Success No Matter What by John Stossel
September 30, 2009
Success No Matter What
By John Stossel
This Friday, September’s job-loss total will be announced. Whatever the numbers, administration officials surely will tell us that life is better — because of them. “We brought the global economy back from the brink,” President Obama said at the close of the G-20 meeting last week. “(B)ecause of the bold and coordinated action that we took, millions of jobs have been saved or created; the decline in output has been stopped; financial markets have come back to life”.
This has been the president’s theme: His so-called stimulus package, bailouts for politically connected banks and industries, ludicrously wasteful programs like Cash for Clunkers, etc. have saved America from the greatest disaster since the Great Depression.
But this theme runs up against some rather unfortunate facts.
In January, the administration’s economic models warned that unemployment would hit 9 percent next year if its $787 billion “stimulus” wasn’t passed. Passing it would keep the jobless rate under 8 percent before it begins to fall.
Well, the packaged passed — and unemployment in August rose to 9.7 percent.