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Republicans Respond To Obama Budget

March 28, 2009

Attacking President Barack Obama‘s grand spending plans, a GOP lawmaker who almost joined the Democrat’s Cabinet said Saturday the U.S. must live within its means or risk its tradition of passing a more prosperous country from one generation to the next.

“We believe you create prosperity by having an affordable government that pursues its responsibilities without excessive costs, taxes or debt,” Sen. Judd Gregg said in the Republican radio and Internet address.

By WILL LESTER, Associated Press Writer

Gregg, who accepted the job as commerce secretary but then withdrew his nomination because of “irresolvable conflicts” with Obama’s policies, has become one of the toughest critics of Obama’s handling of the economy.

“In the next five years, President Obama’s budget will double the national debt. In the next 10 years, it will triple the national debt,” said Gregg, R-N.H.

“His budget assumes the deficit will average $1 trillion every year for the next 10 years and will add well over $9 trillion in new debts to our children’s backs,” said Gregg, the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee. “He also is proposing the largest tax increase in history, much of it aimed at taxing small business people who have been, over the years, the best job creators in our economy.”

Gregg said Obama’s proposals “represent an extraordinary move of our government to the left.”

He acknowledged that Obama “is very forthright in stating that he believes that by greatly expanding the spending, the taxing and the borrowing of our government, this will lead us to prosperity.”

In seeking to make the GOP case, Gregg said:

–“It is the individual American who creates prosperity and good jobs, not the government.”

–“We believe that you create energy independence not by sticking Americans with a brand new national sales tax on everyone’s electric bill, but by expanding the production of American energy … while also conserving more.”

–“We also believe you improve everyone’s health care not by nationalizing the health care system and putting the government between you and your doctor, but by assuring that every American has access to quality health insurance and choices in health care.”

He said the U.S. “has an exceptional history of one generation passing on to the next generation a more prosperous and stronger country, but that tradition is being put at risk.”

Congressional Republicans Still Struggle, Differ on Budget

March 28, 2009

Even before Barack Obama double-dared them to cough up their own budget, House Republican leaders were quietly drafting a set of conservative budget principles to convince voters – and their own rank-and-file – that they aren’t just The Party of No.

Minority Leader John Boehner, Minority Whip Eric Cantor, GOP Conference Chairman Mike Pence and Rep. Paul Ryan worked for weeks on a plan, staffers say, without any serious philosophical disagreements.

By &
Politico

But over time, Cantor-Ryan and Boehner-Pence camps split over questions of tactics and timing.

Pence, with Boehner’s blessing, wanted to unveil an abbreviated “blueprint” Thursday to counter Obama’s criticism and arm members with new talking points heading into this weekend – even if it meant that their plan wouldn’t have much in the way of details.

Cantor and Ryan wanted to wait until Ryan’s staff produced a fully-fleshed-out alternative to Obama’s $3.6 trillion spending plan, with specific numbers on spending and tax cuts – even if it meant waiting a few more days to get it out.

Cantor and Ryan ultimately caved in, and what they got was the worst of both worlds: a thin, glossy “blueprint” that was ridiculed by Democrats and cable news anchors, and a nasty internecine scrap that culminated with one GOP aide telling POLITICO that Pence had thrown Ryan “under the bus” in an “egocentric rush” to grab the spotlight.

Privately, some Republicans are worried that the split over the budget blueprint portends the kind of internal squabbling that afflicted the party during the height of its power at the beginning of the Bush administration.

“It was an unmitigated disaster,” said one House GOP aide of the Thursday roll-out. “We’ve got to figure out why this happened — and fix things fast.”

Thursday’s four-car pile-up wasn’t the first for the four GOP leaders. Six weeks ago, they were able to hold their conference together in two unanimous votes against the Democrats’ $787 billion stimulus package six weeks ago. But last week, the Boehner-Pence and Cantor-Ryan camps split publicly over publicly over the Democratic bill imposing a 90 percent tax on bonuses paid to executives at AIG and other bailed-out firms.

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From CNN

Despite crushing defeats in the last two elections, Senate Republicans have new “energy and enthusiasm” for winning back the majority, according to their leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

“President Bush had become extremely unpopular, and politically he was sort of a millstone around our necks in both ’06 and ’08,” McConnell told reporters Friday. “We now have the opportunity to be on offense, offer our own ideas and we will win some.”

Many of those ideas get presented as amendments to Democratic bills, and even though they’re usually defeated, they can draw attention to GOP policy alternatives and force Democrats to take difficult votes.

“They become the way you chart the course for a comeback, which, in this country, always happens at some point,” McConnell said. “The pendulum swings.”

McConnell said many of the ideas for amendments come from conservative think tanks and other Republican thinkers off Capitol Hill.

“Newt Gingrich, for example, has an idea a minute. Many of those are quite good. Many of those become amendments,” he said.

McConnell also said he doesn’t mind the “party of no” label Congressional Democrats and the White House give Republicans.

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http://edition.cnn.com/2009/POLITIC
S/03/27/gop.comeback/index.html

In Obama Budget; Interest Payments on Debt Will Surpass Defense Spending

March 24, 2009

Republicans over the past few days have slammed Obama’s blueprint, finding creative ways to express how devastating they say the proposal will be to the nation’s financial standing. 

“They are taking the United States down the road of destruction with the debt and the interest on the debt that our children and our grandchildren are going to have to pay,” Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., said Tuesday. 

After Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., called the budget akin to “banana republic” fiscal policy on Monday, Republicans argued Tuesday that it would run up deficits so high that the United States would not even qualify for membership in the European Union. 

“This creates for us a higher deficit than Cuba’s,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said. “This is not the kind of position we want to put the United States in.” 

Gregg railed on the spending plan over the Congressional Budget Office estimate that the deficits will end up doubling the country’s public debt to 82 percent of its gross domestic product by 2019. 

“To try to put it in a different context, if you take all the presidents since George Washington through George Bush and add up all the debt that they’ve put on the books for the American people, President Obama’s proposal actually equals and exceeds that amount of debt in his first term,” Gregg said Monday. “Staggering numbers when you think about it, just plain staggering numbers.” 

If the borrowing continues as projected, U.S. interest payments will climb rapidly — eventually reaching annual levels comparable to the whopping stimulus package passed last month. 

After three years of deficit spending at projected levels, the interest payments would hit $367 billion in 2013. They would hit more than $500 billion in 2015, soar to $734 billion in 2018, and be more than $800 billion in 2019. 

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., noted that the interest costs would total more than what Obama plans to spend on defense. 

Another concern is that China and other nations have been loaning the United States much of the money it needs — and the Chinese recently questioned their investments in U.S. treasury bonds out of concern the U.S. is getting over-extended. 

Senate Democrats are making key changes to Obama’s budget, trimming spending and dropping some parts entirely, to keep it alive on the Hill. 

See Fox News:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/firs
t100days/2009/03/24/obama-tries-
break-resistance-budget/

My Hope Doesn’t Allow Me To Swallow Obama The Way the Media Has…

March 16, 2009

There is just too much on the plate here to swallow.

As Andrew Malcolm wrote in the L.A. Times today:

Listen for more such positive tweaks in coming days. It’s bad. But we’re strong. If we can go to the moon, we can automate all medical records and cover everyone with health insurance and reform the country’s education system and stop foreclosures and expand the war in Afghanistan and create a federal deficit with more zeroes than most civilian calculators contain and then cut the deficit in half by giving 95% of Americans tax cuts and sticking it to a few rich people. And the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.

That and, perhaps, China calling in all its loans at once.

Oh, and cure cancer, solve global warming (if it is the disaster Al Gore claims) and rid ourselves of oil, gas and coal.

Frankly, my dear, I do give a damn.

And I give a damn about working on jobs, banks and the economy first: without fixing the “cisis” we cannot afford to fix the rest of the country and the world…..

And the swallow Obama media can’t be too smart: many of the newspapers that got behind Obama early and without criticism are now going out of business.  Even consevative talk radio guys that haven’t had the impact of the “Obama boost” inthe form of Rahm Emanuael’s orchestrated attacks, like Rush Limbaugh, are failing.

So here is the recipe for future success:

Mitch McConnell and other Republicans need to fight the Obama plan, slow down all non essential legislation, and get people to listen.

Then need to set down principles the way Newt did in the “Contract with America” and they need to stick to them the way Ron Silver did even when Hollywood wouldn’t hire him.

It’s the economy, stupid.

Principles, sticking to principles and getting the word out will work.  It worked before.

Obama Needs To Blitz Congress To Get His Entire Agenda Approved

March 14, 2009

President Obama must be irked. The media and other Obama allies like Warren Buffett are on his case for the first time, insisting he’s in too big a hurry to enact his entire domestic agenda. Obama should slow down, they say. He should prioritize. He should focus on reviving the economy and nothing else, and leave other issues–health care, energy, education–for later. The president has spurned this advice.

by Fred Barnes
Weekly Standard

Obama is right. His agenda is grandiose, but his strategy for achieving it makes sense. Since he has a fair chance of getting nearly everything he wants, why not go for it now? The president and his aides believe any new administration in similar circumstances would do the same. Right again. Proceeding prudently, taking up issues one at a time, would reduce the odds of success. For a new president, later is harder.

The White House strategy has dictated the Republican strategy: slow-walk the process. No one understands this better than Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell. He’s joined the chorus urging Obama to pull back. There’s “ample time” later, he said last week, to deal with issues “that have no relation whatsoever” to rejuvenating the economy.

The president, contrary to his reputation as the smartest guy in town, doesn’t seem to realize how important his own strategy really is. He acts as though he’s not subject to the normal rules of politics and thus, for him, success is inevitable. It’s not. The rules do apply and have, in fact, begun to affect him adversely. He needs to make haste.
Obama has two great political assets: his popularity and the large Democratic majorities in the Senate and House. The more popular a president and the bigger his party’s majorities, the better his prospects for winning approval of his agenda. Seems obvious, doesn’t it? The best example: Lyndon Johnson in 1965, when his Great Society programs became the law of the land. (They still are.)

Like earlier presidents, Obama is slipping in popularity, as measured by job approval, as his first year progresses. At 63 percent approval, he’s roughly where George W. Bush was at this point in his presidency in 2001, but behind JFK, Eisenhower, Carter, LBJ, and Nixon. Pollster Scott Rasmussen has noted a sharp rise in those who “strongly disapprove” of Obama’s performance and a dip in those who “strongly approve.”

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70rbpzy.asp

Stimulus struggle hints at a party showdown

February 15, 2009
Republicans and Democrats each held a firm line, foreshadowing tougher struggles ahead.
By Janet Hook
Los Angeles Times
February 15, 2009
Reporting from Washington — The monthlong struggle over the stimulus plan left behind a smoking battlefield of partisanship, but it also set the stage for a political collision on a scale seldom seen in Washington — a showdown on a succession of even more divisive issues that could shadow the future of the two major parties.

Against the background of the worst economic crisis in three-quarters of a century, Congress passed the $787-billion economic recovery bill without a single GOP vote in the House, and only three Republican votes in the Senate, the bare minimum to avoid a paralyzing filibuster. Economists across the political spectrum widely agree that some sort of federal action on an unprecedented scale is urgently needed.

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http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld
/nation/la-na-stimulus-collision15-2009feb
15,0,7978244.story

People Really Do Hate Republicans:
http://suzieqq.wordpress.com/2009/02/1
5/do-people-really-hate-republicans-in-congress/

Obama Respects Afghans More Than Americans

February 15, 2009

Earth shaking news today that Pressident Barack Obama has honored President Hamid Karzai’s request for Afghanistan’s official representation in the strategic review on the future of the U.S. and Afghanistan.

Karsai may have gotten the idea from U.S. Chaiman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen who has an Op-Ed in today’s Washington Post under the headline “Trust is the Coin of the Realm.”

Trust is the coin of the realm

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

Too bad there was no such effort to involve Republicans in the formulation of the “strategic review” that built the just passed economic stimulus.

That’s because by most accounts, there was no real strategic review on the future of the American economy and what to do next by Team Obama, that we know about, for sure, even given the pledge on “transparency;” and the Republican involvement in the formulation of the stimulus was only given lip service.

We write this fittingly on Valentine’s Day; a day that is often charged with lip service.

Note to President Obama: Congressional Republicans represent something like 47% of the American voter population that voted for the other guy.

In Kabul, Afghanistan, U.S. Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke said President Obama welcomed President Karzai’s recommendation for his side’s total involvment in the U.S. planning effort.

Karzai said his foreign minister, Dadfar Rangin Spanta, would head the delegation.

Memo to Dadfar Rangin Spanta: when you meet Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid you are in trouble.  The “strategic review” is finished, if the stimulus is any guide.

Now maybe the White House, which honored Republicans before the vote on the stimulus with photo opportunity meetings with the president, a cocktail party, a Super Bowl feed complete with peanuts, and not one actual working group of real substance at the White House, Old Executive (excuse me, I’m old: Eisenhower) Office Building, or in the House or the Senate Office Buildings — will send a special envoy to meet Republicans.

I mean, there is a special envoy to the Middle East, isn’t there?  To Afghanistan?  Even Susan Rice, Ambassador to the U.N. is now said to have Cabinet Rank?

Where’s the outreach to Repubicans — and their 47% of the electorate — that has productive intention, real merit, and invites seriously serious input?

Real outreach to Republicans doesn’t exist and hasn’t yet in this presidency.

Trust is not the coin of this realm.

Let’s see: we need a White House special envoy to Republicans.  We are just thinking of guys that won’t be laughed at or ridiculed by say Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, John McCain, or talking heads like Karl Rove  and Charles Krauthammer.

How about  Rahm Emanuel or Jimmy Carter? 

No, maybe not.

Trust is not the coin of Rahm. Ask Judd Gregg.

And Afghanistan should know that the “bipartisanship” they really seek is not the kind of bipolar treatment that Democrats just gave Republicans during the stimulus enema. 

Hint to White House: you don’t need a special envoy to Rush Limbaugh.  Republicans only like him for his entertainment value….

But maybe the president himself could still be the special envoy to Republicans in the spirit of trust and bipartisanship?

Maybe not.

The president’s record on “outrach” and  bipartisanship to Republicans, and trasparency, so far, I mean during the stimulus, 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” gimmicks or the presidential Great Seal.  You know, 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….

Karzai: watch out.  It’s not just the Taliban that will keep you awake with worry about trust.

If you get peanuts at the White House watch out.  And don’t be surprised….

John E. Carey
Wakefield Chapel, Virginia

Related:
Missing from Congress’ stimulus negotiations: transparency

Afghanistan to take part in US strategic review

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

 Stimulus: “Obama is popular but has no clout”

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/15/tax
payer-revolt-porkulus-protest-in-seattle/

economic stimulus bill will prevent American 'catastrophe'

Photo: AP
Afghan President Hamid Karzai (R) talks with U.S. Special Representative ...

Afghan President Hamid Karzai (R) talks with U.S. Special Representative to Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke in Kabul February 15, 2009.REUTERS/Omar Sobhani (AFGHANISTAN)
Heavy reading 

Psst: Karzai.  If this is your agreement at the end of the ‘strategic review’ and you get it just before decision time, BEND OVER. House GOP leader John Boehner shows a copy of the massive bill, which he and every other Republican in the House opposed, along with seven Democrats. Photo: Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior ... 
Special envoy material….. Trust is the coin….Leadership, bipartisanship, transparency, 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)

Stimulus: Democrats Exhibit Zero Convicing Arguments, Spokesmen

February 8, 2009

“This isn’t about my personality. This isn’t about anybody’s personality.”
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So said Larry Summers on Fox News Sunday.

While it was clear he didn’t have the personality to be an effective spokesman for Barack Obama on anything, he also seemed unable to explain why this stimulus is so absolutely necessary. 
In this photo provided by FOX News, Larry Summers, chairman of the White House National Economic Council, appears on ‘Fox News Sunday’ in Washington, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009. (AP Photo/FOX News Sunday, Freddie Lee)

In this photo provided by FOX News, Larry Summers, chairman ...

After the statement, “without this stimulus we’ll have economic catastrophe,” please someone tell us what is so good about this stimulus?

Last Thursday afternoon I would have said Barack Obama was his own best spokesman to “sell” this stimulus to the American people.

But on Thursday night he went to a spa in Williamsburg, Virginia and gave an ugly, partisan attack on Republicans; not a bipartisan urge for American to unite in times of economic crisis.

And nobody on the Democrat side has given anything close to a line by line defense of this stimulus.

And this has hurt Barack Obama and his presidency much more than the flawed vetting process that brought us tax scofflaws like Tom Daschle.

“It shrinks his presidency,” said former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich Friday at the American Enterprise Institute. “I thought last night’s speech in Williamsburg actually was a lot more like Carter and a long way from Reagan.”

Historian Gingrich said Friday, “Reagan would never have allowed himself that level of partisanship and that kind of aggressiveness in that kind of setting.  So you could either have a strategy that says, ‘I’m going to go over and I’m going to be bipartisan and I’m going to prove it and here’s how I’m going to it. In which he case he wouldn’t have gone down last night. He would, in fact, have invited Pelosi and Boehner and he would have invited Reid and McConnell down to the White House to collectively hammer out the bipartisan compromise. That’s one strategy. Or there’s the strategy … that’s perfectly reasonable, that says, ‘I won, we won and we’re running over you but we’re going to deliver. … What he’s doing now is Carter-ism because he’s trying to live out both strategies and you gotta figure out which morning it is by which strategy he’s using today. And what that will do is totally clutter who he is.”

On Sunday, Gingrich recommended that the president leave his campaign-style anger at home during his stimulus sales trip this week.

Gingrich wasn’t the only one critical of the president on leadership last week.  Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said the preident was AWOL (Absent Without Official Leave) on the stimulus — and yesterday that earned him a rebuke in the senate that sounded a lot like gay bashing.

If the president has lost his ability to “sell” the stimulus; who can do the job?

Nancy Pelosi?  She’s largely seen as an over the top partisan Democrat — and the single person most responsible for the waste (read pork) in the stimulus.

Governors and mayors?  They just want the money and care nothing about the down-side of debt, inflation and the rest.

Harry Reid?  He has largely stayed out of any national leadership role on this, preferring, apparently, to manage the president’s agenda in the senate.

Larry Summers?  I saw him on the Sunday morning talk shows and thought he was a very lame spokesperson.

Didn’t pay his taxes Geithner?  He seems to be laying low.  He’s working on TARP II “Son Of Tarp.”

So with about 50% of the nation’s voters now turning against the stimulus, President Obama will continue his “Catastrophe Cavalcade” outside Washington and on the road this week.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama would travel to Elkhart, Indiana, on Monday for a town hall meeting on the stimulus bill before holding a White House news conference on Monday night.

Elkhart is where many American recreational vehicles are made — and in hard economic times many people just won’t buy a new RV.

Obama will be in Fort Myers, Florida this Tuesday — in an area with the nation’s highest foreclosure rate.

Meanwhile, the less photogenic Republican leaders, it seemed to me, made a lot of sense and a lot of good points.

Republican Senator Jeff Sessions said it would cost some $40 billion a year just to service the additional debt that resulted from the spending portions of the bill.

“How big is $40 billion? That’s the annual road budget, the annual highway budget for the United States of America. That’s a lot of money,” Sessions said.

If this stimulus is so great, and the House and the Senate are both dominated by articulate Democrats, how come Democrats can’t make better arguments and put forward better spokesmen for this stimulus?

Related:
Obama Economic Chief: House, Senate Stimulus Chasm Still Means Trouble

Stimulus? Senator Unleashes “Gay Insult” During Debate Tongue-Lashing

Obama, Dems Go To a Spa After Tough First Weeks But No Stimulus

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

Michelle Malkin:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/07/burnin
g-the-midnight-oil-the-sellout-amendment-is-here/

http://imthenimrod.wordpress.com/2009/02/0
8/barack-obama-stubborn-arrogance/

http://www.righttruth.typepad.com/

What did the Senate cut from the stimulus?
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/02/0
7/stimulus.cuts/index.html

 Pelosi Calls Bipartisanship Unnecessary

Transcript:
Larry Summers on Fox News Sunday
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,29
33,489742,00.html

Stimulus: Master of The Message, No Drama Obama Losing?

February 5, 2009

Barack Obama wasn’t a senator long enough to become an experienced and seasoned lawmaker.  He is not really a professional legislator.  He is a community organizer.  But he is a wonderful talker: and that has catapulted him, to a great measure, into the White House.

So he turned the task of making the stimulus over to Nancy Pelosi, who ignored the preident’s vow of bipartisanship and hushed or ignored House Republicans.

President Obama knew his oratorical gifts would get us through.

But now maybe not….

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By Jeanne Cummings
Politico
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At this crucial juncture in the push to pass an economic recovery package, President Obama finds himself in the most unlikely of places: He is losing the message war. 

Despite Obama’s sky high personal approval ratings, polls show support has declined for his stimulus bill since Republicans and their conservative talk-radio allies began railing against what they labeled as pork barrel spending within it. 

President Barack Obama speaks about business CEO's compensation ... 
President Barack Obama speaks about business CEO’s compensation in the White House in Washington February 4, 2009.(Larry Downing/Reuters)

The sheer size of it – hovering at about $900 billion — has prompted more protests that are now causing some moderate and conservative Democrats to flinch and, worse, hesitate. 

The anxiety over lost momentum seemed almost palpable this week as the president in television interviews voiced frustration with his White House’s progress and the way his recovery program was being demonized as a Democratic spending frenzy. 

In Obama’s own words in an NBC interview, it’s his job to “get this thing back on track.” 

Already, he’s trying – rolling out Michelle Obama to talk stimulus Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday (at a train station, no less) and sitting down with key senators one-on-one. 

But this is unfamiliar turf for a team that achieved near epic status for its communication skills during the presidential campaign. They’ve rarely ever had to play catch-up. 

With the president’s gifted oratory and a technologically savvy team, the Obama camp was able to seize control of the national conversation as early as April and never fully relinquish it right through his Inaugural Address two weeks ago. 

To be sure, some of Obama’s headaches stem from the normal dysfunction that occurs when a White House is in transition. Phones don’t work, chains of command are fuzzy, and there are formalities that need tending to. 

But the Obama team also made its own mistakes. The president’s troubled cabinet nominees added to the cacophony that at times drowned out the White House economic messages in the past two weeks.
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And it seems more apparent each day that the nascent Obama Administration isn’t fully prepared for the task at hand. 

The president’s decision to push through a massive stimulus bill, while perhaps unavoidable, is forcing the much-vaunted Chicago crowd to adapt at lightning speed to its more skillful adversaries on Capitol Hill, while at the same time taking a crash course on harnessing the full power of bully pulpit. If he doesn’t figure it out soon, Obama is likely to find out that his stimulus package looks very different than he had in mind indeed. 

The Jetsons versus the Flinstones 

Obama’s campaign was lauded for its visionary use of modern tools for old-fashioned politics. Through the Internet, it recruited supporters, collected dollars, rallied supporters and organized get-out-the vote operations. 

But when these modern heroes arrived at the White House, it was like the lights all went out.
Their contact with their millions-fold supporters was cut off, literally, as e-mail systems broke down and ‘The List’ of political supporters was blocked at the iron gate. 

To meet government ethics rules, the campaign operation and its grassroots army were forced to de-camp to the Democratic National Committee, robbing the president of one of his most potent political weapons just as the stimulus bill was under consideration in the House. 

But while the White House team struggled to adapt, it was business as usual on Capitol Hill for Republicans. 

They could practically sleep-walk through their attack plan once House Democrats began to fill in Obama’s broad outlines for a stimulus with a few pet projects of their own. 

It required two simple steps: Scream pork, call Rush Limbaugh

They even could have even used a rotary phone. 

The result: Every House Republican saw a free pass and voted against the first version of the bill.
The outcome is not surprising. Obama had roughly 90 people working at his headquarters on Internet outreach and new technology projects, observes Joe Trippi, a Democratic operative who broke new ground on modern campaigning during Howard Dean’s 2004 Democratic primary bid.

Even with closet-sized spaces, the White House can only accommodate about only about 200 or so people for jobs ranging from national security to health care reform to Internet guru.

The Obama team “built this incredible campaign and now they have these ridiculously primitive tools. The communication tools they mastered don’t exist in the White House. It’s like they are in a cave,” said Trippi. 

“Then there are the masters of the Stone Age and they are doing a good job,” he added.

Learning to play well with others

During the campaign, Obama had complete control over his message. Now, he doesn’t and that’s not an easy adjustment for any president.

Obama must suddenly yield turf to both Capitol Hill and outside interest groups who are trying to help. The results in both cases can be messy.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/
20090205/pl_politico/18444

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2009/02/05/rising-anger/

White House Demonizes Senate Republicans on Terrible Stimulus Package; Why No Senate Dems Embrace This Stimulus?

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:
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/04/sen-co
burn-obamas-stimulus-is-morally-reprehensible-
and-the-worst-act-of-generational-theft-in-our-n
ation%e2%80%99s-history/

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

Stimulus: Some Loony Spending Requests in Obama Plan

Flaws of Stimulus More Obvious Each Day