Was rereading Michael Grunwald's #mustread piece in Foreign Policy Think Again: Obama's New Deal and I was struck by two things early in the article:
First, I hadn't caught it before, but he points out that Mitt Romney's stimulus proposal in 2008 was the largest of any Presidential candidate running in 2008! My assumption is that it was top heavy with tax cuts so there probably wasn't as much bang for the buck as one would want out of a stimulus; but still its so amazing to watch "Post-Truth campaign 2012" as Mitt Romney runs away from pretty much everything he's ever believed in.
Second, the positive impact of the stimulus on the economy is extremely clear to mainstream economists of all political persuasions, who are these Republicans that actually think the stimulus hurt our economy? Who think that the Obama stimulus was some kind of radical socialist scheme? I mean seriously, we are talking pretty low caliber on the intellectual totem pole to mistake an Eisenhower center-right pragmatist for a radical left wing redistributionist! I know one should not have high expectations of voters--most don't pay much attention to politics and policy; and I also know that people don't vote on policy (they don't even vote via the use of reasoning) but still I can't help but wonder who are these Republicans and how in the world do they get their information about the world?
We truly live at a time of cultural crisis when a massive swath of the electorate is not only buying into blatant lies but is passionately disregarding basic facts with pride.