The PJ Tatler

Pelosi, Democrats Drop 'Stimulus' From Their Vocabulary

But since they haven’t changed their Keynesian ways, the language change amounts to putting some new lipstick on the same big government pig.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Democrats have dropped the word “stimulus” from their vocabulary.

Though the House minority leader and her caucus are still pushing an economic stimulus agenda to save the economy, they’ve radically changed their rhetoric with the hope of winning over voters who saw “stimulus” as close to a dirty word.

In other words, they’re trying to fool the voters.

Democrats are now being careful to frame their job-creation agenda in language excluding references to any stimulus, even though their favored policies for ending the deepest recession since the Great Depression are largely the same.

Indeed, with President Obama scheduled Thursday to lay out his job-creation plans before a joint session of Congress, liberal Democrats and left-leaning policy groups are pressuring him to ignore short-term deficit spending concerns in favor of sweeping spending initiatives designed to boost hiring.

Their answer to every problem is always to spend more of other people’s money. They’re making a category error here, and I don’t see any evidence that Pelosi et al even realize it. Government doesn’t create wealth, but can confiscate wealth and redistribute it. All of these stimulus efforts, or whatever Pelosi et al want to call them, are redistributive — they take money from some either currently living Americans or future Americans, and redistribute it to others. This will not stimulate the economy. At best it will move some money into hands more likely to spend it, but it won’t create wealth or allow wealth creators to get to the business of creating more wealth. The best thing they can do is stop trying to fool the voters and stop using the power of the government gun to redistribute wealth. Just get the government out of the way. But that’s the one thing today’s Democrats are least likely to do.