Obama signs stimulus billPresident Barack Obama today signed into law the $787 billion “stimulus” bill — a.k.a. the American Recovery and Investment Act — that is supposed to help jump-start the economy. And despite the gargantuan size of this measure, it is actually just an installment in the administration's overall economic recovery plan.

ObamaWhy doesn’t someone in the mainstream media take Presidenat Obama and his spokesmen to task for their ridiculous pledges not to repeat “the same failed ideas that got us into this mess in the first place”? Bush’s failed economic policies can be summed up as: 1. spending increases, 2. tax cuts and, therefore, 3. record deficits. And Obama’s economic “stimulus” plan is: 1. spending increases, 2. tax cuts, and therefore, 3. record deficits.

Detail of Obama with Hoyer and PelosiAs the massive new stimulus bill, which President Obama is now preparing to sign into law, was undergoing consideration in the Senate, Americans wondered how much the final price would be. At one point during Senate deliberations, House Majority leader Steny Hoyer, responding to concerns that the Senate version was already tens of billions of dollars larger than the House version, sheepishly told reporters that "the objective is to have a bill of less than $900 billion." Yet less than 24 hours later, the cost of the Senate version of the stimulus package was well over $900 billion and continuing to rise.

MoneyOn his January 29 TV show, Glenn Beck drew national attention to a relatively obscure graph of our nation's "monetary base" (a narrow definition of money supply, also known as M0) maintained online by the Research Department of the St. Louis Federal Reserve. The reason for the special attention was the dramatic hockey stick shape of the graph that developed during the last few months of 2008. Beginning about September the usually stable graph of monetary base vs. years shot virtually straight up for the remainder of the year.

GeithnerIn a speech in the Treasury’s Cash Room today, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner unveiled yet another initiative to stop the financial crisis in its tracks. “Right now critical parts of our financial system are damaged,” Geithner told his audience, few of whom, in all likelihood, had any idea how America’s financial system works. “Instead of catalyzing recovery,” Geithner continued, “the financial system is working against recovery and that's the dangerous dynamic we need to change."