Saturday, January 10, 2009

Obama using focus groups to push stimulus plan

Oh great, that is all we need. Another president in the mold of Bill Clinton who cannot make a decision without checking polling data first.

I have to say that I am not surprised. Somehow Obama has got to snooker America into believing in his economic policies.

I would even be willing to bet that is the reason Obama's team is calling Obama's economic plan a "stimulus" instead of a "bail-out". Yes, just like Bush's plan, Obama's plan is a bail-out of state governments, unions, road builders and irresponsible corporations.

President-elect Barack Obama’s top political aides are adapting their campaign tactics to selling policy, using data from polls and focus groups to shape the debate over a stimulus plan that may cost at least $775 billion.

David Axelrod, Obama’s chief political adviser, along with campaign media adviser Jim Margolis, are encouraging lawmakers to use the word “recovery” instead of recession and “investment” instead of “infrastructure.” Those recommendations came from focus-group research indicating that such framing would make the package more appealing to voters.

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