… more stimulus.

Ahh a Lion on July 7, 2009 at 4:43 PM

How about cutting taxes on income and products? Isn’t that an economic stimulus plan that would work?

Loxodonta on July 7, 2009 at 4:45 PM

Someone stole his Alludium Pew-32 Explosive Space Modulator.

Daggett on July 7, 2009 at 4:25 PM

Okay, okay! I surrender! /snicker

Chappy on July 7, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Here’s an idea, Congress, Executive Branch, state government officials don’t get paid until the economy recovers and unemployment drops below 4%. We’d save money and finally get rid of those who are always throwing up ideological roadblocks.

GarandFan on July 7, 2009 at 4:50 PM

To be “seriously” considered as a candidate for the POTUS, please provide a written statement addressing the following issues:

1. Describe in detail your understanding of free market economics, capitalism, and how you’re direct work experience relates to this understanding. Give specific examples of business and financial leadership roles you have held in the private sector, and the challenges you’ve overcome.

2. Explain at a high level, the consequences of government competing for available resources with private enterprise as it pertains to: interest rates, allocation of resources (tangible and intangible), asset prices, and inflation. Support your position on how EOE enhances price discovery in the labor markets and labor market efficiencies. Relate this to your experience in the private sector and your expertise in fostering capitalism. Be specific.

3. How many states have an income tax? (hint: less than 57). How many of the 57 states will be bankrupt by the year 2012 (hint: less than 57). Which state we’re you born in, and how did grandma get there?

Articulate your positions clearly. Do not stutter with “ers” and “uhs”, and refrain from using cliches such as “Let me be clear…”.

Good luck.

(hey DrSteve – they let me in the hen house! It’s fun in here!)

NumberTwo on July 7, 2009 at 4:55 PM

This is not the stimulus package that I had come to know.

DrW on July 7, 2009 at 5:21 PM

Where’s the Kaboom? There was supposed to be an Earth-shattering Kaboom!

World B. Free on July 7, 2009 at 3:48 PM

Thank you World! A good Marvin the Martian reference is always appreciated and good for a laugh. I really can see Obama having a hissy fit and using the same tone of voice as Marvin. Too funny…

Agent of the Cross on July 7, 2009 at 5:36 PM

“Barbara Boxer in a catsuit would have stimulated more Americans.”

I really didn’t need that image, you know.

hachiban on July 7, 2009 at 5:40 PM

So I was shopping for fireworks on July 4th when I come across a 20 shot product called “Bushinator”. It has a picture of George W. Bush on it followed by the quote, “The $463 Billion dollar deficit man.”

Should I expect to see the “Obamainator” next year followed by, The $1.5 Trillion dollar deficit man.”

I doubt it.

WashJeff on July 7, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Should I expect to see the “Obamainator” next year followed by, The $1.5 Trillion dollar deficit man.”

I doubt it.

WashJeff on July 7, 2009 at 5:45 PM

It will be called the Obamawaster with the tagline :

The 20 TRILLION dollar sparkle and suprize!

It’ll have a bright and shiney gold package with crap inside it and retail for 99.95 plus carbon tax, fireworks tax, freedom tax, usage tax, observation tax, and don’t forget sales tax!

babydoll4you on July 7, 2009 at 6:04 PM

pile of matches should be labeled as the taxpayers.

lorien1973 on July 7, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Ooh, you have a clever eye, you should take up political cartooning.

ConservadorRebelde on July 7, 2009 at 8:47 PM

And the freaking majority of us Hot Air “mouthbreathers” called it also. No way it was going to work. No way they wanted it to work.

Strategy=

Use government to redistribute wealth.

Get a majority of Americans on the receiving end.

Run big corporations like big government.

Destroy the private sector in the process and make even more Americans dependent on Bog Government…

Oh yeah, blame Bush.

You sucker stupid donks and whoever else that voted for these clowns. You freaking destroyed our country.

hawkdriver on July 7, 2009 at 11:17 PM

What I find troubling is all the Republicans out there who fundamentally believe that the stimulus plan could work ‘if only’ this and that.

I’m simply amazed. But, when anyone challenged this pile of crap (the few that did anyway) the pundits and MSM immediately started with the “Party of NO” garbage.

And the average American citizen just knows that the government has to do something to fix the economy.

I’m not an economist, but I know one thing-if you subsidize people and systems they are in shock and helpless when that money runs out. It’s just like all these ‘adults’ out there who can only subsist on the money their parents give to them. I guess there’s a lot more of those out there than I thought judging by the pervasive handout mentality of the populace in this country.

The solution is simple-the government needs to quit ‘managing’ the private sector and let them profit or fail on their own merits. Those who screw up will be replaced by those who are better in that particular business.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 8, 2009 at 4:44 AM

Last I knew yuo had to dry crap before it would burn.

herself on July 8, 2009 at 5:10 AM

PC Alert: “carbon snake” is a racist term! Don’t ask why – just accept it, debase yourself in abject apology, and feel bad for being a conservative.

Paul_in_NJ on July 8, 2009 at 7:38 AM

Uncle Scam is right, how does a nation send a message that we do not approve of the way things are going and want a different direction? Without looking lke Honduras that is…

workingforpigs on July 8, 2009 at 8:51 AM