Archive for February, 2009

Stimulus Waste Now Becomes More Obvious

February 16, 2009

“This is not change we can believe in,” said Senator Lindsey Graham.

“There was no bipartsanship effort here,” he said.

“If this is going to be bipartisanship, the country’s screwed,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, told ABC’s “This Week.” “I know bipartisanship when I see it.”

Now that lawmakers have actually had time to read and understand the complexities of the stimulus, “It’s worse than we thought.”

A series of lawmakers were on Sunday TV complaining about the stimulus….

The Washinton Post emphasized that the stimulus was bipartisan:
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“Their suggestions have been taken seriously, Bob,” Gibbs told Bob Schieffer on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “We’ll continue to reach out to them. It’s an outreach plan that includes, as you said, more than just Wednesday-night cocktails. We’re going to listen for their ideas. This president is willing to listen to anybody who has got an idea that will help get this economy moving and get people back to work.”

Axelrod said on “Fox News Sunday” that “old habits die hard.” But, he added, “the package reflects the thinking of members of both parties. And I think that over time . . . there’ll be a positive effect of just having dialogue, of just talking, which has not happened for a long time in this town.”

But many Republicans were not buying the White House line.

How can it have been bipartisan is one side says it isn’t so?  Like rape, there are two stories here….

John McCain said, “It was a bad beginning because it wasn’t what we promised the American people, what President Obama promised the American people, that we would sit down together.”

Elected officials and their staffs are saying “the stimulus is very bad law.  Worse than we thought.”

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/16/15
00-bags-of-pork-rinds-for-schmucky/

Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co
ntent/article/2009/02/15/AR20090215004
72.html?wprss=rss_nation

Obama ‘Business as Usual’ Despite Pledges

Obama stimulus is “welfare spendathon”

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) jokes around during a news conference ... 
U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) jokes around during a news conference before the NBA All-Star basketball game at the U.S. Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona February 15, 2009.REUTERS/Rick Scuteri (UNITED STATES)

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British, French Submarines “Collide”

February 16, 2009

A British and a French submarine, both of them nuclear-powered and carrying nuclear weapons, collided in the Atlantic Ocean earlier this month, the Sun newspaper reported on Monday.

The tabloid said HMS Vanguard and France’s Le Triomphant were both damaged in the incident, but there were no reports of damage to the nuclear parts. The British sub has now been towed to Faslane in Scotland for repair.

Both vessels — between them carrying about 250 sailors — were reportedly submerged and on separate missions when they crashed on February 3 or 4.

The Ministry of Defence refuses to comment on submarine operations but a spokesman said: “We can confirm that the UK?s deterrent capability has remained unaffected at all times and there has been no compromise to nuclear safety.”

HMS Vanguard is one of four nuclear submarines operated by the British military as part of its Trident system, and one is always on deterrent patrol.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090216/wl_uk_af
p/britainfrancenuclearweapons_20090216082323

Related from The Sun:
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/ne
ws/article2240543.ece

France's "Le Triomphant" nuclear submarine. A ... 
France’s “Le Triomphant” nuclear submarine. A British and a French submarine, both of them nuclear-powered and carrying nuclear weapons, collided in the Atlantic Ocean earlier this month, the Sun newspaper reported.(AFP/File/Philippe Huguen)

California Budget Standoff: GOP Won’t Budge

February 16, 2009
Capitol lockdown and all-nighters can’t shake loose the one GOP Senate vote needed to pass the spending plan. Weary Democrats will try again this morning.
By Jordan Rau and Eric Bailey
Los Angeles Times
February 16, 2009
Reporting from Sacramento — Ending a weekend marathon of tense negotiations, bleary-eyed state lawmakers late Sunday suspended their bid to plug California’s $41-billion deficit but vowed to continue working today to halt the state’s dizzying slide toward financial collapse.

Despite support from legislative leaders in both parties, the budget deal became mired in politics. The two-day hunt for a third Republican in the state Senate willing to vote for $14.4 billion in temporary tax increases proved futile. Lawmakers and staff said there were enough GOP votes in the Assembly for passage in that house.

Read the rest:
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-m
e-budget16-2009feb16,0,1064574.story

Waiting 

WAITING: Assemblymen Hector De La Torre (D-South Gate), left, and Bill Monning (D-Monterey), right, sleep at their desks during the Capitol lockdown Sunday. Photo:
Rich Pedroncelli, Associated Press

Illinois GOP leader calls on Sen. Burris to resign

February 16, 2009

“I can’t believe anything that comes out of Mr. Burris at this point,” state Rep. Jim Durkin said. “I think it would be in the best interest of the state if he resigned because I don’t think the state can stand this anymore.”

Happy Presidents’ Day.  Ohio is called the “Mother of Presidents.” Eight Ohioans have become President of the United States.

But Illinois is the current areas of interest.  Abraham Lincoln is from Illinois as is Barack Obama.

Illinois, today, is the wellspring of sewage politics….

Rod Blagojevich casts his shadow upon all other politics and politicians in Illinois….and from Illinois….

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One month after Roland Burris was sworn in to the U.S. Senate to represent Illinois and fill Barack Obama’s vacant seat, he’s hearing calls for his resignation.

“I can’t believe anything that comes out of Mr. Burris at this point,” state Rep. Jim Durkin said. “I think it would be in the best interest of the state if he resigned because I don’t think the state can stand this anymore.”

By RUPA SHENOY, Associated Press Writer

Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill. speaks during a press conference ... 
Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill. speaks during a press conference in Chicago, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009. Burris fielded questions about a major omission from the testimony he made in January to a state House committee investigating former Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s impeachment.(AP Photo/David Banks)

Durkin and House Republican Leader Tom Cross want an investigation of Burris for possible perjury.

Their statements come after Burris over the weekend released a Feb. 5 affidavit that he filed with the Illinois House committee investigating the impeachment of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The affidavit contradicts statements he made last month in front of the committee, before being sworn in Jan. 15.

The discrepancy could mean he perjured himself.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090216/ap_o
n_re_us/burris_blagojevich_donation_20

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/15/s
en-roland-burris-in-hot-water-gop-deman
ds-resignation-perjury-probe/

Obama stimulus is “welfare spendathon”

February 15, 2009

The largest one-year increase in government handouts in American history.

A “welfare spendathon.”

The process?  Shameful.

Representative Says Stimulus “Stinks,” Details “Intentionally Hidden from Lawmakers, American Voters”

A return to rewarding no work with other workers’ hard earned pay. In massive amounts.

And pork.  Pork some say Americans don’t care about.  But I care about my money going to waste. I hate pork vendors.  Which means most Democrats.

Schumer Says Americans Don’t Care About Pork Spending

And I care about my money going to China.  And oil rich emirates where no men work….

Stimulus: China Will Fund U.S. Debt But “We Hate You Guys”

It’s the stimulus.  The Obama stimulus.  The Democrats’ stimulus.

Oh, and three doomed Republican senators.  Snowe, Collins and Specter.  They joined the welfare Democrats, the Schumer poksters, the “we don’t care,” the idle, the “we don’t pay taxes.”  Those that gloat.

Pardon me if I’m angry.  I’ve always paid my taxes.  Probably overpaid.

Tim Geithner?  No.  Dashcle? No.  Obama?  Uncertain.

But we sure raided the Traesury big time this time.  Didn’t we?

“If this is going to be bipartisanship, the country’s screwed,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, told ABC’s “This Week.” “I know bipartisanship when I see it.”

The president says Air Force One is a “spiffy ride.”

It’s my aircraft and my fuel, pal.  I paid and can prove it.

U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One ...
U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One in Washington enroute to Chicago to spend the President’s Day holiday weekend with his family at their home there February 13, 2009.REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/02/13/air.force.one/
index.html?eref=ib_topstories

We’ll, he’s living on my money.  We both have to get used to it.  We don’t have to like it…..

Now I am the schmuck.

How do you feel?

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The new administration’s economic stimulus plan may undo reforms that cut the dole queues, critics say

RONALD REAGAN started it, Bill Clinton finished it and last week Barack Obama was accused of engineering its destruction. One of the few undisputed triumphs of American government of the past 20 years – the sweeping welfare reform programme that sent millions of dole claimants back to work – has been plunged into jeopardy by billions of dollars in state handouts included in the president’s controversial economic stimulus package.

As Obama celebrated Valentine’s Day yesterday with a return to his Chicago home for a private weekend with family and friends, his success in piloting a $785 billion (£546 billion) stimulus package through Congress was being overshadowed by warnings that an unprecedented increase in welfare spending would undermine two decades of bipartisan attempts to reduce dependency on government handouts.

Robert Rector, a prominent welfare researcher who was one of the architects of Clinton’s 1996 reform bill, warned last week that Obama’s stimulus plan was a “welfare spendathon” that would amount to the largest one-year increase in government handouts in American history.

Douglas Besharov, author of a big study on welfare reform, said the stimulus bill passed by Congress and the Senate in separate votes on Friday would “unravel” most of the 1996 reforms that led to a 65% reduction in welfare caseloads and prompted the British and several other governments to consider similar measures.

Read the rest:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new
s/world/us_and_americas/article573
3499.ece

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Related:
 Obama ‘Business as Usual’ Despite Pledges

GOP Lawmakers Feel “Screwed”
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/02
/15/obama.gop.stimulus/index.html?sec
tion=cnn_latest

Missing from Congress’ stimulus negotiations: transparency

 Stimulus Proves Obama (And The NYT) Have No Idea What “Bipartisanship” Means; Or Could Care Less

Obama Team: Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
2/15/taxpayer-revolt-porkulus-pro
test-in-seattle/

http://alphainventions.com/

McCain as Worthless Old Man:
http://suzieqq.wordpress.com/2009/02/15/shrum
-on-mccain-he-has-gone-from-being-an-angry-o
ld-candidate-to-being-an-angry-old-defeated-candidate/

Obama ‘Business as Usual’ Despite Pledges

February 15, 2009

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Senator John McCain said the Obama Administration was doing “business as usual” despite pledges of transparency, bipartisanship and avoiding top appointees with blemishes on their otherwise clean records.

He specifically said he was disappointed in the new Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner who had admitted to not fully paying his taxes.

Geithner now runs the IRS.

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D- Ohio, pauses in the elevator after arriving on Capitol 
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Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner
AP Photo/Evan Vucci

On the stimulus, McCain said, “I hope the next time we will sit down together and conduct truly bipartisan negotiations. This was not a bipartisan bill.”

See the viceo and read the CNN acount:
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/200
9/02/15/stimulus-bill-was-a-bad-beginni
ng-for-obama-says-mccain/

Related:
Obama Team: Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing

Missing from Congress’ stimulus negotiations: transparency

 Stimulus Proves Obama (And The NYT) Have No Idea What “Bipartisanship” Means; Or Could Care Less

Obama adviser: Auto industry must restructure

February 15, 2009

President Barack Obama‘s senior adviser said Sunday that any plan to shore up the auto industry will need to require sacrifice by all involved, from auto workers and industry executives to shareholders and creditors.

By DOUGLASS K. DANIEL, Associated Press Writer

General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC are expected to submit plans to the government by a Tuesday deadline to show how they can repay billions in loans and become viable in spite of a drop in auto sales not seen for a generation.

“We need an auto industry in this country. There are millions of lives, livelihoods that depend on it,” White House adviser David Axelrod said on “Meet the Press” on NBC. “We have a real interest in seeing the auto industry survive, but it’s going to require a major restructuring of the auto industry.”

Asked if the U.S. economy could withstand a bankruptcy at GM, Axelrod didn’t respond directly. Executives at the two automakers have said bankruptcy would not benefit their companies because consumers would be reluctant to buy cars from an automaker that might go out of business.

“How that restructuring comes is something that has to be determined,” he said. “But it’s going to be something that’s going to require sacrifice not just from the auto workers but also from creditors, from shareholders and the executives who run the company. And everyone’s going to have to get together here to build companies that can compete in the future.”

Axelrod wouldn’t say whether the administration would offer the auto industry more bailout money. GM already has borrowed $9.4 billion to stay in business, and it would receive an addition $4 billion if the Treasury Department approves its viability plan. Chrysler wants $3 billion more on top of the $4 billion it has already borrowed.

“We need to see what it is that they come up with this week,” he said.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090215/ap_o
n_go_pr_wh/obama_autos

In Gingrich mold, a new voice for solid resistance in Republican Party

February 15, 2009

The last time congressional Republicans were this out of power, they turned to a college professor from Georgia, Newt Gingrich, to lead the opposition, first against President Bill Clinton in a budget battle in 1993, and then back into the majority the following year.

By Adam Nagourne
The International Herald Tribune

As Republicans confronted President Barack Obama in another budget battle last week, their leadership included another new face: Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia, who as the party’s chief vote wrangler is as responsible as anyone for the tough line the party has taken in this first legislative standoff with Obama. This battle has vaulted Cantor to the front lines of his party as it tries to recover from the losses of November.

As Republican whip, Cantor succeeded again on Friday in denying the White House the support of a single House Republican on the stimulus bill. That was a calculated challenge to the president, who, in his weekly address on Saturday, hailed the bill as “an ambitious plan at a time we badly need it.”

Cantor said he had studied Gingrich’s years in power and had been in regular touch with him as he sought to help his party find the right tone and message. Indeed, one of Gingrich’s leading victories in unifying his caucus against Clinton’s package of tax increases to balance the budget in 1993 has been echoed in the events of the last few weeks.

“I talk to Newt on a regular basis because he was in the position that we are in: in the extreme minority,” he said.

Read the rest:
http://www.iht.com/articles/2009/0
2/15/america/15cantor.php

People Really Do Hate Republicans:
http://suzieqq.wordpress.com/2009/02/1
5/do-people-really-hate-republicans-in-congress/

Jane Fonda Still Fighting Vietnam War

February 15, 2009

AN old skeleton has emerged from Jane Fonda’s closet to remind us of her traitorous embrace of the North Vietnamese, which got her dubbed “Hanoi Jane.” Docudrama Films is re leasing on DVD a long-suppressed documentary called “FTA,” a k a “[Bleep] the Army,” which chroni cles the anti-war shows Fonda staged in front of GIs. The flick opened in theaters in 1972 the same week she flew to Hanoi and encouraged the Vietnamese com munists to fight “American impe rialists.” It was yanked days later and withdrawn from circulation, and the late director Francine Par ker blamed pressure from the Nixon White House.

–New York Post


Jane Fonda in Hanoi

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Stimulus struggle hints at a party showdown

February 15, 2009
Republicans and Democrats each held a firm line, foreshadowing tougher struggles ahead.
By Janet Hook
Los Angeles Times
February 15, 2009
Reporting from Washington — The monthlong struggle over the stimulus plan left behind a smoking battlefield of partisanship, but it also set the stage for a political collision on a scale seldom seen in Washington — a showdown on a succession of even more divisive issues that could shadow the future of the two major parties.

Against the background of the worst economic crisis in three-quarters of a century, Congress passed the $787-billion economic recovery bill without a single GOP vote in the House, and only three Republican votes in the Senate, the bare minimum to avoid a paralyzing filibuster. Economists across the political spectrum widely agree that some sort of federal action on an unprecedented scale is urgently needed.

Read the rest:
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld
/nation/la-na-stimulus-collision15-2009feb
15,0,7978244.story

People Really Do Hate Republicans:
http://suzieqq.wordpress.com/2009/02/1
5/do-people-really-hate-republicans-in-congress/