The Washington Times - September 7, 2010, 04:03PM

When the administration can’t even get MSNBC on their side when it comes to repackaging a failed message on their new massive $50 billion economic bailout package, the White House should know it is in for a bumpy ride.


TAMRON HALL: Even these new White House proposals, the White House is staying far away from calling it a second stimulus. NBC’s Savannah Guthrie is at the White House. Savannah, I imagine they’re not calling it a second stimulus, because of the critics and what they will get in backlash, but Robert Gibbs was asked about this repeatedly today.

SAVANNAH GUTHRIE: Yeah we asked him about it today. It’s one of those occasions the White House Press Secretary seems to tie himself in knots a little bit over this saying its not a second stimulus but then I asked him directly, “Well, does that mean it does not stimulate the economy?” and he kind of hemmed and hawed and then said, “Wait a minute it’s going to promote growth.” I think this reluctance to use the “s” word “stimulus” just reflects in a lot of ways just the public relations and communications disaster the first stimulus was.

The White House knows very well that it’s first economic bailout, courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer, failed not because they named it a “stimulus package.” The administration and its allies can call it a jobs bill, like they have on past legislation, an infrastructure bill, or economic growth legislation, but no amount of PR, marketing, and message massaging will change that government cannot create wealth or jobs in the private sector by spending taxpayer money.