Did you ever notice how suddenly settled opinion can shift when “grass roots” zealots get hold of an issue? Most Americans approved of health-care reform before rabid town-hall-meeting crowds shouted down reasonable debate, after which ugly displays Republicans were quick to announce that “the American people” didn’t support what they like to call “Obama care” although even now a majority of the electorate seems to favor a “public option” and some states are developing programs that are essentially just that.

Likewise the stimulus has been declared a failure despite having saved jobs and begun projects that helped local economies and held the promise of home-grown industry.Republicans have been lobbying to use the last of the stimulus package to service the national debt although most unused funds are reserved for projects already in the works. Unfortunately Obama’s attempt to gain Republican support for the stimulus package with tax-cut provisions was unsuccessful and in fact weakened its economic impact.