Bearman Cartoon: Presidential Scare Tactics
This editorial cartoon came to me as I was listening to President Barack Obama’s speech in Elkhart, Indiana this past week.
“If we don’t act immediately, our nation will sink into a crisis that, at some point, we may be unable to reverse.”
That scare tactic, reminded me of the things then President George Bush said after September 11, in order to pass a strong Terror Bill.
I like the fact that he takes his message to the people and disagree with Robert Schlesinger that he can go to the well once too often and overuse this tactic. But I am uncomfortable with words that intend to scare people into doing thing they wouldn’t otherwise. On the other hand I think it is disingenuous for House/Senate Republican to call him out for fear mongering when Bush did it himself. I, on the other hand, have all the rights to call anyone on this.
I am not sold on many of the elements of the stimulus package. I think much of the turmoil in the markets has been due to Wall Street and Businesses waiting to see if the government would pull the trigger to help save them rather than working on a plan to save themselves. Personally I agree with an article I read in the Economist, that concluded that no matter if the stimulus package works or not, eventually the economy will turn around and Obama will get the credit.
BTW…for the two people who keep track…what do you think of my new Obama?