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Conservatives riding wave of stimulus criticism

President Obama's year-old economic stimulus package has created one industry — that of stimulus criticism, noted Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank. He counted Rep. Todd Tiahrt, R-Goddard, among those "who have used the measure to build an assembly line of press releases," quoting a Tiahrt release declaring that "the only thing the Obama stimulus plan has accomplished is building a bigger government." Then there was Rep. Joe ("you lie") Wilson, R-S.C., who offered a greeting card with the saying "Happy Anniversary, Stimulus" and the sentiment: "Wish You Came With a Gift Receipt." Of course, Milbank observed, "there was a time when such statements would have been regarded as 'talking down' the economy."

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