February 19, 2010
Does truth matter anymore? Not in Washington.
One year ago, the Obama administration trotted out a so-called stimulus package that put nearly $1 trillion into the economy to create and save jobs. Indiana Senator Evan Bayh says not a single job was created, but there was the president on Wednesday claiming 2 million more people would be unemployed without it. He can't prove it and most of the money hasn't been spent.
Congressman Eric Cantor of Virginia, a Republican, says billions of dollars have been wasted. They've gone to help preserve union jobs, like those of teachers. Schools never have enough money and when budget cuts come we hear cries of "what about the children?" from liberals who use kids as an emotional hammer to persuade us to allow them to keep spending and raising taxes.
The new governor of Virginia, Bob McConnell, has had enough. He's announced large spending cuts in programs he regards as too expensive and wasteful. You will hear the cries of the afflicted, but he's doing the right thing. Too bad the federal government won't follow his example.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.