Exactly six years ago yesterday, President Obama signed something called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law. Most folks probably know it as the Recovery Act, or even more simply, "the stimulus."
There's plenty of room for discussion about the president's legacy, but if we're creating a list of his most important accomplishments, this law, which rescued the nation from the grips of the Great Recession, has to be near the top.
And so, on its anniversary, Recovery Act proponents may have been inclined to take another victory lap yesterday, though that didn't seem to happen much yesterday, probably because it would seem gratuitous and ungracious. At a moment of great crisis, Republicans were wrong; Obama was right; and there's probably no real benefit to pointing and laughing at one of the GOP's more spectacular recent failures.
What I didn't expect was this message from House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
On this day 6 years ago POTUS signed his failed $787 billion "stimulus" into law. Retweet if you agree: Washington spending isn't the answer.
I feel like I'm listening to a Seahawks fan arguing that Seattle really did win the Super Bowl, reality be damned. Retweet if you agree: scoring more points than the other team isn't the answer.
Look, I don't really expect John Boehner, or any other Republican, to own up to their mistakes. It's just too embarrassing. What's the beleaguered Speaker going to say, "With the economy on the brink, my entire party was wrong and Obama was right"? It's unrealistic to expect this kind of candor.
But if you're Boehner, on the sixth anniversary of the economy-saving law, why say anything at all? Why deliberately bring up one of your more colossal failures? (In 2009, the Republican leader's big idea was a five-year spending freeze -- a remedy even David Brooks labeled "just insane.")
Kaili Joy Gray joked, "Yes, Speaker Boehner, you are definitely correct that Obama's "stimulus" plan has made everything worse, except for how everything's better, but that's kind of the same thing, except for how it's the opposite."