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Heard Obama Say “Bipartisan” Lately?

March 26, 2009

There was a time, a long long time ago, and in a land far away, that Barack Obama spoke about “bipartisanship.”

He never really gave it a chance and didn’t seem to get the hang of it though.  But that could be because he wasn’t a senator long enough to get the hang of it and his Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, is about as bipartisan as Attila the Hun.

After the words “I won” and “never let a good crisis go to waste” were uttered, well, it has been “all Obama all the time.”

Just recently its been Obama on Leno, Obama on “60 Minutes,” Obama in a press conference of dubious value, and today, Obama on the Internet which looked like just an opportunity for the president to get away from real work and campaign — which he is very good at and has a tireless yen for….

So, with Democrats in control of the House and the Senate, who needs those other guys?

Well, lets hope there are no further crises in the future because the bipartisanship we have seen so far won’t buy much……

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In the 1970s when I came to Congress as a staffer, my elected boss used to say, “If I’m going to be one of the fathers of this legislation I’d like to be in the room at the time of conception and not just at the birth…”

That’s bipartisanship: in on the ground floor, opinions heard and incorporated, and sleeves rlled up for real work.

A book on how to achieve good legislation through bipartisanship would have to feature how NOT to to go about it the Obama, Pelosi, Reid way….and then use the New York Times, an appearance on Leno, “60 Minutes,” and the Internet to get the word out…. to spin a feeling that bipartisanship was tried and the Republicans rejected the offer….

The president’s “outrach” of bipartisanship is like purchased sex with a working girl; it is sleezy and meaningless.  Maybe he needs some chachki toys or aluminum key chains with little hand painted “Air Force One” or “White House” creations to hand out to Republicans…..  Or maybe a little yellow tractor from Caterpillar on a key chain….Or Abe Lincoln to remind one of two great presidents….

Early on the president hosted a cocktail party at the White House and a Super Bowl party in the name of bipartisanship: now I think the free peanuts for Republicans are off the table….

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It seems to us at Peace and Freedom that the president and TheNew York Times don’t know what “bipartisansip” means.

We went to a congressional staff in the early 1970s and learned back then that bipartisanship means:

(1)   At the start of every piece of legislation, both parties meet to discuss, share ideas and formulate, at least conceptually, new law.

(2) That both parties treat the other side with dignity and respect, sharing ideas in order to get the best for the American people.

(3)  Both sides tell the truth and neither tries to seize the high ground and gloat over the other before the media.

In the case of this stimulus, President Obama talked a good game of bipartisanship but he was clueless on how to achieve it.

His Williamsburg, Va., spa speech and his evening press conference in the White House were both partisan speeches….which included ugly distortions and lies.

Nancy Pelosi shut out Republican input at the start of the process to build the stimulus bill and minutes before voting on final passage there were still complaints that the bill had been “hidden” from lawmakers and the American people intentioanlly by the Democratic side.

Mr. Obama’s personal “bipartisan outreach” consisted of:

–“I won.”

–Efforts to give “goodies” to Republicans like a Super Bowl party, rides on Air Force One and a cocktail party at the White House as if they could be bought like children at Christams.

–“Cram this down throats” at the spa in Williamsburg.

–Campaign-style events at Peoria, Fort Myers, and Elkhart…

–Photo op sessions with Republicans in the House and then the Senate.

–Not one “roll up the sleeves” and negotiate session with both parties at the White House. The pseudo president in the movie “Dave” did a better job of this that Mr. Obama…..

–A big lie at Peoria: “Yesterday, Jim [Owens], the head of Caterpillar, said that if Congress passes our plan, this company will be able to rehire some of the folks who were just laid off,” Obama said in Peoria.

But when asked if the stimulus could do that, Owens said, “I think, realistically, no. The honest reality is we’re probably going to have more layoffs before we start hiring again.”

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
3/26/he-asked-for-it-he-got-it/

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

February 15, 2009

“Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing;” seems to be the mantra of team Obama.

Great, right?

The president himself told Republicans why he didn’t care to hear their inputs on the stimulus in two words:  “I won.”

In today’s New York Times columnist Frank Rich gloats his share asking, “Am I crazy, or wasn’t the Obama presidency pronounced dead just days ago?”

Well, Frank, as if often the case, the way a guy “wins” sometimes has long term implications.

So Frank, you are still crazy if you believe President Obama has a delightful “win” in this stimulus — both the process and the practical impact.

Ignoring the input of all Republicans and 47% of the voters who did not vote for Mr. Obama, and ramming the stimulus down everyone’s throat and lying along the way… well, there just might be a long term echo there.

“I won” and “we won” lacks some significant people: the American people.

The stimulus isn’t being widely heralded as a victory for the American people by the American people.

Emotions are mixed on even if this is a victory for Obama and the American people.

But it all depends upon what your definition of “is” is….
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Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said, “Obama contradicted everything he said he stood for” during the process of making the stimulus.

“He did not work toward bipartianship and got not one conservative Republican vote.”

Krauthammer said “the president showed he would enact legislation by ramming it down throats,” a reference to the language President Obama used at last Monday’s press conference.

He also criticized the ugly process used to make the stimulus bill and the speed of the legislation; much of the blame for which lies with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

So it depends what your definition of “win” is……

The New York Times showed a long time ago that it is pro-Obama and screw the truth.  Ditto the Washington Post which strarted today with the headline “Obama Scores Early Victory of Historic Proportions.”

First of all, nobody will know for a year or two if the stimulus is a good thing or not.  And this humble servant will say that ignoring 47% of the voters and their elected representatives while our children and grandchildren are robbed and looted will leave some of us happy and some not.

China and Arab States that hold U.S. debt might be happy, along with the New York Times, Washington Post, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and a flock of Democrats.

The rest of us will remain more cautious, I think.

John E. Carey
Wakefield Chapel, Virginia

Related:

From Frank Rich:
Stimulus: Obama Outsmarts Everyone 

Obama Respects Afghans More Than Americans
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 Stimulus: China Will Fund U.S. Debt But “We Hate You Guys”

 Stimulus Surprise: Bipartisanship, Cooperation So Lacking From Dems That GOP Stays Unified

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winning_isn’t_e
verything%3B_it’s_the_only_thing
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Missing from Congress’ stimulus negotiations: transparency

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

 Stimulus: “Obama is popular but has no clout”

Obama Dead Wrong On Stimulus in Peoria, Caterpillar Remarks

 Barack Is Mostly Showman, Not Statesman; and Now Putin and Ahmadinejad Know

Obama Scores Early Victory of Historic Proportions
The Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/art
icle/2009/02/13/AR2009021303475.html?hpid=topnews

http://midd-blog.com/2009/02/15/sunday-rea
ding-the-stimulus/

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/15/taxp
ayer-revolt-porkulus-protest-in-seattle/

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

February 14, 2009

Either the President of the United States and the New York Times have no clue how lawmakers have defined “bipartisanship” for decades, which is possible givebn their youth and inexperience; or the president and the NYT really believe that bipartisanship is all talk and photo ops after the legislation was concieved by one party alone.  In the 1970s when I came to Congress as a staffer, my elected boss used to say, “If I’m going to be one of the fathers of this legislation I’d like to be in the room at the time of conception and not just at the birth…”

The NYT is obviously biased on this and has no idea what bipartisanship is or is just lying to its readers….

A book on how to achieve good legislation through bipartisanship would have to feature how NOT to to go about it the Obama, Pelosi, Reid way….and then use the New York Times to spin a feeling that bipartisanship was tried and the Republicans rejected the offer….

The president’s “outrach” of bipartisanship is like purchased sex with a working girl; it is sleezy and meaningless.  Maybe he needs some chachki toys or aluminum key chains with little hand painted “Air Force One” or “White House” creations to hand out to Republicans…..  Or maybe a little yellow tractor from Caterpillar on a key chain….Or Abe Lincoln to remind one of two great presidents….

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By Peter Baker
The New York Times

On the day before the big vote, President Obama took a freshman Republican member of Congress aboard Air Force One to visit Illinois. Before an audience in Representative Aaron Schock’s district, Mr. Obama praised him as “a very talented young man” and expressed “great confidence in him to do the right thing for the people of Peoria.”

But when Mr. Schock stood up on the House floor on Friday, less than 24 hours later, his view of the right thing for the people of Peoria was to vote against the most important initiative of Mr. Obama’s young presidency.

“They know that this bill is not stimulus,” Mr. Schock, 27, said of his constituents. “They know that this bill will not do anything to create long-term, sustained economic growth.”

Whatever it will do for the economy, the legislation that passed Friday will clearly not do anything to create long-term, sustained bipartisan reconciliation. Not one Republican voted for Mr. Obama’s plan in the House and just three voted for it in the Senate as it headed to final passage on Friday night. The party-line schism, coupled with the withdrawal on Thursday of a Republican senator, Judd Gregg , as a nominee to Mr. Obama’s cabinet, made clear the futility so far of the president’s effort to move Washington toward post-partisanship.

Their unrequited overtures to Republicans over the past several weeks taught Mr. Obama and his aides some hard lessons. Advisers concluded that they allowed the measure of bipartisanship to be defined as winning Republican votes rather than bringing civility to the debate, distracting attention from what have otherwise been major legislative victories. Although Mr. Obama vowed to keep reaching out to Republicans, advisers now believe the environment will probably not change in coming months.

Read the rest:
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/1
4/us/politics/14obama.html?_r=1&hp

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It seems to us at Peace and Freedom that the New York Times doesn’t know what “bipartisansip” means.

We went to a congressional staff in the early 1970s and learned back then that bipartisanship means:

(1)   At the start of every piece of legislation, both parties meet to discuss, share ideas and formulate, at least conceptually, new law.

(2) That both parties treat the other side with dignity and respect, sharing ideas in order to get the best for the American people.

(3)  Both sides tell the truth and neither tries to seize the high ground and gloat over the other before the media.

In the case of this stimulus, President Obama talked a good game of bipartisanship but he was clueless on how to achieve it.

His Williamsburg, Va., spa speech and his evening press conference in the White House were both partisan speeches….which included ugly distortions and lies.

Nancy Pelosi shut out Republican input at the start of the process to build the stimulus bill and minutes before voting on final passage there were still complaints that the bill had been “hidden” from lawmakers and the American people intentioanlly by the Democratic side.

Mr. Obama’s personal “bipartisan outreach” consisted of:

–“I won.”

–Efforts to give “goodies” to Republicans like a Super Bowl party, rides on Air Force One and a cocktail party at the White House as if they could be bought like children at Christams.

–“Cram this down throats” at the spa in Williamsburg.

–Campaign-style events at Peoria, Fort Myers, and Elkhart…

–Photo op sessions with Republicans in the House and then the Senate.

–Not one “roll up the sleeves” and negotiate session with both parties at the White House. The pseudo president in the movie “Dave” did a better job of this that Mr. Obama…..

–A big lie at Peoria: “Yesterday, Jim [Owens], the head of Caterpillar, said that if Congress passes our plan, this company will be able to rehire some of the folks who were just laid off,” Obama said in Peoria.

But when asked if the stimulus could do that, Owens said, “I think, realistically, no. The honest reality is we’re probably going to have more layoffs before we start hiring again.”

Related:
Obama Dead Wrong On Stimulus in Peoria, Caterpillar Remarks

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“Mr. Obama’s victory feels more than a bit like defeat. The stimulus bill looks helpful but inadequate, especially when combined with a disappointing plan for rescuing the banks. And the politics of the stimulus fight have made nonsense of Mr. Obama’s postpartisan dreams.”

That’s from Paul Krugman of the New York Times, a big Obama believer and one who would have like a much bigger stimulus.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/0
2/13/opinion/13krugman.html?_r=1

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Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said, “Obama contradicted everything he said he stood for” during the process of making the stimulus.

“He did not work toward bipartianship and got not one conservative Republican vote.”

Krauthammer said “the president showed he would enact legislation by ramming it down throats,” a reference to the language President Obama used at last Monday’s press conference.

Related:
Stimulus: “Obama is popular but has no clout”

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“The longer a piece of garbage lays out in the sun the worse it stinks,” said Republican Representative John Culberson (R-TX), refeering to the Obama stimulus.  “That’s why the bill was hidden and  kept off the Internet.”

“This is a crime of deceit put upon the American people,” he said.

“This bill was intentionally hidden from lawmakers and the public.”

“This is one of the largest outrages ever committed,” said.

“Nobody read this bill before it was passed,” he said.

GOP Rep Says Stimulus is Garbage, Details “Intentionally Hidden from Lawmakers, American Voters”

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Bill Sammon, a frequent talking head on Fox News, said that the Democrats and their drive for overspending and the president’s constant foot on the feel good accelerator “has unwittingly given the Republicans their mojo back.”

Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire abruptly withdrew his nomination as commerce secretary Thursday, citing “irresolvable conflicts” with President Barack Obama’s handling of the economic stimulus and 2010 census.

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And, I find it difficult to swallow the president’s constant snuggling with Abraham Lincoln.  I just don’t buy it and here’s why.

During his Monday evening news conference didn’t President Obama characterize the stimulus debate as a talk between those who had a solution (Democrats) and those who had no solution (Republicans)?

I think so.  He threw bipartisanship and unity away.  There was never much of an effort to seek Republican input and the president’s own words show us that….

Then today he urged all Americans to unite as Lincoln would have us do.  Forgive and forget.  We all serve under one flag.

You know what?  I gagged.

The president and his pals want to run the census, spend all the money in the treasury, and change the course of America in the direction of socialism.

And they have made it pretty clear they don’t want to hear from the “Republicans who got us into this.”

“I won” a few weeks ago is now, today, on Lincoln’t Birthday, “Why can’t you guys unite behind me?” 

U.S. President Barack Obama waves from Air Force One in Springfield, ...

The shrinking president…

President Barack Obama addresses employees at the Caterpillar ... 
President Barack Obama addresses employees at the Caterpillar plant in East Peoria, Ill., Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009.(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior ... 
Leadership, bipartisanship, honesty, integrity and clout?  Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior to the inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, in Washington, January 20, 2009.(Jim Young – UNITED STATES/Reuters)

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/13/the-
house-dems-who-voted-no-the-senate-vo
te-underway/

http://righttruth.typepad.com/right_tr
uth/2009/02/800-billion-in-welfare-sp
ending.html

Now House-Senate Must Settle Stimulus

February 10, 2009

The Senate passed the stimulus today and now a House-Senate committee meets to finalize the bill.
“There is no reason we can’t do this by the end of the week,” said Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. He said he was prepared to hold the Senate in session into the Presidents Day weekend if necessary, and cautioned Republicans not to try and delay final progress.

He said passage would mark “the first step on the long road to recovery.”

Moments before the vote, the Congressional Budget Office issued a new estimate that put the cost at $838 billion, an increase from the $827 billion figure from last week.

“This bill has the votes to pass. We know that,” conceded Sen. John Thune, a South Dakota Republican who has spoken daily in the Senate against the legislation.

Even so, in the hours before Monday’s vote, Republican opponents attacked it as too costly and unlikely to have the desired effect on the economy. “This is a spending bill, not a stimulus bill,” said Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH):

“The fact is, this trillion-dollar spending plan is not much different than the one House Democrats passed two weeks ago.  It is more costly, is loaded with slow-moving Washington spending, opens the door to scores of pet projects that taxpayers cannot afford, and is not focused on creating more jobs for families and small businesses. Even worse, its authors are trying to take advantage of the crisis in our economy to enact a series of liberal policy proposals that have nothing to do with job creation, such as reversing welfare reform and letting government ration out health care options to America families and seniors.”

Senator Chuck Schumer: “Americans don’t care.”
Video:
Schumer Says Americans Don’t Care About Pork Spending

Eugene Robinson in the Washington Post:
“Republicans just don’t like this bill.” 

This bill is the issue: it has a lot of spending, as Leader Boehner suggests, that is not going to help….

But the president seemed to say last night that the time for bipartisanship is over.

So we get the House-Senate compromise.  Swallow.

Pelosi, Reid “Failed;” Honest Democrat Their Worst Nightmare

February 9, 2009

Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, no friends of the truth, have now to face one of their own Democrats calling them “Failed” on bipartisanship and the stimulus.

Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) who introduced President Barack Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday made the observation today.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair (2nd R) speaks at the ... 

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair (2nd R) speaks at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, February 5, 2009. From L-R are: first lady Michelle Obama, U.S. President Barack Obama, Blair and U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC).REUTERS/Larry Downing

****************By Glenn Thrush, Politico

Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C) has further ingratiated himself with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — not — by declaring that Pelosi and Harry Reid “failed” the bipartisanship test on stimulus.

“In order for us to get the confidence of America, it has to be done in a bipartisan way,” Shuler said in Raleigh following an economic forum, according to the AP.

“We have to have everyone — Democrats and Republicans standing on the stage with the administration — saying, ‘We got something done that was efficient, stimulative and timely.'”

Here’s the kicker: “I truly feel that’s where maybe House leadership and Senate leadership have really failed.”

Shuler, rumored to be mulling a ’10 Senate run, was one of 11 House Democrats to vote “no” on the stimulus and was already deep in Pelosi’s doghouse. Now he’ll have to build a Harry Reid wing.

Related:
Bling Fling Stimulus and Obama Faces Questions With: Answers?

Bling Fling Stimulus and Obama Faces Questions With: Answers?

February 9, 2009

The stimulus is a “bling fling” of tossing around the goodies for the sake of pleasure.

But what do we get for sure?  Debt and spending.

 

The experts can’t agree on the rest.  Some say it will create a million jobs.  Some say 4 million.  Some say in two years.  Some say four.

Some say its temporary.  Some say it is purely an effort to make communities and people dependent upon the public trough.

And the media has been fawning over Barack Obama for many months.

Obama’s “positive” rating is now some 67%.  The stimulus?  Only half the voters like it.

Given all of this, will the right questions be asked by the media tonight?  Probably not.  But Politico’s Jon Martin did a great job explaining what the questions should be.

If I was a Republican lawmaker I’d vote against the stimulus.  If I was a Democrat I’d go with the president.  And hope.

But as a Democrat in the Senate I’d know this stimulus package is a terrible piece of pork foisted upon the Senate by Nancy Pelosi and her Democrats in the House.

Jon Martin, Politico:
http://www.politico.com/news/sto
ries/0209/18604.html

The stimulus is a PorkFest:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009
/02/09/the-golf-cart-stimulus/

Economic journalist Stuart Varney said today on Fox News, “The stimulus was dishonestly presented to the public.  It is all spending and little stimulus. It is mostly pork and Congressional leaders have not been honest about that at all.”

Related:
Pelosi, Reid “Failed;” Honest Democrat Their Worst Nightmare

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Risks To Republicans and Democrats on Stimulus

The risks for Obama are considerable. He and the Democrats will have no one else to blame if the package fails to boost the economy. Obama himself has said his first term can be judged on whether it succeeds, whether it creates or saves the 3 million to 4 million jobs he promises. 

And if the economy fails to show marked signs of improvement — a possibility indeed — Republicans will have a megabillion-dollar “I told you so” in their pockets, just in time for the 2010 midterm elections and Obama’s own reelection bid in 2012. 

Read the rest:
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/
0209/18576.html

My number one question for all voters who watch the president tonight: 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?

Related:
Economic Recovery: Try No Stimulus and Wait

Stimulus: Calls To Senate 8:1 Against; Political, Economic Toll Looms

U.S. Taxpayers Risk $9.7 Trillion on Bailouts as Senate Votes

Stimulus will lead to ‘disaster,’ Republican warns

 Stimulus: “93% spending and only 7% stimulation”

 Stimulus Dilusion: More Debt Spending Will Never Resolve Debt Crisis

Obama: Intangibles Got Him Presidency; He Already Threw Away Most

February 7, 2009

Barack Obama seems not to know that his own intangibles got him elected President of the United States.  It wasn’t the love from black voters or former community organizers.  It wasn’t the Democratic National Committee and Howard Dean.

Obama won over the centrist, middle of the road, swing voters with bipartisanship, hope, a tone, a promise….really lots of promises.

The Intangibles won Obama the White House.

Then he threw them away.

Related:
Stimulus: “93% spending and only 7% stimulation”

Someday this will make for a great book and movie: “Intangibles Lost.”

A kind of “Lost Paradise.”

The president’s angry, partisan rant in front of an all Democrat crowd at a Spa in Virginia on Thursday showed everyone who he really is: a man that doesn’t care about The Intangibles any more.

He doesn’t need them any more.

Now he’ll just buy votes with give aways like all the pork in the stimulus.

People will love him because he gives them hand outs.  Ask just about any Governor or Mayor: to them the stimulus looks great.  Free money.

But the stimulus isn’t free money any more than Intangibles and bipartisanship are worthless and unnecessary in politics.

They are the coin of the realm.

Related:

Pelosi Calls Bipartisanship Unnecessary

Obama Teasing Gets McCain Snide Response

Michelle:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/07/gird-yo
ur-loins-the-senate-thieves-rush-to-pass-trillio
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Pelosi Calls Bipartisanship Unnecessary

February 7, 2009

Sadly, some people learn slowly.

Tom Daschle never dreamed he didn’t desrve a free limo and that the “perk” was probably reportable income.

And Nacy Pelosi is in denial that “bipartisaniship” is a good thing for a nation.

The reason?

“The whole country is behind me,” she told reporters.  “They know they need the House Stimulus.”

Nancy Pelosi is not happy about the stimulus' progress.
Nancy Pelosi is not happy about the stimulus’ progress. Photo: AP

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In a statement sure to rile Republicans, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Friday dismissed calls for bipartisanship as “process” arguments extraneous to passing a stimulus bill — and warned Senate Democrats against slashing proposed increases to education spending.

Pelosi — speaking to reporters on the second day of her retreat with House Democrats at a swank Williamsburg, Va., golf resort — was clearly annoyed with Senate attempts to slash up to $100 billion in spending from the $819 billion package the House passed last week.

At the same time, she urged the need for speed in passing the package — and stopped short of saying that she’d insist on her demands during upcoming conference negotiations with the Senate.

“Washington seems consumed in the process argument of bipartisanship, when the rest of the country says they need this bill,” the California Democrat said, seeming to sweep aside the Obama administration initial desire to have broad GOP support for the plan.

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Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.), said: “Her comment really makes one wonder whether she understands the concerns of not only the majority of struggling Americans seeking tax relief and job creation, but many members from her own party.”

Pelosi’s increasingly partisan tone comes a day after Obama stepped up his pressure on Republicans, who have sought to downsize spending and increase tax cuts. They have been joined in their efforts by a coalition of centrist Democrats in the upper chamber, led by Nebraska Democrat Ben Nelson, who has criticized the House stimulus as wasteful and ill-targeted.

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