Today is the one year anniversary of President Obama's signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and regardless of your political leanings, there's little question that the Act helped slow the economic free fall we were experiencing at this time last year.
Rachel Maddow commented several nights ago on the growing hypocrisy of legislators who, having voted against the bill, now are trying to take full credit for the benefits their constituents are enjoying as a result. Many hypocritical Congressmen and Senators are lining up to say "Look what I brung you!" when launching projects that are putting people back to work in their districts as a direct result of Stimulus funds. Those very same funds they voted against bringing to their constituents!
The video has Maddow reading a list of legislator's names, saying after each one they "trashed the stimulus, voted no, and then praised..." the many merits the stimulus brought to their own districts. Claiming, as it were, credit for the funds. The entire video is HERE, and it's worth a watch to see the hypocrisy involved.
Well, Maddow followed it up with this video, where she discussed what the Democrats need to do in order to survive in November. Basically, she says the Dems need to 1) get good candidates to fill open seats, 2) they need to pass health reform, and 3) they need to embarrass Republicans on their hypocrisy!
The fact is, despite GOP histrionics and political games, the Stimulus worked! It accomplished exactly what it was supposed to do, and the Republicans are scared shitless that they'll be called out for their hypocrisy.
Let's just hope the Democrats make it so.
UPDATE: There's a new report over at Think Progress (link) that details the efforts of 110 Republican douchebags trying to take credit for the success of the Democratic Stimulus package that they voted AGAINST!
Is anyone out there in the somnolent Mainstream Media paying attention? Wake the fuck up, morons!