“He should have focused on the economy.”

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 @ 9:05 am | Beltway-itis, Clueless Conservatives

Yglesias stops and takes a look at this never-quite-explained meme:

Are there any centrist Democrats or moderate Republicans who are going to claim that had Obama backed off on health care they would have voted for substantial additional short-term stimulus measures? Do any sources at the Federal Reserve think that had Obama not attempted health reform that Ben Bernanke would have implemented a more expansionary agenda? As far as I know, the answer to both of those questions is “no” so nothing was actually traded off when Obama decided to focus on health care. But even though everyone in the media is very interested in second-guessing Obama these days, nobody seems interested in looking in to these issues.

Obama and the Democrats were certainly a bit busy this past year. After all, Republicans managed to filibuster 80% of the bills Congress tried passing. Of course, I would have wanted a robust public works bill last year, but that would have been filibustered also. So what exactly are people talking about? As usual, so much noise, so few solutions.

-hw

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