Originally published February 20, 2009
Wouldn't it be nice if none of us had stepped in it? Feel free to scrape your shoes while you still have them...
More than two years after this cartoon originally appeared, we all know that Barack Obama's "stimulus package" didn't stimulate squat. Oh, a lot of money ended up in the pockets of the president's friends and political supporters, and added further bloat to the size and scope of government. But in terms of creating jobs or bolstering the economy...not so much.
Yet even in the face of horrendous new job numbers, Barack Obama is out on the campaign trail telling the "Big Lie" - and claiming that his policies have created robust job growth across the employment spectrum. Well, not really across the whole spectrum, but certainly in manufacturing jobs. And not all manufacturing jobs, but at least auto manufacturing jobs. In the companies that the government took over. At a loss of $14 billion dollars to taxpayers.
And while speaking at a Chrysler plant in Ohio, the president also touted the fact that "Government Motors" cars (our term, not his) recently showed increased market share over foreign imports! Wow!
What he didn't mention is that the increase in market share came from the fact that the Japanese have been unable to build and ship many cars after their disastrous tsunami and ongoing nuclear nightmare. But hey, if Mr. Obama can spin all that death and destruction into a personal campaign talking point, why not?
Frankly, we think taxpayers would be well served if GM came out with a new product line which added airbags to teleprompters...and wire them to go off when reality and campaign rhetoric collide this violently.