Everyone was shouting yesterday about the rise in GDP -- we're up to 3.6% increase, apparently. There was barely restrained glee from the White House and mumbling from various parts of Congress.
Three quick points:
1) This has very little to do with the $780 billion stimulus plan that was passed by Congress earlier this year. Most of that money hasn't been spent yet.
2) Mainly responsible for the increase are Cash For Clunkers and the $8000 new-homebuyer tax credit. On the one hand, paying people to buy cars and houses is odd. Still it puts money back into the hands of the American people, instead of leaving the Congresscritters to decide what to do with it. So I can't complain too much.
3) What really steams me about this phenomenon is the repeated description of Cash for Clunkers and the $8,000 tax credit as "government spending ."
What a crock of shit. Why does the government reduce taxes and consider it spending? In order for that to make any sense at all, they'd have to assume that they actually own all your money, and they are entitled to tax every cent of it.