The stimulus in Obama’s flim-flam scam is ramped up opposition.
The political protection racket which is the flim-flam “stimulus” scam will hurt, not help, the economy. Americans with common sense are voicing opposition. Big Media is still protecting their tool Barack Obama but even with Big Media the realization dawns that Obama is Not Ready or Inexperienced or a Big Liar, possibly even the Third Bush Term.
Even at the highest (for us, the very lowest) levels of the Dimocratic Party the infighting and anger and opposition to Obama appears. The very low Maureen Dowd today reports that
Nancy Pelosi told her leadership team that she had told the president, “I don’t mind you driving the bus over me, but I don’t appreciate your backing it up and running over me again and again.”
Nancy Pelosi, who backstabbed Hillary and pushed Barack Obama on the Democratic Party is learning that Obama can’t be trusted.
Dimocrats will try to argue that the Obama flim-flam “stimulus” scam needs a little of this or a little of that. Some will argue the “stimulus” scam is too little or misdirected. But they are wrong. The Obama flim-flam “stimulus” scam won’t work because it comes from a corrupt source that can’t be trusted.
Americans know: Don’t build a building with cement supplied by the Mafia. because the building is bound to fall. Likewise, don’t pass the stimulus because, like Mafia cement, it won’t do the job.
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We wish it were not so. Shoulda, woulda, coulda. After 8 years of torture under Bush we now have the Third Bush Term. This time it is B.O. with the B.S.
We wish we could argue about whether America needs more aid to local governments, more money spent on investments on education and productive long term projects. We wish we could argue about whether short term assistance to local governments will lead to recovery. But the Chicago crime lord system at this point is so corrupt it makes no sense to design the kitchen and place the sofa – because the building is going to fall.
We wish we had real Democrats structuring a coordinated plan for economic recovery – the way Bill Clinton did. Bill Clinton structured an economic program for recovery. The Bill Clinton program worked even though it alienated congressional Democrats who wanted to spend and spend. In the 1994 elections Democrats were punished because of their own many scandals. Still, Bill Clinton did the right thing for America. Bill Clinton was attacked by Republicans and Democrats because he put Country First, Party Second.
The Obama flim-flam “stimulus” scam puts Party first. Our debtor nation will now go further into debt with wasteful expenditures, not carefully calibrated investments. If the Obama flim-flam “stimulus” scam is adopted it will be a very long Weekend At Porky’s.
The very long Weekend At Porky’s will be an uncoordinated drunk. Virginia is an example of what will happen if the Obama flim-flam “stimulus” scam passes:
The Democrat-controlled Senate, the Republican-dominated House of Delegates and Kaine may be headed to a free-for-all over federal stimulus dollars because the funds, particularly those for construction, are virtually free of any strings from Washington.
In contrast with the typical earmark-laden spending bills written by pork-fed members of Congress, the so-called American Recovery and Reinvestment Act largely leaves it to the states to decide down which potential rat holes they should pour money.
Beginning to get the picture? And it isn’t pretty, given the looming elections for governor and the House of Delegates. Another complication: Congress is finalizing this ginormous giveaway. The House of Representatives and U.S. Senate were hung up on such details as what money, if any, should be solely controlled by governors.
The Obama flim-flam “stimulus” scam is successful only in stoking opposition. The “stimulus” opposition is growing because Americans know that a debtor nation taking on more debt is a gamble which needs to be considered very carefully. Joe Biden himself lacks confidence in the albatross “stimulus”.
He recalled a recent White House meeting with the president and senior aides in which they were discussing the many challenges the country faces. “If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there’s still a 30% chance we’re going to get it wrong,” was his message at the meeting.
Biden is promising Dimocrats political assistance when Americans revolt in 2010. Biden knows his 30% figure is a fig leaf for himself – the probablity of failure is much greater. If the probability for success was 70% Biden would not worry about ads aired by Republican in 2010.
“But when we do [approve it], I’m sure you’re going to be nailed in ads, ‘Well they voted on that’ 30 second ads,” Biden told roughly 200 members of the House Democratic Caucus gathered here for their three day annual retreat. “I promise you as [a colleague] once said to me, ‘I’ll come campaign for you or against you, whichever will help you the most in your district.’ And so will the president because, again, we’re all in this together.”
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When the deal in the U.S. Senate was announced, the simple fact of how much money would be wasted was unknown. Reid said it was close to a trillion dollars, the New York Times did not know, Roll Call said it was between $780 or $826 Billion, Fox News said $811 billion, AP said $780 billion, AFP said $830 billion, L.A. Times wrote $780 billion, Bloomberg quoted $780 billion, Politico had it around $800 billion, Reuters said $780 billion, CQ had it at $827 billion and The Hill thought it was $780 billion. The accepted price tag is now $827 billion.
Senator Levin is already suggesting the spending cuts in the “stimulus” bill will be reversed; Senator Collins, a must-have Republican vote is posing as a possible “No” vote if the cuts are reversed in the conference committee.
The current schedule is for a vote on Monday to end debate in the Senate. On Tuesday the current bill will be replaced with an $827 billion substitute. The House bill will then have to be “reconciled” with the different Senate proposal by a “conference” committee of Senators and Representatives. After an agreement is reached both the House and the Senate will then have to vote again.
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Senator Collins has given herself an out. If the oppostion increases, who knows what will happen.
The opposition to Obama is growing.
Fox News, the Republican propaganda arm which was shockingly much more fair and balanced than other news outlets during the primaries is growing in viewership rapidly. MSNBC, the Obama propaganda arm, is losing viewers.
Obama typically blames the staff, now he is blaming everyone who does not worship him. Even his Big Media masters know that Obama is to blame for the clodishness:
But there’s no denying that the bulk of the blame must be laid at the feet of the Obamans, who have squandered or let lay idle almost every political advantage they possessed at the outset.
Begin with the transition, so widely hailed back in December, but which by now is ripe for reappraisal. [snip]
But the House vote turned into a partisan knife fight, with Republicans slashing giddily at the dubious provisions—the contraceptives, the resodding of the National Mall—inserted by Democrats, carving it up as a fatback-festooned monstrosity concocted by drunk-at-the-punch-bowl liberals, winning the war to define the bill in the media.
The Republican Mau-Mauing of the stimulus package has reinforced a persistent critique from Obama’s left: that his strategy of focusing on bi-partisanship was naïve or simply nuts—because Republicans would inevitably do … well, exactly what they’ve done. [snip]
The problems with this approach were twofold, however. It underestimated the extent to which Republicans would be successful at undermining the bill and thus how much trouble they’d stir up in the Senate. And that dynamic, in turn, was exacerbated by the egregious ball-dropping of the administration when it came to framing the bill. “The failure of the White House in terms of messaging has been colossal,” says one top Democratic strategist. “It’s almost as if they didn’t think they needed to sell it. As if it was so self-evidently necessary, and Obama’s popularity so huge, that passing the thing would be a cakewalk.”
For two crucial weeks, indeed, the White House communications breakdown was all-encompassing.
Then, with public support for the stimulus slipping and the possibility of a filibuster threatening, Obama and his people shifted gears. Suddenly, the economic team was unspooling state-by-state job-creation numbers. Suddenly, the president was warning that inaction could lead to “catastrophe,” trashing “criticisms of this plan that frankly echo the very same failed theories that helped lead us into this crisis.” There were plans for a prime-time news conference and perhaps an address from the Oval Office.
No doubt all this will help the package overcome the hurdles that remain. No doubt the celebration that ensues when it’s signed into law will be loud and triumphal. And let me be clear: I have no doubt that whatever emerges after the House and Senate merge their bills will be better than nothing. But it’s still going to be a dog’s breakfast—and far from the best thing that Obama could have achieved. Economists don’t like it. The left ain’t happy with it. The right positively deplores it. All of which would be fine, of course, if the damn thing works.
And there’s the rub, it won’t work.
The question, of course, is how “works” is defined—and that’s where the politics kicks in. This time next year, it’s altogether plausible that the recession will still be raging. Will the stimulus therefore be seen to have failed? Or as having succeeded in staving off something worse? The greater risk for Obama, however, is that neither of these perceptions will be foremost in voters’ minds, but that the stimulus will be recalled as just another partisan Washington goat rodeo that accomplished precious little—at a cost of nearly $1 trillion.
Democrats used to be upset when George W. Bush frequently claimed that his draconian policies had stopped another terrorist attack, that his policies had stopped things from getting worse.
That is in large part the Obama argument – that the “stimulus” scam is needed to keep the economy from getting worse. It’s the same argument in Bush’s Third Term. This time it is B.O. with the B.S.
The Obamaination called the “stimulus” bill will only increase contempt for Obama and the Dimocrats.
Obama will likely win this battle but he will lose the war. That is because good policy is the best politics.
Good policy rejects the Obama flim-flam “stimulus” scam.
The stimulus is for greater opposition to Obama.