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TDS Co-Editor Ruy Teixeira: Public Supports Auto Bailout, Stimulus

The GOP echo chamber trumpets the meme that President Obama’s auto bailout and stimulus policies were a failure. But the public isn’t buying it and has a much more positive view of both measures, as TDS Co-Editor Ruy Teixeira points out. On the stimulus:

In a new Pew Center poll, 61 percent said the economic stimulus plan in 2009 mostly helped the economy, while just 31 percent thought it mostly hurt.

Regarding the auto bailout:

…In the same poll, 56 percent of the public described the bailouts for General Motors and Chrysler as mostly good for the economy, compared to 38 percent who thought the bailout was mostly bad for the economy.

No surprise that the conservative echo chamber would try to put two such successful progressive policies in a bad light. So far, however, polls indicate most voters aren’t so easily hustled. As Teixeira says the public is willing to “give credit where credit is due.”

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