“Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing;” seems to be the mantra of team Obama.
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….
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
From Frank Rich:
Stimulus: Obama Outsmarts Everyone
Obama Scores Early Victory of Historic Proportions
The Washington Post