Pocket Change

As Obama plods along with his government funded schemes to save hiimself and Dimocrats in the 2010 and 2012 elections, serious people have asked serious questions and come up with silly answers.

As Obama stumbled in the dark, his big ears cupped in radar search of celestial choirs, serious people asked “Will Obama Mobilize His Millions?” In other words, “Where Are the Hopium Addled Addicts and What are They Doing?”

We’ll answer those questions. We’ll begin with first principles. In any discussion about Obama

Real Democrats and Real Progressives should keep first principles in mind:

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

In our first post-election analysis “Big Media Elects Its Stooge” we stated:

Obama kool-aid drinkers will swagger in confidence and proclaim themselves winners. But they will soon learn they are not part of the “we” in “we won”. Americans who, battered by years of Bush and his myriad disasters, cast aside their doubts about Obama in desperate hope for “change” will also discover they are not part of the “we” of “we won”.

Sports teams that decide to abandon the city of their triumph (think Brooklyn Dodgers) do not bother to look back to the city that nurtured them. The fans who deliriously shouted “We’re #1″ after a triumphal season at that point learn that it wasn’t “we” but rather the business owners of the franchise who are the winners. That, in short, is the Obama franchise history that is about to be repeated. Big Media won.

Need we once again repeat the Obama history of betrayal?

Obama no longer says “We won.” It is now “I won.”

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The Hopium addled addicts in their Hopium Dens are now abandoned. Obama has thrown them under the bus too.

Sad little Hopium addicts – they know they have been abandoned as the flim-flam “Music Man” wanders off in search of new victims to bamboozle and canoodle.

Over where the orange sulfur burns, the Hopium addicts walked into walls knowing daddy isn’t coming back.

Tuesday night I was on a conference call with Organizing For America, what the Obama campaign structure has morphed into since the campaign. I, along with thousands of other former Obama campaign volunteers, expected to get our marching orders, told who we should telephone, e-mail, visit, blog about – whatever it took to get the best possible stimulus legislation out of Congress.

But that didn’t happen. Instead, we heard about house parties for the weekend and future conference calls. Building blocks for the future – yes. But action for the here and now? No.

Sad little creatures, they are under the bus, still saluting. They try to understand why the man at the wheel of the bus so resembles their Mess-iah. Still, they salute, and hope. The miserable have no other medicine But only hope.

There is no way Obama will allow his minions to actually grab political power and give direction to him. True, Obama set up a corral for his prancing ponies. But the organization Obama Anonymous Organizing for America is a slaughter house. OA is not a place for political wannabees to set themselves up to challenge Obama when the Hopium wears off and they discover the Doctor wants to kill the monster.

We do excuse the Hopium addled, they don’t know better. But some should know better yet still making excuses for Obama instead of accepting the obvious: Obama can’t be trusted.

David Corn makes excuses and acts stupid:

On Friday morning, I asked, “Will Obama mobilize his millions?” By that, I meant would he activate the 13 million or so Americans who had signed up with his campaign in order to pass the stimulus bill. Organizing for America, the spin-off of the Obama presidential campaign, is holding house parties on the weekend to discuss the recovery package. But Obama has yet truly to unleash his supporters. His push for the economic bill has not had much of a grassroots component.

On Friday afternoon, I was able to ask White House press secretary Robert Gibbs about this. First, I inquired if President Obama wanted the folks attending the weekend house meetings to pressure members of Congress to support the stimulus bill. (As of this writing, the bill, which had passed the House, was heading toward a vote in the Senate. After that, the two versions will have be reconciled and a final version approved by both chambers.) Gibbs replied with something of a platitudinous reply, noting that the president always encourages citizens to be involved in their government. [snip]

Why hasn’t the Obama White House already directly engaged its supporters in this fight? After all, Obama has repeatedly said this is the number-one priority of his administration. Perhaps Obama aides initially thought that it would not be necessary to call in its troops. If so, that was a miscalculation on at least two counts. First, it does seem that Obama will have to show some political muscle to get this bill all the way through Congress. Second, whether or not the Obama White House needed its supporters to win this thing, it would have been smart for the White House to have involved its backers in its first–and most important–initiative. That would give these people a sense of ownership. And what could be a better way of keeping those millions (and others) engaged than by scoring a victory in a significant policy and political battle? (Now, it’s on to health care, everybody!)

Corn does not go to the obvious: Obama does not want a rival power center to emerge when his supporters wake up and realize they have been scammed.

Obama can’t be trusted, but Corn and others who should know better, won’t speak this simple fact.

The answer is staring Corn right in the face, he even mentions it, but he refuses to accept that he has been completely bamboozled by Obama. Obama can’t be trusted.

An expert on politics and technology told me that s/he suspects that Rahm Emanuel and others at the White House are just not that into grassroots politics.

Poor David Corn still protects Obama and blames the staff. It’s Obama, David. Obama is the problem. Obama wants his worshippers to worship and not become a problem political force – so they too go under the bus.

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It’s dangerous for Obama when former supporters wake up and realize Obama can’t be trusted. The mother of James McDaniels has woken up. She refused to even listen to Obama. She would not go to the White House to see Obama. Her daughter, another Obama supporter, wants Obama impeached. “Not even a month” and Mrs. mcDaniels is disappointed. “Not even a month” and Mrs. McDaniels thinks she made a “wrong decision“. She should not have cast her vote for Obama. Obama can’t be trusted.




Obama cant’ be trusted. Obama can’t be trusted by friend nor foe. The Obama friends are beginning to find out Obama can’t be trusted.

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109 thoughts on “Pocket Change

  1. Obama Anonymous is a bust:

    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/227/story/61724.html

    Few supporters are answering President Barack Obama’s call for nationwide house-party gatherings this weekend to build grass-roots support for his economic stimulus plan.

    A McClatchy survey of sign-up rosters for a score of cities across the country revealed only 34 committed attendees in Tacoma, Wash., as of midafternoon Friday; in Fort Worth, Texas, only 54, and in Sacramento, Calif., just 78.

    “Before the election, we would have had 500 to 800,” said Kim Mack, 46, a Sacramento city-facility manager who’s hosted house parties for political figures and causes since the mid-’90s.

    Even in Washington, policy-wonk capital of the nation, only about 500 people had signed up. [snip]

    “I remain interested in the idea of house parties, but only if they result in something,” said Leslie Ries, 41, a University of Maryland ecologist with two infants at home who’d volunteered for Obama but is sitting out house parties. “I mean, do we develop a position paper and send it in or what?”

  2. Here’s a GREAT laugh. Tyrants are always in big trouble when the giggling starts.
    Friday, February 6, 2009
    Mark Steyn: Obama mythology could use some stimulus
    Far from walking on water, president seems all at sea.
    Syndicated columnist
    In The Washington Post, E.J. Dionne tried to break it gently to us:

    “No occupant of the White House has ever been able to walk on water.”

    Yeah, sure, no previousoccupant of the White House has been able to walk on water – your Eisenhowers and Roosevelts, your Chester Arthurs and Grover Clevelands and whatnot. But Barack didn’t run as just another of those squaresville losers. He was gonna heal the planet and lower the oceans. So, even if he couldn’t walk on water, he should at least be able to paddle in it. “He is a community organizer like Jesus was,” said Susan Sarandon, “and now we’re a community, and he can organize us.”

    So how’s that going? Jesus took a handful of loaves and two fish and fed 5,000 people. Barack wants to take a trillion pieces of pork and feed it to a handful of Democratic Party interest groups. Jesus picked twelve disciples. Barack seems to have gone more for one of those “Dirty Dozen” caper-movie lineups, where the mission is so perilous and so audacious that only the scuzziest lowlifes recruited from every waterfront dive have any chance of pulling it off. The ends justify the mean SOBs: “Indispensable Tim” Geithner, wanted in 12 jurisdictions for claiming his kid’s summer camp as a business expense, is the only guy with the savvy to crack the code of the U.S. economy. Tom “Home, James!” Daschle is the ruthless backseat driver who can figure out how to steer the rusting gurney of U.S. health care through the corridors of power. Charles Bronson is the hardbitten psycho ex-con who can’t go straight but knows how to turn around the Department of the Interior.

    And, of course, there’s the lovable dough-faced shnook in the front office, Robert “Fall Guy” Gibbs. He didn’t do nuthin’ wrong, but, when seven nominees die in a grisly shootout with a Taxable Benefit Swat Team in the alley behind the Senate, he makes the mistake of looking sweaty and shifty answering routine questions.

    A president doesn’t have to be able to walk on water. But he does have to choose the right crew for the ship, especially if he’s planning on spending most of his time at the captain’s table, schmoozing the celebrity guests with a lot of deep thoughts about “hope” and “change.” Far worse than his Cabinet picks was President Obama’s decision to make the “stimulus” racket the all-but-sole-priority of his first month and then outsource the project to Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank and Harry Reid.

    Appearing on “The Rush Limbaugh Show” last week, I got a little muddled over two adjoining newspaper clippings – one on the stimulus, the other on those octuplets in California – and for a brief moment the two stories converged. Everyone’s hammering that mom – she’s divorced, unemployed, living in a small house with parents who have a million bucks’ worth of debt, and she’s already got six kids. So she has in vitro fertilization to have eight more. But isn’t that exactly what the Feds have done? Last fall, they gave birth to $850 billion of bailout they couldn’t afford and didn’t have enough time to keep an eye on, and now, four months later, they’re going to do it all over again, but this time they want trillionuplets. Barney and Nancy represent the in vitro fertilization of the federal budget. And it’s the taxpayers who’ll get stuck with the diapers.

    Those supporters who were wary of touting Obama as the walk-on-water Messiah did their best to lower expectations by hailing him merely as the new FDR. You remember the old FDR – “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” Ha! With the new New Deal, we have everything to fear. As President Obama warned Tuesday, “A failure to act, and act now, will turn crisis into a catastrophe.” If you’re of those moonstruck Obammysoxers still driving around with the “HOPE, NOT FEAR” bumper stickers, please note that, due to an unfortunate proofreading error at the printing plant, certain nouns in that phrase may have become accidentally transposed.

    As it happens, the best way to ensure catastrophe is to “act now.” It would be nice if the world could all prance along in regimented unison like the Radio City Changettes. But, alas, the foreigners made the mistake of actually reading the “stimulus” bill, and the protectionist measures buried on page 739 subsection XII(d) ended, instantly, the Obama honeymoon overseas. The European Union has threatened a trade war. Up in Canada, provincial premiers called it “a march to insanity.” Wait a minute, I thought the Obama era was meant to be the retreat from insanity, a blessed return to multilateral transnational harmony.

    As longtime readers will know, I’m all in favor of flipping the bird to the global community. But at least, when Rummy was doing his shtick about “Old Europe,” he did it intentionally. To cheese off the foreigners entirely accidentally before you’ve even had your first black-tie banquet is quite an accomplishment. Protectionism is serious business to the Continentals. Oh, to be sure, if the swaggering unilateralist Yank cowboy invades some Third World basket-case they’ll seize on it as an opportunity for some cheap moral posturing. But in the end they don’t much care one way or the other. Plunging the planet into global depression, on the other hand, is an entirely different matter.

    The bloated nonstimulus and the undertaxed nominees are part of the same story. I’m with Tom Daschle: I understand why he had no desire to toss another six-figure sum into the great sucking maw of the federal Treasury. Who knows better than a senator who’s voted for every tax increase to cross his desk that all this dough is entirely wasted? Tom and Tim Geithner and Charlie Rangel and all the rest are right: They can do more good with the money than the United States government can. I only wish they followed the logic of their behavior and recognized that what works for them would also work for every other citizen. Instead, they insist that the sole solution to our woes is a record-setting wasteful government spending spree.

    Maybe it’s time for President Obama to come out and give one of his big hopey-changey speeches. It’s been a few weeks now, and I kinda miss them. You know – “We are the change we’ve been waiting for.” “We have nothing to hope for but hope itself.” “Ask not what your hope can change for you, ask what you can hope for your change.” Etc.

    But I wonder if the old songs from last month’s hit parade would play as well today. On Wednesday, Salon headlined a story on Obama: “The New Great Communicator … Isn’t.” Oh, dear. It’s early days yet, but the gulf between the rhetoric and the reality, between the audacity of hope and the reality of pork, yawns ever wider. Right now, it’s the Obama mythology that urgently needs some stimulus. Some of us never expected him to walk on water. But we didn’t think he’d be all at sea taking on quite so much of it after a mere two weeks.

    ©MARK STEYN

  3. Democrats take control of Obama’s ‘Web.org’
    DNC aims to nourish Internet-based organization that helped elect him

    RENTON, Wash. – The gathering Friday night in Daryl Berry’s house in this suburban city 20 miles south of Seattle was both a dozen people sitting around talking in a den and a history-making political event.

    The talkfest, one of some 3,000 taking place this weekend at houses, churches and coffee shops across the country, marked the first time that the Democratic National Committee has summoned the supporters of President Barack Obama using the Web-based tactics that got him elected.

    “I hope to sign the recovery plan into law in the next few weeks,” Obama said last week in an e-mail invitation to the meetings sent to the roughly 13 million people on his 2008 campaign list. “But I need your help to spread the word and build support.”

    To build a wall between Obama’s White House and the political organization he built, the mailing list and his Web site, BarackObama.com, are now maintained by the DNC. Beginning with this weekend’s meetings, the DNC is hoping to use the Internet-initiated gatherings that helped propel him to the White House to build grassroots support for his initiatives and, before long, to assist Democratic candidates in upcoming elections. The idea is similar to the “Meetups” strategy employed by Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign and the grassroots organizing that liberal groups such as Moveon.org have been doing for years.

    The two-hour meeting at Berry’s house in Renton showed just how unpredictable these gatherings can be, as what happens is largely determined by the individual personality and preoccupations of the host. That means Obama and the DNC are depending on people they do not know and who aren’t accountable to them.

    Berry, a mathematician and data mining consultant with the didactic lecturing style of a college professor, made it clear at the start that his main goal for the evening was to deliver a PowerPoint presentation on the necessity for a national government-administered medical insurance system, not talk about the economic stimulus legislation that is currently at the center of political wrangling in the Senate.

    The Obama movement, Berry said, had changed American politics. “We’re going to force politicians to do what we want now. We’re the lobbyists. We’re going to make it happen,” he told his guests, who sat in folding chairs and intermittently snacked on chicken nuggets and sipping the soda or beer provided by Berry.

    snip

    Berry did not spend much time discussing the economic stimulus bills currently before Congress, although at one point he cited New York Times columnist and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman in arguing that a $700 billion or $800 billion bill was too small to jump-start the ailing economy.

    Before Berry’s lecture on national health insurance, the assembled Obama supporters — all middle-aged and at least three of them unemployed — engaged in free-wheeling discussion that rambled from immigration to the cost of political campaigns to rationing of medical care.

    The conversation took a few strange turns. Daniel Caulfield, a statistician who recently lost his job at Washington Mutual, said of the recession: “We deserved it. We actually need the recession.” Without such an economic correction, he said, unlimited economic growth would encourage global overpopulation.

    The meeting took place in the congressional district of Rep. Dave Reichert, a Republican who voted against the Democratic stimulus plan last week in the House.

    Reichert had tough races in 2006 and 2008 against Democrat Darcy Burner, and his vote against the stimulus will likely be an issue in next year’s election. At least two of those attending Berry’s meeting said they had worked as volunteers on Burner’s unsuccessful 2008 campaign.

    snip

    Berry did not spend much time discussing the economic stimulus bills currently before Congress, although at one point he cited New York Times columnist and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman in arguing that a $700 billion or $800 billion bill was too small to jump-start the ailing economy.

    Before Berry’s lecture on national health insurance, the assembled Obama supporters — all middle-aged and at least three of them unemployed — engaged in free-wheeling discussion that rambled from immigration to the cost of political campaigns to rationing of medical care.

    The conversation took a few strange turns. Daniel Caulfield, a statistician who recently lost his job at Washington Mutual, said of the recession: “We deserved it. We actually need the recession.” Without such an economic correction, he said, unlimited economic growth would encourage global overpopulation.

    The meeting took place in the congressional district of Rep. Dave Reichert, a Republican who voted against the Democratic stimulus plan last week in the House.

    Reichert had tough races in 2006 and 2008 against Democrat Darcy Burner, and his vote against the stimulus will likely be an issue in next year’s election. At least two of those attending Berry’s meeting said they had worked as volunteers on Burner’s unsuccessful 2008 campaign.

    “I kind of like the guy,” said Rebecca Teeters, who came from the nearby city of Kent. “Environmentally he’s done some good things. But I was really disappointed he didn’t go along with the president on the stimulus.”

    If these meetings are intended to influence members of Congress, would a member such as Reichert listen to these people, many of whom have voted against him and worked to defeat him and will likely vote against him again next year?

    Berry’s group, at least, was not a representative sample of the electorate. There were no Republicans on hand, which prompted one attendee, Victor Eskenazi, to ask, “Are there many Republicans who are partaking in these meetings?”

    Even if they are not, the Democrats in attendance said they hoped Republicans would back Obama. Maxon said he hoped the stimulus bill gets some bipartisan support “because if it doesn’t, I think you’re looking at four years of us versus them. I’m really hoping to see a change from that.”

    Before the PowerPoint presentation, the group in Berry’s den watched a DNC-produced video in which the party chairman, Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia, urged them to “advocate for the stimulus plan” because “we have to have people to go to bat for the plan.”

    snip

    DNC: Meetings more informational than political
    But DNC spokesman Damien LaVera said the purpose of the gatherings was not to spur people to call on members of Congress to vote for the stimulus legislation. Instead, he said, it was to explain what the plan means for each town, city and congressional district. “It’s not about getting 3,000 people to get 30 of their friends to call their member of Congress,” he said.

    Part of the DNC’s success in past few years has come from building a new national voter file. This weekend’s attendees who aren’t already in the DNC file will have their names and e-mail addresses added to that list.

    In addition to trying to build support for Obama’s initiatives, the DNC will shift gears late this year or early next year and turn the house-party attendees into part of its campaign apparatus for 2010 campaigns, when all the House members and many of the senators who vote against Obama’s plan will be on the ballot

    Joe Trippi, a pioneer of Internet-based campaign tactics who managed the Dean campaign, called this weekend’s meetings part of a historic advance comparable to the first Wright Brothers flight.

    “This is the first time an administration is trying to use these tools (as were used in the Dean campaign) to affect its agenda, just as the Kennedy administration was the first to really understand and use television,” Trippi said. “Because they are pioneers, like the Wright Brothers, I think they’ll make their share of mistakes.”

    He added, “The only question I have is putting this under the DNC umbrella, when they’re talking about bipartisanship and trying to stop being polarizing.” Trippi wondered whether the DNC sponsorship might, “start to trigger more partisanship, instead of citizens getting together to rally around the president. I worry about it becoming inadvertently more partisan than administration wants.”

    But he added, “The intention is good. I hope it works.”

    for the rest:

    msnbc.msn.com/id/29069515/page/2/

  4. “There is no way Obama will allow his minions to actually grab political power and give direction to him. True, Obama set up a corral for his prancing ponies. But the organization Obama Anonymous Organizing for America is a slaughter house. OA is not a place for political wannabees to set themselves up to challenge Obama when the Hopium wears off and they discover the Doctor wants to kill the monster. ”
    Ouch!!!
    Another great post! Hillaryis44 is always my first stop of the day. Thanks for putting it all in perspective. First principles, yes…Obama can’t be trusted…

  5. Admin: Another great post!

    Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

    The senate is working this weekend, and BO is walking among the trees at Camp David, and planning his indoor basketball court. Yeah, he has his priorities straight. Some leader! He is definitely AWOL.

  6. The last two articles have had some excellent posts esp. Admin as usual and Wbboei with whom I find so much to agree with (I also love Laura Tyson who was great in Davos at the global debate) and from both of whom I learn so much.

    I listened to some rerun of Obama saying what provisions in the bill he would insist on. There weren’t that many and they were mostly defensible (He’s nuts for weatherizing homes which is debatable as the best use but not ridiculous). He was then asked why the rest was in there and he basically said that the Dems weren’t all that out of control considering their large majority. How pathetic is that! He was telling us that the chronic shoplifters hadn’t taken everything in the store — they had left the underwear and clothes hangers.

    He didn’t, however, defend the other expenditures.

  7. Great post, Admin!

    I guess obama is an equal opportunity disappointment. If all works out to plan, maybe the bots will impeach their own and we can just sit back and watch.

  8. Let’s try a little logic, Dems.

    O tells us that we must act NOW or we’ll have a catastrophe. So why do we have spending that won’t occur till 2010, 2011 or later?

    Let’s eliminate spending that would occur after 6/2010, the fiscal year, and then in 6 months, fter seeing the state of the economy, the effectiveness of the spending etc, we can add more, or less, or nothing.

    The markets will not react badly if they know that there will be more if needed. They won’t get the extra spending any sooner either way..

  9. Blue: what you posted above may be the best piece of political satire I have ever read. And of course it has the added advantage of being true.

  10. I’ve been meaning to say this for months. Those of you, like me, who are older than mud will remember a Republican primary appearance in 1980, in which a Rep. exec ordered Reagan’s mike cut and Reagan responded with, “I am paying for this mike!!!” The press oohed and aahed at the take-charge candidate and Reagan won a big victory a week or two later in NH.

    He was the anointed one in the press. Nobody wrote however, that Reagan’s mike wasn’t cut off, enabling him to make this grandstand play, nor did they note that he said EXACTLY what Spencer Tracy had said in State of the Union when he too played a presidential candidate. The press is easily manipulated as Mike Deaver discovered.

    This time the press, esp. Bob Schieffer, oohed and aahed at the fabulous Obama slogan, “Yes we can!” Somebody might have noted that it could have been borrowed from Sammy Davis Jr.’s book, Yes I Can.

    I am still waiting for Obama to come up with something original. Just because the press thinks that his thinking is new or original or unusually perceptive only means that the press is historically deficient and logic-impaired..

  11. Imagine the shock and dismay when that mother (and other relatives) found out that the perps who were responsible for the deaths of their loved ones would be off the hook. The numbness, has to be as much from her total support of BHO as anything. So…we always said this never was a racial thing – our complete disdain for BHO. But for the 96% who supported him unabashedly – surely, SURELY incidents like this have got to make them sit up and take notice.

    I’d vote for Michael Steele tomorrow for PREZ, and I’m not even a Republican. If the AA community thinks that BHO represents THEIR interests – they’re in for a complete 360 in the coming days ahead. The USS Cole is just the tip of the iceberg.

  12. On Obama appointees

    Sat, Feb 07, 2009

    Letters to the Editor

    Tax evaders, apply here:

    First Tim Geithner’s tax problems come to light, but he’s confirmed as treasury secretary in spite of them. Then we learn Tom Daschle has made the same honest mistake, followed by revelations that yet another of President Barack Obama’s appointees hasn’t paid her taxes.

    Finally I understand why Democrats have no problem increasing taxes on the wealthy. They don’t pay taxes themselves, so it doesn’t matter to them how high taxes go.

    *Michael Barnard, Plano

    Beware the others in power:

    Of the president’s nominees who require confirmation to hold office, three have had tax problems and one is being investigated by a grand jury.
    It seems like an unacceptable number for a new administration that has touted transparency and culture change. We should be equally concerned about all of the high-level appointees who don’t require congressional confirmation. The public will never know what may lurk in their respective backgrounds.

    *Bob Grimes, Dallas

    What about that change?

    Some 30 years ago, my wife and I had an income tax obligation of $3,000 that we could not pay because, frankly, we were poor. The IRS attached my wife’s wages and threatened to take our modest home for payment, plus penalty and interest.

    It was necessary to mortgage everything we owned at an obscene interest rate to satisfy this monster and take our chances at providing for our three children.

    Timothy Geithner? Tom Daschle? Charlie Rangel? This must be the change we were promised.

    *David Gray, Grand Prairie

    CPAs on commission:

    It has finally dawned on me why Democratic congressmen don’t mind raising the income tax rates. They just don’t bother to pay the taxes unless they are appointed to the president’s staff.

    What is truly amazing is that the new president doesn’t seem to think it is a big deal. He certainly admonished the vice president when he joked about the chief justice’s memory, but not paying taxes was just a foolish mistake.
    Here is a suggestion to raise both revenue and help the unemployment numbers. Hire about 10 recently laid off CPAs and let them work for the IRS on a commission basis. Let them audit everyone making over $100,000 per year in the federal government and keep half of what they find. That would be the rare win-win situation.

    *Martin Waller, Garland

    A precedent has been set:

    President Barack Obama tells the press he screwed up on the Tom Daschle pick. I realize Obama is new at this, but you’d think one of his advisers would have told him that presidential protocol allows him the luxury of waiting up to eight years to admit any sort of lapse in judgment.

    *Mark Stidham, Sherman

    dallasmorningviewsblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2009/02/on-obama-appoin.html

  13. right on admin its all pocket change form BO..even though i kinda of like mike huckabee..he has every dem rep on his site to contact and do not let this bill pass…we will live on the streets… he thinks like i do..Mike hucakbee.. BO is trying to put us on the streets..i ve always said it from along time ago… to BO I believe his scare tactics should be stopped….this bill has water slides in it..such nonsense so that means everyone better bunker down and starve and prepare to live on the streets…if it passes..we are doomed
    this is like hitler i have a friend who lived those days ..and they were on the streets when hitler invaded there home in holland..and her sister never made it..to this day she is 77 ..and boy does she keep her eye on that BO..her thoughts to me were he is becoming more socialistic as the days pass..

    yeah who can trust a president when he puts tax cheats in his admin…I dont think he screwed up he knows daschle and he thought he could slide him in just like how he got in..

  14. The nation’s economy is in the worst condition it has been since the 30’s and only a fool would think that it will fix itself without government intervention. Conservatives are using this as an excuse to instill more idiotic tax cuts while the dems see it as an opportunity to get their front feet in the trough. Neither will help us. All the while, Beloved Leader glides above it, leaving the tacky details to others. He disports himself as an utter narcissist – with an almost animal selfishness – while ordinary mortals struggle to keep jobs and feed families. Surely it must come to pass that more and more ordinary folks get the message that Barry is solely in favor of “Numero Uno”, that people can’t pay tuition bills with “Hope”, that more and more are getting pissed off at this comedy. The day of reckoning is ahead and it it sooner that you may think.

  15. I find it difficult to empathize with the Obama wannabes. Even those who initially were against Obama but subjugated themselves to him because he is now their president and they feel a sense of “we lost” and “he won”, so in their mind’s eye, he won the contest and, well, thats it, game over.

    I feel no such thing. We need to stick to reality even at the risk of losing friends as a consequence. That is, if you’re strong enough to stand up to being unpopular with your blogging peers when in the end popularity isn’t an end goal thats going to get you where you need to be to survive this period in history.

    I want to thank Admin for always providing a steadying hand for being there for us when so many voices are pulling us in many directions because their end game revolves around jealousy, control and nothing more than blog hits when they should actually be thinking about learning more or retiring.

    {{hugs}} Admin-

  16. Why is Bank of America giving 2 million dollars to ACORN?

    Everyone that has money with Bank of America should withdraw it and put it in another bank immediately.
    ___

    Is that true? Forget about whether its for Acorn or not – what is Bank of America doing going money to ANY organization when they are asking for yet more bailout money! They shouldn’t be allowed to give money out until they pay back all the bailout dollars.

    As for it being Acorn: Is it being laundered through Bank of America from the gov’t?

    read this on a blog over on fox it was gretas had to look to see wherre i seen this above..lol..
    them dirty rats.. ..

  17. Well, here is another piece of news:

    Official: Sebelius near top for health post

    WASHINGTON – Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius was very near the top of President Barack Obama’s list of candidates to head the Health and Human Services Department, a senior administration official said Saturday.

    The source, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss private administration deliberations, said no decision was imminent. But the official added the former Kansas insurance commissioner was rising as Obama considers prospective candidates.

    Sebelius would be Obama’s second choice for the slot. Former Sen. Tom Daschle had to withdraw his name amid an admission he had not paid taxes on a car and driver since leaving Congress as a Democratic leader.

    White House spokesman Reid Cherlin on Saturday said no decision had been made.

    Sebelius was an early Obama supporter, picking his presidential campaign over that of Hillary Rodham Clinton, now the secretary of state. Sebelius worked tirelessly for Obama’s bid and was a top surrogate to women’s groups.

    Advocacy groups like the consumer watchdog role 60-year-old Sebelius played as insurance commissioner for eight years before she became governor.

    Her name had been floated for several Cabinet posts, but she announced in early December that she had removed herself from consideration from a Cabinet job, citing Kansas’ budget problems that needed her attention.

    The two-term governor remains popular in her state and comes from a strong political family. Her father, John Gilligan, was the governor of Ohio in the early 1970s. She also advised Obama’s campaign on how to connect with women, especially after Republicans picked Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as their vice presidential nominee.

    Sebelius was in town last week to give a pair of speeches, one on clean energy jobs and the other at the National Education Association. She also met at the Ritz Carlton hotel with Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett.

    Sebelius’ trip was planned before Daschle bowed out as nominee for HHS secretary as a result of fallout from about $140,000 in back taxes and interest he paid last month.

    Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen also was on Obama’s list to run the nation’s massive health programs. Already, though, some advocacy groups were lining up to oppose the Democratic governor.

    He remains under consideration, the senior official said.

    news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090208/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/hhs_sebelius

  18. Fixing to pull my money out of the huge bank that took over bank I have used, and go to some Mom-and-Pop who are FDIC insured. Refuse to be be bit player in the dismantling of America. Although I represent chump change in the big scheme of things – I’m with CJ – time for everyone with a conscience to pull their money out and stop doing business with ANY company in bed with Obama. Banks, large corporations, etc. I will only deal with small business from now on. It may cost more…therefore, I may not can afford it….so that will mean I just don’t need it.

    Boy, I’m sounding more and more like my Grandpa as time marches on. The Old Timers had it right. As far as all this “greening” goes – just a new term to put on old-fashioned good common sense. Ready to move back out to nearby rural setting where raised right here in Texas and construct a very small abode with a dogtrot in the middle. Keep it simple. Again, the settlers knew how to build structures, which direction to angle, and at what juncture to take advantage of wind direction and climatic changes – we only need to look backward, in every sense of the word to find our answers, folks. Clear as a bell for me.

    Wow, guess I’m really evolving into a true survivalist. No trespassing and all.

  19. February 7, 2009, 5:36 pm
    What the centrists have wrought
    I’m still working on the numbers, but I’ve gotten a fair number of requests for comment on the Senate version of the stimulus.

    The short answer: to appease the centrists, a plan that was already too small and too focused on ineffective tax cuts has been made significantly smaller, and even more focused on tax cuts.

    According to the CBO’s estimates, we’re facing an output shortfall of almost 14% of GDP over the next two years, or around $2 trillion. Others, such as Goldman Sachs, are even more pessimistic. So the original $800 billion plan was too small, especially because a substantial share consisted of tax cuts that probably would have added little to demand. The plan should have been at least 50% larger.

    Now the centrists have shaved off $86 billion in spending — much of it among the most effective and most needed parts of the plan. In particular, aid to state governments, which are in desperate straits, is both fast — because it prevents spending cuts rather than having to start up new projects — and effective, because it would in fact be spent; plus state and local governments are cutting back on essentials, so the social value of this spending would be high. But in the name of mighty centrism, $40 billion of that aid has been cut out.

    My first cut says that the changes to the Senate bill will ensure that we have at least 600,000 fewer Americans employed over the next two years.

    The real question now is whether Obama will be able to come back for more once it’s clear that the plan is way inadequate. My guess is no. This is really, really bad.

    krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/

  20. BOA has been doing business w/ACORN since the 90’s. Affordable housing and community projects. ACORN’s original mission was, I believe, begun in good faith. It’s the people, such as Ayers and Harris that have perverted the entity to be used as a means to their own ends that remains a problem.

    I haven’t heard a murmur regarding any investigations continuing into the management of the operation or another word about Ayers. The last I remember is when Lindsey Graham complained just before the election/first Bail-Out to have the millions going to ACORN removed from the package.

  21. You can read Biden’s statements here talking himself up to try and steal Hillary’s Thunder.

    Hillary is beloved and maintains the Trust of every world leader that has come within her view as SOS.

    Biden is making a fool of himself appearing to be the nexus of Foreign Policy.

    talkingpointsmemo.com/news/2009/02/wrapup_1-biden_vows_break_with_bush_era_foreign_po.php

  22. Forgive me for restating the obvious
    But are my elected officials really going to rush through a 600 page so called stimulas package before the working electorate has a chance to evaluate it. Almost a trillion dollars and fine point to infinity and they want to do it less than 2 weeks. Absolutely insane.

  23. Friday’s front page of the Pitssburgh obama post gazette.
    Two stories about cutbacks in state budget. Museums and the other art institutions as well as the children’s hospital of PGH not getting less than 500k. The author failed to mention that the Childrens Hospital in Pittsburgh is a part of UPMC which is a multibillion dollar institution. Which pays zero taxes and in fact gets state subsidies. Propaganda again.

  24. In a down economy how does it stimulate the economy to subsidize art forms which are unaffordable to the masses? 60 bucks a ticket for an opera times 4 is 240. If your answer is they stimulate the local economy. So does NASCAR and wrestling so lets give them a piece of the pie at least those who attend the events would be getting something back for thier buck.

  25. WP column:
    Barack seems to have gone more for one of those “Dirty Dozen” caper-movie lineups, where the mission is so perilous and so audacious that only the scuzziest lowlifes recruited from every waterfront dive have any chance of pulling it off.

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

    So who is Hillary? Miss Kitty? Melina Mercouri? More like the prestigious lady in Firefly/Serenity maybe.

  26. And museums, well I have seen enough to know that the curators are not so different than the CEO’s who experienced lavish expenses on the taxpayers dollar. Let those who get so much esteem for throwing down a few bucks and having their name attached to a wing here and there stand up and be counted now and take responsibility to provide the children with the opportunity to attend a museum. After all in most places where individuals are esteemed as philanthropists it was on the backs of their great grandparents whose labor built thier wealth.

  27. Wow, Henry, when did you become a Republican? I thought you used to take your daughter to the zoo. You know, lots of people work at cultural centers for minimum wage. Libraries have a lot of private funding but they are closing left and right this year, which is really a shame, ’cause when people have no money they go to the library, check out books instead of buying them, use the internet there instead of at home, check out videos, etc. When recessions hit people stop going on vacations and instead spend their money locally, going to museums and zoos, and then maybe lunch at a local restaurant. It’s assbackstupid not to fund cultural centers in a recession. The problem with the stim isn’t the state and locality funding, it’s the lack of any long-reaching programs that will actually transform the economy, like high-speed rail. it’s not that they should not have given states the emergency funds, it’s that there also should have been a health funding of projects that transform the economy, and no ineffective tax cut. there is one tax cut that would have stimulated the economy, a payroll tax holiday. But, no, they went with ineffectual and stupid. I mean, a tax credit for buying cars? Stoopid. They didn’t even make it for green cars. nope, any car will do. Meaning they are prompting people to take on debt in a down economy with cars that are not even part of an energy plan. The housing credits are another stupid idea. They are again foolishly enticing Americans to hedge on housing in a down economy when housing prices haven’t even reached the floor. Then there is the “clean coal” boondoggle for Illinois. Another stupid spending idea. But museums? That’s pocket change and is actually stimulative.

  28. Hire about 10 recently laid off CPAs and let them work for the IRS on a commission basis. Let them audit everyone making over $100,000 per year in the federal government and keep half of what they find. That would be the rare win-win situation.

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

    Fine. Remember when the GOP tried to impeach Bill Clinton over a blow job, and the only prosecutors they could find were worse adulterers themselves?

    Uncover everyone’s tax problems. If you find any one without fault, hire him first. Then get on with hiring the tax evaders who can do the damn jobs (and are at least earning the money honestly, unlike Daschle and, probably, Richardson).

  29. mj
    I am not republican. And she is not my daughter but my grand niece. And every single day I worry about the world in that awaits her. I agree with you about libraries in fact I used a gift card that I rec’d las Christmas to buy copies of Living History and gave them to a library and then as my boom boom is so smitten by stories of princesses I bought her and others and libraries copies of learning to fly. I have no money and a little thing fell into my lap but I cannot comprehend any of your defenses for bambi when i think about the future of my chicky chicky boom boom.
    Going to piss you off with this but I think the need for PBS has expired.
    get mad at me for that if you will but lets keep it civil so we can get used to the expansion of the fairness doctrine to the internet.

  30. This has nothing to do with Obama. My God, do you think Hillary would not be giving states any funds? Obama didn’t even write the bill. he just said I want 40% in tax cuts, here are the tax cuts I want, now spend the rest how you want. If it were Hillary, she would have provided emergency funds for states, BUT she would have made sure the funds were used in connection w/federal priorities. For example, if you need funds to repair infrastructure, then you must use it to REPAIR infrastructure, not pay for new, useless highways, AND she would have had some long-term spending projects in there as well, like high-speed rail. But, some things would have overlapped. For example, i do think there would be some money to keep cultural centers going, AND libraries(for which I see no funding for thus far).

  31. towndown
    well next year apparently my entire medical history will be available to any doctor I visit? Hmmm? What about making every check I deposit just as available. Might save the IRS some time.
    PS I agree with allowing your medical history but am vehemently against everything I have told to my doctor being just as a vailable as a credit score.

    Think about it if I thought I might have an addiction problem would I be hesitant to have it treated as it would be on my record forever. And forget about illegals cooking our food and cleaning homes. DUMB IDEA!!!!

  32. mj
    If obama is somehow not a criminal to you why do you continue to post here?
    I can find nothing to respect about the man. You made mention of the importance of libraries, so where was are his contributions to anything but himself. No journalist even questionned how he was able to afford rent in NYC and Chicago while he was suppossedly down and out? Where are the twentysomethings who would have been mentored by him by his time doing community service.
    By the way if ya read book and don’t want it to die on your shelf give it to your library.

  33. Obama isn’t King. There are three equal branches of Government. Congress appropriates money. I don’t know what you are talking about. The world isn’t going to just stand still for the next 4-8 years.

  34. mj
    just want to let you know that you can provide your local library with a copy of Learning to Fly a kids book for less than 20 incliding shipping. Go to Amazon. It is our responsibility to do more than cast a vote. When you scream scream out loud.

  35. mj
    please as you strike me as someone who comes to his defense at every turn, can you please please tell him that his not king, but merely the jester!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  36. mj
    high speed rail?
    from where to where?
    Amtraks most successful venture is NY to DC and it is only less of a failure because it caters to a very few.
    The LIRR is a mess’
    In a perfect world striving for more persons to commute by rail would actually serve very few cities.

  37. OOPS
    got into it with mj I am sure I am not the first

    but she made me think about libraries and taking all of those books we have accumulated that will never be read again. Hey when a body catches a body coming through the rye

  38. mj, you are wrong when you say “this has nothing to do with Obama” and you are wrong when you imply Hillary would be doing the same things as Obama.

    As to Hillary, whatever she would have done for the economy we know she could have been trusted. We still would have scrutinized Hillary proposals even if we do trust her. We do not worship. Obama can’t be trusted – that is a fundamental point. We do suspect Hillary would have proposed a coordinated program to benefit the economy not a massive spend bill that ignored our precarious financial situation and potential real emergency expenditures such as attacks or disasters.

    We do not know exactly what she would have proposed (she did propose a Home Loan Ownership Corporation which probably might have been in a Hillary package but we can’t say that for sure) but it would have been an economic program to help the economy not a political program to save Dimocrats. We, nor you, know what Hillary would have proposed so let’s not pretend we do know. Throwing money in haphazard fashion does not help the economy – it hurts the economy – it causes dislocations and benefits the worse policies not the best policies.

    As to Obama, wish lists and delusion are not our stock in trade. Obama can’t be trusted. Obama has proposed a huge waste of money. Simply because there is this or that distribution of money which should be looked on favorably does not mean the “stimulus” bill is anything but a crock. As an economic program there is nothing there. The “stimulus” is a sugar rush intended to keep Dimocrats in office in 2010. Eventually the economy will suffer from the “sugar rush” political program.

    There is a difference, a big difference, between what we need and what we want. Dimocrats are fighting to get money for what they want to create the golden future of their dreams. Watching Dimocrats today is like watching Republicans under Bush. The Republicans and the neocons also lived in a candy cane world and they went about creating their golden future which has turned into a nightmare for all of us. Now Dimocrats want to spend and spend and spend on their dreams.

    Of course Dimocrats say their dreams are for good not like those mean Republicans. But what they are actually doing is betting the rent money on horse races. The United States is no longer a money machine. We are in debt, growing massive deficits, and planning to spend even more. Common sense would tell anyone that there is something wrong with this picture but still Dimocrats insist that giving money to crackpot Obama schemes to pay off bum businesses and rotten state governments is OK because you can trust that flashy uncle you have not seen in years with the rent money.

    Obama can’t be trusted and the “stimulus” bill is a political payoff scheme that hurts the economy.

  39. mj
    hope I wasn;t to harsh
    stand by everything I said but see where you are coming from after reading 1.10 am post.

  40. henry,

    I haven’t been talking about medical history but I tend to agree with you. If there’s a conflict with one doctor, I don’t want that doctor’s side of the story following me around when I shop for a new doctor. Might depend on just how much money could be saved by having centralized records, though. The information may follow us around already, just more slowly and expensively.

  41. turn
    begins there but do you want your waiter or cook being afraid to go the doctor for a hep related desease. I am 42 and gay and HIV free but does my next employer need to know that? I Just worry about children and the sharing of all info about health will eventually go to risk of stigmatization?

  42. turn
    yes under the current proposal if I went for any test it would be available. So if I am a young person who might have a treatable disease might I hesitate if I know it will follow me the rest of my life. Let alone if the medical communmity has to throw it all into a database which would result in deportation

  43. Okay
    this one is for admin
    all of the people screaming against gay marriage other than the right to inherit without tax don;t care but it just occurred to me what about citizenship for same sex cooples. Has that been an issue?

  44. Admin
    out of curiosity has there ever been a case in which a citizen of the us has claimed marriage with a person from another country which was acknowledged the right and how have the US courts responded. I am just a little bored and would like a little reading.

  45. mj,

    Obama is a slimy lounge lizard con man. However Hillary did not become a bad person just because he appointed her to the cabinet, and he did not appoint her because she was a bad person.

    Imo if we attack every person who got appointed, we will be attacking some friends of of the Clintons, good capable people.

    If I seem to defend the new administration, I’m not defending Obama. For some reason some good people got appointed. I’m defending them. (I suspect the Clintons are pulling some strings, they got the “Clinton Restoration” cabinet in, and they are going to try to do some good things even if the slimpy puppet Obama is out front pretending to be The Decider.)

    Maybe I’m over optomistic. Maybe I’m in denial. But Socrates’ wager. If there is such a Restoration Conspiracy going, then I want to help it. By badmouthing the old Clinton people, I could hurt their chances to do some important stuff, like avert disaster. Otoh, if the RC is an illusion, what am I losing by not badmouthing them? There’s plenty to bash Obama with, which doesn’t hamper people who may still be good guys.

  46. (Okay, apparently a sentence inside parenthesis doesn’t get caught.) Maybe I’m in moderation for calling Obama a slimy lounge lizard con man?

  47. Henry, as you know the federal government does not recognize same-sex marriage and the Feds are the ones who control citizenship questions and our borders. We do recall a case of a U.S. citizen who wanted his same-sex marriage recognized and his partner let into the country but that went nowhere. There are several other similar cases but they pretty much all go nowhere.

    This from the American Immigration Center:

    http://www.us-immigration.com/information/immigration_tutorial/family_based.html

    Can a gay marriage (even in a state where these are legal) be the basis for a Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, for purposes of immigration? For the purposes of immigration, a marriage’s validity is a question of Federal law, not of State law. In 1996, Congress clarified the Federal law concerning recognition of marriage by enacting the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Pub. L. No. 104-199, 110 Stat. 2419 (1996). The DOMA contains a statutory definition of “marriage,” and of the related term, “spouse.” Pursuant to the DOMA, in order for a relationship to qualify as a marriage for purposes of Federal law, one partner must be a man, and the other must be a woman. This definition applies to the construction of any Act of Congress and to any Federal regulation. The USCIS (United States Citizenship & Immigration Service Agency) must, therefore, administer the Immigration and Nationality Act in light of the DOMA, and cannot recognize the validity of any same sex marriage.

    There are ways to get around the issue, possibly this one:

    http://www.immigrationequality.org/template.php?pageid=3

    In 1994 former Attorney General Janet Reno decided that a Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) case, Matter of Toboso-Alfonso would be considered precedent, meaning that the BIA, Immigration Judges, and asylum officers had to follow its ruling in the future. Toboso-Alfonso recognized persecution based on sexual orientation as a potential ground upon which to apply for asylum, paving the way for many successful asylum applications on this ground thereafter. Since then there have also been some (though much fewer in number) non-precedential cases granting asylum based on transgender identity as well as some cases (also fewer in number) granting asylum based on HIV status.

    Here is a real life answer, although we are not sure if this is a bait site (looks like a scam site to us with the purpose being to drum up business):

    http://www.justanswer.com/questions/19qws-asking-regards-gay-marriage

  48. Admin
    My brother who is one of those guys who worked very very very hard to get to six figures is a centrist and he thinks you are Bill Clinton. When I say he worked very hard I mean it. Fifteen years ago he quit a managemnt job flat out cause they were not providing security for thier emplyees. Broke with a kid he delivered newspapers while working a full time job. Paid off I hope

  49. Admin
    While I am in moderation I must say I think another big issue is inheritence. A straight couple can be married for 3 seconds and pay no tax on an estate, but a gay couple can spend 30 years together and have to pay upto 50% taxes.

  50. Henry, spam filters are working overtime and annoying. They do as they please automatically – just like the walking into walls Hopium addled. 🙂

  51. henry,

    I was just complaining about being in moderation (for the first time except for legit things like links or smileys). So you’re not alone.

    Admin isn’t Bill Clinton, not his style. Someone like Ann Lewis, insider, late middle age. Cross between Lauren Bacall in that women’s heist movie, and Beatrice Lillly in “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”

    Or a committee of such women.
    They kick off their high heels, drink martinis, smoke in long cigarette holders….

    Bless them!

  52. didn’t someone out admin during the primary. young male in New York City?

    I personally don’t care who admin is. They, he, she does a wonderful job.

  53. I recommend you check this out:

    …Majority Leader Reid, we ask that you publish the full legislative text of the compromise immediately, and furthermore, to delay any vote on the bill for at least five days following publication. The American public deserves time to read and understand the substance of this critical legislation, and to express their views to their Senators.

    Mr. President, you have pledged that once legislation is passed by Congress, it will be placed online for public review for five days before your signature. In the same spirit, we ask you to add your voice to those encouraging Majority Leader Reid to publish this compromise bill and to allow time for public review during the critical period before the Senate votes.

    The American public is watching, and we hope that you both will take these crucial steps to allow citizens to fully understand and participate in the workings of their government.

    slash slash readthestimulus.org/openletter_020709.php

  54. I believe that the Senate is almost filled with prima donnas (there a few exceptions but just enough to prove the rule). They are almost all rich which is OK except they think that limiting execs to $500,000 is an unworkable hardship.

    They are almost all in bed with big business and can’t bring themselves to suggest that monopolies, megamergers and acquisitions may be unhealthy. So they listen to ‘experts’ explain about vertical and horizontal mergers, congeneric and conglomerate mergers, accretive and dilutive mergers, and nod wisely. Who makes up this nonsense and gives them advice? Investment banks.

    In the grand tradition of the nude Emperor, nobody asks how the consumer benefits when that bank gets a multi-million fee and execs get enormous golden parachutes. It is as if those huge sums don’t affect the bottom line. It’s the new math. We can drain money from a company, make corporate raiders rich and it’ll be just peachy.

    If you have trouble with these concepts, we will be happy to sneer that you don’t get it because you are liberal, conservative, communist, or fascist.

    While I cheer the Repubs in trying to take out the more egregious boondoggles, I’m not at all sure that they are improving this bill. Somebody has to teach them all to work well together, and to listen to each other which doesn’t seem to be happening.

    I’m very afraid that we are the new Palestinians and we can’t miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

  55. Good morning Henry!

    {{hugs}}

    Thanks for saying everything i wanna say to BHO worshippers.

    btw, EVERYONE,

    Anyonele else think it’s odd that of the 4 repub women senators 2 agreed to back BHO’s plan?

    Of the 17 women senators 13 are dem, 4 repub. Half of the repub women went over to the dark side.

  56. A BHO critiques from the UK.

    America — what have you done? The Spectator (UK)’s Melanie Phillips wrote yesterday “it has taken precisely two weeks for the illusion that brought him to power to be exposed for the nonsense that it so obviously was.”

    Despite the fact that he came to power promising to ‘ban all earmarks’, his ‘stimulus’ bill represents billions of dollars of special-interest tax breaks, giveaways and protections — which have nothing to do with kick-starting the economy and everything to do with favouring pet Democrat causes.

    He has been appointing one tax dodger, lobbyist and wheeler-dealer after another. […] In foreign policy, Obama has started by trashing his own country through grossly misrepresenting its history and grovelling to America’s enemies such as Iran, which has flicked him aside with undiluted contempt. He has gratuitously upset America’s ally India by suggesting that America should muscle in and resolve the Kashmir question.

    Then Phillips gets down to the nitty gritty, the most disturbing matter obvious only to those who understand what is — and has been — the agenda all along:

    Obama’s radical roots in the neo-Marxist, nihilist politics of Saul Alinsky, it is the undermining of America’s fundamental values that is likely to be this President’s most strategically important goal. I have also suggested that, since this agenda is promoted through stealth politics which gull the credulous middle-classes while destroying the ground upon which they are standing, his second-tier appointments should be closely scrutinised.

    Finally, Phillips directs our attention to the Unprez’s reaction to the mayhem he has caused in two short weeks in the Oval:

    And how did the 44th President react to the growing public dismay over the mess he was making? He threw his toys out of the pram — or perhaps that should read, he got into the pram. For he fled the scene of the disaster and sought the company of seven year-olds instead. […]

    Tired of being President – after two weeks!

    Tax cheats, pork-barrel politics, ancillary child abuse, incompetence, chaos, treachery and infantilism. America – what have you done?!

  57. I found these Lincoln quotes an several blogs today and thought those (like me) who didn’t know them might be inspired, too.

    “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and
    lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

    “Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be
    maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.”

    “The people will save their government, if the government itself
    will allow them.”

    Abraham Lincoln

  58. ROTF!

    Found this on another blog;

    “Bed Bath and Beyond is now offering the Obama “Historic Moment” commemorative plate at 50% off (I’m not kidding). And he’s only been in office 2 weeks.” HT to Tom in Paine

  59. mp,

    I’ll bet that buying up all those plates as an economic ‘stimulus’ is earmarked in the current bill!

    💡 Why not hire people to buy and smash the plates? that would create jobs!

    👿

  60. WTF??!! Oliar is eyeing Phil Bredesen for Sec. Of Health and Human Services?!

    Keep your grubby mitts off my GOV, Bambi!!! 😡

  61. Electronic Medical Records

    I have been reading the posts this morning. I guess I thought this system would save a lot of money for the medical community. I also thought Hillary was a supporter of it. I have a friend that has several medical problems, and they thought it would be of benefit to have those recordsw accessable, no matter where they went.

    I guess on privacy, would the person involve not have to give permission to share those records?

    I am kind of uneducated on this issue, but I thought it was a cost saver, and a good one.

  62. FINALLY WE CAN READ THE STIMULUS!!!!

    readthestimulus.org

    this was posted on Michelle Malcolm sight late last night

  63. a little comic relief from a poster at traitor-taylor-marsh’s blog…

    “I just lost my hopefulness that somehow this would work out.”

  64. IF I WERE A JOURNALIST AND COULD SEE WHAT HAS BECOME OF MY PROFESSION AND WANTED TO PRESERVE MY OWN INTEGRITY IN THE MIDST OF ITS PUBLIC FALL FROM GRACE THEN I WOULD ABANDON THIS HOPIUM NARRATIVE IMMEDIATELY AND STOP MAKING EXCUSES FOR HIM.

    IN A TIME OF CRISIS THE LAST THING WE NEED IS A LAP DOG PRESS.

    I WOULD START ASKING THE HARD QUESTIONS I HAD BEEN AVOIDING UNTIL NOW BECAUSE OF HOPIUM, LAZINESS AND COWARDICE. IT IS EASY TO GO ALONG WITH THE HERD, BUT NOT WHEN THE HERD IS MARCHING US OFF THE SIDE OF A CLIFF. RIGHT DAVID GERGEN, MICHAEL TUBIN AND OTHERS WHO WISH TO BE THOUGHT OF AS CREDIBLE BUT LOST THEIR WAY.

    ALSO, I WOULD CONSIDER THE POSSIBILTY THAT THE CONTRARIAN VIEWPOINT WHICH ADMIN HAS BEEN PRESENTING IN THIS COLUMN FOR NEARLY TWO YEARS, WHICH IS STARTING TO CROP UP IN THE FOREIGN PRESS IS THE TRUTH. I WOULD STUDY OBAMAS PATHETIC ATTEMPTS TO GOVERN THIS COUNTRY THROUGH HOT AIR PLATITUDES, PHOTO OPS AND SMOOZING AND WONDER IF THERE IS ANYTHING THERE.

  65. SCHMOOZING.

    On a different note, I encountered a faux computer virus yesterday which you may wish to be aware of. You go to a site and you get a pop up which says YOUR COMPUTER HAS BEEN INFECTED. 327 TROJANS AND 2 WORMS. THEN YOU GET A POP UP THAT SAYS 360 ANTI VIRUS DOWNLOAD IMMEDIATELY. IF YOU HAVE “NORTON” 360 ANTI VIRUS THIS LOOKS LIKE THE REAL MCCOY. YOU PUSH THE DOWNLOAD BUTTON AND IT DITHERS FOR AWHILE AND IT SAYS THE FREE VERSION CANNOT BE DOWNLOADED. IT THEN INSTRUCTS YOU TO PURCHASE THE PRODUCT.

    That was as far as I took it before contacting Norton. They offer you a website cure or help from a technician for a fee. I selected the latter and spoke to a lady in India. She told me they are getting many many calls over this one right now. It is a spyware program which is aimed at securing your credit card information. She removed it and told me there is a website called safeware.norton.com where you can type the name of a website into and it will tell you whether it is safe.

  66. February 8, 2009, 11:35 AM

    McCain: Stimulus Bill Is “Generational Theft”

    In his sixty-eighth appearance on Face The Nation, Senator John McCain called the stimulus bill heading towards a Senate vote this week “generational theft,” and said he could not support the package as-is because of the debt it would create for America.

    When asked by host Bob Schieffer if he would support the stimulus plan, the senator replied, “I can’t Bob. I can’t because I think it is the greatest transfer of not only spending but authority and responsibility to government.”

    He added, “I think it has policy changes in it which are fundamentally bad for America. For example, their ‘Buy America’ provision: that’s protectionism, and that did not work in any time in our history.

    “But most of all because I think this can only be described as generational theft.”

    McCain said that the Senate version of the package (which, even after some pruning by Republicans and Democrats, currently stands at $827 billion) would lead to a $1.2 trillion budget deficit, which he said marks only the beginning of a greater downward spiral. “We are going to amass the largest debt in the history of this country and we are going to ask our kids and grandkids to pay for it,” he said.

    “I know America needs a stimulus,” McCain admitted, “but this is not it.”

    cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/02/08/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry4783514.shtml

  67. wbboei, good information. I had to clean my laptop last week because of a similar rogue spyware. The popup generally has a message that looks authentic as if it were from a secure s/w vendor and even if you click to kill the popup, it will still download it. The lesson is be careful of the sites you visit (and if you see a popup like that you may be able to avoid it by disconnecting from the network immediately. Installing adblock and flashblock software may also help.)

  68. # alcina Says:
    February 8th, 2009 at 10:50 am

    a little comic relief from a poster at traitor-taylor-marsh’s blog…

    “I just lost my hopefulness that somehow this would work out.”
    *************
    The comment section at “TalkLeft” is in full revolt.

  69. As for all the back-and-forth banter here the past several hours, it is safe to say that the orchestrated conspiracy to steal the election from Blue Dog Hillary via caucuses, ACORN, the Chicago Combine, all financed by Soros was to usher in this New World Order. As this slowly dawned on us, aided in huge (almost 100%) due to the genius and insight of Admin, then PUMA (a little too late) we saw this entire current scenario playing out in our crystal balls over a year ago, right after the Iowa caucus. For the past several years, unknown to us mortals – the FIX WAS IN. The mysterious murder of Donald Young right before Iowa, the trumped up charges by Beau Biden against Larry Sinclair after his revelations, the uncovering of the lack of COLB and the millions spent by BHO lawyers to prevent judges (including Supreme Court) to pursue, revelation that Frank Marshall Davis father, not mentor – all of the behind-the-scene stories that not even credible journalists dare approach – including Fox, lets you know the blackmail and coup d’etat we find ourselves smack dab in the middle of…..No use to try to blame HRC for any of this debacle…we’re just lucky she’s out of the Senate, therefore this albatross can’t be put on her head…and she (and Bill) will come as close as anyone to keeping us alive…maybe not employed…but alive. No words can describe the degree of contempt felt against the Dimocrats who have not only ruined our lives but destroyed our childrens futures. No reason, however, to take shots at HRC thinking we would be in this same mess under her watch…no way…no how…Even the Republicans know as much. After the train left the station and the GOP realized they may have stood a greater chance against HRC, due to the “race card” variable – it was all over but the crying. Literally. Don’t believe for a minute Rove wanted this, as much as the conspiracy theorists say he and Brazile orchestrated. Give me a break………never in a million years.

  70. FOR THOSE LIKE ME WHO ARE NEW TO POLITICS I POST THESE TWO ARTICLES:

    SCENARIOS: Here’s what happens next on U.S. stimulus package

    (Reuters) – Congress is weighing two versions of an economic stimulus package of tax cuts and spending programs that are aimed at pulling the U.S. economy out of its downward spiral.

    Here’s what is expected to happen next:

    * The Senate is expected to vote at about 5:30 p.m. EST on Monday to limit the debate on the stimulus package. Democrats, who control the Senate with 58 seats, need 60 votes to end debate and they have picked up support from at least three Republican senators.

    * The Senate on Tuesday is expected to vote on an amendment to slim down its version to roughly $827 billion from $937 billion. It is expected to pass with support from Republican Senators Susan Collins, Arlen Specter and Olympia Snowe.

    * If the Senate approves the legislation, likely to happen on Tuesday, it will need to be reconciled with the different version that passed the House of Representatives with a $819 billion price tag. A group of lawmakers from each chamber will be appointed by party leaders to resolve the differences.

    * Lawmakers will have to sort through scores of differences, from spending priorities to various tax cuts and incentives, a process that could take several days or longer.

    * Amid the votes and negotiations, President Barack Obama will travel to two cities hit hard by the ailing economy — Elkhart, Indiana on Monday and Fort Myers, Florida on Tuesday — to hold town meetings where he will try to build support for the stimulus package.

    * Once a compromise is reached between the lawmakers, the House and Senate would again have to vote on the final version before it could be sent to the president for his signature or veto.

    reuters.com/article/GCA-CreditCrisis/idUSTRE51712O20090208

    Summers warns that stimulus battle not yet over

    By STEVEN R. HURST – 58 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One of President Barack Obama’s top economic advisers forecast Sunday a difficult struggle with Congress over Senate cuts of $40 billion for state and local governments from the administration’s massive spending and tax cut package to stimulate the failing economy.

    The $827 billion Senate version of the plan — designed to bring the economy out of the worst downward spiral since the Great Depression — was expected to pass the Senate on Tuesday. The House had already passed its $819 billion version of the measure.

    Lawmakers were likely to begin reconciling those differences later this week, with Obama still pressing to have the stimulus measure on his desk for signing by mid-month.

    But without the infusion of federal money to state and local governments, the country may still face “a vicious cycle of layoffs, falling home values, lower property taxes, more layoffs,” said Lawrence Summers, chairman of the White House National Economic Council.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hEx3tiPJhZQLVqjNmHR_oP6FZMuwD967GQ0G0

  71. Thanks djia,

    ——————–
    curiosityhasme Says:

    February 8th, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    ——————————

    Excellent post!

  72. On the big spending programs, here is more ammunition in favor of education:

    “There are crucial areas, support for higher education, that are things that are in the House bill that are very, very important to the president.
    There’s no question — no question what we’ve got to do is go after support for education. And there are huge problems facing state and local governments, and that could lead to a vicious cycle of layoffs, falling home values, lower property taxes, more layoffs. And we’ve got to prevent that.”

    h…w’s stuff
    abcnews.go.com/ThisWeek/story?id=6830708&page=1

    Woops, that’s Summers speaking. Can’t have him in office, can we?

  73. dot48 Says: didn’t someone out admin during the primary. young male in New York City?

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

    Such a claim was made at Politico iirc, but I doubt it. Their young male let them take a picture of him with a computer in his lap rather than among banks of research. When confronted, he said “How did you find out?”; our admin would have much more cool than that, never admitting a thing.

  74. Geithner delays financial bailout plan to Tuesday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Treasury Department official says Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will unveil the Obama administration’s new framework to aid the financial sector on Tuesday.

    Geithner had been scheduled to announce the plan Monday.

    Treasury spokesman Isaac Baker said Sunday that the administration wants to spend Monday focused on the Senate’s effort to pass an economic recovery package.

    The Senate is expected to pass the $827 billion stimulus bill on Tuesday. The administration still faces difficulties reconciling the Senate bill and the House version that passed earlier.

    The financial plan that Geithner is expected to detail Tuesday will spell out how the administration intends to loosen credit by using the unspent money in a $700 billion bailout fund for banks and other financial institutions.

    google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iM7McDMtbtpwgfUyzvyZyzSXOOBgD967IHP00

  75. In the spam filter again I am
    want to say went to Macys and they have Obama shirts displayed.
    I broke my card in half to the manager at the store. but if ya wanna flex some muscle here is the link for macy’s at the bottom of the page it says tell us what you think.
    Oh but were it that I were a fly on the computer reading what all of you would write
    www1.macys.com/service/contactus/index.jsp

  76. Salary cap misses one Obama appointee

    Jim McElhatton (Sunday, February 8, 2009

    Weeks before the Treasury Department announced a half-million dollar salary cap for executives at companies taking federal aid, one of President Obama’s top political appointees reported a seven-figure compensation deal with one of the nation’s biggest recipients of bailout cash.

    Deputy Secretary of State Jacob Lew filed financial-disclosure papers last month showing he took home just under $1.1 million last year as a managing director at Citi Alternative Investments, a unit of Citigroup. So far, Citigroup has gotten $45 billion in federal bailout funds.

    Last week, Treasury announced rules to keep senior executives at some firms that get bailout money from earning more than $500,000. The cap won’t apply to Mr. Lew, however. It isn’t retroactive, and not all executives at companies taking bailout money are affected by the new rules, compensation specialists say.

    Mr. Obama promised to rein in big Wall Street paydays, especially at companies taking government bailout money. “For top executives to award themselves these kinds of compensation packages in the midst of this economic crisis is not only in bad taste — it’s a bad strategy — and I will not tolerate it,” Mr. Obama told reporters last week.

    The head of one government-watchdog group said Mr. Lew’s compensation deal, reported in a recent government ethics filing, appears to conflict with the spirit of Mr. Obama’s new pay rules. “If it’s in bad taste for those on Wall Street, then it’s bad taste for those leaving Wall Street, too,” said Melanie Sloan, executive director of the nonpartisan Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

    The White House did not comment when asked about Mr. Lew’s work for Citigroup. Through State Department spokesman Raphael Cook, Mr. Lew also declined to comment. And a Citigroup spokeswoman said she could not discuss personnel matters. According to Mr. Lew’s financial disclosure, filed at the U.S. Office of Ethics, he listed $1,099,999.99 in salary and discretionary cash from Citigroup, as well as between $250,001 and $500,000 in unvested, restricted Citigroup stock.

    Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is one of several big earners who have joined the Obama administration.
    He also reported being eligible for discretionary compensation and that he would receive it prior to becoming deputy secretary of state. A former director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Clinton, Mr. Lew was confirmed by the Senate on Jan. 28.

    Had the new pay rules been in place last year, specialists say Citigroup executives likely would have seen their pay cut, according to compensation specialists. “I think they certainly would have,” said Temple University accounting professor Steven Balsam, a specialist on executive compensation. “They were paying out huge amounts of money … and it backfired. All the while, they were getting bonuses.”

    It’s unclear what, if any, role Mr. Lew’s division, Citi Alternative Investments, played in Citigroup’s money troubles. He was chief operating officer and managing director at Citi Alternative, which, according to the company, has about 850 employees and $49.3 billion of capital under management as of Sept. 30. The division specializes in private equity, hedge funds, real estate and other investments.

    Raghuram Rajan, an economist at the University of Chicago, said Mr. Lew’s $1.1 million in compensation perhaps would be considered “relatively reasonable in normal times. But as you get into the downturn, we’re seeing questions about whether some of these salaries are reasonable once they’re bailed out by the government,” he said.

    Mr. Lew isn’t the only Obama appointee leaving the private sector with a six- or seven-figure compensation deal. Other big earners include:

    • Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who reported receiving more than $3 million from his last job as a partner at the D.C.-based law firm Covington & Burling.

    • Deputy Attorney General-nominee David Ogden reported $1.5 million from his partnership share from the WilmerHale law firm.

    • Defense Department General Counsel-nominee Jeh Johnson reported $2.6 million in partnership income from Paul, Weiss, Rifkin, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

    • Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Mary Schapiro reported $675,000 in deferred compensation as a board director at Kraft Foods, and $2.75 million through her former full-time job as chief executive of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

    washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/08/salary-caps-miss-some-big-earner-appointees/

  77. henry,

    You know I live in Canada. Imagine my shock when I walked through a mall and saw a huge painting of the false mesiah hung in the window of a once reputable high end restaurant. I wanted to scream!

  78. If I am right then a year from now it will be obvious that this bill was a mistake. It was insufficient, poorly targeted and did not solve the growing problem. Time, money and good will have all been squandered. And the misgiving expressed by the non partisan Congressional Office will be obvious, i.e. modest short term benefit long term crushing debt load.

    At that point, people may begin to realize the inescapable truth, namely that it was a fatal mistake for Mr. Obama to subcontract his bill for economic recovery to the likes of Pelosi and Reid. The result was two-fold. First, a bad bill. Second, a repudiation of his claim essential claim to leadership.
    It is important to remember that Mr. Obama’s entire claim to leadership rested on a single premise. It was not experience—he had never run so much as a hotdog stand in his life. It was not a proven results—he voted present 130 times and authored no significant legislation. His entire claim was about change. But with the collapse of so many of his cabinet appointees for corruption and now with a bill which turns out to be a piece of business as usual pork to his political supporters he is unmasked.

    The question may then be asked what would a true leader (like Hillary perhaps) have done under these circumstances. That is of course speculation, but I rather suspect it would have been something like this. She would have sent Emanuel in just a Bambi did to meet with Pelosi and carry the message. But when Pelosi rebuffed Emanuel and sent him packing she would have not blinked as Obama did but would have called Madam Speaker and Dirty Harry into the Oval Office and told them something along the following lines:

    I went Rham to see you and you disrespected him. He carried my message so when you disrespected him you also disrespected me. I want you to know Madam Speaker that I am not only the President of this country but the leader of this party and I am committed to solving the problems of this country.

    I want the two of you, and your lieutenants (Durbin, Stennie) to know that there are things I want to see in this bill, and others that I don’t want to see– like business as usual pork . . .

    I cannot afford to be seen as a proponent of business as usual. The trouble I have had with my cabinet appointees, conflict of interest, failure to pay taxes have undermined my image as a change agent. I cannot afford to have that happen.

    And so, my dear friends it comes down to this. I undertand the separtion of powers and the obligations you have to your respective bodies. But if you put me in a position where I am forced to choose between my claim to leadership of this country and vetoing a bill from my own party I do the latter. And if it comes down to that then I will see to it that you are replaced, and I will make no secret of why it happened. You need to get with the program now.

  79. JanH
    but Macys must be told now that what they are doing will not be tolerated!!!!!
    Women do the majority of shopping so scream and scream out loud.
    Would a fairness doctrine require that the same number of shirts depicting lets say Palin be a must.
    And talk about putting people out of work. Novelty t-shirts are usually sold by small vendors. As the shelf life is generally pretty brief. Everyone has a Macy’s card and I implore all to cancel based on this. They will hear us then!!!

  80. What scares me most about the May Department company’s endorsement of waffles is that it creates an aura of the fact that bambi is the ruler. It is propoganda. I find it scarey!!!
    So here again is the link
    www1.macys.com/service/contactus/index.jsp
    bottom of page it reads tell us what you think

  81. WASHINGTON (AP) — A Treasury Department official says Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will unveil the Obama administration’s new framework to aid the financial sector on Tuesday
    ——————–
    This is not an Administration bill. It is a bill which was written by the banks with the Administrations name on it. Guaranteed.

  82. henry,

    They have made this man into the new “Elvis Presley.” They don’t want a leader. They want a rock star who can rotate his hips and bring back “flower power.”

    They are printing books, posters, painting plates, gold coins, and all to commemorate the worst thing to happen to America in all of its history.

    But just remember, if everyone wants a piece of the pie, then it is going to be very lonely at the top for him. And when he falls, the knives will come out in droves.

  83. Why do I keep feeling, a sense of doom?
    ——————————–
    Because that is all the news is reporting. Except for irrational bambi hype which people of common sense realize is delusional.

  84. wbboei,

    He should be aware
    That their love affair
    Is too hot
    Not to cool down

    Maybe that’s why he’s appointing enemies, instead of fans who will collapse unexpectedly.

  85. But just remember, if everyone wants a piece of the pie, then it is going to be very lonely at the top for him. And when he falls, the knives will come out in droves.
    ———————
    Yes, a god that failed. But the good news is we no longer have to worry about racial discimination. We have moved past it as a culture. We no longer have to listen to people who demand reparations or preferential treatment. Just tell them that they got their guy, now they are equal and we have more pressing matters to deal with. Like gender discrimination which is alive and well thanks to Capus, MSNBC and others.

  86. wbboei,

    He should be aware
    That their love affair
    Is too hot
    Not to cool down

    Maybe that’s why he’s appointing enemies, instead of fans who will collapse unexpectedly.
    ———————-
    But they are still his choices ergo their failure tarnishes his leadership–he who told us he was a ceo who give direction but relied on quality people to handle the nitty gritty details which he was too preoccupied (meaning ignorant and impatient) to deal with.

  87. Barack Obama is a novice – and it shows
    After a rocky start, the new President knows he has to seize back the political agenda, says Toby Harnden.

    By Toby Harnden
    08 Feb 2009

    During last year’s epic election campaign, Hillary Clinton said that in the White House “there is no time for on-the-job training”. Joe Biden, too, remarked that the presidency was “not something that lends itself to on-the-job training”. Both were aiming barbs at their then primary opponent. Mrs Clinton has since brought what she would refer to as her “lifetime of experience” to the role of Secretary of State, while Mr Biden has traded 36 years in the Senate for the vice-presidency. And the rookie they derided is President.

    Now, the words of his former rivals are returning to haunt President Obama. After a distinctly rocky start to his presidency, he has admitted he “screwed up” and is returning to one thing in his political career that he has perfected – campaigning. In Elkhart, Indiana, today and Fort Myers, Florida, tomorrow, Mr Obama will try to seize back control of the political agenda with question-and-answer sessions with voters in two of the swing states that gave him victory.

    Already, however, he is struggling, and the product he is now selling is not himself but a near-trillion-dollar economic “stimulus” package loaded with pet Democratic spending projects that has awakened slumbering Republicans in Congress and is now supported by barely a third of Americans. In between the Indiana and Florida stops, he will return to the White House for a prime-time press conference in which he will appeal directly to citizens and seek to rekindle the magic of his campaign.

    Which President Obama will turn up remains to be seen. Last week, he began as a wide-eyed bystander buffeted by events as he lost his key confidant, Tom Daschle, amid an uproar over $128,000 in unpaid taxes for a chauffeur and limousine. Mr Obama and his advisers believed the oversight did not matter because the over-arching virtue of the new White House could not be doubted. He was wrong and seemed out of touch in believing that ordinary people would not notice the contrast between the practice of politics as usual and his campaign slogans against it.

    The White House is now in damage-control mode. After Robert Gibbs, Mr Obama’s spokesman, was lampooned by Jon Stewart on The Daily Show as a non-answering automaton in the mode of President George W Bush’s press secretaries, former campaign strategist David Axelrod was dispatched to television studios to make the stimulus case. However, this was tinkering around the edges.

    The American presidency is a platform without parallel, offering the incumbent a degree of instinctive deference and goodwill and a megaphone that will amplify his voice across 50 states and the world beyond. But it is also a lonely perch for the timid.

    In the early days of his presidency, Mr Obama has seemed passive and uncertain. Instead of drawing up his own economic stimulus bill, he sub-contracted the job to Democrats on Capitol Hill. They opted to spend money on projects for contraception and beautifying the National Mall – their doorstep – and gave Republicans an plenty of ammunition against the package.

    Slipped into the small print was a “Buy America” provision that sent shock waves through capitals from Brussels to Beijing and triggered fears of trade wars and a new American protectionism. It was hard for the President to defend a bill he perhaps didn’t fully support himself. He neither championed the package as imperfect but essential, nor sought to make meaningful changes to it. Instead, he attempted to charm Republican centrists with his own personality and the trappings of the White House by inviting them over for cocktails and a Super Bowl party. It didn’t work. Of 219 Republicans on Capitol Hill, only three voted for the bill. Introducing a $500,000 pay cap for some Wall Street executives was empty – and possibly counter-productive – populism.

    Mr Obama cast aside his emollient talk to deliver the red meat at Williamsburg. It was an abrupt change of tone that will come with a price, just as the double standard of preaching about the evils of influence-peddling and lobbyists and then giving Mr Daschle a pass on his tax evasion will not be forgotten by many ordinary Americans.

    “We lived it for two years, and we forgot it for a couple of weeks,” Mr Gibbs remarked ruefully when asked about why Team Obama rationalised away their own principles because they wanted their old friend in the Cabinet.

    The activists who formed the backbone of Mr Obama’s election campaign appear less than energised. Few answered his call for house-party gatherings at the weekend to build support for the economic stimulus plan. Mr Obama could be forgiven a little nostalgia. Saturday Night Live gently ribbed him, imagining a national address in which he breaks off talking about economic gloom to say: “Remember election night. Grant Park in Chicago. Nice weather. Oprah. That white guy Oprah was crying on. Good times.”

    Governing, as Mr Obama is finding out, is not like an election campaign. Mr Bush’s failures will give him some leeway and his transformative appeal remains potent. But making decisions and operating the levers of power is something completely new to him. And it shows.

    telegraph.co.uk/comment/personal-view/4561229/Barack-Obama-is-a-novice—and-it-shows.html

  88. By Toby Harnden
    08 Feb 2009
    —————————–
    Jan- Toby sees it experience as the cause it fact for this rocky start. If that were all there was to it then it would be cureable over the long term. It took Bill and Hillary no less than two years to get their sea legs in Washington and those were comparatively speaking easier times. For him given his lack of executive experience the time frame will be longer in my estimation. Words alone wear thin.

    The first question is what damage will be done to the country between now and then. Given the deteriorating situation we are in that is a very pertinent question and therein lies the seeds for his defeat in 2012, again in my estimation. By then the people who wanted change from Bush will want change from him and most any charistmatic leader on the Republican side will look good in comparison. That leader has yet to emerge but the chances are in will be a younger white male. But wouldnt it be fun if it turned out to be the new RNC chairman.

    The second question is whether experience is the sole cause of this rocky start, or is it something which is more immutable. I believe the answer is yes. I think the other part of the reason is character. In the above posting I tried to point out that he backed down to Pelosi and that was a mistake. To me at least it showed a lack of political and personal courage which is part of his nature. It will be harder for him now to seize back the political agenda. He will try to do it rhetorically but rhetoric runs thin when it fails to produce concrete results. It is not rhetoric, but power and the willingness to exercise it. There he is lacking. That will be a continuing problem for him as he presumes to govern. Since Toby did not mention that I thought perhaps I should.

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