- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 29, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

On Monday’s second Voices page, we have Donald Lambro (“Jobless ‘jolt’”) at the top citing Congressional Budget Office figures that project that the massive spending “bailout” stimulus program will not create jobs and will not stimulate the economy in the foreseeable future. This is in direct contrast to the president’s intention to “give the economy ‘a jolt’ by quickly injecting stimulus funds into the nation’s economic arteries in hope of creating more than 3 million jobs.”

In the next column, we have Star Parker describing the March for Life (“Responsibility for life”) and noting, “Can it be accidental that with the millions of abortions that followed the Roe v. Wade decision, the stability of American families spiraled downward, divorce rates increased, and out-of-wedlock birthrates skyrocketed to where today 4 in 10 babies are born to unwed mothers?”

Finally, at the bottom of the page, we have Donna Brazile (“Horizon of hope”) glorifying the new president, bashing former President George W. Bush and noting, “For once, we have a president who is willing to level with us, to serve and to lead by example. What a refreshing way to start off this new year.” She also notes that Mr. Obama “has reached out to Republicans and Democrats alike. He has broadened the coalition of people supporting him. He has inspired confidence.”

The contrast could not be more stark. The question is, “If Mr. Obama is listening, to whom is he listening?” Is it possible, with a tax-and-spend Congress, to get anything that will actually work?

RICHARD B. LAMBERT

Rockville


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