Dean Baker asks “Do the Republicans Have Any Clue What “Stimulus” Means?  Why isn’t the NY Times Asking?”

The NYT told readers that the Republicans objected to spending that they “ridiculed as having nothing to do with economic stimulus.” It then listed the expansion of federal Medicaid coverage of family planning services as one example.

Actually, this program involves spending money, therefore it is stimulus. This money will employ people in the provision of family planning services, just as highway spending employs people in the constructing or repairing highways.

It’s sort of like baseball being a type of sport. Some people may not like baseball, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is a sport.

If the Republicans were to insist that baseball is not a sport then it would be reasonable to assume that they do not know what the word “sport” means.

I’m with Dean Baker on this.  I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen GOP leaders John Boehner and Eric Cantor on TV claiming that expanding Head Start doesn’t have anything to do with stimulus, or aid to state and local governments doesn’t have anything to do with stimulus, or repairing the national mall doesn’t have anything to do with stimulus.  The statements don’t even make sense.  Reporters should at least follow up to ask what they mean. Maybe it was just a gaffe.

Meanwhile Boehner and Cantor keep offering as an alternative to the Democrat’s plan, massive tax cuts for people the least likely to spend it–the wealthy.  Now THAT doesn’t have anything to do with stimulus

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