There he goes again: another $300 billion for Porkulus II: Economic Boogaloo?

posted at 12:05 pm on September 7, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The RNC has a new ad out today called “Sound Familiar?”, which turns out to be good timing, to which we’ll return in a moment.  The national news media got an advance look at Barack Obama’s new jobs plan, and it looks, well … very familiar:

With the economy struggling and his reelection campaign gearing up, President Barack Obama plans to propose a jobs package worth several hundred billion dollars, mostly in tax cuts, infrastructure spending, and direct aid to state and local governments, according to reports on Wednesday.

The plan’s price tag is roughly $300 billion, the Associated Press, Bloomberg News and CNN reported. The Washington Post pegged it at least $200 billion, while The New York Times said it would come in at “several hundred billion” dollars, but didn’t report a specific figure.

Earlier today, I mentioned the Making Work Pay temporary tax cut that had practically no impact on the economy.  Guess what will be the core of the new jobs plan?

The two central measures in the Obama jobs package are expected to be a one-year extension of the payroll tax cut and an extension of expiring jobless benefits, according to the AP. Those two initiatives would total around $170 billion.

Hmm.  The MWP, extending jobless benefits, and moving up some infrastructure spending.  Gee … doesn’t that sound an awful lot like the stimulus package Obama demanded and received in 2009?  Readers will recall that Obama promised that spending $800 billion that we don’t have on those projects would keep unemployment below 8%.  For all but a single month since then, we’ve been at 9% unemployment or above while workers left the workforce in droves.

Let’s not forget that we just sent Congress on a mission to eliminate trillions in future deficit spending in a bill that cut spending next year by a whopping $7 billion. That’s 2.3% of the spending Obama will demand on Thursday evening. So what will Obama promise from the Mini-Me Porkulus for this reversal? We won’t get unemployment above 10% in the upcoming Obama recession?

Obama’s political strategy in delivering this plan to a joint session is clear, but absolutely idiotic.  He thinks that by demanding that Congress pass Son of Porkulus, he’ll put House Republicans on the spot by blocking supposedly stimulating initiatives and that he can run against GOP intransigence in 2012.  In reality, Obama will command a national stage to insist on borrowing even more money to try a set of policies that spectacularly failed the first time around in the hope that doing it again will somehow produce different results.  By raising expectations of a new approach and delivering the same failure repackaged as a new policy, Obama will have made the best possible argument against his re-election.

That brings us back to the RNC’s new ad.  Yes, things are sounding very, very familiar indeed:

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19v5Kjmc8FI

a capella on September 7, 2011 at 12:59 PM

The Democratic Party … The party of Mo’.

MaxMBJ on September 7, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Disappointed in Dana perino lately…..too squishy

cmsinaz on September 7, 2011 at 12:50 PM

..she’s been like that ever since tah abortion “The Five” replaced the GB show on FN. Probably because she sits next to that liberal blowhard turd-bag Beckel.

The War Planner on September 7, 2011 at 1:02 PM

I’m not sure who is the most repulsive, Obama, or the idiots that continue to believe him.

rplat on September 7, 2011 at 1:12 PM

OH GOODY! The GREAT ODOGMA will propose more infrastructure/shovel ready jobs/make work jobs for unions hoping that the perspective deficient media lapdogs will not mention the years it takes to design, plan, permit, approve infrastructure projects. Somebody get this loser a clown suit!

wtng2fish on September 7, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Just deny the facts, ignore the truth, and continue to about your merry way. Oh Hot Air, how you continue to amuse.
 
Constantine on September 7, 2011 at 12:45 PM

 
Faith-based economics.

rogerb on September 7, 2011 at 1:17 PM

You folks with the blogs and websites, get that video of little Bammie laughing and saying “I guess those jobs weren’t as shovel ready as we thought they were” and hold on to it, because I suspect the progs will try to scrub it from the internets.

It will make a great Republican ad for next year.

slickwillie2001 on September 7, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Breaking:

Obama announces Maxine Waters/Jan Schakowsky/Paul Krugman Epic Recovery Plan: 100 billion to make shovels, 100 billion for unemployed to dig holes, 100 billion for unemployed to fill holes.

visions on September 7, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Just deny the facts, ignore the truth, and continue to about your merry way. Oh Hot Air, how you continue to amuse.

Constantine on September 7, 2011 at 12:45 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P36x8rTb3jI

a capella on September 7, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Outstanding ad. Perhaps, rather than a GOP rebuttal tomorrow, they should play a ten minute loop of this instead!

herm2416 on September 7, 2011 at 1:27 PM

The two central measures in the Obama jobs package are expected to be a one-year extension of the payroll tax cut and an extension of expiring jobless benefits

So that’s Obama’s “Jobs Program”? Paying people who have not worked for over a year and cutting taxes on those that are already working? Wow!

elfman on September 7, 2011 at 1:35 PM

I’m not sure who is the most repulsive, Obama, or the idiots that continue to believe him.

rplat on September 7, 2011 at 1:12 PM

I’d say it’s the idiots who continue to believe in him.

I can tune him out, just like most of America will on Thursday night. But the lefties that I have to deal with on a daily basis are like a bad case of the fleas. They bug the he11 out of you.

Trying to talk sense to an 0bamaZombie is like talking to a brick wall. When you try and engage them with facts, you’re met with derision, mockery and personal attacks. It’s all they have. That, and “Bush’s Fault.”

UltimateBob on September 7, 2011 at 1:36 PM

The War Planner on September 7, 2011 at 1:02 PM

probably

cmsinaz on September 7, 2011 at 1:39 PM

The War Planner on September 7, 2011 at 1:02 PM

I see a little bit of rerun of The Five if I’m cleaning up the kitchen late at night and there’s nothing on TCM I want to watch. The Five is so bad. It’s hard to believe FOX went with it.

INC on September 7, 2011 at 1:43 PM

I see a little bit of rerun of The Five if I’m cleaning up the kitchen late at night and there’s nothing on TCM I want to watch. The Five is so bad. It’s hard to believe FOX went with it.

INC on September 7, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Au contraire, “The Five” is rather entertaining. Good break in the middle of the day.

Blacklake on September 7, 2011 at 1:49 PM

The best idea is to give Obama everything he asks for – BUT insist that HE first point out offsetting cuts in the budget, not to be counted among the cuts the joint committee is doing.

If he refuses, we can point out his plan violates the budget deal, but we offered to go along with it if he would only get specific with a few cuts for once.

If he agrees, his plan becomes another failed Obama scheme when it doesn’t work.

Either way, we screw with his REAL idea which is to have his proposals turned down, then campaign that they would have saved the day if the racist, evil Republicans weren’t so tight-fisted.

Adjoran on September 7, 2011 at 1:53 PM

The NeverEnding Story of “Shovel Ready”.
Jobs are just around the corner,and vote
for me(Hopey/Changey)so that the same idiot
policies can stay in place,and extend the
jobless rate,from 2012 till 2016!!!

F’kn Nuts I say,its been about 3 years of
the same talk and dance!!

canopfor on September 7, 2011 at 1:58 PM

canopfor on September 7, 2011 at 1:58 PM

amen buddy

cmsinaz on September 7, 2011 at 2:00 PM

There he goes again: another $300 billion for Porkulus II: Economic Boogaloo?

Haha… Economic Boogaloo… apt descriptor, for sure.

I’ll be stealing this phrase in future discourse on this topic with my erstwhile peers.

Lawrence on September 7, 2011 at 2:10 PM

INC on September 7, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Agreed. It is awful.

a capella on September 7, 2011 at 2:11 PM

I did this photoshop a couple of years ago, but it is still applicable. Feel free to share:

http://i220.photobucket.com/albums/dd287/loudtalker/Stimulus2.jpg

cannonball on September 7, 2011 at 2:19 PM

Basically it boils down to this. A phony tax cut (we’ve had a “rebate” every year since Pelosi and Reid took control of Congress), a stimulus for unions (President signed an Executive Order that says any project over $25M must be union) and a bailout for liberal states. Most states that went Republican dealt with their budget shortfalls. During that time, we heard every liberal and union leader fight this tooth and nail. Now Obama wants to either undermine the GOP governors or just hand money over to irresponsible liberal governors. I’ll bet Governor Moonbeam is finally feeling good about his terrible budget (along with the Connecticut governor).

djaymick on September 7, 2011 at 3:29 PM

I see this as a transparent call to fund Obama’s reelection with taxpayer money.

Obama wants to funnel this $300 Billion of taxpayer dollars to unions and other Democrat cronies figuring that they will send him a $300 million cut of that money for his reelection campaign.

RJL on September 7, 2011 at 3:50 PM

canopfor on September 7, 2011 at 1:58 PM
amen buddy

cmsinaz on September 7, 2011 at 2:00 PM

cmsinaz:)

canopfor on September 7, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Au contraire, “The Five” is rather entertaining. Good break in the middle of the day.

Blacklake on September 7, 2011 at 1:49 PM

I was disappointed that Fox took Beck off the air and for a while I purposely didn’t tune in after he left. Then I decided to see what they had replaced Beck with. I switched to Fox during the former Beck time slot and the first person I saw was Bob Beckel, I quickly changed the channel and haven’t been back since.

RJL on September 7, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Sooooooooooooooooooooooo,
Tax Cuts are going to be back on the table,
in Hopeys speech!!

**************Fasten your Seat Belts***************************

canopfor on September 7, 2011 at 4:00 PM

I was disappointed that Fox took Beck off the air and for a while I purposely didn’t tune in after he left. Then I decided to see what they had replaced Beck with. I switched to Fox during the former Beck time slot and the first person I saw was Bob Beckel, I quickly changed the channel and haven’t been back since.

RJL on September 7, 2011 at 3:59 PM

It appears that was Beck’s decision, but Fox News had plenty of time to put something together that would be better than the Bob Beckel show. Nevermind the UK hacking scandal, I want an investigation of who screwed this up.

slickwillie2001 on September 7, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Hopeys Speech Theme:
====================

Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo by Ollie & Jerry
***********************************************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeJVrfUof_c

canopfor on September 7, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Hopeys Speech Theme:
====================

Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo by Ollie & Jerry
***********************************************

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeJVrfUof_c

canopfor on September 7, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Ugh,double posty,oops,sorry!

canopfor on September 7, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Outstanding ad. Perhaps, rather than a GOP rebuttal tomorrow, they should play a ten minute loop of this instead!

herm2416 on September 7, 2011 at 1:27 PM

The ad was good at pointing out the problem, but didn’t say anything about proposed solutions.

Steve Z on September 7, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Basically it boils down to this. A phony tax cut (we’ve had a “rebate” every year since Pelosi and Reid took control of Congress), a stimulus for unions (President signed an Executive Order that says any project over $25M must be union) and a bailout for liberal states. Most states that went Republican dealt with their budget shortfalls. During that time, we heard every liberal and union leader fight this tooth and nail. Now Obama wants to either undermine the GOP governors or just hand money over to irresponsible Democratic governors. (Or is this a bailout for Rahm?) I’ll bet Governor Moonbeam is finally feeling good about his terrible budget (along with the Connecticut governor).

djaymick on September 7, 2011 at 5:32 PM

I can’t believe I have to throw yet another naive flag here. This plan will work exactly as designed. No matter what the republicans do, go along with it, block it, it will be used to beat them over the heads. They can give him everything he asks for with zero discussion and they’ll be tarred as racist penny pinchers anyway.

And the beating will work too. As usual, the republicans will give him ANOTHER blank check (I suppose we should thank them, as the last one was $2.4 TRILLION….this one’s a veritable bargain) and then hide in the corner getting pelted with rotten veggies from the media. The leftists keep trying this over and over again because it has yet to fail. In football, you keep running the same play till the defense finally stops it. Our defense never took the field.

runawayyyy on September 7, 2011 at 6:56 PM

I must have missed something in the past three years. Didn’t Obozo create the debt crisis by inflating it at his own peril by taking full advantage of total democratic control of government, and ramming his stimulus, bank bailouts, automaker bailouts, ObozoCare, etc. down our throats without a consideration of the republican voices? Remember the “I won, you lost” moment?

My question is, why do the republicans not bring this up everytime he asks for more money to waste, and remind voters that had he not played his prior games that spending would not be totally cut off now? Speak of talking points, that should be the right’s mantra going forward. Yet, the republicans are sitting back and expecting the general population to examine the facts. MSM forcefeeds the masses with how it’s all republican’s fault, and they believe it. It’ll just allow that moron to steal another election, and complete his mission of destroying America in the name of his muslim brotherhood…

stacman on September 8, 2011 at 1:43 PM

For those of you who enjoy any opportunity to imbibe adult refreshment, how about a drinking game for “The One’s” campaign appearance speech tonight? How about a shot with a beer chaser for each strawman that is created and knocked down during the speech?

Employer Advisory: game participant may be too sloshed to show up for work tomorrow

olesparkie on September 8, 2011 at 1:51 PM

For those of you who enjoy any opportunity to imbibe adult refreshment, how about a drinking game for “The One’s” campaign appearance speech tonight? How about a shot with a beer chaser for each strawman that is created and knocked down during the speech?

Employer Advisory: game participant may be too sloshed to show up for work tomorrow

olesparkie on September 8, 2011 at 1:51 PM

That would make for a good excuse, but there’s no way I’m going to sit through that speech, sloshed or not…

stacman on September 8, 2011 at 1:57 PM

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