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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

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

Gregg: ‘I’m Too Conservative’ for Obama

February 13, 2009

Republican Sen. Judd Gregg said Friday that he pulled out of the job of commerce secretary after realizing that “I’m just going to be a little too conservative” for President Obama’s administration.

Associated Press

If you’re going to be on a football team, “you’ve got to pull out and block on every play, you can’t do it on every other play,” the senator said.

“I didn’t feel comfortable going forward because of my individuality, for lack of a better term,” Gregg said during an appearance Friday morning on CNBC.

Gregg said he thinks Obama is on the right track in attempts to stabilize the shaky financial system and that the proposal of Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner — much criticized as being too vague — is going to be an extremely strong initiative once it is filled out with details.

At the same time, Gregg said his conservative inclinations would show up in terms of fiscal spending.

Regarding the $790 billion economic stimulus plan, “I think there was a tactical error made … in that you allowed the appropriators to write the package,” said Gregg.

He said he thinks the stimulus plan “should be focusing mainly on trying to stabilize the real estate markets, and promoting small business and getting jobs.”

Read the rest:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days
/2009/02/13/gregg-im-conservative-obama/

Gregg Flip-Flop Emboldens “Loyal Opposition”

February 13, 2009

Judd Gregg was all but dead to his Republican colleagues just a few days ago, another collaborator drinking the Obama Kool-Aid.

But the New Hampshire senator‘s surprise decision to remove himself from consideration as President Barack Obama’s Commerce secretary Thursday has provided the GOP with a new rallying cry, and a new hero against a foe who just a few weeks ago seemed almost unassailable.

Republicans applauded boisterously when Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) opened a closed-door meeting in the Capitol basement Thursday night by announcing Gregg’s withdrawal.

Charles Mahtesian
Politico

US Sen. Judd Gregg, R-NH, speaks during a news conference on ... 
US Sen. Judd Gregg, R-NH, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Gregg has withdrawn from President Barack Obama’s nomination to be the Secretary of Commerce.(AFP/Getty Images/Alex Wong)

“He made a difficult decision to turn down a job that a lot of Republicans could take,” said Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.). “Here’s a guy who’s going to turn down his place in the history books.”

In pulling out, Gregg pointed to “irresolvable conflicts” on the two issues behind which the Republicans have been closing ranks—the stimulus package and the alleged politicization of the census.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20090213
/pl_politico/18821

Republicans Helping Obama Reduced By One: On Linclon’s Birthday, Turncoats Wobbly?

February 12, 2009

Judd Gregg, the Republican senator from New Hampshire who agreed a few days agao to join the Obama Administration’s Commerce Department as the Secretary of Commerce nominee, abruptly removed his name today.

The withdrawal appeared to take the White House by surprise, with members of the president’s media operation learning of Gregg’s decision from reporters.

Gregg seemed to indicate that he was not fully briefed on the White House plan to move the census from Commerce to the Executive Branch and he was havig difficulty swallowing the Obama stimulus.

Three Republican senators did vote for the stimulus: Senators Collins and Snowe from Maine and Arlen Specter of  Pennsylvania.

The GOP had been reluctant to embrace the stimulus plan, but Collins,  Snowe and Specter largely stood out by bucking their party. They were the three Republicans who supported the first Senate version.

Obama described Snowe and Collins as “outstanding legislators who care about their state but who also care about this country.”

Today, Lincoln’s birthday, President Obama asked all Americans to stand united and behind one flag.

But for Judd Gregg, a man noted for his principled stands, the census deal and the stimulus were just too tough to take.

David Lightman wrote:

Two of the renegade Republican senators critical to getting the economic stimulus bill through the Senate – Maine’s Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins – represent a state where folks are known for their flinty, thrifty ways.

The other, Arlen Specter, is from Pennsylvania, where the government has long been regarded as an economic lifeline.

So it’s hardly a surprise that the three moderate Republicans are the only lawmakers in their party so far to go along with the Democrats’ economic stimulus plan. They play a key role in shaping a compromise stimulus package, since Democrats control 58 Senate seats and need at least two more to cut off procedural roadblocks.

Read the rest:
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/
news/politics/story/619082.html

http://michellemalkin.com/2009
/02/12/judd-gregg-withdraws-n
omination/

Census, White House and Judd Gregg

February 12, 2009

House Republican leaders said Thursday they’re ready to go to court against President Obama if he doesn’t scuttle his plan to move the census into the purview of the Oval Office, saying it’s an unconstitutional abuse of power.

House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence, R-Ind., also called on Obama’s nominee to head the Commerce Department, Republican Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, to withdraw his nomination if Obama moves forward with the change. Gregg has been a long time opponent of increased funding to the Census Bureau.

Related:
Obama Commerce Secretary Nominee Judd Gregg Withdraws

Under Obama’s plan, the director of the U.S. Census Bureau, who has yet to be named, would report to White House senior management in addition to the Commerce Department, which oversees the bureau.

A Senate committee has scheduled a hearing next month on the potential change. Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are also pushing for an investigation.

GOP leaders sent Obama a letter to the White House on Wednesday demanding a reversal of the plan.

“If the president doesn’t acquiesce to our letter, then we will seek the courts,” said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., a ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said at a news conference Thursday. 

“Ultimately I don’t think there’s any question among federal courts about whether or not this is a personal power of the presidency or whether or not executive privilege would be waived if he started doing functions like this,” Issa said.

A spokesman for Issa told FOXNews.com that the lawmaker wouldn’t initiate a lawsuit but would lend his support to any individual or group that did.

At the news conference Thursday, House Republican leaders announced the formation of a census task force to keep an eye on developments. Republicans displayed a large placard with a 2006 quote from White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel that read, “If you think redistricting is always partisan and political which it is…it’s going to be on steroids this time.”

Census numbers determine everything from government pay-outs to how many people represent each state in Congress. Past censuses have sparked fights over issues as varied as how to ensure remote population groups are counted accurately to how such terms as “poverty” are defined.

The controversy began when Obama nominated Gregg to head the Commerce Department.

Gregg once voted for a broader budget measure that would have abolished the agency, and he opposed increased funding for the 2000 census. Gregg’s record raised concerns about his commitment to an accurate census count, a priority for minority groups that have historically been undercounted.

Gregg’s nomination initially pleased Republicans because he has opposed increased funding to the census and once supported abolishing the agency. But now they have begun to question his silence.

“If the president doesn’t trust Judd Gregg to lead the census, he should withdraw the nomination,” Pence said.

The White House sought to soothe those concerns in a statement late last week reassuring that the census director would “work closely with White House senior management.”

That in turn sparked an uproar from Republicans, who accused the White House of injecting partisan politics into the census and seeking to cut out agency professionals in favor of political operatives.

The White House issued a statement Wednesday, emphasizing Obama’s commitment to a “complete and accurate count through a process that is free from politicization” even while seeking to explain that no real change was being made to the census director’s chain of command.

“As they have in the past, White House senior management will work closely with the census director given the number of decisions that will need to reach the president’s desk,” said the statement from White House spokesman Benjamin LaBolt.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., who has pushed legislation to create an independent census agency, complained about the move by House Republicans, saying their “answer is to have a press conference and create a tempest over the Census Bureau, even before the president has had a chance to unpack his bags.”

FOX News’ Chad Pergram and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Obama Commerce Secretary Nominee Judd Gregg Withdraws

February 12, 2009

Judd Gregg, the New Hampshire Republican Senator, has withdrawn his name for consideration as the Obama Adminisration Commerce Secretary.

Gregg said he had not fully agreed to the Obama White House plan to move the U.S. Census from the Commerce Department to the White House.

Gregg also did not support the stimulus.

Gregg gave a statement to reporters for TV cameras and said the president was very gracious throught this process….

Related:
Census, White House and Judd Gregg

Here is Judd Gregg’s statement:

Sen. Gregg stated, “I want to thank the President for nominating me to serve in his Cabinet as Secretary of Commerce.  This was a great honor, and I had felt that I could bring some views and ideas that would assist him in governing during this difficult time. I especially admire his willingness to reach across the aisle.

“However, it has become apparent during this process that this will not work for me as I have found that on issues such as the stimulus package and the Census there are irresolvable conflicts for me.  Prior to accepting this post, we had discussed these and other potential differences, but unfortunately we did not adequately focus on these concerns.  We are functioning from a different set of views on many critical items of policy.

“Obviously the President requires a team that is fully supportive of all his initiatives.

“I greatly admire President Obama and know our country will benefit from his leadership, but at this time I must withdraw my name from consideration for this position.

“As we move forward, I expect there will be many issues and initiatives where I can and will work to assure the success of the President’s proposals.  This will certainly be a goal of mine.

“Kathy and I also want to specifically thank Governor Lynch and Bonnie Newman for their friendship and assistance during this period.  In addition we wish to thank all the people, especially in New Hampshire, who have been so kind and generous in their supportive comments.

“As a further matter of clarification, nothing about the vetting process played any role in this decision.  I will continue to represent the people of New Hampshire in the United States Senate.”

developing…

This is the second Obama Commerce nominee to drop out.  Bill Richardson withdrew his name because of a grand jury investigation in his state house….

In this Feb. 3, 2009 file photo, then-Commerce Secretary-designate ... 
In  this Feb. 3, 2009 file photo, then-Commerce Secretary-designate Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., speaks in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington. Gregg has withdrawn his nomination to become President Barack Obama’s commerce secretary.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

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The Associated Press said:

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.

“We are functioning from a different set of views on many critical items of policy,” Gregg said in a statement released by his Senate office.

Gregg, 61, is a former New Hampshire governor who previously served in the House. He has been in the Senate since 1993 and currently serves as the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee, where he is known as a crusader against big spending.

He was Obama’s second choice to fill the Commerce portfolio.

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson withdrew several weeks ago in the wake of a grand jury investigation into alleged wrongdoing involving state contracts. He has not been implicated personally.

In his statement, Gregg thanked Obama for the nomination, and said, “I especially admire his willingness to reach across the aisle.”

In citing the stimulus and census, he said, “Prior to accepting this post, we had discussed these and other potential differences, but unfortunately we did not adequately focus on these concerns. We are functioning from a different set of views on many critical items of policy.”

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/gregg_withdrawal

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/12/ju
dd-gregg-withdraws-nomination/

From Politico:
Over the span of just three months, Bill Richardson has gone from being on the shortlist for secretary of state to late-night punch line, a breathtaking descent that has tarnished his once-sparkling career.

Since withdrawing as the nominee for secretary of commerce in early January amid questions surrounding a federal grand jury investigation, New Mexico’s Democratic governor has seen his political fortunes crater. Once unmatched in his power and popularity in Santa Fe, Richardson’s grip on state politics has been weakened by the whiff of scandal, and home state opponents have been emboldened by his plummeting approval ratings — numbers that have dropped below 50 percent, according to a recent SurveyUSA poll.

“He’s had a pretty rough go of it since he withdrew,” said Timothy Jennings, a Democrat and New Mexico’s Senate president pro tempore. “His popularity has really declined in the state.”

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/2
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