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If President Obama Blows The Stimulus….

Tuesday, February 3, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

A serious slow-down in the crafting of the stimulus package is necessary because increasing attention on it has revealed that it simply won’t do what the public expects of it. It is a “stimulate-the-Democratic-Party” bill, not a job creating jump start to a faltering economy that needs to turn over into growth mode.

And voters –especially the young ones who supported the new president so decisively– know it. There’s a story in the WSJ.com today on how the jobless are spending a lot of time online as a diversion from their predicaments, but they are also exchanging information and political opinions. The “stimulus bill” has been debated and dissected for just about 10 days, but its brand is already pork, and sites like ReadTheStimulus.org guarantee that the brand won’t improve unless the bill improves.

Which means that there is a high degree of expectation about the bill’s impact, and a high degree of awareness about its imperfections –a situation of political peril for the new president.

President Obama has been given an opportunity to spend a trillion dollars, and if he does and the economy stays flat or in even negative growth because he chose a partisan path at the opening of his allegedly bipartisan adminstration, that story line will never get rewritten.

Senators McConnell, Kyl and Alexander represent the GOP. The new president ought to be working with them to make sure the bill works, and not just for Acorn and various special interests.

“Laid Off and Looking”

Tuesday, February 3, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Wall Street Journal has an innovate blog that follows eight MBAs caught in the financial crisis as they look for new work.

The Journal continues to use its online operations to adapt to the new media world with a rapid deployment of storylines, news silos and features like this one that grab whole segments of readers based on their personal stories. Why every major paper isn’t this innovative is puzzling. Only by taking such risks and rapdily trying new features can they hope to survive.

Young Evangelicals and Politics

Tuesday, February 3, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

According to a Zogby poll, 28% of Evangelicals aged 18 to 29 voted for Barack Obama. Four years earlier, only 14% of Evangelicals in that age cohort went for John Kerry.

Even though it was an online poll, that’s a major shift in a key demographic so yesterday I spent some time asking two leading Evangelicals who work with young men and women what had happened.

Dr. Albert Mohler is the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the transcript of our conversation is here.

John Stonestreet is the executive director of Summit Ministries, and the transcript of our conversation is here. (I’ll be speaking at Summit’s adult conference on March 1.)

The educators hit some very similar notes, and the challenge for the church going forward is to realize that the old models of raising young people to understand the world are simply broken.

If you comment on these conversations, send me the link: hugh@hughhewitt.com. If Dr. Mohler is correct, the conversation about young evangelicals and politics is going on with great intensity within the age demographic and in a way that is only partially visible to older evangelicals, even those who are moderately well-wired into the community.

UPDATE: Rich Brodenr comments.

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