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Stimulus: Barack Ran the Clock; Pelosi Found the Pork; Media Got Amnesia

February 10, 2009

The president is really great at what he does: he spins the truth and gives pep talks. 

He deserves an Academy Award.

The fawning news media deserves a firing squad.

Like China, we just won’t have better government without an agressive media — while the media does the Obama swallow.

Before the president’s availability last night I proposed two questions:

My number one question for all voters: does this look like a campaign or a man honestly defending the best possible economic jump start?

Number two question: Is the media digging for the truth?

We still don’t know why this stimulus is the best we can do.  This is the best Nancy Pelosi could do given the clock set by Obama.

And why can Obama run the clock?  Because America wants jobs and money like they were cocaine.  We want it bad.  Now we’ll get bad….

And the media seems in a love triangle and unable to ask tough questions…..

The media has amnesia.  When did we allow the president to railroad legislation in such an obvious way?  Never…

The constitution gives the president certain powers for war but not for running the economy, as I recall.  The emergency is of his making —  and an economic downturn doesn’t mean we give up our constitutional system and checks and balances for a hope that nobody can say will work….

Lost jobs are bad.  But not taking the time to find real stimulus with long term benefits and lesser negatives than this bill has is just foolish.

The media do have a very real role in good government but they have given it up here for certain…


By Jennifer Loven
Associated Press

President Barack Obama, urgently pressuring lawmakers to approve a massive economic recovery bill, turned his first news conference Monday night into a determined defense of his emergency plan and an offensive against Republicans who try to “play the usual political games.”

He said the recession has left the nation so weak that only the federal government can “jolt our economy back to life.” And he declared that failure to act swiftly and boldly “could turn a crisis into a catastrophe.”

“The party now is over,” he said.

Speedy passage of legislation to pump federal money into the crippled economy, once seemingly assured with bipartisan support, has become a much heavier lift and a major test of Obama’s young presidency. With more than 11 million Americans now out of work, Obama defended his program against Republican criticism that it is too big, loaded with pork-barrel spending and won’t create jobs.

“The plan is not perfect,” the president said. “No plan is. I can’t tell you for sure that everything in this plan will work exactly as we hope, but I can tell you with complete confidence that a failure to act will only deepen this crisis as well as the pain felt by millions of Americans.”

Obama said the country could well be in better shape by next year, as measured by increased hiring, lending, home values and other factors. “If we get things right, then, starting next year, we can start seeing significant improvement,” Obama said.

On the day that an $838 billion version of the stimulus legislation cleared a crucial test vote in the Senate, Obama warned darkly of what he said would be the consequences of inaction, addressing the nation from the East Room of the White House in a prime-time news conference that lasted almost exactly one hour.

“This is not your ordinary, run of the mill recession,” he said. Obama said the United States could tumble into the kind of economic pain that Japan endured in the 1990s — the “lost decade” when that nation showed no economic growth.

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