Archive for the ‘Elkhart’ Category

Obama, Dems Want It All and Socialism Now

February 9, 2009

The White House has removed the supervision of the Commerce Department  over the census.  The census determines how congressional districts are drawn.  Therefore it makes no sense for one party or for the White House to oversee the census.

Fear Rahm Emanuel.

Expect the USA to add a  51st state: the District of Columbia: with two more Democrats in the Senate.

While the census was being grabbed, the House and Senate continued to stoke up the charcoal for the pork fest.  And President Barack Obama went to Elkhart, Indiana where unemployment exceeds 15% — mostly because they make something that we can only afford in really good (and wasteful) time: RVs.

“We” elected Barack Obama and his Democrat buddies but we do not have to be silent while really foolish re-workings of America are in progress.

Heath Shuler said today the Speaker Pelosi and Leader Reid had “failed.”

Failed in honesty and committment to their offices….and oaths….

Most of our liberal Obama-swallowing media isn’t very helpful during all of this: still bashing George W. Bush and not looking seriously into the Obama Administration….

related:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/09/t
he-only-thing-grand-about-the-grand-com
promise-is-the-price-tag/

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

Census (From Fox News):
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/0
2/09/gop-sounds-alarm-obama-decision-census-whit
e-house/

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior ... 
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)

Obama Tells Elkhart: “Stimulus Can’t Wait;” His Rating 67%

February 9, 2009

“We can’t afford to wait. We can’t wait to see and hope for the best,” Obama said in Elkhart, Ind., a community with more than 15% unemployment.

“We can’t posture and bicker and resort to the same failed ideas that got us in into this mess in the first place.”

Obama
Photo: AP

“It’s coming out of Washington. It’s going through Congress.”

“You know, look, it’s not perfect,” the president conceded. “But it is the right size, it is the right scope. Broadly speaking, it has the right priorities to create jobs that will jump-start our economy and transform the economy for the 21st century.”

The President seemed to be saying he had heard enough from critics on the stimulus.

“Doing nothing is not an option,” Obama said. “We’ve had a good debate. Now it’s time to act.”

“So we can no longer afford to wait and see and hope for the best. We can no longer posture and bicker and resort to the same failed ideas that got us into this mess in the first place — and that the American people rejected at the polls this past November.”

Republicans have their own view:
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“I know we’re in trouble. I know America needs a stimulus. We need tax cuts. We need to spend money on infrastructure and on other programs that will immediately put people to work. But this is not it,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“You need to get it right. You don’t want to spend these precious taxpayer dollars in the wrong way,” Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Washington Post report on this:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/arti
cle/2009/02/09/AR2009020901020.html?hpid=top
news

See a report from the Associated Press:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/2009
0209/ap_on_go_pr_wh/obama_e
conomy

CNN: Obama Way More Popular Than Stimulus
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/0
2/09/poll.obama.stimulus/index.html

Why Elkhart?  The 15+% unemployment is about twice the national average…

Why does the president need to go on the road?  Because others have failed to make the case for the president and Republicans and Democrats in Congress face a lot of distrust.  An analysis by Scott Rasmussen notes that the stimulus debate is now driven by a tug-of-war between the popularity of President Barack Obama and the nation’s deeply ingrained reluctance to increase government spending.

The president is banking on his 67% approval rating.

Rasmussen Reports:
http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_cont
ent/politics/obama_administration/daily_pres
idential_approval_index

Gallup:
http://senatus.wordpress.com/2009/02/09/g
allup-poll-favors-obamas-handling-of-stimul
us-debate/

http://www.gallup.com/Home.aspx

Related:
Stimulus: its all in His hands

Stimulus: Democrats Exhibit Zero Convicing Arguments, Spokesmen

Obama too smug?
http://riggword.wordpress.com/2009/02/0
8/obamas-smug-turns-to-shrug-during-por
kulus-fracas/

http://conservativemeanderings.wordpre
ss.com/2009/02/09/lets-get-wasted/

President seeks grass-roots support for stimulus

February 9, 2009

President Barack Obama faces a barrage of questions on his plans to reinvigorate the economy with a massive stimulus bill and additional billions in bailout money for the financial markets.

By MARK S. SMITH, Associated Press Writer

The president traveled here on Monday and is going to Florida on Tuesday, to cities hurting badly from the economic meltdown, and is holding a prime-time news conference at the White House on Monday night. The blitz shows that Obama and his advisers are worried about a looming Senate vote on the stimulus bill, which failed to gather meaningful Republican support during rare weekend debate. A key vote on the legislation was set in the Senate for Monday afternoon.

The sessions allow Obama to appeal directly to Americans for grass-roots backing of his plans. He planned about an eight-minute opening to his news conference aimed at arguing on behalf of quick passage of the stimulus, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said.

For his first direct pitch to citizens, Obama scheduled a town hall meeting here in northern Indiana, where the unemployment rate soared to 15.3 percent in December, up a whopping 10.6 percentage points from December 2007. The region has been hammered by layoffs in the recreational vehicle industry. On Tuesday, he plans to visit Fort Myers, Fla., an area hit hard by home foreclosures.

“The American people are desperate for us to act,” White House senior adviser David Axelrod told reporters traveling with Obama on Air Force One en route to Indiana. “They understand that we’re in crisis. They’re living it every single day. Obviously the place we are going to today is one of the more severely hit communities. But all communities are.”

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090209/a
p_on_go_pr_wh/obama_economy

Obama Family Dog Decision Postponed; Stimulus a “No Brainer”

February 9, 2009

Where there is only one boss and three voters, the Obama family delayed a decision on the family dog.

The decision(s) on the stimulus?  A snap.  And the White House urged and still urges immediate passage.  Speed is needed.

We have to avert “catastrophe.” 

The dog was more complex than the stimulus.  It has to be hypoallergenic.  House trained.  Politically correct.

The stimulus just has to throw money around and that’s apparently easy: especially if it is borrowed money.  It isn’t really our money. We’ll just print more.

So the president took his jacket off and rolled up his sleeves for photo ops in the Oval.

But he never really rolled up his sleeves and went to work with Republicans urging new ideas upon the president and the Democrats.

And what have we got?  Two more photo op days: today in Elkhart, Indiana and tomorrow in Fort Myers, Florida.

Public reaction to the stimulus should be reminding the White House of the saying: “That dog won’t hunt.”

In Elkhart they make RVs.

In much of the rest of the world, you’d have to explain what an RV is and what a hypoallergenic dog is.

We might have to get back to basics.

Is this a catastrophe?

Depends what your definition of “is” is.

Related:
Obama Stimulus: “Don’t They Make RVs in Elkhart?”

He’s Now Clearly “Drama Obama”

Stimulus: Its All In His Hands; Spokesmen Fail To 

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
2/09/from-market-based-to-savior-based/

Senator Chuck Grassley, the Republican from Iowa, said on a Monday morning TV news program, “Bipartisanship starts at the beginning.  You have to sit across from one another for days or weeks.  He also said the calls to his office were 8:1 against the stimulus….

(L to R) Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. President Barack Obama, Director of the Office of Management and Budget Peter Orszag, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, and National Economic Director Lawrence Summers meet to discuss the economy in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on January 22, 2009. (UPI Photo/Pete Souza/White House Press Office)
Note: there are no Republicans in this picture.  (L to R) Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. President Barack Obama, Director of the Office of Management and Budget Peter Orszag, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, and National Economic Director Lawrence Summers meet to discuss the economy in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on January 22, 2009. (UPI Photo/Pete Souza/White House Press Office)

Obama Stimulus: “Don’t They Make RVs in Elkhart?”

February 9, 2009

Here’s the photo op the White House wants: Barack Obama in a room full of angry voters in a town with 15% unemployment.

They’ll certainly applaud the president and the stimulus.

But the problem is: 50% or more of America has doubts about the stimulus.  Questions.  Reservations.  Fear.

So there are just a few problems with this picture some media folks at the White House want.  Nothing againt Elkhart or Indiana. But Elkhart is the Recreational Vehicle (RV) capital of America.  And we know how essential the RV truly is…

Try explaining even what an RV is to the hungry of Darfur or refugees in Thailand.  To John Madden an RV is essential.  Well, maybe no.  Even he has a converted bus.

Unemployment is unemployment so we do have a twinge of sadness at 15 % unemployment in the RV sector, but this is not a catastrophe.

And are we supposed to believe that the stimulus is about revitalizing the RV business?  Are these the jobs America needs?  The goods we are so proud of?

No. Barney Frank says we need to get stimulus money to states and cities so they can pay the police.  Well, like the rest of us, cities and towns have to make some decisions about where their money goes.

And so does the White House.  Barack Obama explaining the catastrophe in RV town doesn’t make me a believer.

And Barack Obama on the campaign trail won’t necessarily work.

As the Atlanta Journal-Constitution pointed out this morning, the Obama campaign is over and the effectiveness of the campaign machine that got Obama elected won’t change a lot of minds about the stimulus.

As some opined on the show “Fox News Sunday,” “It’s a bad [stimulus] bill.”

Related:
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Stimulus: Obama house parties can’t stimulate needed support

He’s Now Clearly “Drama Obama”

Stimulus: Its All In His Hands; Spokesmen Fail To Explain

http://yourblackpolitics.wordpress.com/2009/0
2/09/president-obama-working-hard-to-find-sup
port-for-the-stimulus-package/

He’s Now Clearly “Drama Obama”

February 9, 2009

Dealing with catastrophe is a drama.  And it gets worse: no Democrat and no advisor and no spokesman has been able to explain why this stimulus is essential. No one but Drama Obama can say why this stimulus is the only sane rescue.

So the drama has been magnified: by White House ineptitude and failure to have a stimulus bill of unquestioned goodness. A stimulus that can be explained to everyman and everyman can embrace.

President Obama, pictured at an East Room event Friday, also met in the White House with families of terror attack victims to assure them that suspects will be meted out justice. (Associated Press)

Above: President Obama, pictured at an East Room event Friday.  Photo: AP

Why do more than 50% of voters reject a government give-away that may help them?  Because it is the wrong bill.

The expected Messiah has fallen to earth — along with several apostles.

Former Senate Leader and health care wonderkind — turned out to be a tax cheat and influence peddler.

The Commerce nominee pulled his own name fearing a grand jury might besmirch it after he was in Washington.

A couple of the president’s top guys violate his own anti-lobbyist rules.

There is a hint of Chinese New Year bad luck here or just really bad decision making.

Or arrogance.  After all, they won.

The oath of office was even botched. And the re-do seemed to break the pledge of total transparency.

Now the president returns to what he is really good at: his community organizer roots and campaigning.

He’s on the road this week to Elkhart, Indiana and Fort Meyer, Florida to resolve the catastrophe he named himself.

Each day of this presidency is becoming an episode of “24.”

A headline today said, “Overseas challenges cascade on Obama.”

But he’ll be in Elkhart.

Related:
Stimulus will lead to ‘disaster,’ Republican warns

 Stimulus: Democrats Exhibit Zero Convicing Arguments, Spokesmen

Stimulus: Its All In His Hands; Spokesmen Fail To Explain

Overseas challenges cascade on Obama

Obama seeks grass-roots support for stimulus

February 9, 2009

President Barack Obama will face a barrage of questions from ordinary Americans and skeptical reporters on his plans to reinvigorate the economy with a massive stimulus bill and additional billions in bailout money for the financial markets.

Two trips to cities hurting under the economic meltdown and a prime-time news conference are signs that Obama and his advisers are worried about a looming Senate vote on the stimulus bill, which failed to gather meaningful Republican support during rare weekend debate. The question-and-answer sessions will allow Obama to go directly to voters for grass-roots backing of his plans.

By MARK S. SMITH, Associated Press Writer

Both trips were added to Obama’s schedule as difficulties with the legislation on Capitol Hill increased. Originally, aides had insisted his time would be better spent in Washington to shepherd the bill rather than traveling the more traditional presidential route around the country, pressuring lawmakers from his bully pulpit.

The $827 billion Senate version of the plan was expected to pass the Senate on Tuesday. However, it must be reconciled with the House version, which totaled $820 billion in spending and tax cuts. With Senate and House negotiators preparing to deal, Obama is likely to push for a bill on his desk for his signature by mid-month.

“The president’s top man on the economy is the president,” Larry Summers, the chairman of the White House National Economic Council, said on “Fox News Sunday.” Summers added: “He listens to advice from all of us, and he sets his direction.”

For his first direct pitch to citizens, Obama scheduled a town hall meeting in Elkhart, Ind. He was to return to Washington for the news conference Monday night. On Tuesday he plans to visit Fort Myers, Fla., an area hit hard by foreclosures.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090209
/ap_on_go_pr_wh/obama_economy

Obama enters decisive week on economy

February 9, 2009
Under pressure to win passage of a stimulus bill by week’s end, the president plans a mini-tour and prime-time news conference to build support, while a key speech by the Treasury chief is delayed.
By James Oliphant
The Los Angeles Times
February 9, 2009
Reporting from Washington — With the Obama administration facing a make-or-break week to enact a massive economic stimulus package, officials ramped up pressure on lawmakers Sunday to waste no time sending the bill to the president for his signature.

President Obama plans to hit the road to sell the package directly to the American public. He’ll spend today in Indiana and Tuesday in Florida, talking with communities that have been hard hit by the recession. And tonight, in Washington, he’ll hold his first prime-time news conference, with the economy likely to be Topic A.

Read the rest:
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/
washingtondc/la-na-stimulus9-2009feb09,0
,2275628.story