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Stimulus: President “Impatient, Combatative” Wants Air Time

February 5, 2009

President Obama is fed up.  He’s “impatient,” “frustrated” and “combatative” according to White House Press Corps members that asked questions of spokesman Robert Gibbs today.

The president has asked the networks for air time on Monday for a national address to discuss his position on the stimulus.

All the talk of bipartisanship now seems on hold.  At the Department of Energy today, the president showed what some observers called “dismay” at what the White House is calling a “failure to act” in the U.S. Senate.

Senators dipute that, saying this is the legislative process in action.

Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) said “This takes time.  We’re all trying to get the best stimulus bill.”

Republican and former Bush advisor Karl Rove said, “The biggest problem with this stimulus is that it just doesn’t create enough jobs.”

Rove said Obama “outsourced the creation of this bill to the House Appropriations Committee.  The problems in this bill belong to President Obama.  He made a leadership mistake.”

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said, “I like President Obama but giving TV interviews is not leading.  Having lunch with people is not leading.  Scaring people is not leading.”

He said the president was “AWOL on the stimulus,” using the military term for “absent without official leave.”

Graham is a military lawyer.

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Obama Flaming Out On Stimulus Explantion

 Senator Critical Of President for Not Leading on Stimulus; Calls Effort “Crazy,” Bill “Monstrosity”

Lindsey Graham Boiling Mad:

Flaws of Stimulus More Obvious Each Day

February 4, 2009

The U.S. Senate is doing the nation a valuable service.

The legislative body is actually reading through the stimulus package passed by the House and looking for ways to make it better.
Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) said today, “It doesn’t treat the disease; just the symptoms.” 

He’s a doctor.

Coburn also said of the stimulus bill, “I don’t think the president has read it.”

Coburn said the stimulus will probably pass “but it won’t work, it won’t be successful.”

Democrats tried to add another $24 Billion to the Senate stimulus plan last night — an effort that was rejected.

President Barack Obama says the recession will turn into a “catastrophe” if the economic stimulus is not passed quickly.  Almost daily since his inauguration he has tried to speed the process.

Fast legislation, in my experience, is almost always bad law: which is what Senator Coburn said.

But President Obama urged members of Congress “to act without delay” while also promising to “work to make it stronger.”

Now some 43% of the voters say the stimulus is wrong; and only 37% of those polled like it.

The Senate is proving that our American system works; but it does take some time….

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 Stimulus: Some Loony Spending Requests in Obama Plan

Obama’s Honeymoon is Over

February 4, 2009

It is never just one thing that causes us to say, “It’s over.”  It wasn’t just Daschle and his taxes.  It was also Geithner and his taxes and Killefer and her taxes and Richardson and his grand jury and a few lobbyists named to top jobs.

But more importantly it is the stimulus and the other players on the world’s stage.

Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) said today, “It doesn’t treat the disease; just the symptoms.” 

He’s a doctor.

Coburn also said of the stimulus bill, “I don’t think the president has read it.”

Coburn said the stimulus will probably pass “but it won’t work, it won’t be successful.”

In Russia, President Medvedev gave Kyrgyzstan a $2 Billion loan and asked them to close the U.S. air base on their soil….

That air base feeds the U.S. and NATO war effort in Afghanistan…..

Iran has launched a satellite and North Korea says it will launch a rocket that can hit the U.S.

So now the BBC agrees with our assessment that the Obama honeymoon is over….

Many Obama Plans Could Suffer As Players End Their Seasons, Situations Change


By James Coomarasamy
BBC News, Washington

It was beginning to look rather awkward for President Obama.

To have one high profile nominee – Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner – reveal a tax problem was bad enough.

But when it emerged last Friday that his Health and Human Services Secretary-designate, Tom Daschle, had failed to pay around $130,000 (£90,000) in taxes on a car and chauffeur he had been provided by a business associate, a pattern of careless vetting seemed to be emerging.

And Tom Daschle was not just any nominee.

The popular former Senate Majority Leader was, in many ways, Barack Obama’s Washington mentor.

Inside knowledge

It was Mr Daschle who persuaded the young man (who began his US Senate career just as Mr Daschle was ending his) not to delay his run for the White House.

And it was Mr Daschle who provided him with key inside knowledge and key members of staff – especially in the early caucus state of Iowa – to help him get there.

This closeness explains, perhaps, why the initial reaction of the President and Senate Democrats was to stand by their man.

On Monday, President Obama said he “absolutely” backed Mr Daschle.

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The BBC article ends:
The significance of Tuesday’s decision may recede with time, but it was undoubtedly Barack Obama’s worst day in office.

One that looks like the end of an initial honeymoon period for a President who has raised expectations to a level that is already proving hard to meet.

Poll: Americans Deciding Stimulus is Wrong, Only 37% Support

February 4, 2009

The latest Rasmussen Poll shows that only 37% of Americans now support the economic stimulus.  Some 43% of those polled said the stimulus should be scrapped.

The Senate debate on the stimulus and the Daschle limo and tax caper have done something important and remarkable: the American media is again starting to do its job and act in a more impartial manner.

Even the New York Times finally decided yesterday that Tom Daschle needed to pull his name from the president’s consideration for HHS chief.

Now the Rasmussen poll is telling us that the Nancy Pelosi developed stimulus that passed in the House without one Republican vote is a bad bill. It spends too much, acquires too much debt and creates too few jobs.

Even the White House knew the stimulis created by Nancy Pelosi was a bad deal.
White House Encouraged Dems To Fight Pelosi on Stimulus

Senator Mitch McConnell said it meets none of the president’s goals and is not “timely, temporary and targeted.”

Last night Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) said, “This plan steals the future of the next two generations.”

“When the American people learn what this bill contains they will reject it. This bill is about spending money we don’t have on things we don’t need. We got into this mess by spending and investing money that didn’t exist. We won’t get out of this mess by doing more of the same. Yet, that is precisely what we are doing,” Dr. Coburn said.

“Instead of delivering change, this bill celebrates the politics of the past. The bill represents both the mindless partisanship of recent decades, and the failed interventionist policies of the 1930’s. The Senate can, and must, do much better. As currently written, this bill represents the worst act of generational theft in our nation’s history.”

Michelle Malkin:

Mayors, Governors of Both Parties Favor Stimulus (Surprised?)

Stimulus: Some Loony Spending Requests in Obama Plan

Flaws of Stimulus More Obvious Each Day