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Obama, the Stimulus and the Permanent Campaign

By Ben Pershing
President Obama has surrounded himself with veterans of the trail and is said to be "maintaining a giant, novel permanent campaign" over at the Democratic National Committee, all with good reason. Because it seems that election season never really ends.

Yesterday's ouster of Rod Blagojevich from the Illinois governor's mansion marked one of the last dominoes to fall in the aftermath of Nov. 4 and the election of Obama. It was his victory and the prospect of an appointed Senate successor that led to the feds' public allegations against Blagojevich. But now the governor is gone and Obama's seat is filled, as are the Senate vacancies he prompted in New York, Delaware and Colorado. Only a few loose ends are left from Election Day 2008 -- the epic Coleman vs. Franken race, now ensconced in court, and House special elections to replace Rahm Emanuel and Kirsten Gillibrand.

At the same time, you can argue that the 2010 campaign has already begun. Wednesday's unanimous House GOP vote against the stimulus bill marked Republicans' first wholesale salvo against the Obama administration and the new ruling order in Washington, a move aimed at reestablishing the party's core identity. The GOP can take heart that its steady drumbeat of Drudge-baiting criticism of the stimulus package -- Sex! Illegal Immigrants! -- might just be doing the trick. The measure appears to be popular overall but may be growing less so among Independents.

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By Ben Pershing  |  January 30, 2009; 8:22 AM ET
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I just don't get it. The Stimulus package should be STIMULATING GROWTH, not sexual behaviorial patterns of a few compared to the ovreall society! I am a REGISTERED DEMOCRAT Who voted for Obama and just don't understand WHY he won't PUBLIC DENOUNCE people putting doggy poo on the bill to extort that money later through some scheme. Oh right, we don't pay attention to scathing off a few MIL simply because its Billions. Uh, think again, Mr. President. I knocked on 111 doors for you and the Change. How about chaning the STEREOTYPES about what black men concern themselves with. Maybe your Republican counterpart just elected to the RP will refresh your memory about WHAT matters to people like me, black, middle class, out of work, care about my wallet, don't stick my willie where he ought not be so I don't need CONDOMS - fool!

Posted by: kurtbw | January 30, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

So you anti-Obamas are saying the Republicans did a masterful job with the stimulus and bail outs last year. Republicans know best huh? My hope is that they find a middle ground. I don't mind the Repubs getting some provisions in because they represent a part of this nation. I just can't get over the fact that they lost, but still want it their way. The American people didn't choose your way. As an Independent, I believe neither party has the key to turn this around. It's going to take all of us, from the top to the bottom, being more responsible. We are the change that we seek.

Posted by: feemill | January 30, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

This is not a stimulus package at all. It is designed to prop up failing states and to prop up pet democratic projects. The only possible stimulus part is the works program that will only target certain workers and will not be implemented for some time. Both republicans and democrats have conceded what I have just posted is true. So that begs the question that the intention was never to create jobs at all, knowing that government can't really do that, but peddling this package as a stimulus when it really is another bail out. McCain and others have said publicly that Obama and company have not attempted to reach out for ideas from the republicans. What the democrats want is for the republicans to just vote "yea" and shut the heck up. It really would not matter what ideas the republicans have because the Pelosi types have no interest in listening. This does not include all democrats but the ones leading the pack like Pelosi, Dodd, Frank, Reid, Shumer, hate republicans.

Posted by: jkachmar | January 30, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse


Team Obama must move swiftly to dismantle the nationwide extrajudicial punishment comprised of authoritarian bureaucrats and security offers and their nationwide network of citizen vigilantes fronted by federally-funded volunteer programs.

This nationwide, KKK-like rogue operation has made a mockery of the judicial system for the past eight years and has claimed many victims from all strata of society. This journalist is among them.

Crimes against humanity are being committed across the nation via the use of so-called "directed energy weapons" which the Bush D.O.J. recently confirmed are being widely deployed to police forces nationwide.

These RADIATION weapons emit silent, pulsed bursts of various forms of radiation -- and are degrading and damaging the health of those on the receiving end as well as their operators.

This weaponry has NO PLACE in civilized society -- much less in the hands of security personnel who interact with the public.

The widespread deployment of this weaponry virtually assures its misuse. Imagine if rogue actors tried to use its silent, deadly force to induce illness or to disable our political leaders.

Perhaps they already have.

Victims of this extrajudicial punishment network also see their finances and livelihoods expropriated and destroyed by coordinated multi-agency "programs of personal destruction" that deny them due process of law.

The IRS has been turned into an ideological weapon of social control and recrimination by these covert Multi-Agency Actions.

Treasury Secretary Geithner must address these abuses IMMEDIATELY, before these affronts to the Constitution destroy more American families -- and subvert the Obama presidency.

The authoritarian bureaucrats and officers behind these "programs of personal destruction" remain entrenched. They cannot be co-opted or reformed. They must be moved from power and brought to justice.

Team Obama, the victims of The American Gestapo continue to suffer. And those who have survived their social genocide of the past eight years are prepared to give testimony. Here is this journalist's account:

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 30, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

As soon as all the provisions (and their lack of short-term stimulus) are publicized, it won't just be us Independents who disfavor the bill. You do realize that 11 Democrats voted against it too, right? How about the Conference Committee actually listen to CBO and keep only the short-term stimulus and tax cut provisions? WSJ estimates that as only $90 billion out of the $825+ billion.

P.S, to TheBabeNemo: are you done reading the House version yet?

Posted by: JakeD | January 30, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

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