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Michelle O’s stimulus package: $600 earrings

By See-Dubya  •  July 17, 2008 01:54 AM

Actually, Michelle Obama has a point here: the $600 stimulus package tax rebate is kind of a gimmick. But she chose a typically Obamesque way of expressing the thought, complete with an implication that taxpayers are wastrels who will just blow their money on luxuries:

“You’re getting $600. What can you do with that? Not to be ungrateful or anything. But maybe it pays down a bill, but it doesn’t pay down every bill every month.

“Barack’s approach is that the short-term quick fix kinda stuff sounds good. And it may even feel good that first month when you get that check. And then you go out and you buy a pair of earrings.”

Have you seen the price of arugula at Whole Foods earrings at Tiffany’s?

Of course NY Times blogger Kate Phillips rushes to set a pick on the blogosphere:

Now, that was a joke. She didn’t come up with a $600 price tag for a single pair of earrings on “The Price is Right” or anything. But watch for her comment, and it’s already been suggested around the Web, to be misconstrued as a bit elitist.

It was just a botched joke, scolds the Times, who knows the Obamas’ true, noble, pure, humble hearts much better than anyone else “around the Web”. You’re just misconstruing. There is NOTHING ELITIST ABOUT THEM! STOP SAYING THAT!

You know, she’s right. I’ll just have a cup of coffee and chill out:


If Michelle O thinks the rebate was a lame idea, who should we blame?

{Post by See-Dubya. H/T to Tim Blair.}

P.P.S. We’re moved into a new place in VA, and our stuff is still on its way; thanks for all the kind wishes. Posting from me will still be light, but I’ll be around.

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