Limousine Liberals – Daschle, Dodd, Obama

We as Democrats, we as Liberals, we as progressives, get angry when Republicans and conservatives call Democrats “Limousine Liberals”. But let’s face it, is there a better way to describe the filth in Washington that foisted Obama on the great Democratic Party than “Limousine Liberals”?

While Kentucky suffers without Big Media attention, Obama backslaps, rewards and laughs with tax cheats and parties on $100 a pound steaks.

Limousine Liberals celebrating while real Americans suffer. Not since Hurricane Katrina have Americans either experienced or witnessed such callousness.

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Kentucky, Hillary Country, suffers without attention, while Obama feasts:

Gov. Steve Beshear called up his entire Army National Guard on Saturday, tripling his troops with his state still reeling from a deadly ice storm that knocked out power from the Midwest to the East Coast.

More than half a million homes and businesses, most of them in Kentucky, remained with out electricity from the Ozarks through Appalachia, though temperatures creeping into the 40s helped a swarm of utility workers make headway. Finding fuel – heating oil along with gas for cars and generators – was another struggle for those trying to tough it out at home, with hospitals and other essential services getting priority over members of the public.

Where is Obama’s FEMA? Six weeks to get power restored in a brutally cold winter while Obama feasts. Twenty degree temperatures, thousands displaced, 536,000 homes/businesses in Kentucky alone without power, “surpassing the damage last year from the remnants of Hurricane Ike” – Obama feasts.

“We’re asking people to pack a suitcase and head south and find a motel if they have the means, because we can’t service everybody in our shelter,” said Crittenden County Judge-Executive Fred Brown, who oversees about 9,000 people, many of whom spent a fifth night sleeping in the town’s elementary school.

Local officials grew angrier at what they said was a lack of help from the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

In Kentucky’s Grayson County, about 80 miles southwest of Louisville, Emergency Management Director Randell Smith said the 25 National Guardsmen who have responded have no chain saws to clear fallen trees. He said roads are littered with fallen trees and people shivering in bone-chilling cold are in need.

“We’ve got people out in some areas we haven’t even visited yet,” Smith said. “We don’t even know that they’re alive.”

Smith said FEMA was still a no-show days after the storm.

Limousine Liberal Chris Dodd, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee:

Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd says he’ll refinance two mortgages that he received through a VIP program from Countrywide Financial Corp.

Dodd told reporters Monday that the mortgages for his homes in Washington and East Haddam, Conn., will be refinanced with a different company.

Dodd has acknowledged receiving mortgages in 2003 through a VIP program at Countrywide, which was sold to Bank of America Corp. earlier this year and has been the focus of allegations that it gave favorable loan terms to lawmakers.

Limousine Liberal Tom Daschle:

Chairman Chris Dodd of the Finance Committee got a letter from tax cheat Tom Daschle:

Trying to salvage his nomination, Tom Daschle apologized Monday for delinquent tax payments as President Barack Obama and a top Senate chairman stood by him as the choice to lead the Health and Human Services Department.

Following a weekend of revelations about taxes and potential ethical conflicts, Daschle expressed remorse to the Senate Finance Committee, the panel that will decide his fate, saying he was “deeply embarrassed and disappointed” about failing to pay more than $120,000 in back taxes.

Obama “absolutely” supports tax cheat Daschle.

The letter, released Monday, sought to explain how he overlooked taxes on additional income for consulting work and the use of a car service. He also deducted more in charitable contributions than he should have.

Daschle recently filed amended tax returns for 2005-07 to report $128,203 in back taxes and $11,964 in interest. [snip]

Daschle was an early supporter of Obama’s presidential bid and several of Daschle’s former Capitol Hill staffers went to work for Obama after Daschle, then a South Dakota senator, lost his re-election bid in 2004. [snip]

A financial disclosure form Daschle filed about a week ago shows that he made more than $200,000 in the past two years speaking to members of the health care industry that Obama wants him to reform. [snip]

Among the health care interest groups paying Daschle for speeches were America’s Health Insurance Plans, $40,000 for two speeches; CSL Behring, $30,000; the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, $16,000; and the Principal Life Insurance Co., $15,000.

Obama, Dodd, Daschle – Three Pigs In a Trough.

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337 thoughts on “Limousine Liberals – Daschle, Dodd, Obama

  1. This republican senator who they are trying to pull out of the mr obamas administration needs to carefully consider the impact this will have on the ability of his party in terms of stopping bad legislation, and providing strong leadership.

    Quite frankly, when I first heard about this I did not believe he would entertain the idea. So I am surprised. The promise to appoint a Republican for the two year duration sets the seat up for loss in 2010. The damage done to the legislative branch in the meantime is also a problem.

    I hope he makes the right decision here and stays where he is–for the good of the country. We need strong voices in the Senate to prevent looting and possible bankruptcy. Commerce is not a significant positon in comparison.

  2. First ..LOL OH the south dakotans are so happy Daschle exposed..LOL>
    finally ..been cheating this state probaly too.
    No wonbder nobosy like him here he better move somewher else lying sack of crap too..

    hell never get here to be anything again here in south dakota wont have it,,I think the American people are tired of thsi nonsense and Obama should be Impeached for naming these people its time for Obama to be exposed to on his House and the thugs in chicago..

  3. Where the heck is FEMA? Where the heck is Obama?

    This would have been a defining moment for the idiot to show the country his leadership skills.

    What a disgrace.

  4. http://weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/016/087hhsev.asp

    “caroline, we hardly knew you’ …the fall of the kennedys

    ***********************************
    what bothers me the most about all of the Kennedy and CK debacle is that they tried to marginalize Bill Clinton…they tried so hard to erase and embarrass him and with the aid of the MSM make his two term Presidency nothing…

    the Kennedys were so rude, so ruthless to want to ‘pass the torch’ to O, just skipping over Bill and Hill, like they were nothing, or something to be criticized…

    the Kennedy’s embrace of O tried to push the Clintons off the stage and make them invisible…they failed

  5. Obama makes most people (current company excluded) feel good and optimistic, but the proof will be in the pudding. If things don’t improve sooner than later, the love affair will end….
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    If they thought of it
    Of the end of it
    When they started painting the town
    They’d have been aware
    That their love affair
    Was too darn hot not to cool down
    Down, down, down

    Just One Of Those Things–Cole Porter

  6. Where the heck is FEMA? Where the heck is Obama?

    This would have been a defining moment for the idiot to show the country his leadership skills.

    What a disgrace
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    Are the victims perchance white people? If the tables were turned that is what Jesse Jackson Jr III and dug out dug Wilder would be on national television demanding to know. Since they have opened the door on the issue the question should be asked and answered.

  7. If they have any left over food from his taxpayer financed Super Bowl orgy on Sunday perhaps someone could send it to the displaced people in Kentucky.

    That will do until Mr Obama’s version of Brownie rides in with the big media cavalry to save the day after the victims have been scalped and left for the buzzards.

    To maximize the drama Tom Dachelle could make a cameo appearance dressed as a cavalry doctor with a whiskey flask, a wad of money and standing orders to amputate anything that moves.

    Yes, it could be quite a production alright.

  8. i’m house sitting for my brother and early this morning I noticed a dog in the yard. kept coming back. So as it is cold and he lokked well cared for I put out some food and got a look at his tag. Called the number no answer and no machine. So I put Max on a leash and googled the address. A couple of houses from his home a woman yells out that’s my dog. Pulls over and is reunited with him. Bambi sticker on the back window and no offer of a ride for me. a 45 minute walk. And barely a thankyou. Great dog none the less.

  9. Where is the fufillment that the Huckster promised that he would not let something like Katrina happen again – not on his watch? FEMA, outcrys, help, media coverage??????????? Where,oh where????
    hs and ws: barackobama.com/pdf/KatrinaFactSheetFinal.pdf

    This pdf on his own website says that “Obama to rebuild the gulf coast and ENSURE CATASTROPHIC FAILURES NEVER OCCUR AGAIN!. [SNIP] And he will take steps to ensure the Federal government will never agin allow such catastrophic failurs in emergency planning and response to occur.”

    Words. Just words. Just useless words.
    Have Obamanationals not learned yet that Obama can not be trusted?He can not be trusted on anything. Ever.

    He also cited Dubya’s response to Katrina as being “unconsciable ineptitude.”

  10. Corrections:
    Where is the fufillment that the Huckster promised that he would not let something like Katrina happen again – not on his watch? FEMA, outcrys, help, media coverage??????????? Where,oh where????
    hs and ws: barackobama.com/pdf/KatrinaFactSheetFinal.pdf

    This pdf on his own website says that “Obama to rebuild the gulf coast and ENSURE CATASTROPHIC FAILURES NEVER OCCUR AGAIN!. [SNIP] And he will take steps to ensure the Federal government will never again allow such catastrophic failures in emergency planning and response to occur.”

    Words. Just words. Just useless words.
    Have Obamanationals not learned yet that Obama can not be trusted?He can not be trusted on anything. Ever.

    He also cited Dubya’s response to Katrina as being “unconsciable ineptitude.” Indeed!

  11. Henry-you are a good samaritan. But I pity the poor dog with that owner. It is remarkable how Mr Obama draws irresponsible people like this woman to him like iron filings to a magnet.

  12. I HATE it when HRC thanks BHO!

    Anyone else notice FOX is the only channel that covered it? MSNBC is covering MO’s new ‘role’ in education.

  13. henry,

    The same thing has happened to me on too many occasions to mention. One person actually acted like they were doing ME a favor by picking up the dog they lost! But it’s not the animals’ fault their humans are so ignorant.

    You did a good thing, henry. don’t stop.

    BTW – I just got back from tax prep and it’s another nightmare. Since my illness and taking early DB retirement my taxes weren’t withheld correctly and i was too sick to deal with it. Now, they say i owe mucho dollars. Kind of makes me wonder what I bother convalescing for. 😡

  14. # ShortTermer Says:
    February 2nd, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    DSCC just called me…….barf, puke. She was going through her script when I rudely interrupted her as she was saying, ‘…As Democrats, we need to [support?] Barack Obama.” I interrupted her after she as Democrats…..and said I am NOT a Dimocrat!!! Then I said, I interrupted you, what was that you said about Barack Obama? It rattled her. She would not repeat it and then asked if I was a Dimocrat. I retorted, “H#ll no! I have not been a Dimocrat since they gangf’d Hillary. She hung up before I could tell her to take my name, number and info off all their lists. And, shoot I am usually so polite and ladylike.

    ShortTermer, did you really curse at the volunteer/intern? The fact that she was reading off a list should tell you she’s new. You rattled the poor thing. She probably was expecting a few hang-ups or a “no thank you,” but when the volunteers/interns are calling a list of known donors, hostility is usually kept to a minimum.

  15. Basil: Just do like the state of CA. Give them an I.O.U., and say “I’m sorry.” Everything should be just fine (snark).

  16. Oh
    a happy day for me, not often that we can spread a little joy so when the opportunity presents itself gotta be there. It was all well cared for looking dog with bloody feet and burrs all over him. But lucky lucky me to have watched the reunion

  17. CNN and MSNBC barely covered Hill, FOX not only gave her full treatment, Neil Cavuto had Rassmussen on and they both confirmed that Hill is the super rockstar of the Obama cabinet…as ‘they’ stated she has equivalent stature to him – 18 million votes, etc…Rassmussen spoke very positively about Hill

    Hillary looked stunning at swearing in…rested, smiling, gracious and in charge…

  18. A Happy Note
    Almost twenty years ago I was in the check out line at Key food on Avenue A in the East Village and had about 200 dollars in junk food for an NYU film I was working on. the woman in front of me had eggs milk and cheese and was attempting to use a wick check. it was rejected. I was a kid in NYC and wanted to go out that night but for whatever reason I picked up her tab. When I went to pay for my junk food an elderly man knocked me into the gum rack and said no he was paying for my stuff because he watched what I did. It was a profound moment.

  19. MO’s new ‘role’ in education….
    ——————

    What???????????? Now there is an oxymoron if I ever heard one. How on earth the two subjects can actually go into the same sentence is beyond me!

  20. S.

    I really hope they replay her swearing in later on tonight. I would love to watch it.

    Thanks for the play by play.

  21. For NYT CNN and MSNBC they have gone so far downstream on Hillary Hate that for them it is a River of No Return. They tried like hell to push her off the stage and they failed. So now like a four year old child they close their eyes and pretend she is not there. In the process they miss 50% of what is happening in the world.

  22. filbertsf
    a wick or whick check provides a parant to purchase essential items for a kid. Usually eggs milk cheeses and is only good for those products.

  23. wbboei,

    I wonder how they the media will define her role as SOS. Will she get any credit for her accomplishments? Will they pat Obama and the envoys on the back and leave her hanging?

  24. Basil,

    I’m so sorry to hear about your tax problems on top of everything else you have gone through in the last few years. You’ll be in my prayers.

  25. wbboei
    again my favorite memory I was trying to pay my bill. And hell no I didn’t keep the money went to the first charity I saw.

  26. Yes, S, thanks for the info on the swearing in and Rasmussen’s praise for HRC. Admin, could you post a video if there’s one of the swearing in? It’ll probably appear in the State Department Web site eventually, too. Glad to hear Hillary’s mom was there. Dorothy rocks, just like her daughter. 🙂

  27. I wonder how they the media will define her role as SOS. Will she get any credit for her accomplishments? Will they pat Obama and the envoys on the back and leave her hanging?
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    Jan-it will be interesting to watch. NBC and CNN would like to ignore her and focus on mr obama. But FOX will give her credit where credit is due. The foreign press will give her credit where credit is due. So the tactical question that CNN and NBC must decide is whether they want to stay in the game of reporting what is really happening. And as long as they have idiots like Steve Capus running the show the answer is unclear.

  28. LOL, HillBuzz wonders if Daschle is wearing Sally Jessy Raphael’s glasses. Haven’t heard that name in years.

  29. I did a quick read of the stimulas plan
    for the HOPE credit there is now a requirement for community service? Who has to perform the service the student or the parent claiming the credit? Also if I opt not to participate in do good work can I still get the HOPE credit at the old levels?

  30. So the tactical question that CNN and NBC must decide is whether they want to stay in the game of reporting what is really happening.

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    Hopefully rating issues will make them realize once and for all that some of us aren’t watching anymore for one reason and one reason only: biased hatred of Hillary and unbalanced and unethical reporting.

  31. BTW, I guess Obama has no choice but to back Daschle because he doesn’t want to be seen as caving, but I doubt he’s happy having to waste precious political capital on the nomination.

  32. Max Bauchus is the Finance chairman who is backing Dashcle…Dodd as the banking chairman is trying to wiggle his way of out those “VIP” loans….

    Shame on Bauchus…Montanians you have been let down!!!!

    this is all about backing the old boy…daschle as the former maj. leader….

    nothing else here…out boys club!!!!

    I just hope they get less than 60 votes in…they may end up trying to drag teddy to come out and vote.

  33. OMG. Thank you Admin. I had tears in my eyes.

    Henry, you are a very kind hearted person.

    wick=WIC (Women pregnant and nursing, Infant, and Children). It is a supplementary food program.

  34. BTW, I guess Obama has no choice but to back Daschle because he doesn’t want to be seen as caving, but I doubt he’s happy having to waste precious political capital on the nomination.
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    They have got to be furious. They know better than we do how he promised the American people that he would chase the money changers from the temple and now the world knows he is bringing more of them into his Administration. So they put out the word that Daschelle never told them. Fine and dandy.

    But the real question is did you–or your vaunted transition team ever bother to ask. It should have been one of the first questions a transition team should ask. The answer is obvious. They didnt ask and he didnt tell. Thus the honors are about equal.

  35. mp, Hillary joked that it was due to scheduling of two of the most important people there…Chelsea and Joe Biden…they had to get their schedules together…

    thanks for the clip ADMIN…perhaps we can find a clip of Hill’s comments…of course, she thanked many people as she always does and then went on to comment about being realistic about the tough times but also said she is an optimist and will work on all the opportunites ahead…

    she is simply the best…

    and head and shoulders above all the critics that try to take her down…one amazing woman…

  36. birdgal,

    “Basil: Just do like the state of CA. Give them an I.O.U., and say “I’m sorry.” Everything should be just fine (snark).”

    hehehehehe. That’s what I was thinking. Although reports are the biggest rise in employment under BO will be in government jobs which means there will be more IRS agents harrassing poor slobs like me. oh well . . . . the choice is gonna be paying credit cards or the IRS and since the irs can put a lien against the cottage and the cc companies can’t. it’s a no-brainer. TTTT, I really don’t give a rat’s behind anymore.

    Jan, thanks – but i’m over it, now. 😀

    wbboei, HRC was SYUNNING and the crowd adored her! i saw a part of cavuttoo, too, and he was clearly impressed.

    henry, alphabet city was my old stomping ground! i was just on the border of loesada. 😉 BTW – did the dog have bloody paws? I didn’t get what you were saying.

  37. Max Bauchus is the Finance chairman who is backing Dashcle…Dodd as the banking chairman is trying to wiggle his way of out those “VIP” loans….

    Shame on Bauchus…Montanians you have been let down!!!!
    ———————-
    Montanans are some of the finest people I know. Honest and hardworking. My dad was one. How a jackass like Bauckus continues to get re-elected I will never know. Same with that idiot governor. Unfucking believable.

  38. Where are the Mike Mansfield Montana democrats today? Gone with the wind I guess. The junior senator is a farmer. I think he is from the western part of the state. More of a populist I suspect.

  39. wbboei, HRC was SYUNNING and the crowd adored her! i saw a part of cavuttoo, too, and he was clearly impressed
    ————————
    She is easy to adore. Particularly when you consider the competition.

  40. filbertsf, I don’t know, maybe the devil made me do it. I am kind of of the opinion that bamboozlers who call for even bigger bamboozlers deserve what they get. I guess I learned this routine from making all those calls through Activate for Hillary and getting bots on the other end of the script. I make no apologies. It felt good, and I will bet she will talk about a woman in Florida who does NOT support Obama – so I consider it a sort of advertising against the Huckster.

    I am so moved by Hillary at her swearing in ceremony, but even more so by her family who have unabashed love in their eyes for her. Godspeed Madam Secretary of State.

  41. The guy is trouble with a capital T. The white house should cut him loose.
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    ‘Reformer’ Daschle Had Big Paydays From Insurers

    Sunday, February 1, 2009 8:13 PM

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    WASHINGTON – Tom Daschle collected nearly a quarter of a million dollars in fees in the last two years speaking to leaders of the industry President Barack Obama wants him to reform as the administration’s health secretary.

    That was just a portion of the more than $5.2 million the former South Dakota senator earned as he advised insurers and hospitals and worked in other industries — real estate, energy and telecommunications among them, according to a financial statement filed with the Office of Government Ethics.

    Daschle’s finances are drawing additional scrutiny because he failed to pay his taxes properly. Although he has made amends with the government, senators said Sunday they are awaiting guidance from the committee reviewing Daschle’s nomination before deciding whether the tax problem could stall or even derail his confirmation.

    Obama has said that no one in his administration who has lobbied on a set of issues within the past two years can deal with the same subject matter. The president has already approved a few exceptions, one of them a former Goldman Sachs lobbyist picked to be chief of staff for Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Daschle, however, is not a registered lobbyist.

    Jenny Backus, a spokeswoman for Daschle, said the hundreds of thousands of dollars he earned in speaking fees from health care interests do not pose conflict for the health care reform Obama wants him to lead.

    “He welcomed every opportunity to make his case to the American public at large and the health industry in particular that America can’t afford to ignore the health care crisis any longer,” she said.

    Among the health care interest groups paying Daschle for speeches were America’s Health Insurance Plans, $40,000 for two speeches, CSL Behring, $30,000, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, $16,000, and the Principal Life Insurance Co., $15,000.

    Daschle said in a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services ethics office that if he’s confirmed by the Senate, he will resign as a senior policy adviser at the Washington law firm of Alston and Bird LLP. He reported earnings of more than $2 million from that firm during the past two years.

    Daschle also earned more than $2 million in consulting fees from InterMedia Advisors LLC of New York, an investment firm specializing in buyouts and industry consolidation. He said he also intends to resign from that firm upon his confirmation.

    Among other earnings, Daschle reported $250,000 in director’s fees from the energy company BP PLC. He was a paid director for four other companies and organizations, among them the Freedom Forum, a nonprofit group that advocates First Amendment rights and funds the Newseum, a Washington museum focused on the news media.

    Daschle’s financial disclosure report was released after he acknowledged that he had recently filed amended tax returns to report $128,203 in back taxes and $11,964 in interest. The amended returns reflect additional income for consulting work, the use of a car service and reduced deductions for charitable contributions.

    Former Senate colleagues on Sunday described Daschle as a popular public servant knowledgeable in health issues, yet they wondered how he could find himself in a tax mess — and why the matter escaped Obama’s team of background checkers.

    Democrats expressed strong support for Daschle and credited him with coming forward and acknowledging a mistake. Republicans took some shots at the new administration now that a second Cabinet pick had run into tax problems and an earlier nominee withdrew amid a grand jury investigation.

    The Senate Finance Committee planned to meet in executive session Monday to discuss the nomination.

    “I’m going to wait until they give me their opinion,” said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. The latest disclosure about a nominee’s tax problems “does raise some questions about the vetting process,” he said.

    His deputy, Sen. Jon Kyl, who is on the committee, said members will question Daschle and try to understand his explanation. “I think it’s too early to tell,” said Kyl, R-Ariz. “Well, sure, you have to be troubled by it.”

    But a Democratic committee member, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, brushed aside concerns that Daschle’s nomination was in jeopardy. “Not for me and I hope not for fair-minded and thoughtful people,” he said.

    “It’s obviously a mistake. But I think it’s an innocent mistake. I don’t think it affects one iota his ability to do the job,” Kerry said.

    Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., said the problem could disqualify Daschle but that he wanted to learn more about the matter. “It’s disheartening, obviously. People are struggling to pay taxes on a very small amount of income and he’s got this huge amount,” DeMint said.

    Before Daschle’s difficulties over back taxes, Geithner’s confirmation as treasury secretary was delayed after it was revealed that he had failed to pay more than $34,000 in taxes.

    Obama’s first choice for commerce secretary, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, took his name out of consideration when his confirmation appeared headed toward complications because of a grand jury investigation over how state contracts were issued to political donors.

    Kyl appeared on “Fox News Sunday,” DeMint was on ABC’s “This Week,” Kerry spoke on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” and McConnell was on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

  42. Paula Says:

    February 2nd, 2009 at 5:20 pm
    BTW, I guess Obama has no choice but to back Daschle because he doesn’t want to be seen as caving, but I doubt he’s happy having to waste precious political capital on the nomination.

    ——————————

    I’m thinking that Obama must think he walked under a ladder or something. Up to now he thought he could walk across water. Now one-two-three…how many of his nominees have black eyes already?

    I guess it’s true what they say. Like attracts like. I mean if wunderkind has so many black marks against him, i.e. his associations with terrorists and racists, not to mention his own fraudulent actions, i.e. his Rezko house and destroying all his papers as governor…well stands to reason that he would attract others who are just as unholy.

  43. Jenny Backus, a spokeswoman for Daschle
    ——————————
    Any relation to Max Backus–the senator from Montana who is backing him????????

  44. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to visit Asia this Month:

    February 03, 2009

    SEOUL: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans this month to make her first Asian trip since assuming office, visiting China, Japan and South Korea, Seoul’s foreign ministry said.

    Consultations were under way between Seoul and Washington on the visit, but no exact dates had been fixed.

    Some US think tanks have advised Senator Clinton to travel to Asia soon to show the new US Government takes a balanced approach towards Asia and Europe.

    US President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit London in April to attend the G20 summit.

    theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24998188-26397,00.html

  45. Asia, the other Country…With the ‘special envoies” going to the Middlae East.

    I know China and Japan are big time, but the politics of this are strange.

  46. Clinton Thanks Husband ‘For a Lifetime of All Kinds of Experiences’

    February 02, 2009 5:45 PM

    ABC News’ Martha Raddatz and Jennifer Duck report:

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stood alongside former President Bill Clinton, mother Dorothy Rodham and daughter Chelsea Clinton for the formal swearing in of the 67th Secretary of State.

    But the ceremony wasn’t as formal as one might expect.

    Before the event began, actor and comedian Chevy Chase distracted the crowd by standing in front of a line full of cameras blocking their shots. He joked, “Am I in the way?” as the cameras snapped away at guest who seemed just a bit unlike the others in the room.

    Just weeks after taking a jab at Chief Justice Roberts for his missteps when administering the oath for President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden stumbled on a few words himself as he did the honors administering the oath for Clinton. Roberts twist of words caused the precautionary White House to swear in President Obama for a second time, but Clinton’s ceremony today was already her second — a special ceremony for friends and cameras to see, unfortunately for the VP.

    Before his stumble Biden said he was a “Hillary Clinton fan.”

    “Never did I think, by the way, Madame Secretary, I’d get to swear you in as secretary of State. Never did I think about being vice president,” Biden said to a room full of laughter.

    After the oath, Clinton joked, “As Joe laughingly referenced, neither one of us thought that we would be standing here together, doing what we are now doing together. Life has a funny way of unfolding. And politics is even stranger.”

    But the crowd roared even louder with laughter after the new Secretary thanked her husband and cracked a joke that made the former president turn beet red.

    “I am so grateful to him for a lifetime of all kinds of experiences,” Secretary Clinton said as the crowd erupted with laughter and applause, “which have given me an extraordinary richness that I am absolutely beholden to and grateful for.”

    The decorated room on the eighth floor of the State Department was full of Washington insiders. Four previous secretaries of State attended the ceremony. Obama Transition co-Chairman and Former Clinton White House Chief of Staff John Podesta was seen chatting with former Secretary of State James Baker. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Harry Reid were also in attendance.

    blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2009/02/clinton-thanks.html

  47. One thing that really impressed me about HRC’s swearing in was the way she paid hommage to all 5 former SOS’s in the audience as well as to Condi.

    She has such respect for those who went before, unlike the flim-flam bamboozler who thinks the world was created the day he stole the selection.

  48. How can Daschle be unbiased, in regards to health care reform, when he has been supported by the health care industry? This guy is in the toilet bowl.

  49. omg how can obami know anything about a g20 summit ..he cant even talk right
    those people over there will go ugg uhh with uhhs..he dont even know what hes doing ehre in America..
    Without Hillary he will never win another election..never…

  50. cj,
    I hope you’re right.
    “Without Hillary he will never win another election..never…”

    BTW, I heard on some talk radio show today that he was saying that if he doesn’t get the ‘stimulus’ bill right he’ll be out in 4 years.

    Lowering the bar again?

  51. BTW, I have no doubt Biden really is a big fan of Hillary. Remember, he managed to stay neutral during the primary while Richardson, Dodd and Edwards endorsed BO. I imagine he was under pressure to come out for Obama.

  52. # Paula Says:
    February 2nd, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    BTW, I have no doubt Biden really is a big fan of Hillary. Remember, he managed to stay neutral during the primary while Richardson, Dodd and Edwards endorsed BO. I imagine he was under pressure to come out for Obama.
    *************
    I had forgotten that but it continues the pattern of the groveling sycophants get to see the underside of the bus and the Hillery-its get the jobs.

  53. LMAO!

    BHO wants Americans to hold an economic recovery house party this weekend!

    ‘Join thousands of people across the country by hosting or attending an Economic Recovery House Meeting this weekend.’

  54. i hope i am too basil… i cant even listen to him still because he doesnt talk right and i still cant understand what he is talking about ….he always leads to something stupid and far from what he talks about and it doesnt pertain to what he is talking about..

    At least i Understand hillary 100% she always takes it slow so people can understand what she is saying ..I think it would be fun working with Hillary lol she is full of humor and Talent..he personailty is out of this world ..somethin Obami is missing..

    and if you notice to obamami appearance if ya see on tv when he appears his expressions his looks hitler no smile those looks are real strange..never has his friends around never thanks anyone….

  55. basil9 Says:

    February 2nd, 2009 at 7:11 pm
    LMAO!

    BHO wants Americans to hold an economic recovery house party this weekend!

    ‘Join thousands of people across the country by hosting or attending an Economic Recovery House Meeting this weekend.’

    Lmao Oh yeha were in economic hardship and whos paying for the food ..Is he nuts have a party and the Economy will be ok then lmao
    he has NO Leardership at all no skills ..

  56. He wants people to put pressure on GOP senators, who are not in favor of the stimulus. Apparently, some ads have already started in some states.

  57. Tom Daschle: symbol of Barack Obama’s hypocrisy:

    Posted By: Toby Harnden at Feb 2, 2009

    It looks like Tom Daschle will become the next Health and Human Services Secretary even though he failed to pay a massive chunk of his taxes. Many Americans might have been in danger of ending up in jail if they made similar “unintentional” errors to the tune of $128,000 but the White House clearly considers the appointment a done deal.

    Before the tax issue reared its head, we’d learned that Daschle would get a plush ground-floor West Wing office and he’d posed, grinning, for Vanity Fair as part of “the Cabinet” of President Barack Obama. The small matter of a six-figure tax “error” (no one wants to call it an evasion) over a limousine hardly seems to have affected the White House mood.

    Why? Daschle is a former member of the very club – the United States Senate – that has the power to confirm him in post. Obama knows the votes in the Democratic-controlled body are there.

    Daschle is the ultimate Washington insider. His wife Linda, who formerly headed up the Federal Aviation Authority, was until November a big-time lobbyist for the aviation industry.

    He’s the kind of guy who, according to this New York Times piece today, personifies “how Washington works”, the kind of guy who in four years after being dumped by the voters in his home state of South Dakota “was able to make $5 million and live a lavish lifestyle by dint of his name, connections and knowledge of the town’s inner workings”.

    The kind of guy who likes to get around his nation’s capital in a chauffeured limousine.

    Although not technically a lobbyist himself, he was at the top of the first division in the influence-pedalling business, operating, as the NYT puts it judiciously, “in the gap between the popular understanding and legal definition of a lobbyist…the rules still left plenty of room for him to advise businesses seeking to influence the government or to profit otherwise from the fame and insights he acquired in public life”.

    In short, even without the tax issue, Daschle is the kind of guy who epitomises the Washington way of doing things, the “broken politics” that during his campaign Obama promised to sweep away.

    Since then, Obama’s tune has changed. In order to change Washington and end the influence of the insiders, he argues, he needs a few insiders to help him navigate the place. Convinced? Nope, neither am I.

    Some on the Left are outraged. Glenn Greenwald blogs that Daschle “embodies everything that is sleazy, sickly, and soul-less about Washington”. Matt Taibbi blogs – a tad indelicately – that Daschle is a “whore” who “would suck off a corpse for a cheeseburger”.

    For the time being, however, Obama will doubtless get yet another pass and the Senate club seems certain to give one of its own the nod.

    Conveniently, Daschle’s tax “error” became public after the other taxation-challenged nominee Tim Geithner had already been confirmed as Treasury Secretary. If Daschle’s case had come first, it’s an open question whether Geithner would have survived.

    Obama, however, cannot get away indefinitely with high-minded but empty statements about changing Washington and tough ethical rules that are enforced except when it suits him.

    Daschle could yet help reform a broken healthcare system and emerge as a hero to the common man.

    If not, however, his very presence in the cabinet might ultimately come to be seen as a symbol of Obama’s hypocrisy.

    blogs.telegraph.co.uk/toby_harnden/blog/2009/02/02/tom_daschle_symbol_of_barack_obamas_hypocrisy

  58. Steinmeier to meet with US secretary of state in Washington:

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is to hold talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington on Tuesday. A foreign ministry spokesman in Berlin said their discussions would focus on a broad range of trans-Atlantic issues, including the global economic crisis as well as the situations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Steinmeier and Clinton were also expected to discuss the possibility of Germany taking in detainees released from the US military prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The US, which is looking to close the camp by the end of the year, has made no formal request to Germany, and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s grand coalition government remains divided on the issue.

    dw-world.de/dw/function/0,,12215_cid_3997873,00.html

  59. I find it hard to believe that Daschle will make any kind of meaningful changes in health care. He is in the pocket of too many special interest groups in the health care industry.

  60. As for MSNBC, CNN, and those like Mathews, Olberman, Blitzer, Kennedy’s etc., the reason Hillary and Bill rise to the top despite their haters is oddly, quoting Richard Nixon:

    …….”Always give your best, never get discouraged, never be petty; always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself. ….”

    The Clintons, unlike the Kennedy myth, came from nothing and only seek to serve and improve the quality of life of their fellow man/women. They came from humble origins and worked for everything they have achieved….unlike CK, they did not seek a fake legacy, but EARNED it, as the late JOhn Houseman said, the old fashioned way.

  61. The full text of Hillary’s speech here, if anyone wants to read it. Perfect as usual:

    Thanks, Admin, Paula and Emjay for posting the video of Hillary’s swearing in ceremony.

    http…//hillaryunleashed.wordpress.com

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Obama is off to a very bad start. Where everyone he appoints to his cabinet becomes problematic.
    Daschle and Geithner get away clean without paying penalty’s for late Tax payments.

    Video with Maddow castigating Obama—- 3w’s thehopeforamerica.com/play.php?id=291

  62. I am sure you’ve all seen the video of the swearing in ceremony today. I want to bring your attention to a small detail and I have no way of confirming it. It always irked me to see that petite women (compared to their male counterparts) like Hillary had to stand in front of a tall lectern with mikes obscuring their faces. Hillary was smart — she would move the mike down but others would continue on without noticing it (latest being Gillibrand). Hillary also had a little step stool on the day she introduced the envoys at the State dept but if you see the video you will see how cumbersome it was for her to move the stool in and out (and I knew she would be doing something about it for her next event). So today in the swearing in ceremony the lectern stand lo and behold, is perfect to Hillary’s height. That is some smart power if you ask me.

  63. PM: LOL. I can relate. I am only 5ft, so I would probably disappear behind the lectern. I’m glad that was taken care of.

  64. Thank you JanH…but I admire the many here like you, who from the beginning put your heart and soul into making our dream of Hillary becomming 44 a reality. Obama and his minions as they say, ” may have won the battle; but lost the war”. Hillary is ascending to even further heights , while BO is being exposed as the inexperienced , unqualified “power hungry” politician that the MSM /DNC made King. BO’s popularity, although still teflon proof, will slowly but steadily erode Like in the fairy tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes” , ultimately people will see through BO and shout , like the small boy in the tale, , “But he has nothing on!”

  65. basil9: Sorry to hear you have troubles with taxes. I have a friend who is in the same boat. A week of so ago, there were articles in our papers and some TV news reports that the IRS has a new policy because of the dreadful position so many people are in. The new warm and fuzzy IRS is supposed to take into consideration individual circumstances and work out payment plans
    or in the case of disability, put off payments if (or until) it can’t be afforded. There’s also “Offer in Compromise” which can be worked out by individuals. If you have no hope of being able to pay the balance because of limited income or retired without assets, they are supposed to settle. What they don’t want is to deal with people who avoid contact or go to the rip off artists who promise to negotiate for you…you can do this yourself. This is also on the IRS website. My friend was so worried, she almost paid $2,400 to one CPA and $5,000 to another who promised to deal with the IRS for her. You know these ads you see for “former IRS Agents” who will save you thousands. No, they are all scam artists. Hope you are able to make a deal. I’m sure many people are invoking Daschle and Geither’s name to their friendly IRS.

  66. Daschle could yet help reform a broken healthcare system and emerge as a hero to the common man.

    If not, however, his very presence in the cabinet might ultimately come to be seen as a symbol of Obama’s hypocrisy.

    blogs.telegraph.co.uk/toby_harnden/blog/2009/02/02/tom_daschle_symbol_of_barack_obamas_hypocrisy
    —————————-
    Well said, with tis caveat: the odds that Daschale will emerge as a hero to the common man are roughly equivalent to the odds that I will win the state lottery which is up to 50 million dollars. But whoever the lucky winner turns out to be if they need any help from the Administration on a health care problem they know where to go now with their winnings to get it.

  67. The smart move for Mr Obama would have been to have Daschel withdraw. That would do more than anything else to convince those of us who are . . . how shall I put it-skeptical of his commitment to reform. He has the perfect reason as well–he did not inform me or my transition team and I will not tolerate that. Instead he looks the other way and in the process expends political capital and becomes a hypocrite. Sceptics like me will be tempted to think that all this bravado about no lobbyists, reject Washington ways and ethics reform was/ is . . . how shall I put it–just words. Just words bellows Mr. Obama! Yea cuzin just words.

  68. BTW, I heard on some talk radio show today that he was saying that if he doesn’t get the ’stimulus’ bill right he’ll be out in 4 years.
    ——————
    It is not a question of if.

  69. wbboei

    Unfortunately, I don’t think he would know the right stimulus bill if it hit him. This is not Chicago, and the Illinois State Senate, where it was easy to steal the bills and prefabricate your legislative history.

  70. Unfortunately, I don’t think he would know the right stimulus bill if it hit him. This is not Chicago, and the Illinois State Senate, where it was easy to steal the bills and prefabricate your legislative history
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    NMF: agreed.

  71. What do you make of the fact that Reid and Poopsie showed up at the swearing in. This is not a matter of protocol. Do you think those two — realize that she saved the party, the Convention and the general election for them? Would they come to show respect? Or do you think she invited them so they would be ingratiating when she makes periodic reprts to congress.

    The second part is not tough. Once they are there you have to acknowlege them–that IS protocol. I know that because I got my ass kicked once for failing to do that at an event I chaired. Didnt matter that the politican was late, drunk and obnoxious–ya still gotta introduce them acknowlege them and say nice things about them even though they do not deserve it.

    But that does not answer the first question: why were they there?

  72. wbboei Says:
    February 2nd, 2009 at 10:21 am

    I can’t find a Big Media story which iirc you posted or commented on recently. It was about Obama blocking investigation of how the Bailout money is being used, on some excuse about paperwork which you said could be waivered.
    tdo@turndownobama.com
    ———————————-

    January 31st, 2009 at 4:37 pm
    TARP probe delayed over paperwork rule

    =================

    Got it, thanks! The more I thought about this the madder I got. Finally got home and posted the link at MidstreamNews.blogspot.com

  73. Loathesome NBC reports on the situation in Kentucky:

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  74. Associated Press is protecting Obama and FEMA on the Kentucky disaster. Top elected officials, especially Democrats like Governor Beshear, are protecting Obama on the Kentucky disaster. The facts are not protecting Obama on the Kentucky FEMA disaster:

    (warning: msnbc link)
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28931648

    EDDYVILLE, Ky. – In the first real test of the Obama administration’s ability to respond to a disaster, Kentucky officials are giving the federal government good marks for its response to a deadly ice storm.

    Yet more than 300,000 residents remained without power Monday and some areas had yet to see aid workers nearly a week after the storm, a fact not lost on some local authorities.

    “We haven’t seen FEMA. They haven’t been here,” said Jaime Green, a spokeswoman for the emergency operations center in Lyon County, about 95 miles northwest of Nashville, Tenn.

    [snip]

    FEMA has been under the microscope since the Bush administration’s botched response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, which Barack Obama and other Democrats made a favorite topic on the presidential campaign trail. FEMA was reorganized and strengthened after that, and it has avoided the onslaught of negative feedback Katrina generated.

    The agency hasn’t been tested the same way it was after the hurricane, however.

    Gov. Steve Beshear raised Kentucky’s death toll to 24 on Monday, meaning the storm has been blamed in at least 55 deaths nationwide. And while it also knocked out power to more than a million customers from the Southern Plains to the East Coast, it’s still considered a medium-sized disaster, the kind FEMA has traditionally been successful handling.

    The Kentucky disaster will be closely watched, said Richard Sylves, professor of political science at the University of Delaware, particularly because Obama hasn’t yet named the top FEMA officials, many of whom must go through Senate confirmation.

    “If it’s perceived not to be handled very well, or if there’s a sense that there’s insensitivity at the federal level to the plight of people suffering, I imagine the people President Obama has appointed to senior positions in FEMA will be grilled in their confirmation hearings,” said Sylves, who has written four books on federal disaster policy.

    [snip]

    Beshear has consistently praised Obama, a fellow Democrat, for the attention he’s devoted to what Beshear calls the biggest natural disaster to hit his state.

    “We have had tremendous and quick response from President Obama and his administration,” Beshear said Monday. “I don’t think any of our folks that have dealt with disasters before ever recall as quick a response as we got last Wednesday.”

    Trina Sheets, executive director of the National Emergency Management Association, based in Lexington, Ky., said that from what she’s heard, FEMA’s response has been very good so far. Her group represents emergency management directors from all 50 states.

    “The governor’s declaration request for an emergency was turned around very, very quickly by FEMA and the White House,” said Sheets, who just had her power restored Monday after four days without it. “And President Obama has spoken with the governor of Kentucky on several occasions throughout the event.”

    Sheets said she hadn’t heard any complaints so far about the federal response.

    [snip]

    Brocton Oglesby, director of emergency management in Hopkins County, said he has seen virtually no contribution from FEMA in the county, where more than half of the 27,000 homes remained without electricity.

    “They need to be here — at least a presence, a liaison to work with us, to start feeding information and gearing up for the next stage,” Oglesby said. “That’s where they’re going to be needed the most.”

    Oglesby’s seen FEMA show up after other disasters to assess the damages and write checks. Beshear asked for FEMA to have a role on the front end this time, though, and Oglesby said that hasn’t happened.

  75. Admin: what I get out of this non sequitir of an article is FEMA under Obama is doing a very good job even though nobody on the ground has actually seen them. The opeation was a success doctor but the patient died. That governor is a disgraceful man and a terrible representative of the people of his state. He puts partisan politics over the lives of his constituents. Sound like anyone else we know.

  76. 57 people have died and the governor praises obama for the fine job.

    What exactly had Obama done? We know his FEMA people have not shown up.

  77. Trina Sheets, executive director of the National Emergency Management Association, based in Lexington, Ky., said that from what she’s heard, FEMA’s response has been very good so far. Her group represents emergency management directors from all 50 states.
    ———————————————
    Methinks the lady wants a govt job in Washington and is stroking whatever she has to in order to get there…

    I have tried to find an address for her so I can send her the pertinent portions of Admin’s article – just so she has a clue.

  78. I went to the gates of hell (HuffPo) to get this so none of you would have to:

    This has not been in or on the news that I know of.
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    Generals Seek To Reverse Obama’s Iraq Withdrawal Decision

    Inter Press Service | Gareth Porter | February 2, 2009 09:26 AM

    WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (IPS) – CENTCOM commander Gen. David Petraeus, supported by Defence Secretary Robert Gates, tried to convince President Barack Obama that he had to back down from his campaign pledge to withdraw all U.S. combat troops from Iraq within 16 months at an Oval Office meeting Jan. 21.

    But Obama informed Gates, Petraeus and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen that he wasn’t convinced and that he wanted Gates and the military leaders to come back quickly with a detailed 16-month plan, according to two sources who have talked with participants in the meeting.

    Obama’s decision to override Petraeus’s recommendation has not ended the conflict between the president and senior military officers over troop withdrawal, however. There are indications that Petraeus and his allies in the military and the Pentagon, including Gen. Ray Odierno, now the top commander in Iraq, have already begun to try to pressure Obama to change his withdrawal policy.

    A network of senior military officers is also reported to be preparing to support Petraeus and Odierno by mobilising public opinion against Obama’s decision.

    Petraeus was visibly unhappy when he left the Oval Office, according to one of the sources. A White House staffer present at the meeting was quoted by the source as saying, “Petraeus made the mistake of thinking he was still dealing with George Bush instead of with Barack Obama.”

    Petraeus, Gates and Odierno had hoped to sell Obama on a plan that they formulated in the final months of the Bush administration that aimed at getting around a key provision of the U.S.-Iraqi withdrawal agreement signed envisioned re-categorising large numbers of combat troops as support troops. That subterfuge was by the United States last November while ostensibly allowing Obama to deliver on his campaign promise.

    Gates and Mullen had discussed the relabeling scheme with Obama as part of the Petraeus-Odierno plan for withdrawal they had presented to him in mid-December, according to a Dec. 18 New York Times story.
    Story continues below

    Obama decided against making any public reference to his order to the military to draft a detailed 16-month combat troop withdrawal policy, apparently so that he can announce his decision only after consulting with his field commanders and the Pentagon.

    The first clear indication of the intention of Petraeus, Odierno and their allies to try to get Obama to amend his decision came on Jan. 29 when the New York Times published an interview with Odierno, ostensibly based on the premise that Obama had indicated that he was “open to alternatives”.

    The Times reported that Odierno had “developed a plan that would move slower than Mr. Obama’s campaign timetable” and had suggested in an interview “it might take the rest of the year to determine exactly when United States forces could be drawn down significantly”.

    The opening argument by the Petraeus-Odierno faction against Obama’s withdrawal policy was revealed the evening of the Jan. 21 meeting when retired Army Gen. Jack Keane, one of the authors of the Bush troop surge policy and a close political ally and mentor of Gen. Petraeus, appeared on the Lehrer News Hour to comment on Obama’s pledge on Iraq combat troop withdrawal.

    Keane, who had certainly been briefed by Petraeus on the outcome of the Oval Office meeting, argued that implementing such a withdrawal of combat troops would “increase the risk rather dramatically over the 16 months”. He asserted that it would jeopardise the “stable political situation in Iraq” and called that risk “not acceptable”.

    The assertion that Obama’s withdrawal policy threatens the gains allegedly won by the Bush surge and Petraeus’s strategy in Iraq will apparently be the theme of the campaign that military opponents are now planning.

    Keane, the Army Vice-Chief of Staff from 1999 to 2003, has ties to a network of active and retired four-star Army generals, and since Obama’s Jan. 21 order on the 16-month withdrawal plan, some of the retired four-star generals in that network have begun discussing a campaign to blame Obama’s troop withdrawal from Iraq for the ultimate collapse of the political “stability” that they expect to follow U.S. withdrawal, according to a military source familiar with the network’s plans.

    The source says the network, which includes senior active duty officers in the Pentagon, will begin making the argument to journalists covering the Pentagon that Obama’s withdrawal policy risks an eventual collapse in Iraq. That would raise the political cost to Obama of sticking to his withdrawal policy.

    If Obama does not change the policy, according to the source, they hope to have planted the seeds of a future political narrative blaming his withdrawal policy for the “collapse” they expect in an Iraq without U.S. troops.

    That line seems likely to appeal to reporters covering the Iraq troop withdrawal issue. Ever since Obama’s inauguration, media coverage of the issue has treated Obama’ s 16-month withdrawal proposal as a concession to anti-war sentiment which will have to be adjusted to the “realities” as defined by the advice to Obama from Gates, Petreaus and Odierno.

    Ever since he began working on the troop surge, Keane has been the central figure manipulating policy in order to keep as many U.S. troops in Iraq as possible. It was Keane who got Vice President Dick Cheney to push for Petraeus as top commander in Iraq in late 2006 when the existing commander, Gen. George W. Casey, did not support the troop surge.

    It was Keane who protected Petraeus’s interests in ensuring the maximum number of troops in Iraq against the efforts by other military leaders to accelerate troop withdrawal in 2007 and 2008. As Bob Woodward reported in “The War Within”, Keane persuaded President George W. Bush to override the concerns of the Joint Chiefs of Staff about the stress of prolonged U.S. occupation of Iraq on the U.S. Army and Marine Corps as well its impact on the worsening situation in Afghanistan.

    Bush agreed in September 2007 to guarantee that Petraeus would have as many troops as he needed for as long as wanted, according to Woodward’s account.

    Keane had also prevailed on Gates in April 2008 to make Petraeus the new commander of CENTCOM. Keane argued that keeping Petraeus in the field was the best insurance against a Democratic administration reversing the Bush policy toward Iraq.

    Keane had operated on the assumption that a Democratic president would probably not take the political risk of rejecting Petraeus’s recommendation on the pace of troop withdrawal from Iraq. Woodward quotes Keane as telling Gates, “Let’s assume we have a Democratic administration and they want to pull this thing out quickly, and now they have to deal with General Petraeus and General Odierno. There will be a price to be paid to override them.”

    Obama told Petraeus in Baghdad last July that, if elected, he would regard the overall health of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps and the situation in Afghanistan as more important than Petraeus’s obvious interest in maximising U.S. troop strength in Iraq, according to Time magazine’s Joe Klein.

    But judging from Petraeus’s shock at Obama’s Jan. 21 decision, he had not taken Obama’s previous rejection of his arguments seriously. That miscalculation suggests that Petraeus had begun to accept Keane’s assertion that a newly-elected Democratic president would not dare to override his policy recommendation on troops in Iraq.

  79. Admin-

    From what I’ve read, the several handfuls of Guardsman aiding Kentucky residents are without chainsaws and power equipment used for the removal of debris from power lines and roadways.

    Big media reports Obama is doing a wonderful job sending help to Ky residents. Must be using Tonka trucks and Transformers for the cleanup.

  80. Thanks ABM,

    Now that the initial shock has worn off I just don’t give a rat’s a$$.

    It is parrticularly ironic, though in light of my having worked in urban schools for 20 years while millionaires Geitner and Dashle owe more than 100G.

    BTW, anyone else see the video clip of over 1000 unemployed people camped out in Maimi for several days hoping for a shot of one of 35 firefighter positions? It got real ugly at the end. i think it’s on drudge.

  81. So is obama waiting until the electricity is back on to visit Kentucky, or even to talk about the tragedies at all?

    I guess he is just to busy shoving a useless “everything but the kitchen sink” plan down everyone’s throats.

  82. Emjay Says:

    February 3rd, 2009 at 3:52 am
    I went to the gates of hell (HuffPo) to get this so none of you would have to:

    —————————-

    Thanks Emjay.

  83. I caught a glimpse of Rachel Maddow saying “awkwardddd…” after showing a clip of Hillary thanking Bill at the ceremony yesterday.

    But look at how an Indian newspaper (IndianExpress) wrote about it. When can those gasbags at MSNBC learn to put things in perspective?
    —————–

    Washington: Despite the daunting challenges she faces as the new US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton poked fun at herself and at her husband Bill Clinton during her swearing-in.

    “I’m so grateful to him for a lifetime of all kinds of experiences,” said Clinton, pausing in the middle of her phrase before finishing it on a harder tone at an elite ceremony in the State Department.

    Her joke drew hearty laughter from a group of diplomats, politicians and a leading comedian as well as her mother, daughter Chelsea and the ex-president, his ruddy cheeks and white hair a match with his red-and-white-striped tie.

    On a more serious note, Clinton also thanked her husband for a life of “extraordinary richness that I am absolutely beholden to and grateful for.”

  84. Rachel MadCOW is a disgrace. I thought Hillary’s speech was heartfelt and the joke just goes to show that despite all of their trials and tribulations THE MARRIAGE of Bill and Hillary Clinton has survived.

    I was so proud to see Hillary, her Mom, Chelsea and Bill at the Swearing-In.

    At least the State Dept is in the right hands!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  85. The SoS position for Hillary will be her world window for all to see and restore hope in their need for a skilled,experienced,honest,patriotic and ready to fight for worldwide peace and stability.Her star is bright and glowing with hope that Americans will come to their senses and realize that they made a huge mistake in accepting the BO race card as a ticket to prosperity.His numbers are showing an early slide into
    obscurity for his failure to be the person that his followers had hoped for.They bought him without looking more thoroughly
    in the poke to see what they were getting.Barnum is ever present
    in the news cycles as we see and feel uneasy about being bamboozeled with eyes wide open and dreaming.

    By ABM90 The deeper we poke,the faster he slides.

  86. I had the priviledge of driving Hillary’s Mother at a campagin stop in Iowa. She is like every other mom, proud of HRC, and proud of HRC’s siblings. It was obvious that HRC has always included her in their lives.

    The other thing I have always admired about HRC is how she has handled her public humliation. If you keep it together, and are able to joke about it, you are doing just fine.

    It is the people who don’t acknowledge their humiliations and shortfalls you have to worry about. Does that remind you of someone.

  87. Hmm…the media is not so hot on dASSchle!!!!
    ——–
    The media, which some expected to roll over for Obama, are not giving Daschle an easy time. His tax fiasco — including his failure to reveal it to the Obama vetters until after the fact — was the lead story in Sunday’s Washington Post and also on the front page of the New York Times, and the Times had another front-pager yesterday detailing how a former senator in four years could “live a lavish lifestyle by dint of his name, connections and knowledge of the town’s inner workings.” Plus, the paper’s editorial page says today that Daschle should pull out.

    ——

  88. Those who dissed Hillary’s wonderfully natural and heartfelt speech yesterday are just plain jealous.

    LOL…they haven’t been able to criticize her for a few days so they had to dig deep.

  89. “CENTCOM commander Gen. David Petraeus, supported by Defence Secretary Robert Gates, tried to convince President Barack Obama that he had to back down from his campaign pledge to withdraw all U.S. combat troops from Iraq within 16 months at an Oval Office meeting Jan. 21.”

    —————————————-

    So what is the answer?

  90. And they said experience was not an issue. I guess he just has hit a few bad picks. I don’t remember this with other Presidential Cabinet’s at this high number. Oh, that is right, it is the choices that are at fault, as they did not give the information.

  91. Good Morning all.

    UH OH………

    Official: Performance czar withdraws candidacy
    Feb 3 10:20 AM US/Eastern
    By MICHAEL J. SNIFFEN and LIZ SIDOTI
    Associated Press Writer

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Nancy Killefer, who failed for a year and a half to pay employment taxes on household help, has withdrawn her candidacy to be the first chief performance officer for the federal government, the White House said Tuesday.

    Killefer was the second major Obama administration nominee to withdraw and the third to have tax problems complicate their nomination after President Barack Obama announced their selection.

    The White House said Obama had accepted Killefer’s decision and that the 55-year-old executive with consulting giant McKinsey & Co., would explain her reasons for pulling out later Tuesday.

    When her selection was announced by Obama on Jan. 7, The Associated Press disclosed that in 2005 the District of Columbia government had filed a $946.69 tax lien on her home for failure to pay unemployment compensation tax on household help.

    Since then, administration officials have refused to answer questions about the tax error which she resolved five months after the lien was filed.

    breitbart.com/article.php?id=D96463C80&show_article=1

  92. 946 dollars seems like peanuts, compared to the hundred thousand dollars of Daschle. Daschle should really resigned. His position is already tainted, and I don’t think there will be any meaningful changes in healthcare, with Daschle so beholden to the health care industry.

  93. If Bush had concentrated on Afghanistan right from the start and left Iraq alone, would Bin Laden have been caught by now?

    Then again, upon his capture, would a holy/unholy war of started against the allies?

    Where does this end? Should it have even started? Did Bush and the intelligence community know ahead of time that the tragedies of 9/11 were in the making?

    Sigh…I’m so confused. Maybe this will be Obama’s Vietnam. Not one of his making, but certainly a mess to clean up.

  94. doggy drama part six
    son of a bitch used missed call feature on phone to call and thank me. offerred reward. I declined and asked him instead to make a donation to his local library

  95. Jay Leno: “And the half brother of Barack Obama, a man named George Obama, has been arrested in Kenya for allegedly having drugs. See, here we go again with the dumb presidential brothers. Remember Billy Carter?” Then “there was Roger Clinton, Bill Clinton’s brother. See, we never had that problem with President Bush. He was already the dumb brother.”

    Jay Leno: “There was a huge scientific breakthrough today. Researchers say they are very close to finding someone from Obama’s Cabinet who’s actually paid their taxes.”

    Jay Leno: “Tom Daschle,” whom “President Obama wants…as secretary of health and human services, apparently did not pay $128,000 in taxes that he owes the government. Did you realize President Obama hasn’t had a cabinet member with an embarrassing tax problem like this since the last guy they appointed?”

  96. Rot in hell Jay Leno
    Where were your jokes about bambi a year ago
    even now you lack the courage to hit waffles head on.

  97. 😯

    I wouldn’t normally link a hotair page but check the video clip on the right with pooplosi’s mug!!!!!!!!!

    JEEEEZZZZZZ!!!!!! She is one scary looking person!

  98. As far as obama and the problems he is having with his cabinet picks, Hillary excluded, I guess it’s true what they say about the company you keep.

  99. Ok.

    Here’s the link.

    I’d advise removing all food and liquids from keyboard proximity before viewing this pic.

    //hotair.com/

  100. Too funny…

    New post for a FIRST CHIEF PERFORMANCE OFFICER in the BO administration!!!!!!!

    Zero Performance! Nada! Nothing…..

    he he!!!!! resignation of the person who would have advised the federal govt. to manage its budget!!!!

    EFF BO!

    me thinks the gop are looking might cleaner!!!

  101. djia at 10:30 a:
    UH OH………

    Official: Performance czar withdraws candidacy

    ——————
    It is now epidemic….
    With Geithner, you will recall the chorus of pundits affirming that overlooking tax obligations regarding hired help is a common problem. It certainly seems like they knew what they were talking about.
    I believe the wealthy feel entitled to skipping certain taxes, paying overtime under the table, etc. In fact I have a cousin who has told me exactly that.
    Of course, that would make the IRS an enabler. Going to be clear sailing now that one of them runs the place.
    Can’t wait for the next announcement.

  102. FM spokeswoman: China, U.S. closely working on Clinton’s China tour:

    BEIJING, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) — China and the United States are working closely on U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to China, said Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Jiang Yu here on Tuesday.

    “The high-level visits between China and the United States are of great importance to promoting bilateral ties,” Jiang said at a news briefing.

    Jiang is also optimistic about the relationship between the Chinese and the new U.S. governments, saying that China and the United States have kept “close contacts” since the Obama administration took office on Jan. 20.

    Chinese President Hu Jintao talked by phone with his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama on bilateral ties on Jan. 30, with both sides expressing the willingness to further the ties.

    Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and new U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also held a telephone conversation on bilateral relations on Jan. 23.

    “We appreciated the attitude that the U.S. side is devoted to developing a more active and constructive relationship with China,” Jiang said.

    “We are willing to enhance dialogue and mutual trust, expand cooperation, respect each other’s core interests, and jointly respond to global challenges,” she said.

    Jiang also stressed that China will stick to peaceful development and not pose a threat to any other nation.

    news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-02/03/content_10757377.htm

  103. Keane is a very scarey power hungry manipulator
    ————————–
    If what HuffPo reports is true . . . then yes.

    If we can build an alternative oil reserve in Africa, that might be a more defensible perimeter.

    I am quite sure the military sees Mr Obama for what he is–a front man for a set of interests who are hostile to a permanent US presence in Iraq.

    But even if that were not the case and even if we had an endless supply of fresh recuits (shades of Rome–we turn to non citizens) the fact remains we cannot afford it politically, or economically.

    The most critical problem this country must confront (short of a nuclear attack) is to rebuild the international financial system. That will require a high degree of international cooperation. A sustained presence in Iraq stands in the way of that objective.

    The military of course has a long institutional memory–which reaches beyond the memory of living men. They remember what withdrawal looks like–crowds of loyal south viet namese crowded at the embassy gate hoping for a seat on the last helicopter out of Viet Nam.

    Mr. Obama has no conception of that.

  104. Miliband to discuss Afghanistan with Hillary Clinton in Washington today. British politician is first foreign minister to hold talks with Obama’s new secretary of state:

    Ewen MacAskill in Washington

    guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 3 February 2009 12.36 GMT

    David Miliband is to discuss the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan with Hillary Clinton in Washington today.

    Miliband will become the first foreign minister to hold face-to-face talks with Clinton since she became US secretary of state.

    The US is conducting a review of its Afghanistan policy against a background of growing disillusionment with the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, whose government is riddled with corruption and who has failed to extend government control much beyond Kabul.

    The US may ask the UK to provide more troops for Afghanistan. Barack Obama spoke repeatedly on the election campaign trail of a need to secure the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, at present used as a safe haven by the Taliban and al-Qaida.

    The state department said on Monday that Miliband and Clinton would also discuss Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Clinton, who was sworn in as secretary of state on Monday, has spoken by phone to her counterparts around the world, including several times with Miliband.

    Diplomats have battled over who would be first into Washington to see the new administration, so the Foreign Office will regard it as a coup that it was Miliband. Obama’s first call to a European leader was to Gordon Brown.

    After meeting Miliband, Clinton is to see the German foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

    guardian.co.uk/politics/2009/feb/03/miliband-clinton-afghanistan

  105. Obama talks tough with Wall St., but what about his Cabinet?
    WHERE’S THE OUTRAGE? Tom Daschle (left) had failed to pay about $140,000 in taxes, mostly on a car and driver provided by an equity firm.

    By Peter S. Canellos

    Globe Staff / February 3, 2009

    Last Thursday brought a bracing reminder of what a breath of fresh air Barack Obama can be. After news reports tallied up $18.4 billion in bonuses paid out to American financial executives last year – one in which Wall Street dragged down the rest of the economic world with its shocking failures – the president didn’t mince words.

    “That is the height of irresponsibility. It is shameful,” he said. “And part of what we’re going to need is for folks on Wall Street who are asking for help to show some restraint, show some discipline, and show some responsibility.”

    But the following day, when news reports came out that Obama’s health and human services secretary-designate, Tom Daschle, had initially failed to pay about $140,000 in taxes, mostly on a car and driver provided by a private equity firm, there was no scolding from the commander in chief.

    Daschle, the former Senate majority leader, received more than $2 million in consulting fees from the firm along with some valuable perks. He failed to pay taxes on his car-and-driver perk. Separately, he apparently exaggerated the value of a charitable donation, leading to an inappropriate deduction. Having now repaid what he owes, Daschle hopes to be confirmed for Obama’s Cabinet.

    If so, he will join Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who paid $43,000 in back taxes and interest of his own, having failed to cover his share of payroll taxes while working overseas for the International Monetary Fund. With Obama’s backing, Geithner was confirmed by the Democratic-controlled Senate.

    Democrats are now trying to rally around Daschle, too, portraying his tax problems as a rare blemish on a fine career. And some are saying that Daschle, like Geithner, is an absolutely crucial player in Obama’s administration. Just as Geithner’s appointment was necessary to reassure Wall Street, where he headed the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Daschle is uniquely suited to steer the president’s healthcare proposal through Congress, his defenders say.

    That may be so, and Obama, who declared yesterday he “absolutely” stands behind Daschle and who came into office with far more political capital than most presidents, may choose to grit his teeth and spend some more of it to get a second reformed tax evader confirmed for his Cabinet.

    Still, the cost to Obama could be considerable.

    Already, the tax avoidance of his nominees is giving fuel to the late-night comedians who have struggled to develop a take on the new administration. And Obama, whose high-mindedness at times verges on aloofness, will inevitably be attacked for putting his own team’s sense of superiority – the belief that Geithner and Daschle are so talented that they’re irreplaceable – ahead of the normal sense of accountability that would apply to people who fail to pay their taxes on time.

    Tolerating such lapses could also diminish Obama’s moral leadership, the strong voice that rang out in condemning last week’s news of the Wall Street bonuses. The president’s ability to call a halt to irresponsible behavior by powerful people is needed to fulfill his pledge to reform the political system.

    To be sure, there are many Americans who won’t take the lapses of Geithner and Daschle very seriously. Though some Republicans have condemned the two nominees in strong terms, other Obama opponents are holding back, perhaps fearful of a witch hunt in which all of Washington will be forced to scrutinize their forms for Medicare taxes, for drivers and nannies, underreported honoraria, and the like.

    And some average Americans, frustrated by a system that requires anyone who sells an old sofa on eBay to calculate any profits for tax purposes, can well understand how tax payments can be misjudged without any dishonorable intent.

    But there are just as many Americans who struggle mightily, calculator in hand, to figure out how much work-related travel was reimbursed and how much was not, whether that massage for an ailing back qualifies as a medical expense, and whether the $100 proffered to help the school band go to Tuscaloosa is a legitimate charitable deduction.

    To them, the idea that Geithner and Daschle could amass underpayments greater than most family incomes isn’t a cause for much sympathy. And Obama, whose righteousness has struck a chord with Middle America, would do well to express his own outrage, rather than try to shield his nominees behind his own considerable presence.

    boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2009/02/03/obama_talks_tough_with_wall_st_but_what_about_his_cabinet/?p1=Well_MostPop_Emailed7

  106. Rot in hell Jay Leno
    Where were your jokes about bambi a year ago
    even now you lack the courage to hit waffles head on.
    —————————-
    Henry-you must go easy on Jay Leno. He has only three problems:

    1. no courage

    2. no humor

    3. a day late and a dollar short

    To me at least he seems so vanilla bland corporate that my eyes glaze over.

  107. Barack Obama to scale back economic plans to win Republican support
    President Barack Obama has agreed to scale back his spending plans to win cross-party support for his $820 billion (£573 billion) stimulus package.

    By Alex Spillius in Washington
    Last Updated: 3:26PM GMT 03 Feb 2009

    US President Barack Obama has said that very modest differences over a massive package to revive the US economy shouldn’t delay its swift passage. ; He told Republicans he would remove proposals which were not directly aimed at creating jobs.

    It came as opposition senators vowed to fight the bill saying it contained too much government spending and too few tax cuts.

    “We’re going to be trimming out things that are not relevant to putting people back to work right now,” Mr Obama said in an interview with NBC.

    “I’ve done extraordinary outreach, I think, to Republicans because they have some good ideas, and I want to make sure that those ideas are incorporated.”

    Senators will debate the bill last this week with heated exchanges expected on billions earmarked for spending projects that Republicans say have nothing to do with job creation.

    Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said: “No one I know is trying to keep this package from passing. We are trying to reform it.

    “We believe we could pass a very robust stimulus package for less. We are throwing figures around like it is paper money.”

    Mr Obama is determined to win bipartisan support for the bill, believing it will have a profound effect on the psychology of the nation as it attempts to dig itself out of the economic downturn.

    Mr Obama admitted that if the stimulus doesn’t work, he could be out of a job in four years’ time.

    “If I don’t have this done in three years then there’s going to be a one-term proposition,” said Mr Obama.

    The first version of the bill was passed by the house of representatives last week without a single Republican vote despite a major charm offensive by the new president.

    Mr McConnell indicated that Republicans would also oppose “Buy American” provisions in the bill, which would require infrastructure projects to only use American steel and iron.

    “I don’t think we ought to use this measure to set off trade wars when the entire world is experiencing a down turn in the economy,” he said.

    He claimed some senators from Mr Obama’s Democratic Party also had reservations about the bill. He said they agreed with Republicans that there should be more tax cuts for lower income workers and more help for home owners.

    Chuck Schumer, the Democratic senator for New York, has admitted that he would probably support a Republican proposal to extend a $7,500 tax credit for first-time buyers to a $15,000 for all home buyers. “That’s something that we look favourably upon,” said Mr Schumer, a member of the powerful senate finance committee.

    Mr Obama has already agreed to remove $200 million to renovate the National Mall in Washington, and millions on family planning that Republicans said would be spent on contraception.

    Democrats maintain there are enough moderate Republican senators who will support the bill and prevent a filibuster, when debate is deliberately extended to prevent a vote being held.

    The president was boosted by the public support of Jim Douglas, the Republican governor of Vermont, one of many states that will be bailed out by the stimulus package.

    “As the executive of a state experiencing budget challenges, Governor Douglas has a different perspective on the situation than congressional Republicans,” said the governor’s deputy chief of staff Dennise Casey.

    telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/4437695/Barack-Obama-to-scale-back-economic-plans-to-win-Republican-support.html

  108. Great article JanH.

    Sad thing is…the kool aid drinking Obamadrones will find some damned excuse to justify this crap.

    If you or I made an “honest mistake” and forgot to pay thousands of dollars in taxes there would be no free pass. We’d be penalized severely with wages garnished, if necessary.

    The hypocrisy here is absolutely disgusting.

  109. Jan—wonderful wonderful wonderful post/

    Doesnt this point to how IMPORTANT it is to provide the body politic with a transfusion of truth from the honest, resposible elements of the foreign press? The question then becomes how do we do it? I hope Secretary Clinton provides them with access as part of the plan to rebuild relationships throughout the world. They are more inclined to give what she says an honest hearing whereas with big media it is a continuing game of cat and mouse–the public and the truth be damned. You cannot have an enlightened republic on that basis.

  110. Interesting that the original supporters who propped up 0bama all have problems and are turning out to be bad for 0bama — Richardson, Daschle, Kennedy.. He was smart to keep Kerry at bay but why did he cave in for these losers?

  111. HRC has always acknowledged every chairman, cabinet secretary, and stroked every ego. She gave up credit for her work so that she could get things done.

    You will notice that in every congressional hearing, every member begins their remarks with, “I want to thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this hearing.”
    It is akin to every news report ending with the anchor saying, “Thank you, [insert name], for that great report.” They are all doing their jobs! They get paid to do that! Why are we thanking them for showing up?

    Answer: Because they all have outsized egos!

    HRC just gets on with it — for us.

  112. My e-mail to Marie Cocco who wrote an excellent article on Dascle which I read on RCP.

    Excellent article on Daschle today. It is ironic that many of those whom turned on Hillary and or Former President Clinton during the primary, are as Rev Wright stated “having their chickens come home to roost.” Hillary, the figure that the MSM, extreme right, and the extreme left claimed would be most polarizing, is the only stable, competent, calming force in the new administration in my opinion.

  113. Doubling the money supply within 1 year? Is that what this stimulus plan and bailout strategy will do? Does that mean the dollar in your pocket today will be worth 50 cents one year from now? Is this how he intends to spread the wealth?
    ———————————–

    Stimulus Could Trigger Rampant Inflation

    Monday, February 2, 2009 2:13 PM

    By: Dick Morris & Eileen McGann Article Font Size

    The central economic crisis of the next five years may not be the greed-induced worldwide recession we’re now mired in – but the rampant global inflation that the politicians’ response to that recession could trigger. Recessions, and even depressions, come and go. But inflation has the potential to stick around for decades.

    Look at what the TARP bailout has done to the money supply. From 2000 through 2007, the money supply rose on average by $351 billion a year, with annual growth only once exceeding $400 billion. In 2008, the money supply grew by $691 billion. And that includes only the first half of the TARP package and none of the coming “stimulus” package.

    In the short term, this increase in the money supply won’t cause inflation, but only counteracts the deflationary effect of all the money that vanished in the meltdown, or went into hiding since. But when confidence returns and that cash comes back into circulation, we’ll have much too much money chasing too few goods and services – a prescription for rampant inflation.

    Today’s woes were induced by a combination of a political willingness to let businesses make money by making loans they shouldn’t have and of businesses’ alacrity in walking through that open door in search of mind-numbing profits. But we seem to be collectively blind to the likelihood that the same political tendency to give out goodies and spare us pain is now leading the government to borrow so much and so increase the money supply that inflation will be the consequence.

    After all, it was the political desire to bring good news to voters that led government to make it possible for people to buy homes they couldn’t afford and kids to go to colleges they couldn’t pay for and families to buy cars that were too costly and businesses to survive off debt long after they ceased to turn a profit.

    Now, the same desire to get re-elected is leading politicians to offer a trillion-dollar stimulus package to benefit (some) voters, along with a bailout to banks, insurers, car companies and (soon enough, no doubt) countless other failing firms.

    Eventually, we will all feel the pain when inflation sets in. Then, government will have no choice but to induce a deep recession akin to the one Paul Volker triggered in the late ’70s and early ’80s to cure the “stagflation” left us by the policies of Presidents Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter.

    President Obama and the Democrats in Congress are selling soothing syrup to their political base at a price of massive inflation and agony for the future. What Franklin Delano Roosevelt said in his first inaugural address holds doubly true today: “Faced by failure of credit, they have proposed only the lending of more money.”

    Democrats have, of course, always been willing to tolerate a certain level of inflation in an effort to hold down joblessness. But the lengths to which they are now going to spare us immediate pain and the implications of a doubling of the money supply in one year are beyond rational calculus.

    It’s hard to believe that any administration, set of economists or political party could be this irresponsible or so focused on the next election that they are literally willing to mortgage much of the next decade to win it.

  114. # LadyJane Says:
    February 3rd, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    jbstones fan….WE PREDICTED THIS my friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Indeed we did my dear friend from Buffalo!!!! At least you got a great new Senator!!!

  115. # LadyJane Says:
    February 3rd, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    jbstones fan….WE PREDICTED THIS my friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Indeed we did my dear friend from Buffalo!!!! At least you got a great new Senator!!!
    _____________________________________________________________

    She can’t replace the GREAT one that previously held the seat, but at least it’s not “Princess” Caroline, my Boca residing Buddy!!!!

  116. basil9 Says:

    February 3rd, 2009 at 11:04 am

    I wouldn’t normally link a hotair page but check the video clip on the right with pooplosi’s mug!!!!!!!!!

    JEEEEZZZZZZ!!!!!! She is one scary looking person!

    ———————————————————————————-

    EEK! YIKES! Run for the hills.

  117. wbboei Says:

    February 3rd, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    ————————–

    How on earth are they going to pay down the debt?

  118. birdgal Says:

    February 2nd, 2009 at 7:29 pm
    He wants people to put pressure on GOP senators, who are not in favor of the stimulus. Apparently, some ads have already started in some states.
    ****************************************************

    I called my 2 Repub Senators in Texas and told them to stand firm and NOT support the stimulus package nor Daschle

  119. Excellent article on Daschle today. It is ironic that many of those whom turned on Hillary and or Former President Clinton during the primary, are as Rev Wright stated “having their chickens come home to roost.” Hillary, the figure that the MSM, extreme right, and the extreme left claimed would be most polarizing, is the only stable, competent, calming force in the new administration in my opinion.
    ————————-
    And to see the imperial ambitions of Ted Kennedy die on the vine with the failure of the Caroline Kennedy power play. These are the same people who started the whisper campaign that to elect Hillary would be to create a dynasty. Be careful what you wish for in this life–Teddy.

  120. JanH Says:

    February 3rd, 2009 at 12:28 pm
    wbboei Says:

    February 3rd, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    ————————–

    How on earth are they going to pay down the debt?

    ————————-
    By inflating their way out of it–if China will let them. No mortage on the US Public Lands please.

  121. At one time I hired someone for child care, an American citizen. I not only paid our taxes, but her portions as well. We felt that she needed that protection, and that was the Law. Years later her husband died, and she was able to pull SS for a number of years. She recently died. We don’t think we did anything unusual, but what was lawful and right.

    So what is wrong with the people leading our country? Again, they have no ethics, and they think it is the little guy that pays the taxes.

  122. Activist Group Calls for Deportation of Obama’s Aunt

    By Spencer S. Hsu
    An anti-immigration group yesterday called on President Obama to arrest and deport his aunt, appealing to conservative activists to make her case a symbol of his administration’s immigration enforcement policies.

    “If you do not execute the deportation order for your aunt, then your lip service about the Rule of Law is no CHANGE from George Bush,” William Gheen, head of Americans for Legal Immigration, said in a written statement.

    SNIP

    The White House declined comment. It has said Obama “has not contacted any government agency regarding Ms. Onyango’s case, nor has any representative of the president.”

    voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2009/02/03/activist_calls_for_deportation.html?wprss=44

  123. Busy day: South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint tells FOX News that Tom Daschle’s tax problems disqualify him for the position of health and human services secretary. Calls on Obama to ask Daschle to step down.

  124. The other thing I have always admired about HRC is how she has handled her public humliation. If you keep it together, and are able to joke about it, you are doing just fine.

    It is the people who don’t acknowledge their humiliations and shortfalls you have to worry about. Does that remind you of someone
    —————————
    Very perceptive. This is what blackmailers rely on–the threat of public humilation. It hearkens back to the primal fear of being kicked out of the tribe. To withstand it and to deal with it and to stay in the game rather than withdraw takes a strong character–which is conspicuous by its absence in most politicans, corporate executives and others in power. Hillarys intellect, energy and character are second to none, and that is what makes her a great leader.

  125. I have to wonder what the dims have been sniffing, to push for a stimulus plan that has so little in it to create jobs and save peoples homes. I hear them saying that they will do that in future plans…um…how does that make sense?

    They think they should save the country later and in the meantime spend, spend, spend on lesser important projects, throw more money away at banks, etc?

    Shaking my head here…isn’t this putting the cart before the horse? And obama thinks this will work?

    On a side note, media was speculating yesterday night whether he has lost control of this stimulus plan to the dims like pelosi and reid.

  126. wbboei 12:46 p.m.

    You are so right, as Great leaders have intellect, energy, character, and a sense of humor about themselves.

  127. karma baby. he’s the thug who lined up all the sd’s to go against Hillary.

    The chickens are comin home to roost.

    question is, when will barkys chickens come home to roost.

  128. pm317 Says:

    February 3rd, 2009 at 12:55 pm
    yep, Daschle out.. Thank God, we don’t have to see those godawful red glasses anymore.

    Now that is funny.

    LMAO

  129. I still can not find any “statements” made by obama to the public on the storm … has anyone one else??

    Storm response gets mixed reviews
    By ANDY BARR | 2/3/09 4:26 AM EST

    President Barack Obama’s first federal disaster response to ice storms across the heartland netted mixed results for an administration that has pledged after Hurricane Katrina to “never again allow such catastrophic failures in emergency planning and response to occur.”

    More than 40 people were killed, and millions were left without power across Appalachia and the Ozarks in the wake of severe winter weather that began last week. Kentucky was the hardest hit, with 12 people killed by the storm.

    A federal emergency was declared in the state Wednesday night as Obama began working the phones and pushing for a rapid response, but help to victims in some areas was slow to come. Vast areas of the state remained without electricity Monday.

    It took quite a bit of time” to get additional aid, said Randall Smith, the emergency management director for Grayson County, Ky. “The response in the first four days was very unsatisfactory.”

    All of Grayson County was without power through the weekend, and by Monday afternoon, only 30 percent of residents had regained electricity. The biggest problem for local officials was getting enough water for people in shelters and caring for local residents with special needs.

    “I know there is always disorganization, but it has taken some time for these efforts to get moving,” Smith said.

    SNIP

    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshea has been in frequent communication with Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano since Wednesday night, talking to Napolitano four times on Sunday alone. Beshear praised the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response, but his spokesman, Jay Blanton, acknowledged that people in the state were frustrated.

    “People always want things yesterday, but this was a massive emergency,” he said. “The challenge for everybody is that the storm knocked a blow to our communications infrastructure. It was very difficult in the early stages to get a clear sense of the scope of the problem.”

    SNIP

    Although Obama quickly became involved in the response to last week’s ice storm, many residents across the region still lacked essential services on Monday, five days after the storm struck. Emergency officials said power could be out in some areas of the state for another week or longer.

    “President Obama was on the phone with the governor of Kentucky within an hour and a half, and the regional response effort was up and running Thursday morning,”

    ****here comes the big excuse!!****

    FEMA spokesman Kurt Pickering said. “An ice storm is a different animal. With a hurricane, you have days of warning; with a tornado, you have minutes; and with a earthquake, you have none.”

    Asked if he thought the federal response in some areas was slow, he responded: “Slow is a subjective term.”

    “I do know that we moved as quickly as possible,” he said.

    politico.com/news/stories/0209/18334.html

  130. NMF——I forgot that. But that is what makes them human and likeable to lesser mortals–like me.

    My crystal ball was clear and correct on Daschelle withdrawal and her first trip to China. The only reason I mention that is because the same crystal ball is telling me that Mr. Obama will be a 1 term president.

  131. Hill sitting in her new digs, with the highest diplomat job in the administration, actually having hands on in lots of stuff and these thugs are slowly getting their comeuppence,

    Remember when Hillary said she was keeping a big chart. I keep thinking about that

  132. Bravo!!!!
    ………..
    ABM90 Says:

    February 3rd, 2009 at 12:52 pm
    Alert: Tom Daschle has withdrawn his name from Sec.Of Commerce.Now on MSNBC.

    Next?

  133. the thing is, Hillary’s confirmation went smooth. the media wanted to paint her and bill as being mean, ugly and lots of skeletons. come to find out, Hillary is the clean one in the bunch. we knew that though

  134. Another sign of hypocrisy. This time from MEchelle:

    As she prepares to step out beyond her role as the self-described “mom in chief,” Michelle Obama has been busy behind the scenes crafting a policy-driven agenda that will bring working-family issues into the White House — and she’s surrounded herself with a team of veteran political insiders and seasoned policy advocates to do it.

    Aides are quick to say the first lady isn’t planning on having an independent policy power center in the East Wing. “Our job is to think through with the president and with the president’s team and assist in dialogue about policy. But the president is the policymaker,” said chief of staff Jackie Norris. In other words, it isn’t likely that Michelle Obama will be on the phone introducing herself to lawmakers on Capitol Hill, like Hillary Clinton did as first lady. At least not yet.

    But as Obama made her first official trip outside the White House on Monday — to the Department of Education — the shape and direction of her office, with advisers who have worked for Bill Clinton, Al Gore and John Edwards, clearly bear a lot more resemblance to Clinton’s style than to that of Laura Bush.

    The credentials of Michelle Obama’s new team “give us a glimpse of the future,” said Carl Anthony Sferrazza, a former speechwriter for Nancy Reagan who also wrote the introduction to Hillary Clinton’s “Invitation to the White House: At Home With History.”

    “This is not going to be a first lady focused on sleeveless designer dresses and puppy names but on serious and complex issues,” he predicted.

    more at:

    news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20090203/pl_politico/18329

    snip

    At her event yesterday, she caught herself using the word “we” to describe her husband’s administration — and was careful to shift gears.

    “We’re going to be making investments, and I shouldn’t say ‘we,’ but the administration ‘we.’ … With these investments we are going to create good jobs as we renovate and modernize more than 10,000 schools and improve the learning environment,” Obama said, making a pitch for her husband’s economic stimulus plan.

    Aides said she will visit every Cabinet-level federal agency in the coming weeks in a kind of get-to-know-you tour. She’ll also seek to expand her campaign role as “listener” on the national stage, traveling from time to time. First stop is her local community, however.

    “We are starting down the path of getting to know Washington, D.C., and thinking through the areas that the first lady will advocate on behalf of,” said Norris. “We are eagerly talking to people about ways that the first lady can integrate into the community.”

    The biggest clue so far about the first lady’s likely role was her appearance at a recent bill signing for legislation that makes it easier for workers to sue over gender-based pay discrimination.

    In brief remarks, Obama called the legislation “one cornerstone of a broader commitment to address the needs of working women who are looking to us to not only ensure that they’re treated fairly, but also to ensure that there are policies in place that help women and men balance their work and family obligations without putting their jobs or their economic stability at risk.”

    Obama also will have a local focus, working to make the White House more of the “people’s house” and find ways to open it up to tourists, Norris said.

  135. nmf .. yes, the 100 days is a JOKE. love that msnbc and most likely cnn is shitting their pants
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    their business plan is in jeopardy. Time to start ratcheting up the lies.

  136. Obama also will have a local focus, working to make the White House more of the “people’s house” and find ways to open it up to tourists, Norris said
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    Does this mean we are all invited to the superbowl party next year?

  137. About Daschle’s withdrawal — seems the money he made from the healthcare industry was as much a problem as the tax thing.

    My view is that the Nancy Killifer withdrawal made it impossible for Daschle to continue. Once aain we would have had the woman withdraw while two men didn’t.

    I was amazed when Daschle lost his election. Now not so much.

  138. I may actually WATCH MSNBC tonight.
    How can they possibly spin this in BO’s favor???

    LOL…can I say “I told you” yet??????

  139. Maybe Senator Claire McCaskill can be nominated for some cabinet (post) as well………..lol.
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    A hitching post for jack asses perhaps.

  140. Chris Mathews “tingly” feeling up his leg must be turning wet and yellow, leaving a stain/odor on his pants, while Hillary is ascending and his hero, BO, is failing miserably…

  141. BITCHELL is stunned, she can’t hardly talk. LOVE IT.

    some jackass dem strategist saying that none of these nominess can be perfect..however, they tried to hold Hillary and Bill to that Perfect theme.

    They make me sick.

  142. McCATskill needs to be nominated for something so we can see her twist and smarm. reckon she knows she couldn’t pass the muster? She was too far up barkys ass to not get some kind of return. maybe her karma will be turned out of office at her next election, I know many who plan to work against her. I want to work against the skank

  143. Judd Gregg as Commerce Secy??? Why???? Can’t we find a Dem who paid his/her taxes? Even Obama said he and Gregg agree on some things.

    Some things? That makes him the best choice? In the part I saw O said that Gregg’s father was governor of NH. So??????

    Is CK still on the transition team?

  144. In order to prove that PUMA and other no waffles groups are legitimate I think focus is essential. I say select a candidate up for re-election in 2010 and support his opponent NOW. Financially desroy the opponent.

  145. Three cheers for his “near flawless transition”–as previously proclaimed by the livliest intellects in big media.

  146. djia Says:

    February 3rd, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    ………………………

    Thanks djia,

    I too was wondering what obama has done/said about Kentucky.

  147. A friend forwarded this from the WaPo:

    He headlined it

    “They have called out the dogs – these legislators will have no peace until they roll over.”
    ——————————————————
    Liberal Groups Assert Role In Stimulus Fight

    Sens. Dick Lugar (Ind.) and Kit Bond (Mo.) are the targets of new ads from a handful of liberal interest groups.

    A cadre of liberal interest groups is ramping up its persuasion efforts on the economic stimulus package proposed by President Obama, running television and radio ads in 12 states in an attempt to convince wavering Republican senators to back the bill.

    The groups — led by Americans United for Change, Moveon.org, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the Service Employees International Union — is expanding an ad buy announced last week to include television ads targeted at Sens. Kit Bond (Mo.) and Richard Lugar (Ind.) and radio commercials aimed at Sens. Jim Bunning (Ky.), Richard Burr (N.C.), and Mel Martinez (Fla.).

    The new flight of ads will hit the airwaves on Tuesday and the entire slate of commercials will cost around $600,000, according to Americans United president Brad Woodhouse.

    “House Republicans decided to listen to Rush Limbaugh and put partisan politics ahead of getting people back to work as the Obama plan would do,” said Woodhouse. “We are putting senators on notice not to follow Limbaugh off the cliff into the political abyss but to support the Obama jobs plan instead.”

    The prominent role that outside groups are playing in the selling of Obama’s economic stimulus plan is a marked contrast to the campaign when the former Illinois senator went out of his way to cut off funding for these sorts of organizations — in hopes of keeping his messaging tightly controlled by his political inner circle.

    It remains to be seen whether Obama will allow these sorts of groups to grow and prosper as advocates for his agenda or whether he will use his own massive grassroots machine as the principal message driver of his legislative efforts.

    Obama’s decision to install Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine at the head of the Democratic National Committee and to put “Organizing for America” — his campaign apparatus — under the umbrella of the DNC were widely interpreted as evidence that the president wanted to keep his messaging operation in the hands of a small group of political insiders.

    And, Organizing for America recently sent out an email to its list (13 million names strong) asking them to help put together “economic recovery house meetings” to help sell the proposal at the neighborhood level.

    The debate over whether there is a place for outside groups in the Obama messaging operation is not an insignificant one.

    Looked at one way, if Obama decides that he and his related groups can handle the selling of his message on their own it allows him to maintain his “brand,” according to Democratic lobbyist Steve Elmendorf. “The branding is important and the branding is Obama,” he said.

    Seen from the other side, however, Obama would be effectively shunting the universe of outside groups to the side in favor of building his own political and grassroots organization that may well stretch the traditional role of the DNC.

    “It begs the question of the partisanship of his agenda,” said Hillary Rosen, the former head of the Recording Industry Association of America. “Can the DNC support Republican members who support the agenda?”

    To date, the pressuring of those members is coming from these outside groups who are funding ads against moderate GOPers like Maine Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins as well as Sens. Arlen Specter (Pa.) and George Voinovich (Ohio).

    It’s possible that Obama will continue in this vein — using Organizing for America to play good cop (rallying people to support his agenda) while allowing outside groups like Americans United and Moveon.org to play bad cop and hit GOP members for their opposition to his priorities.

    Remember that much of Obama’s strength as a politician is wrapped up in the idea that he is above politics — a post-partisan prophet who is bringing much-needed change to Washington.

    Everything he has done to date — meetings with Capitol Hill Republicans, a bipartisan Super Bowl party at the White House — is aimed at reinforcing that message.

    But, when the rubber hits the road (and it almost certainly will) on the passage of Obama’s agenda who will be the partisan enforcer that every president needs? Can Obama do it himself or will these outside groups, who have been surprisingly active to date, be the ones who take on that responsibility?

    By Chris Cillizza | February 2, 2009; 1:40 PM ET

  148. crook, racist, Trent Lott defending the asses on messiahnbc. boys, you just can’t make this stuff up.

    I agree with henry, we need to start NOW trying to work to get the asses out of reelection. I personally pledge to donate to whoever runs against McCatskill and to work on their team.

  149. Obama must not like today.

    Only 38% now support the stimulus plan.

    37% want major changes, 17% want it scrapped.

  150. Between the Robo calls and the ads and the opinion columns, it feels like the 2008 campaign all over again, and I am sick of it already!

    I wonder how much of the rest of the electorate feels as disgusted, wanting real debate on issues instead of a marketing campaign for or against Obama’s package.

  151. Killifer’s problems were very minor compared to Daschle.

    Maybe she decided she didn’t want to share a cabinet with him.

  152. Chris hits the nail on the head. Barky won’t get his hands dirty but he knows how to play dirty pool, he did it will Bill and Hillary, using his little pet groups and his bots on the net.

    How many bowling pins to go now

  153. just how much is being spent on dimocrat attack adds against the republicans with regard to the stimulus plan?

  154. BULLETIN

    All elected officials or those who hope to be, or those interested in running for Cabinet posts, need to pay all back taxes NOW.

    And to think I had to say that.

  155. freckles

    ck was a member only of the V-P choice team. Wish we could lay off more on her, but that was the only vetting work she did.

  156. Bill Clinton would be an AWESOME HHS Secretary. I know there would be late night jokes and all, but boy does he have the REAL experience to get it done.

  157. hey all just dropping in. I lurk every once in while, but have been busy busy. Anyway, I am still NObama fan, and getting a sense that Obama’s role is to expose the rotten to the core Dimocrats – maybe by the time they’re weeded out, he’ll be next!

  158. the Toadster on msnbc saying Dashele took one for the team and Kerry is reported as MOURNFUL.

    Again, you can’t make this shit up.

  159. first time I’ve watched Messiah news in eons and I have to say seeing Bitchell squirm is soothing. Bitchell saying McCatshill was “close” to Daschle.

    Bitchell is just so distressed at having to report this stuff, almost like Anderson Cooper when the Rev Wright news came out. I still haven’t watched any CNN either

  160. “They have called out the dogs – these legislators will have no peace until they roll over.”
    ————————–
    And if they do roll over when only 38% of the country supports the plan they will betray their principles and lose the election. What generally happens in these circumstances is republicans close ranks and support eachother. They talk to their constituents about how they are being pressured to betray their constituents. And they tell them they will not agree to a plan which will reduce the net worth of Americans 50% in the next year. And they get the Republican Trust to weigh in and cast Reid as a bumbling incompetent and Poopsie as the wicked witch of the west. Thats how its done. The question is do they want to do it. It does not require them to attack Mr. Obama. That will come later. What needs to come out of this is a bill that incents the private sector to create jobs immediately if not sooner.

  161. NMF

    Frankly, I think South Dakota Tom is using the tax issue as an excuse to pull out before his $5.4 M earnings from health care associations in just the last two years got any more traction than it already had in the 24 hours starting Sunday night.

    If not given the green light by tomorrow morning, he was going to be toast on that issue alone.

  162. I don’t remember any administration having this many problems with Cabinet appointees. Clinton had trouble with his AG picks till he settled on Janet Reno but all his other ones sailed through. wbboei is right. Who the heck’s on his transition staff? Talk about a half-assed job.

    Also, that moment when Hillary talked about her “experiences” with Bill was supposed to be funny. it wasn’t awkward in the least. She was laughing when she made the statement.

  163. Forbes finds holes in Times’ Clinton-Giustra story:

    PATRICIA BEST

    February 3, 2009

    Frank Giustra seems pleased that a different version of the Bill Clinton controversy has found an audience.

    A year ago, The New York Times ran a front page story on the beneficial friendship between the former U.S. president and Mr. Giustra, a Vancouver mining entrepreneur.

    The story focused on the coincidence that Mr. Giustra was in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Sept. 6, 2005, working on securing a uranium mining venture at the same time that Mr. Clinton was there to announce his foundation’s financial support for the government’s program to buy low-cost HIV drugs.

    The Times emphasized that Mr. Giustra, who was ultimately successful in getting the lucrative uranium deal, had committed a large amount of money – $31-million (U.S.) – to the former president’s charitable fund.

    It detailed a dinner the two had in Almaty, followed by a meeting Mr. Clinton had with the country’s President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, and the fact that Mr. Clinton and Mr. Giustra left Almaty later that night together on Mr. Giustra’s plane.

    The explosive article was picked up by media outlets around the world. A Times spokeswoman has said the two men have never challenged any of the facts in the story.

    Two weeks ago, another major U.S. news organization, Forbes, ran an article by Robert Lenzner that was not picked up by quite so many. In it, the author disputes six important details of the Times piece and defends Mr. Giustra against the apparent implication that Mr. Clinton played a role in helping Mr. Giustra secure his uranium prize.

    “Giustra and Clinton aides point out several inaccuracies that persuade me that the Times may have been too quick to judge,” Mr. Lenzner wrote.

    The article, titled Clinton Commits No Foul in Kazakhstan Uranium Deal, was the result, says Norman Stowe, a spokesman for Mr. Giustra, of correction letters sent to the media. “The Forbes story grew out of that effort,” he said in an e-mail.

    Mr. Lenzner’s article concludes with: “I’m not the only one who found this Times story to be a stretch. A source close to Barack Obama’s transition team agreed that the story was an unfair characterization of the Clinton/Giustra relationship.”

    We asked Mr. Giustra for comment, and he e-mailed to us: “The Forbes article went a long way to setting the record straight by highlighting the errors made in the original New York Times article.

    “Forbes also reinforced the fact that the only relationship I have with former president Clinton is philanthropic.”

    He goes on: “I’ve always believed the original articles and attacks were part of the U.S. election, so there wasn’t much I could do about it. I’m not political and I never had any particular interest in the Democratic primary or U.S. election.

    “But, I always knew the truth and the Forbes story spelled that out pretty clearly: Bill Clinton has never been involved in my business … That’s the extent of it. Everything else was just political noise around the election.”

    theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20090203.RNOBODY03/TPStory/Business

  164. anyone besides me think that Barky going to the Governors is going to PISS off the Senate even more. It’s like he is thumbing his nose at the Senate and trying to go over their heads. He knows nothing of how this stuff works, it’s obvious. He’s cutting his nose off to spite his face. Keep up the good work barks

  165. Bill Clinton would be an AWESOME HHS Secretary. I know there would be late night jokes and all, but boy does he have the REAL experience to get it done.
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    Amen.

  166. andrea mitchell tried to ‘blame’ it on the republicans…she had demint on and tried to spin it that the repubs were gunning for daschle and they denied O who he wanted…demint would have none of it…he said his phones were swamped with people who did not want daschle…demint said probably the dems were hearing from their constituents too…

    the MSM is unbelievable in how the kiss up and protect O and Kennedys
    Kerry absolutely cannot be trusted…there are plenty of qualified people they can put in this cabinet position…in fact, someone who hasn’t made tons of money from health insurance companies

    this on top of the ‘Oversight Czar’ who also withdrew for tax reasons…no wonder our treasury is bankrupt…the people at the top don’t pay any taxes…

    Mitchell has to drag Bill in for deflection…

    todd now saying daschle was ‘pushed’ out…poor boy, under the bus with the
    rest…

    Hillary will be the only one standing when this is said and done…

    *********************************************

    why can’t these ‘leaders’ cut to the chase…and stop all off shore tax breaks and loopholes and start creating incentives to get companies back in the USA and people working and pay a decent rate, duh? – too sensible, not enough room for stealing?

  167. Daschle withdraws!!!!!!! Another one under the bus, but thank goodness. Another one, deservedly so, bites the dust.

  168. anyone besides me think that Barky going to the Governors is going to PISS off the Senate even more. It’s like he is thumbing his nose at the Senate and trying to go over their heads. He knows nothing of how this stuff works, it’s obvious. He’s cutting his nose off to spite his face. Keep up the good work barks
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    He has got that Quisiling Republican governor from Vermont who is probably telling him to do this. Governors cannot operate deficits so they are always seeking federal money rather than increasing taxes in their own state and losing their own election because of it.

    I firmly believe we need a stimulus plan. But the opportunity cost of doing the wrong plan can plunge us into a depression.

  169. US, British ties stand ‘test of time’: Clinton
    33 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AFP) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday the US-British special relationship “really stands the test of time,” as she met British counterpart David Miliband, her first top foreign visitor.

    “Our two countries have stood side by side confronting global challenges for a very long time,” Clinton said standing next to Miliband, the first foreign minister she has met since becoming secretary of state two weeks ago.

    “We share fundamental values and important fundamental objectives,” Clinton told reporters after their talks on Iran, Afghanistan, the Middle East peace process, and the upcoming G-20 summit.

    Cooperation covers “the fight against terrorism and combating the spread of weapons of mass destruction, working together to solve the current global financial crisis and ensure the benefits of a renewed global economy are spread widely,” Clinton said.

    She thanked Britain for its deployment of troops, particularly in Afghanistan, and praised US-British cooperation in Pakistan, where the border areas are used by Islamist militants to launch attacks in neighboring Afghanistan.

    “It’s often said that the United States and Great Britain have long enjoyed a special relationship. Well, it’s certainly special in my mind and one that has proven very productive,” Clinton said.

    “Whoever is in the White House, whichever party in our country, this relationship really stands the test of time.”

    Following her talks with Miliband, Clinton was to receive German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

    google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5ipISJzYaw-561O7UpoJV4huXv6zg

  170. Dot48

    Rx- ditch Bitchell…she is not good for your health.

    We need to be starving them to death anyway- no eyeballs and no clicks -> poor ratings -> fewer advert $$ -> layoffs -> selling of the losing unit.

    That is the choice NYT shareholders and the bankruptcy court are facing.

    Bwah ha ha ha.

  171. andrea mitchell tried to ‘blame’ it on the republicans…she had demint on and tried to spin it that the repubs were gunning for daschle
    ————————
    Thank you so much ms malignant dwarf. Now I understand. It wasnt the fact that he cheated on his taxes. It wasnt the fact that he failed to tell the transition team. It wasnt the fact that he accepted monster gratuities from industries he would be charged with regulating. . . it was the Republicans.

    To paraphrase Hugo Chavez–when I see the malignant dwarf coming the smell of surfur and the sight of smoke precedes her. What a pathetic excuse for a reporter and a woman she is.

  172. I noticed that Hillary’s schedule today started with a breakfast with Biden – her second since she started as SoS. When people in the media tried to say there were going to be turf battles between Biden and HRC I knew it was garbage. They’re good friends who respect and like each other a lot.

    BTW, remember the story about how Obama employees had to fill out some exhaustive questionnaire that covered everything? Guess they neglected to incldue tax questions, lol.

  173. chuck todd from msnbc. anothre shill.

    emjay, chill out, I’m fine. Just haven’t watching any shilling from msm in a long, long time and I’m getting a kick out of it.

  174. JanH, Thanks for posting that Giustra story. So the original story was just another example of MSM Clinton hatred. Why am I not surprised. Of course, now the Obama people admit that but they were probably behind the original hit job.

    People can talk about the myriad reasons Obama is president today, but his ability to exploit the anti-Clinton media bias was undoubtedly huge.

  175. Paula, I agree about Biden and Hillary. I think Hillary was most likely offered veep and she didn’t want it and perhaps she did tell barky she’d be open to SOS. I can see Hillary choosing to serve where she feels she would matter most. Veep is usually just the one who attends funerals. I’m glad that Hillary is including Biden, shows she is a team player.

    Gibbs being asked whether Howard Dean would now be considered. Reckon Barky will have to suck up and give the ole boy something now.

  176. Funny, Yahoo news has Daschel’s withdrawal in tiny box. If it had to do with Clintons it would be in HUGE headlines. They are so transparent.

  177. JanH

    I would much rather have Forbes on my side than the fading Grey Lady…

    Thanks for the posting.

    No wonder the Clintons have adopted the calm, hands folded and the quiet enigmatic smiles of people who know they are on the side of right.

    It makes their attackers crazy to the point of foaming at the mouth.

  178. Also, I’m wondering why it took so long for Obama to find a Commerce secretary after Judas dropped out. I’ll bet some people turned it down in the meantime.

  179. I think Biden and Hillary are both laughing knowing how each is much more qualified than their “boss” ….they may very well work together to achieve a legacy they can both be proud of despite BO.

  180. How little I knew. For years I watched these pillars of the democratic party and thought I was in safe hands as they ran our government. I knew really very little or chose not to pay attention.

    This really fits the Hillary is 44 “accept no substitutes” slogan. None of these people I have seen, hand picked by BHO, measure up to the “real thing”. (no surprise here, BHO isn’t either)

    I will have none of it. While I don’t expect perfection, I do expect a “good example” from the people we chose to lead us. If they are not up to that task they do not belong.

    If us lowly citizens are expected to comply right down to the letter of the law, then the elitists must as well.

    I’m glad I’m in a field that helps the “lowly citizen”. At least it provides relief to the absolute anger and frustration I have with our government.

  181. Paula and Emjay,

    What upsets me is how little mileage this issue got when Forbes posted the article. I’ve yet to see the NYT print a retraction/apology. This recent article came from a national Canadian newspaper and probably only because of the Vancouver connection.

  182. emjay, it’s cool!

    Reporter asking if culling these nominees will help restore faith in Obama!!! So the media is starting to see through the smokescreen a little bit. Gibbs didn’t like that question at all.

  183. JanH

    Thats why anyone who wishes to should help with the “no clicks- no eyeballs” campaigns.

    CNN, MSNBC, NBC, NYT, and the like only understand one thing: $$$money$$$.

  184. I hope the phrase “highest ethical standards” comes back to bite the barky administration on the asses.

    It’s just a matter of time.

    Boy this press briefing is getting a little hot. Gibbs is starting to mumble and stuble

  185. He looks like he is about to cry in this photo with a republican governor

    h t t p : //d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/afp/20090203/capt.photo_1233610099552-1-0.jpg?x=213&y=156&xc=1&yc=1&wc=410&hc=300&q=85&sig=f6AuzU5iWWQKnU7gG_IayA–

  186. JanH

    Further, that is the only way to talk back to some of them. As Wbboei pointed out to me once, there is no way to contact some of the publishers and producers and owners. We hsve to write the advertisers and put a block on the offending channel and as some few here did…NMF for one, cancel subscriptions AND ask for a refund AND tell them why.

    It’s the American way—of taking care of business.

  187. I caught a bit of bitchell, too, and she looked like she was having a major meltdown reporting about daschle.

    Wasn’t he the pig who twisted all the SDs’ arms to back BHO?

    Wonder what THEY’RE thinking, now?

    I can’t help thinking that HRC KNEW this was gonna happen with BHO’s picks and maybe she consoled herself during the ‘selection’ by envisioning just how friggin sweet it was gonna be to see the backstabbers get stabbed.

  188. Hillary is right where she should be and doing what she should be doing. This is on obama and his band of thugs. He deserves this and more.

  189. Yeah, Gibbs is another first-class jerk-off, a slightly older version of fratboy favreaux.

    And about all the tax-cheats, if i don’t pay the (what’s for me) HUGE tax bill i just found out i owe by April 15th the IRS won’t hesitate to put a lien on my house.

    I’m reading up on the history of the hudson Valley for a story i gotta write and learning about what was essentially an aristocrat english-style landlord system 4 hundred years ago and how the farmers ‘leased’ their land and every year their rents would go up and so no one could ever get ahead just reminds me of how friggin feudal our government is.

    what a crock. 😡

  190. all of this is making O look weak…weaker by the day…the aura is disappaiting

    richardson – corruption – gone
    treasury – tax dodger, but passed anyway to head treasury
    carolyn kennedy – incompetent elitism – gone
    Oversight Czar – tax dodger – missed own oversight – gone
    Daschle – tax dodger, unregistered, opportunistic lobbyist – gone

    dems starting to eat dems…pelosi dictator facing brewing revolt

    pedaling backwards…

    not inspiring, not producing confidence…

    O’s one hope – his continued worshipping MSM’s protection…but, for how long

    O’s vetting process – dismal (thanks, CK)

    how can the public trust his ‘stimulus plan’ that is losing steam in the polls while the admin plans a media blitz to force it thru

    dare i say, amateur-in-chief…

  191. I’m going back to my boycott of messiah news now. It was fun to watch them squirm. I’ll remember to tune back in to them when some big fracture happens at the fun house.

  192. Oh F%$##$%!^&U!!!!!

    i just tuned in to cable searching for the gibbs press conference which is over just to hear the mess babes throwing up their hands in horror and saying how terrible this was for poor Tom and how everyone has skeltons in their closets and poor poor tom . . . boohoohoo.

    BARF!

  193. So I guess the way you fraud the Democracy and steal the campaign tactics don’t work as well when you govern. But then, he has NEVER GOVERNED.

    Hope and Change sometimes leads to disaster when you friggen don’t know what you are talking about, let along do it. But then his background indicated (People in the Senate said) that he did not know how to work difficult issues out with people, people during his law career said that he presented well, but did not work out agreements well, or was it he never worked out agreements.

    As I have stated before, he bullies his our way to get his way. Remember, when Hillary pulled out, he did not compromise or extend his had at all to the women who supported her.

    We have gotten for President a person who had faulty character, and we chose to ignore the signs .

  194. hey DOT!

    good to see ya here!

    I was driving and listening to talk radio and some fill-in said something to the effect that maybe it’s time for BHO to go frolicing bare-chested in the Hawaiin surf and display his pecs in order to get his ratings up again.

    bwahahahahaha

  195. I see a new phrase becoming popular with U.S. taxpayers. Maybe you can ask the I.R. S. if you can all “pull a Daschle” from now on and see what happens.

  196. s,

    I’d forgotten CK was in on the vetting committee.

    👿

    if it wasn’t for the fact that America’s future is at stake i would be enjoying every second of BHO’s fall.

    i take that back. since we’re going down anyway i might as well enjoy the show.

  197. jbstonesfan Says:
    ***********************

    Biden is in the tank of the Credit card Industry. He is as crooked as the rest. And as far as being a Hillary fan, hmm, he and his wife went out of their way to embarress her on , was that the Veiw or Oprah?

  198. janh,

    either that or say california’s giving their taxpayers an IOU for refunds due them so can’t those of us who ‘owe’ the IRS do the same?

    (thanks birdgal for that suggestion this morning)

  199. yep Basil, it’s time for him to run for cover! The going is getting ruff and he runs whenever it gets tuff. Look for a “weekend” retreat to be “with his kids”. I’m gonna be so sick of him using those poor children by the time he’s outed.

  200. No question Biden has a huge ego (understatement of the yr) and loose lips…however, from early on , he showed a sense of affection for Hillary that seemed genuine. I may be wrong, but I think at a minimum, he respects the hell out of her.

  201. like Cavuto and Rassmussen said yesterday, Hillary is the super rockstar in O’s cabinet…he is damn lucky to have her – she is the light that is giving any credibility to his admin…

    what a mess and this is only two weeks into admin…

  202. JanH

    When I first read something about it on Sunday the amount was couched in the phrase “$600,000 campaign.”

    Yesterday I saw “$600K- $1M.”

  203. when the going gets tough, all American workers should go to their bosses and ask for an “obama deluxe.” A round trip, fully paid for, to Hawaii, for as long as it takes to de-stress.

  204. JanH Says:

    February 3rd, 2009 at 2:50 pm
    Wasn’t it Biden’s wife who said the wrong thing? I thought Biden tried to hush her up.
    __________________________________________________________________

    Yes it was Jill Biden.
    Loose lips run rampant in the Biden household.

  205. BOB HERBERT FINALLY REALIZING OBAMA IS A FRAUD…

    It is precisely two weeks since the coup d’etat became fait accompli. And Bob Herbert is now slowly rising from his hopium high.

    But Bob, wasn’t “making History” more important than say, electing competent people with ambitious goals to roll up their sleeves and get stuff done???

    If Hillary was being sworn in two weeks ago, you wouldn’t have to explain the country’s priorities to her.

    So the liberals got what they supposedly wanted, and now, their bright shiny toy already bores them. Now, they are already grousing. The honorable Mr. Krugman was already having Obama-regrets, even during the transition. The others are slowly waking up from the fantasy that was called “The Election”. Now, the unfun part starts, and here’s where Obama takes his eye off the ball, because like Bush, “All this governing stuff” is boring to them.

    &&&&&

    Risking the Future
    ————————-

    by BOB HERBERT
    Published: February 2, 2009

    I wonder what it will take to get this country serious about repairing and rebuilding its crumbling and increasingly obsolete infrastructure.

    The catastrophe in New Orleans didn’t do it. Yes, that was an infrastructure tragedy. As the historian Douglas Brinkley wrote in his remarkable book, “The Great Deluge”:

    “What people didn’t yet fully comprehend was that the overall disaster, the sinking of New Orleans, was a man-made debacle, resulting from poorly designed levees and floodwalls.”

    And the spectacular rush-hour collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, which killed 13 people, was not enough to get us serious.

    Not even the terrible economic downturn that has gripped the country — a downturn that could be eased by a truly big-time surge of infrastructure investment — has been enough to get the leaders of the country to do the right thing.

    We’re rushing to bail out the banking industry for what? What kind of country will we have once the bankers are fat and happy again? The U.S. will still be a nation with a pathetic mid-20th-century infrastructure struggling to make it in a dynamic 21st-century world. It’s a blueprint for sustained national decline.

    The reason to seize this particular moment to move with a laserlike focus on the infrastructure is because of the desperate need to stop the advancing rot, and because rebuilding the infrastructure is a phenomenal source of employment.

    The American Society of Civil Engineers, in a report released last week, essentially described the state of American infrastructure as dreadful. More than a quarter of the nation’s bridges were rated structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. Public transportation systems and the nation’s dams and levees are generally in sorry shape, many of them more than a half-century old.

    Listen to what the report had to say about the water we drink:

    “America’s drinking water systems face an annual shortfall of at least $11 billion to replace aging facilities that are near the end of their useful life and to comply with existing and future federal water regulations. This does not account for growth in the demand for drinking water over the next 20 years. Leaking pipes lose an estimated seven billion gallons of clean drinking water a day.”

    The society gave the nation’s infrastructure an overall grade of D and said it would require an investment of $2.2 trillion over five years to get it back into decent shape.

    When you juxtapose this tremendous national need with the wholesale destruction of employment that has occurred over the past several months (and that is expected to continue for some time), you have to wonder why President Obama and Congressional leaders are not moving with extraordinary quickness to put together an infrastructure investment program that is both vast and visionary.

    Instead, we have infrastructure spending in the Democrats’ proposed stimulus package that, while admirable, is far too meager to have much of an impact on the nation’s overall infrastructure requirements or the demand for the creation of jobs.

    Among those who have expressed their concerns publicly is Gov. Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania, a Democrat and persistent advocate of infrastructure investment. Just prior to President Obama’s inauguration, Mr. Rendell said of the stimulus package being considered by the House: “Anybody who thinks — if the president-elect thinks, or the team thinks — that this is the answer to America’s infrastructure needs is in a different universe.”

    The big danger is that some variation of the currently proposed stimulus package will pass, another enormous bailout for the bankers will be authorized, and then the trillion-dollar-plus budget deficits will make their appearance, looming like unholy monsters over everything else, and Washington will suddenly lose its nerve.

    The mantra (I can hear it now) will be that we can’t afford to spend any more money on the infrastructure, or on a big health care initiative, or any of the nation’s other crying needs. Suddenly fiscal discipline will be the order of the day and the people who are suffering now will suffer more, and the nation’s long-term prospects will be further damaged as its long-term needs continue to be neglected.

    We no longer seem to learn much from history. Time and again an economic boom has followed a period of sustained infrastructure investment. Think of the building of the Erie Canal, which connected the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean. Think of the rural electrification program, the interstate highway system, the creation of the Internet.

    We’re suffering now from both a failure of will and of imagination. I remember the financier Felix Rohatyn telling me, “A modern economy needs a modern platform, and that’s the infrastructure.”

    History tells us the same thing.

  206. basil9

    A lady called into a radio show this morning and said she was going to send her CA IOU to the IRS to pay her Federal taxes, along w/ a personal check for the balance.

  207. dot48 Says:

    February 3rd, 2009 at 2:19 pm
    I hope the phrase “highest ethical standards” comes back to bite the barky administration on the asses.
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&

    They can still claim to hold the highest ethical standards…it’s just that the O-dministration is not **meeting** them.

  208. From the yahoo / AP story, I learned another tax dodger must bail:

    &&&
    WASHINGTON – Tom Daschle withdrew Tuesday as President Barack Obama’s nominee to be health and human services secretary, dealing potential blows to both speedy health care reform and Obama’s hopes for a smooth start in the White House.

    “Now we must move forward,” Obama said in a written statement accepting “with sadness and regret” Daschle’s request to be removed from consideration. A day earlier, Obama had said he “absolutely” stood by Daschle in the face of problems over back taxes and potential conflicts of interest.

    The stunning Daschle development came less than three hours after another Obama nominee also withdrew from consideration, and also over tax problems. Nancy Killefer, nominated by Obama to be the government’s first chief performance officer, said she didn’t want her bungling of payroll taxes on her household help to be a distraction.

    “They both recognized that you can’t set an example of responsibility but accept a different standard of who serves,” said White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.

  209. WHO’S IS GOING TO PLAY “BROWNIE” UNDER THIS CLOWN-ADMINISTRATION??

    NEW YORK (Reuters) – More than 200,000 homes and businesses remained without power Tuesday after snow and ice storms January 27-28 left almost 1.7 million customers in the dark from Oklahoma to Pennsylvania, local utilities reported.

    More than 100,000 customers were powerless in both Kentucky and Arkansas.

    With fresh snow falling across the Bluegrass State and highs just reaching the 20s and 30s F though Thursday, those Kentuckians who remained in or returned to their dark homes may not be able to stay until the power is turned back on.

    About 39 percent of the homes in Kentucky use electricity for heat, versus a U.S. average of about 30 percent, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

    The average high in Louisville is about 43 degrees at this time of year, according to AccuWeather.com.

    E.ON U.S., which owns Louisville Gas and Electric Co and Kentucky Utilities Co, said it could take seven to 10 days to restore service to all 95,000 customers still without service.

  210. Just saw this:

    *** UPDATE 3 *** The White House confirms that Daschle will not stay on in the White House role as health care czar created for him.

    firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2009/02/03/1778967.aspx

  211. 54% of people are against Barky’s bill.

    Of course he has to get on tv now and spin the shit and try to confuse people. I hope the republicans go all out to point out that this is indeed a spending bill and not a stimulus bill and keep pushing. I like the Republicans bill, it gives help to homeowners in crisis.s

  212. I just want to say how great the board is today. Some great comments and pertinent articles! Too many to answer all of them so I’ll just say a universal “thank you.”

  213. Daschle Crys Uncle,

    It seems the NYT article scared the living bejesus out of Daschle. They infer they have more to spill relating to Daschle’s Health Care Associations and unreported Taxable income..

    Ethics? What ethics?

    http//wwwnytimes.com/2009/02/03/opinion/03tue1.html?_r=1

    The NYT article followed along the lines of our crack reportage right here at His44!

    BRAVO! Admin! for your tenacity and dead on balls accuracy!

  214. YESTERDAY’S KRUG:

    nytimes.com/2009/02/02/opinion/02krugman.html

    Bailouts for Bunglers

    By PAUL KRUGMAN
    Published: February 1, 2009

    Question: what happens if you lose vast amounts of other people’s money? Answer: you get a big gift from the federal government — but the president says some very harsh things about you before forking over the cash.

    Am I being unfair? I hope so. But right now that’s what seems to be happening.

    Just to be clear, I’m not talking about the Obama administration’s plan to support jobs and output with a large, temporary rise in federal spending, which is very much the right thing to do. I’m talking, instead, about the administration’s plans for a banking system rescue — plans that are shaping up as a classic exercise in “lemon socialism”: taxpayers bear the cost if things go wrong, but stockholders and executives get the benefits if things go right.

    When I read recent remarks on financial policy by top Obama administration officials, I feel as if I’ve entered a time warp — as if it’s still 2005, Alan Greenspan is still the Maestro, and bankers are still heroes of capitalism.

    “We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we’d like to do our best to preserve that system,” says Timothy Geithner, the Treasury secretary — as he prepares to put taxpayers on the hook for that system’s immense losses.

    Meanwhile, a Washington Post report based on administration sources says that Mr. Geithner and Lawrence Summers, President Obama’s top economic adviser, “think governments make poor bank managers” — as opposed, presumably, to the private-sector geniuses who managed to lose more than a trillion dollars in the space of a few years.

    And this prejudice in favor of private control, even when the government is putting up all the money, seems to be warping the administration’s response to the financial crisis.

    Now, something must be done to shore up the financial system. The chaos after Lehman Brothers failed showed that letting major financial institutions collapse can be very bad for the economy’s health. And a number of major institutions are dangerously close to the edge.

    So banks need more capital. In normal times, banks raise capital by selling stock to private investors, who receive a share in the bank’s ownership in return. You might think, then, that if banks currently can’t or won’t raise enough capital from private investors, the government should do what a private investor would: provide capital in return for partial ownership.

    But bank stocks are worth so little these days — Citigroup and Bank of America have a combined market value of only $52 billion — that the ownership wouldn’t be partial: pumping in enough taxpayer money to make the banks sound would, in effect, turn them into publicly owned enterprises.

    My response to this prospect is: so? If taxpayers are footing the bill for rescuing the banks, why shouldn’t they get ownership, at least until private buyers can be found? But the Obama administration appears to be tying itself in knots to avoid this outcome.

    If news reports are right, the bank rescue plan will contain two main elements: government purchases of some troubled bank assets and guarantees against losses on other assets. The guarantees would represent a big gift to bank stockholders; the purchases might not, if the price was fair — but prices would, The Financial Times reports, probably be based on “valuation models” rather than market prices, suggesting that the government would be making a big gift here, too.

    And in return for what is likely to be a huge subsidy to stockholders, taxpayers will get, well, nothing.

    Will there at least be limits on executive compensation, to prevent more of the rip-offs that have enraged the public? President Obama denounced Wall Street bonuses in his latest weekly address — but according to The Washington Post, “the administration is likely to refrain from imposing tougher restrictions on executive compensation at most firms receiving government aid” because “harsh limits could discourage some firms from asking for aid.” This suggests that Mr. Obama’s tough talk is just for show.

    Meanwhile, Wall Street’s culture of excess seems to have been barely dented by the crisis. “Say I’m a banker and I created $30 million. I should get a part of that,” one banker told The New York Times. And if you’re a banker and you destroyed $30 billion? Uncle Sam to the rescue!

    There’s more at stake here than fairness, although that matters too. Saving the economy is going to be very expensive: that $800 billion stimulus plan is probably just a down payment, and rescuing the financial system, even if it’s done right, is going to cost hundreds of billions more. We can’t afford to squander money giving huge windfalls to banks and their executives, merely to preserve the illusion of private ownership.

  215. Will there at least be limits on executive compensation, to prevent more of the rip-offs that have enraged the public? President Obama denounced Wall Street bonuses in his latest weekly address — but according to The Washington Post, “the administration is likely to refrain from imposing tougher restrictions on executive compensation at most firms receiving government aid” because “harsh limits could discourage some firms from asking for aid.” This suggests that Mr. Obama’s tough talk is just for show.
    &&&&&&&

    All Barky, no bite.

  216. Jan, I agree, it’s been fab here today. I said earlier that I thought Daschle had more skeletons rattlings in the closet. I just wonder if his withdrawal will shut the door. Interesting that he also withdrew as the czar as well.

    I’m so glad to see these imbeciles getting their dues after what they did to Bill and Hillary.

    I hear a chorus out there to bring back screamin Dean though for HHS .. had he not been such a turd at the DNC I would have perhaps backed him. At one time I think he would have been a good secretary, now I consider him a snake

  217. dashs withdrawal still not warranting a big headline on yahoo. shows the bots still have control of much of the web

  218. NY TIMES PILES ON, ASKING OBAMA “WHERE’S THE BEEF?”,

    or the Yiddish version, “Ethics reform? You call *this* reform? My butcher has more ethics when his thumb is on the scale. Oy ve. Whadda schmuck”.
    &&&&&&&&

    nytimes.com/2009/02/03/us/politics/03lobby.html?ref=todayspaper

    Obama’s Pledge to Reform Ethics Faces an Early Test
    ————————————————————————

    By PETER BAKER
    Published: February 2, 2009

    WASHINGTON — During almost two years on the campaign trail, Barack Obama vowed to slay the demons of Washington, bar lobbyists from his administration and usher in what he would later call in his Inaugural Address a “new era of responsibility.” What he did not talk much about were the asterisks.

    The exceptions that went unmentioned now include a pair of cabinet nominees who did not pay all of their taxes. Then there is the lobbyist for a military contractor who is now slated to become the No. 2 official in the Pentagon. And there are the others brought into government from the influence industry even if not formally registered as lobbyists.

    President Obama said Monday that he was “absolutely” standing behind former Senator Tom Daschle, his nominee for health and human services secretary, and Mr. Daschle, who met late in the day with leading senators in an effort to keep his confirmation on track, said he had “no excuse” and wanted to “deeply apologize” for his failure to pay $128,000 in federal taxes.

    But the episode has already shown how, when faced with the perennial clash between campaign rhetoric and Washington reality, Mr. Obama has proved willing to compromise.

    Every four or eight years a new president arrives in town, declares his determination to cleanse a dirty process and invariably winds up trying to reconcile the clear ideals of electioneering with the muddy business of governing. Mr. Obama on his first day in office imposed perhaps the toughest ethics rules of any president in modern times, and since then he and his advisers have been trying to explain why they do not cover this case or that case.

    “This is a big problem for Obama, especially because it was such a major, major promise,” said Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. “He harped on it, time after time, and he created a sense of expectation around the country. This is exactly why people are skeptical of politicians, because change we can believe in is not the same thing as business as usual.”

    And so in these opening days of the administration, the Obama team finds itself being criticized by bloggers on the left and the right, mocked by television comics and questioned by reporters about whether Mr. Obama is really changing the way Washington works or just changing which political party works it.

    Some Republicans saw a double standard. “What would it be like if Hank Paulson had come in without paying his taxes, or any other member of the cabinet?” asked Terry Nelson, a political strategist who worked for President George W. Bush and Senator John McCain, referring to Mr. Bush’s Treasury secretary. “It would be roundly attacked and roundly criticized.”

    Several Democrats, including some who have advised Mr. Obama, said privately that he had only himself to blame for delivering such an uncompromising message as a candidate without recognizing how it would complicate his ability to assemble an administration.

    In the campaign, Mr. Obama assailed Washington’s “entire culture” in which “our leaders have thrown open the doors of Congress and the White House to an army of Washington lobbyists who have turned our government into a game only they can afford to play.” He vowed to “close the revolving door” and “clean up both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue” with “the most sweeping ethics reform in history.”

    The language, however, was always more sweeping than the specifics. He spoke of refusing campaign money from lobbyists but took it from the people who hired them. The ethics plan he outlined, and eventually imposed on his administration, did not ban all lobbyists outright but set conditions for their employment and did not cover many who were lobbyists in everything but name.

    Mr. Daschle, for instance, is not a registered lobbyist, but he made a handsome living advising clients seeking influence with the government, including some in the health industry. Mr. Obama also gave himself the right to grant waivers in cases he deemed exceptional, most prominently to William J. Lynn III, an ex-Raytheon lobbyist he nominated as deputy defense secretary. Others were lobbyists more than two years ago, and therefore not covered by the Obama rules.

    Some who worked as lobbyists have found places in the administration, including Mark Patterson, who represented Goldman Sachs and is now chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner. William V. Corr, who lobbied for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, has been selected as deputy health and human services secretary.

    Obama advisers said that the exceptions were minimal given the thousands to be hired and that appointees would be barred from work on issues they lobbied on in the last two years. The exceptions, they said, were needed for particular skills and experience.

    Some advocates said the rules were still more significant than any previously imposed. “This is a direct attack on the culture of Washington and in an extremely powerful way,” said Fred Wertheimer, president of Democracy 21, an advocacy group.

    As for Mr. Daschle and Mr. Geithner, who also failed to pay some taxes, White House officials said the errors should not obscure their records. Mr. Obama “believes that both Secretary Geithner and Secretary-Designate Daschle are the right people for very important jobs,” said Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, “and he does not believe that that will undercut their ability to move forward on an agenda that makes sense for the American people.”

    That argument has drawn sharp criticism from left and right. “Is this really the message he wants to convey to voters in just his first month in office, a message that it’s O.K. to break or skirt the law just as long as you’re a good guy with a special skill set?” asked Andy Ostroy, a blogger writing on The Huffington Post, a liberal Web site.

    Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation, a liberal magazine, said Mr. Obama should withdraw Mr. Daschle’s nomination to “revive the change brand he campaigned and won on.”

    Mr. Obama is running into crosscurrents that bedeviled his predecessors. Jimmy Carter promised a new day in Washington after Watergate but still found top associates caught up in scandal. Bill Clinton promised “the most ethical administration in history” and then endured the most independent counsel investigations in history. Mr. Bush vowed a new era of responsibility only to be accused of selling out to energy and military industries.

    Jody Powell, who was Mr. Carter’s press secretary and later founded a prominent lobbying firm, said it was better to establish lofty goals that might not be met than to not have any at all.

    “If you set standards, you’re going to fall short on occasion and you’re going to have to compromise on occasion,” Mr. Powell said. “But you’re probably also going to get more done.”

  219. “Obama’s Pledge to Reform Ethics Faces an Early Test”

    ————————————–

    Talk about some very milked down reactions to today’s news about Daschle. Boy is the “media double standard” towards obama and Clinton alive and thriving!

  220. Clinton calls for ‘viable’ Palestinian state
    4 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (AFP) — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promised a sustained US diplomatic effort aimed at creating “an independent and viable” Palestinian state but renewed calls on Hamas to stop rocket fire.

    Clinton, who stood next to her special envoy George Mitchell after his return from his first trip to the Middle East, said he would return to the region before “the end of the month.”

    “We are looking to work with all parties to try to help them make progress toward a negotiated agreement that would end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians,” Clinton told a press conference.

    The chief US diplomat vowed to work with all the parties to “create an independent and viable (Palestinian) state in both the West Bank and Gaza, and provide Israel with the peace and security that it has sought.”

    She said: “We are going to work as hard as we can over what period of time is required.”

    Clinton reiterated the goals of the preceding administration of George W. Bush, who publicly called for the creation of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip living next to a secure Israel.

    She vowed to work with the Palestinian Authority of Mahmud Abbas, who was also supported by the Bush administration and which operates only in the West Bank after it was ousted from Gaza in June 2007 by its Islamist rival Hamas.

    Clinton renewed calls on the Islamist movement Hamas to stop the rocket fire on Israel, which prompted Israel to launch a three-week invasion on December 27 that ended January 18 in a fragile truce.

    “Our conditions with respect to Hamas have not and will not change,” Clinton told reporters as she stood next to returning Middle East envoy George Mitchell. “Hamas knows it must stop the rocket fire into Israel.”

    Israeli warplanes on Tuesday bombed smuggling tunnels on Gaza’s border with Egypt after the Jewish state warned of the “severest riposte” to rocket fire from the Hamas-run enclave, witnesses said.

    Clinton said Mitchell had returned from a week-long trip to Egypt, Israel, the West Bank, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, as the first part of “an ongoing high-level engagement on behalf of myself and the president” Barack Obama.

    “Senator Mitchell will be returning to the region before the end of the month,” the chief US diplomat said.

    She also spoke of the political uncertainty in Israel.

    She added that she is “looking forward to the results of the Israeli elections so that we can begin working with a new Israeli government.”

    Hawkish former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu remains in a strong position to regain the premiership in the February 10 election, an opinion poll said Monday, with his Likud party expected to win 28 seats against a current 12.

    A rightwing coalition headed by Netanyahu would comprise 68 seats, giving it a clear parliamentary majority, according to the survey.

    google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g2kWtVpxiMw6xPqDe-NsmFUfe_qw

    —————————————

    Hillary is getting the job done!

  221. The BBC Evening Live Program, on now, is skewering the transition, Obama promise to have an ethical WH, The fact that South Dakota Tom maybe could’ve stayed w/ a $200K tax problem while Ms Kiffel’s were only $900, and that BOOboo is having to use so much capital in less than 12 days.

    They are not amused, nor empathic, even in their Oxford accents.

  222. JanH

    Notice how AFP calls Hill “chief US Diplomat” and Mitchell “her special envoy?”

    Thats all we ask, MSM, R-E-S-P-E-C-T !

  223. Haha as we thought Daschle was about to bring a whole heap of trouble down on Obama.

    So much for that famous ethical administration and its vetting.

    I’m laughing at the fact thats another of Obama’s turds has been kicked and Obama was only today backing him to the hilt, now he looks like a total dick.

  224. Emjay,

    This puts paid to the NYT’s slant that Hillary would just be a figurehead with nothing important to do.

  225. I mean its amazing, has anyone elses cabinet been this messed up at only 12 days in.

    I mean, his cabinet is looking like a den of thieves, I hope Hillary wears a flap jacket at the cabinet meetings for the knives that are gonna be hurled.

    That cabinet is looking like a mafia gangland meet.

  226. emjay,

    ROTF!

    I ALmost wish i lived in CA so i could do that! 😉

    ‘A lady called into a radio show this morning and said she was going to send her CA IOU to the IRS to pay her Federal taxes, along w/ a personal check for the balance.’

  227. Ok, whats your bet on the real story on Daschle here, why bail now when he looked set to be confirmed, something else obviously found out and the WH wants nothing to do with it.

    This looks like fun.

    Obama couldnt organize an orgy in a whorehouse.

  228. Haha, i only just saw, double blow, Nancy Killifer is also out on her ass as she withdraws after tax evasion story.

    This is looking like a riot of laughs.

    The whole thing is hilarious.

  229. From NYT – I’m loving the air hiss out of the bots balloon.

    Below is a comment that appeared below the NYT editorial asking Daschle to step aside. This comment, BTW, received the most “recommendations” from other readers:

    “This is just disgraceful. President Obama, as a 19-year old student who campaigned for you, this is a true letdown.

    Why should Tom Daschle, who has extensive ties to the health care industry and can’t pay his taxes, be appointed to such an important position? (Not to mention Mr. Geithner, who shouldn’t have been brought in either.)

    Why can’t the American people have a government that at least admits its errors and moves in the right direction? Most people would be fined heavily or thrown in jail for the “honest mistakes” these two idiots made.

    There has to be other qualified people out there – if not, then we’re already done for.

    The country voted for change – you’re bringing the same with these two.

    — Steven Springer, Parma Heights, Ohio”

  230. Obama couldnt organize an orgy in a whorehouse.
    ————————–
    Nor could he manage a whorehouse in a gold rush

  231. # moononpluto Says:
    February 3rd, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    I mean its amazing, has anyone elses cabinet been this messed up at only 12 days in.

    I mean, his cabinet is looking like a den of thieves, I hope Hillary wears a flap jacket at the cabinet meetings for the knives that are gonna be hurled.

    That cabinet is looking like a mafia gangland meet.
    ************
    And there is perhaps the the biggest crook of all..Ray LaHood

  232. Im glad that daschle is out ..the gossip in south dakota is calling him crook cheat and LIAR today…His reputation is not good at all…

    Now do you suppose that obama picked these people without knowing anything about them….he has not been in Washigton that long no expierewnce,,so he can keep the press and the American people off his bad dealings..and you know lott of Americans do not know this man…Hillary had more votes than him…

    Obamas problems..with acts of fraud
    House deal, birth certificate ,fraud at the cacuses giving him delegates from michigan when he took his name off the Ballott and Florida, TOM Daschle stronged arm delegates to go with Babbmi.I bet daschle payed delegates.maybe the new york times should do that piece on him….Howard dean and the DNC was fraudulent along with harry reid and nancy pelosi.His pay to play in the primarys paying people off to endorse him..where is Obamas tax crap…..and god knows what else…He is not really a legal president ..He should be disqualified..
    For the will of the American people ..

  233. call Headline news ..he wants to know your thought on daschle and who is doing the vetting …he said it looks bad its the station nancy grace is on

  234. God, The DU website is besides itself that Obama is getting a kicking from all sides on Daschle, Killifer, Richardson, Pelosi. Well you asses put him in there, so suck it up.

    Its quite fun to watch.

  235. djia posted an article just before 1 pm re the FEMA response to the tragedy in KY – this was part of it:

    …[KY Gov] spokesman, Jay Blanton, acknowledged that people in the state were frustrated.

    “People always want things yesterday, but this was a massive emergency,” he said. “The challenge for everybody is that the storm knocked a blow to our communications infrastructure. It was very difficult in the early stages to get a clear sense of the scope of the problem.”
    ————————————————–
    I have a suggestion – Get to a place that did have electricity (over 35% of KY homes and businesses) and turn on the Weather Channel, CNN Weather or check in on your computer.

    Then you would have known what we knew by Friday morning – – – you boob.

  236. Can we expect another, Leon Panetta’s confirmation sidelined twice now and rumour is he is being evasive about papers.

  237. This person (stupid, stupid person) will soon find out that 0bama is not the lone virgin he claims to be in the whorehouse.

    ————————-

    # moononpluto Says:
    February 3rd, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    From NYT – I’m loving the air hiss out of the bots balloon.

    Below is a comment that appeared below the NYT editorial asking Daschle to step aside. This comment, BTW, received the most “recommendations” from other readers:

    “This is just disgraceful. President Obama, as a 19-year old student who campaigned for you, this is a true letdown.

    Why should Tom Daschle, who has extensive ties to the health care industry and can’t pay his taxes, be appointed to such an important position? (Not to mention Mr. Geithner, who shouldn’t have been brought in either.)

    Why can’t the American people have a government that at least admits its errors and moves in the right direction? Most people would be fined heavily or thrown in jail for the “honest mistakes” these two idiots made.

    There has to be other qualified people out there – if not, then we’re already done for.

    The country voted for change – you’re bringing the same with these two.

    — Steven Springer, Parma Heights, Ohio”

  238. skimming the channells ..oMgsoh Mathtews at meessnbc ..just asked claire m..about daschle..she said i give him a pat on the back…for stepping aside she said he was a good man …what a spin lol..and then matthews spews about howard dean to be hhhs becasue he is a medical doctor..that doesnt qualify hiom to be HHs really cMathws is dumb journalist and should never be taken seriously..ever never…

    let make sure we vote all these nonsense people out of office in 2010
    we need to get started..and make a list ..msnbc in cohoots with these liberals..cmaskill…charlie rangle …chris dodd …kerry…pelosi ..reid..
    vote them all out…we need New leaders..with expierence and the future for OUR KIDS..they are looting America..

  239. I don’t know if I’m just paranoid but something about this post from NQ struck a nerve with me. Anyone else think there’s a thread of truth in it?

    ‘I think Obama is doing all this on purpose. He is selecting certain people with disqualifications no matter how little, once he does that, he uses his media influence to bring them to light, and destroy them politically.
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    It will be interesting to see what the point of all this is in the end. I don’t think its gonna be very pretty.

  240. basill all on purpose yepp..i thought of that too…destroy people ..might be truth..its will be interesting..and your right not very pretty..he is going on a media blitz interview thing tonight babmi.is.

  241. basil says:

    can’t help thinking that HRC KNEW this was gonna happen with BHO’s picks
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    “HELL HATH NO FURRY LIKE A WOMAN SCORNED”

    I can’t help but wonder if some how a clintonite helped these FOOLS to be exposed and set up to be thrown under the bus LMAO!!!

  242. on mybarackobama .com..is he suppose to still have a website for presdient organizing for America ..and selling tshirts 08 and crap on that site..where is all that money going to if he is making money on it..

  243. MEME to obama:

    TIME TO GET UNDER THE BUS NOW!!!

    WHEN THE NYT IS WRITING UNFAVORABLY TOWARDS YOU (IN LESS THAN 12 DAYS)

    THE HONEYMOON IS OFFICIALLY OVER!!!

    ROTFLMAO!!!!!!

  244. djia, I have wondered the same thing – how big are Hill and Bill’s grins re all this…and if something on their behalf helped it along – I can’t help but hope so. According to the news, “Obama had said he “absolutely” stood by Daschle” but we all knew that absolutely only meant as long as it is convenient for me.

  245. djia, the NYT is not done with its Obama lovefest. I’m sure they’ll have a wonderful, complimentary article tomorrow to make up for today.

  246. WASHINGTON – The Senate voted Tuesday to give a tax break to new car buyers, setting aside bipartisan concerns over the size of an economic stimulus bill with a price tag approaching $900 billion. The vote was 71-26 to allow many car buyers to claim an income tax deduction for the cost of automobile sales taxes and interest payments on car loans.

    Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., said the plan would aid the beleaguered automobile industry as well as create jobs at a time the economy is losing them at a rapid rate. “I believe we can help by getting the consumer into the showroom,” she said.

    The provision was attached to the economic stimulus bill at the heart of President Barack Obama’s economic recovery plan and is subject to change or even elimination as the measure makes its way toward final passage.

    Democratic leaders have pledged to have the bill ready for his signature by mid-month.

    Earlier in the day, the Senate turned back a proposal to add $25 billion for public works projects, a rejection engineered by Republicans critical of the bill’s size and voicing skepticism of its ability to create jobs.

    Democratic leaders conceded they may soon be obliged to cut billions of dollars from the measure. “It goes without saying if it’s going to pass in the Senate, it has to be bipartisan,” said Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the second-ranking Democratic leader, adding that rank-and-file lawmakers in both parties want the bill’s cost reduced.

    One Democrat, Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, said he hoped for reductions “in the tens of billions of dollars.”

    The developments unfolded as more companies announced job layoffs — including 5,800 at PNC Financial Services Group. In another sign of economic weakness, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation predicted the cost of bank failures will exceed its estimate from last fall and urged lawmakers to more than triple the agency’s line of credit with the Treasury Department to $100 billion from the current $30 billion.

    Mikulski’s office put the cost of the tax break she sponsored at $11 billion for one year. It would apply to the first $49,500 in the price of a new car purchased between last Nov. 12 and Dec. 31, 2009. Individuals with incomes of up to $125,000 and couples earnings as much as $250,000 could qualify, including those who do not itemize their deductions.

    Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, sought unsuccessfully to derail the proposal, saying it would only increase consumer debt in a time of recession and adding that there were other provisions in the legislation to help the auto industry. But the 71 votes in support were far more than the 60 needed for passage.

    Earlier, the vote to add $25 billion for new construction on highways, mass transit and water treatment facilities failed 58-38, two short of the 60-vote majority needed for passage.

    Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., argued the increase would quickly translate into jobs.

    “Our highways are jammed. People go to work in gridlock,” Feinstein said in arguing for the proposal.

    But Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., countered, “We can’t add to the size of this bill. … The amount is just inconceivable to most people.”

    The stimulus bill remains a work in progress, following last week’s party-line vote in the House and an Oval Office meeting on Monday in which Obama and Democratic leaders discussed ways to reach across party lines.

    Republicans are expected to seek a vote later in the week on a plan to inject the government into the mortgage industry in an attempt to drive down the cost of mortgages to as low as 4 percent. Democrats treaded carefully on the proposal, saying they would consider it but also claiming the $300 billion Republicans allocated would not come close to accommodating the demand.

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    news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090203/ap_on_go_co/congress_stimulus

    I wonder, if this will drive up the price of a car?

  247. NewMexicoFan Says:
    February 3rd, 2009 at 10:13 am

    I had the priviledge of driving Hillary’s Mother at a campagin stop in Iowa.
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    Hey NMF

    Where were you working?

  248. And there is perhaps the the biggest crook of all..Ray LaHood
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    SHV: can we then assume that he lives up to his name?

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