You know the stimulus bill is bad when …

Posted by: ST on February 8, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Saturday Night Live is ripping Democrats over the stimulus plan:

Now, once you get done laughing at that, Jack Dunphy at Patterico’s has a flashback video of Milton Friedman in 1979 laying the law down to Phil Donahue on the merits of capitalism and free markets. That one will get your motor runnin’.

We need more Milton Friedmans speaking out today, and a lot less Phil Donahues.

This all brings to mind another debate taking place around all the pushing and shoving going on over the stimulus package: with what has amounted to government ownership of banks now, as well as having a big hand in other industries, and a de-emphasis put on the personal responsiblity of the individual citizen in favor of “government rescue,” are we now going the way of Europe – never to return?

Cross-posted to Right Wing News, where I am helping guestblog for John Hawkins on Sundays.

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6 Responses to “You know the stimulus bill is bad when …”


  1. Lorica says:

    WOW I really enjoyed the clueslessness of Phil as Friedman was talking about greed. As if at that time Donahue wasn’t making 10K a week or better at a time when the minimum wage was 2.85 an hour.

    I loved the SNL video. It really does show just how greedy these individuals are. I would like to correct her on the whole 8 years thing. The Reps only had a majority for the 1st 6 months of the Bush Adminstration. Then Jumpin’ Jim Jeffords became an independant. So we had to deal with idiot Dems for 18 months. Then we voted in another Rep majority in 2002 which was nibbled at in 2004 and then lost in 2006. So Bush actually had to deal with a Dem majority for over 3 1/2 years of his presidency. Most anyone with a brain would remember this, but then again we are talking about Dem voters. – Lorica

  2. NC Cop says:

    Think that’s bad, check out the cover of Newsweek:

    Check out the red and blue hands signaling the red and blue states shaking hands. Then the title:

    “We’re all socialists now”

    Isn’t that great?!

    We are so screwed.

  3. Traffic Cop Timmy says:

    I watched the opening Sat night. I found it totally boring and he doesn’t even look like Reid – he needs to look more like a cranky old grandpa with gray skin.

    These two are boring enough in real life. Impersonating them is even more boring if that is possible.

  4. Leslie says:

    ST asketh:

    “are we now going the way of Europe – never to return?”

    No. As Joni Mitchell once observed:

    “Everything comes and goes/marked by lovers and styles of clothes.”