Jared Bernstein, a former economist of the Obama administration, has a post on his new blog. Bernstein attempts to shield Obama from liberal criticism by stating that critics are not dealing with political reality(the pragmatism defense). This is par for the course with the Obamaniacs. What is interesting is what Bernstein has to say about the White House's present and past stance on direct job creation by the government:
"But then there’s this: There will be no WPA-type programs in our near future. There was no appetite for them in the Obama admin in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression and there’s a lot less now. The reasons for that are interesting and I’ll speak to them another day".
I would love to know what those 'interesting' reasons were during the midst of the crisis. Perhaps afraid of being labeled socialists? We all know how that worked out.