Before congress votes… don’t say we didn’t warn you. Dimocrats will be held accountable for the ugly consequences of voting for a massive Obama flim-flam “stimulus” scam.
What Dimocrats will be voting on we can’t really say. Obama has broken his promise to let Americans see legislation before it is signed.
Sunlight Before Signing: Too often bills are rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them. As president, Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days.
It’s another Obama broken promise:
When President Obama signed his first bill without posting it to the Web for five days of public comment, we gave him his first Promise Broken.
For his second bill, Obama signed an expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides health coverage for low-income children. He signed it on Feb. 4, 2009, just hours after it was finalized in Congress.
This time, though, the White House had posted the text of the working bill to its Web site on Feb. 1, 2009, with the following note : “Since this version of the bill is expected to pass the House of Representatives in the coming week, we are making the legislation available for public comment now.”
That doesn’t quite cut it for his promise, though. The legislation was still in process in Congress, and even if no substantial changes were made, the possibility was still there. It’s not the five-day waiting period he had promised.
It’s also not emergency legislation. The bill’s provisions don’t kick in until April 1, 2009, almost three months from signing.
The American public does not know what is voted on. Legislators do not know what they are voting on. Americans will suffer, legislators will be held to account.
Nancy Pelosi knows Dimocrats will be held to account in 2010 – she said so to Chris the Hut, among other embarrassments:
CHRIS MATTHEWS, HOST: Speaker, thank you. I was watching yesterday from my office, and I saw Senator Harry Reid walk out with some Republican senators and announced there was an agreement on the giant economy recovery bill. Where were you?
REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-CA), SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: Well, they had agreement among themselves, and we were pretty much in agreement, but they had just reached agreement, were eager to announce it. We wanted to see the language. And it all worked out just fine.
MATTHEWS: But Senator Reid said there was an agreement at that time. Was there, between the House and the Senate?
PELOSI: Pretty much. But again, you have to see the language. In other words, words have power, and they make a difference.
Pelosi wanted to read the language on the bill. Senator Harry Reid said there was agreement without seeing the language. Reid had on an earlier vote said he had the votes, but he did not have the votes. Now Reid simply did not care to read what he was voting on.
Pelosi knows that Dimocrats will be held to account in 2010 – she said so to Chris the Hut. Dimocrats will try to count any job as “saved” but Americans will not be fooled:
MATTHEWS: How will we judge its success? If next year at this time, the unemployment rate is higher than it is now, can you say this was a success? [snip]
MATTHEWS: So, if it works, it will stop that loss of jobs?
PELOSI: It will stop the loss of jobs, and the president has said three and a half, whatever the number is now, but up to four million jobs saved or created. And we hope that the emphasis will be on the created, that a large majority of those jobs will be created but it is about saving jobs as well. But we will be accountable….
Dimocrats will be held to account in 2010, Pelosi agreed to the “scorecard” that will be the basis of Republican television ads in 2010:
MATTHEWS: In that spirit, I want to give you a scorecard.
PELOSI: All right.
MATTHEWS: And you tell me if it’s fair. You have turned the economy around by next November, the 2010 election for Congress. The next congressional …
PELOSI: The next, next …
MATTHEWS: You will have turned the economy around. It will be clear that the congressional action on this big recovery bill, that the unemployment rate has stopped going up, that things are turning around. You will by then have a serious health bill, for national health insurance and you’ll have energy legislation passed. You’ll have education passed.
Is that a fair scorecard? By next congressional election, that you as speaker
can deliver on all those four issues, economic turnaround, energy, education and
health, can you do it all and come to the people and say we did what we said we would do?
PELOSI: We will make very serious progress in all of those areas. Whether we – I think that we will be able to do those things. That’s what we set out to do. And we’ll work together to try to achieve that.
MATTHEWS: So that’s a fair scorecard?
PELOSI: That’s a fair scorecard. And it’s not just what has passed or this or that, it’s how far down the road are you on these issues. In other words, we passed a very big, historic energy bill under President Bush. It didn’t do everything we wanted it to do, but that didn’t mean it wasn’t great. We’ll pass another energy bill and energy, health, economy, what was your fourth?
Pelosi will try to wiggle out of these four promises but the television ads won’t let her. Expect “scorecard” ads to air in 2010.
Nancy Pelosi will try to wiggle out of her four promises. Nancy Pelosi less than 24 hours after saying “you have to see the language” showed the language to lobbyists but not legislators.
We’re receiving E-mails from Capitol Hill staffers expressing frustration that they can’t get a copy of the stimulus bill agreed to last night at a price of $789 billion. What’s more, staffers are complaining about who does have a copy: K Street lobbyists. E-mails one key Democratic staffer: “K Street has the bill, or chunks of it, already, and the congressional offices don’t. So, the Hill is getting calls from the press (because it’s leaking out) asking us to confirm or talk about what we know—but we can’t do that because we haven’t seen the bill. Anyway, peeps up here are sort of a combo of confused and like, ‘Is this really happening?‘” Reporters pressing for details, meanwhile, are getting different numbers from different offices, especially when seeking the details of specific programs.
Worse, there seem to be several different versions of what was agreed upon, with some officials circulating older versions of the package that seems to still be developing. Leadership aides said that it will work out later today and promised that lawmakers will get time to review the bill before Friday’s vote.
Of course, even if they had a copy of the bill – the numbers don’t add up:
A White House estimate of the number of jobs stimulus legislation will create includes some sharp discrepancies between state and local jobs claims. [snip]
“State totals may not sum due to rounding,” the chart says at the bottom, though in some cases — most dramatically, understandably, in small states — the rounding error represents a large share of the projected jobs. [snip]
The differences sometimes give larger jobs figures for the states, sometimes for the districts.
In California, the difference is 25,900 jobs.
The figures illustrate the roughness of economic estimates that are being promoted energetically to local press around the country.
A Republican spokesman states: “How there could be a rounding error in places like Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, or Washington, D.C., where there is exactly 1 state and 1 congressional district that encompass the exact same area and population?”
The answer of course is, as Big Daddy would say: Mendacity!
Barack Obama has always lived with mendacity – it’s the Chicago way.
The latest Obama mendacity – lies – was exposed by a member of his own economic advisory board, Jim Owens.
President Obama today repeated the claim we asked about yesterday at the press briefing that Jim Owens, the CEO of Caterpillar, Inc., “said that if Congress passes our plan, this company will be able to rehire some of the folks who were just laid off.”
Caterpillar announced 22,000 layoffs last month.
But after the president left the event, Owens said the exact opposite.
Asked if the stimulus package would be able to stop the 22,000 layoffs or not, Owens said, “I think realistically no. The truth is we’re going to have more layoffs before we start hiring again”
“It is going to take some time before that stimulus bill” means re-hiring, he said.
Some mistake mendacity – lies – for inexperience. Obama is unqualified and inexperienced to be president. But Obama is very qualified and very experienced in lies. Republican Senator Bob Bennet thinks Obama is inexperienced but he is wrong. Obama is experienced in the arts of deception:
Sen Judd Gregg’s decision to withdraw his name for Commerce Secretary is a sign of President Obama’s inexperience, Republican Sen Bob Bennet of Utah said.
“I think it is a demonstration of inexperience. You don’t attract someone of Judd Gregg caliber into the cabinet and then take steps that would cause him to leave without at least talking to him and understanding that that might happen,” he told reporters Thursday.
Senator Bennet, whom we likely have never ever agreed with on anything excuses Obama as an inexperienced dolt. But it was not inexperience that led to yesterday’s Gregg fiasco – it was mendacity. What did Obama know and when did he know it?
The White House — where some aides were caught off guard by the withdrawal — initially responded harshly to Gregg’s announcement, portraying the New Hampshire Republican as someone who sought the job and then had a “change of heart.” [snip]
Obama himself told an Illinois newspaper that Gregg’s withdrawal was “something of a surprise” because the senator had “approached us with interest and seemed enthusiastic.”
Although one White House aide said he was “blindsided” by the news, chief of staff Rahm Emanuel said Gregg signaled to the administration earlier in week that he was having second thoughts and Obama met with him Wednesday at the White House to urge him to stay.
In an on-plane briefing as the president flew on Air Force One to Springfield on Thursday evening, Gibbs said that Gregg told the president of his decision to withdraw in a telephone call on Wednesday.
But Obama later told the pool reporter on the flight that he hadn’t known until today, and called Gregg “a good man” who had a “change of heart.”
Obama was told in person by Gregg himself on Wednesday about the withdrawal. Obama personally and via professional liar Gibbs said he did not know until the moment it happened. Obama is very experienced at lying. Mendacity!
The Obama lies are not happenstance – the lies are calculated. Politico reported at 8:28 p.m. on Thursday:
Obama, who just landed in Springfield, offered a different chronology that Gibbs, who in turn had a different one than Axelrod. From pool’s report on brief remarks from POTUS on Air Force One:
Key thing: He said he talked to Sen. Gregg yesterday and knew he was having second thoughts, but that he didn’t know Gregg had made up his mind until today. He didn’t say how he found out about the final decision, but he didn’t mention a phone call today. He didn’t take a follow-up about Axelrod’s assertion that Gregg’s public statement was the source of the information. [snip]
“I wasn’t sure whether he’d made a final decision” after speaking to Gregg yesterday, the president said. When did you find out? he was asked. “Today,” he said, with a smile.
A senior Democratic official says that Obama tried to “talk Gregg down” in their conversation yesterday. (8:28 p.m.)
Obama lies with a smile just like Judas betrayed with a kiss.