- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 3, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The Washington Times has published several articles noting - and misrepresenting - a partial Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of the economic stimulus bill to support claims that most of the money in the bill would not be spent quickly. However, in a Jan. 27 article, David M. Dickson reported, “Referring to a recent report by the Congressional Budget Office, [former U.S. Comptroller General David M.] Walker expressed concern that most of the money for infrastructure projects funded by the stimulus bill will not be spent until after 2010” (“Stimulus bill a ‘moving target,’ ” Business).

However, the article ignored the conclusion of a Jan. 26 CBO report analyzing the entire bill that 64 percent of the combined cost of the spending increases and tax cuts in the bill would occur by Sept. 30, 2010, according to mediamatters.com and the County Fair blog.

A separate Jan. 27 article by S.A. Miller, headlined “Critics say Obama’s economic bill lacks stimulus,” quoted critics of the package but did not note that the CBO’s Jan. 26 cost estimate concluded that of the bill’s total cost of $815.86 million in spending increases and tax cuts, $525.55 million (roughly 64 percent) would be spent by the end of the 2010 fiscal year.

If I can Google the truth, can you all print it?!

CAMERON KUSS

Davis, Calif.

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