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Obama Recaps Early Steps in Reform Effort

By Scott Wilson
President Obama used his weekly radio address today to review some of the steps he has taken toward reforming health care, contracting procedures and an opaque budget process. The results, he said, will save money for the government and for millions of Americans.

But his remarks, coming after another week of extraordinarily grim economic news, served as a reminder of the rhetorical challenge he faces, both in presenting an honest assessment of his concern over the economy and in offering hope that a slow process of recovery has begun.

The Labor Department reported yesterday that the U.S. workforce lost 651,000 jobs last month, driving up the national unemployment rate to more than 8 percent, the highest since 1983.

"These aren't just statistics, but hardships experienced personally by millions of Americans who no longer know how they'll pay their bills, or make their mortgage, or raise their families," the president said. "From the day I took office, I knew that solving this crisis would not be easy, nor would it happen overnight. And we will continue to face difficult days in the months ahead."

Obama has been criticized, including by members of his own party, for presenting a relentlessly bleak picture of the economy, which he has called the worst since the Great Depression. An estimated 4.4 million jobs have disappeared since the recession officially began in December 2007.

Obama asserted today -- as he did earlier this week while announcing a review of government procurement procedures -- that "my administration inherited a $1.3 trillion budget deficit, the largest in history. And we've inherited a budgeting process as irresponsible as it is unsustainable."

"For years, as Wall Street used accounting tricks to conceal costs and avoid responsibility, Washington did, too," he added.

He closed, though, with a hint of optimism.

"Yes, this is a moment of challenge for our country," Obama said. "But we've experienced great trials before. And with every test, each generation has found the capacity to not only endure, but to prosper -- to discover great opportunity in the midst of great crisis."

Posted at 6:00 AM ET on Mar 7, 2009  | Category:  Economy
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No, JohnQuimby, he's an entertainer. Your guy, however, is leading us off the cliff with the economy, stem-cell research, etc.

Posted by: JakeD | March 10, 2009 10:23 AM

nodebris -

Well said.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | March 9, 2009 1:31 AM

It isn't Rush's job to draft legislation. He just gets to exercise veto power over any Republican effort. He's in a great place. Control of a major political party, and yet no skin in the game (and lord, he has enough to spare).

He's the only rooster in a yard full of chickens. He's smiling. I just can't figure out why any other conservatives are.

Posted by: nodebris | March 9, 2009 1:09 AM

JakeD:

No, but it is his job to lead, follow or get the hell out of the way.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | March 8, 2009 8:02 PM

LOL! :-D

With credit to Huckleberry...

Peloser, Hairy, and Obsama's;

Congressional
Recovery
Action
Plan;

IS, an Acronym deserving recognition! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | March 8, 2009 5:40 PM

MR. PRESIDENT / VP BIDEN / TEAM OBAMA:

THE BUSH TORTURE MEMOS WERE NOT JUST WORDS ON PAPER.

THE PROGRAMS THEY AUTHORIZED REMAIN IN FORCE...


* Silent, covert microwave radiation weapons assaults on innocent but "targeted" U.S. citizens;

* Terroristic vigilante community gang stalking via covert GPS tracking; surreptitious home entry, police-tolerated vandalism;

* Secret federal "programs of personal financial destruction."

WHEN WILL TEAM OBAMA AND CONGRESS DISMANTLE THE 'EXTRAJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT NETWORK' AND RESTORE THE RULE OF LAW AND ORDER?

WHEN WILL LIBERALS/PROGRESSIVES REALIZE THAT THE 'BUSH TORTURE MEMOS' ENABLED A POLICE STATE THAT HAS STOLEN AMERICAN LIBERTY?


http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

http://www.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 8, 2009 11:32 AM

PR. PRESIDENT / VP BIDEN / TEAM OBAMA:

THE BUSH TORTURE MEMOS WERE NOT JUST WORDS ON PAPER.

THE PROGRAMS THEY AUTHORIZED REMAIN IN FORCE...


* Silent, covert microwave radiation weapons assaults on innocent but "targeted" U.S. citizens;

* Terroristic vigilante community gang stalking via covert GPS tracking; surreptitious home entry, police-tolerated vandalism;

* Secret federal "programs of personal financial destruction."

WHEN WILL TEAM OBAMA AND CONGRESS DISMANTLE THE 'EXTRAJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT NETWORK' AND RESTORE THE RULE OF LAW AND ORDER?

WHEN WILL LIBERALS/PROGRESSIVES REALIZE THAT THE 'BUSH TORTURE MEMOS' ENABLED A POLICE STATE THAT HAS STOLEN AMERICAN LIBERTY?


http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

http://www.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 8, 2009 11:30 AM

JohnQuimby:

I recall a few Limbaugh op ed pieces in the WSJ. Regardless, it is not his job to draft legislation.

Posted by: JakeD | March 8, 2009 11:04 AM

The first comprehensive plan criticizing and focused on the recovery can be found here.

It is an interesting book, all of it online. The links, most of which go to government sources, really make the argument for the author. His words just tie them together...

http://kavips.wordpress.com/2009/03/06/kavipsian-economic-table-of-contents/

That link goes straight to its table of contents and from there one can find which chapter on wishes to dig deep into...

The book just came out yesterday, and offers a step by step blueprint on how to fix the economy, both short range and long term. It's a good read.

Posted by: kavips | March 8, 2009 4:30 AM

During the last eight years of Bush rule and 10 of the last 12 years of Republican congressional rule the Dow was inflated by greed fraud and lies: it should deflate: and all the short selling manipulators and fat cat liars who scammed America and bought up the corporate media to promote their lies (CNBC, Faux News, Druggy Rush etc) are finally getting their commupance. They have lost credibility.


Here is a President (Obama) who could have used his smarts and savvy as those folks did; instead he chose service, love of law, and affinity for people. Good on him! and shame on the greedy smug a*sholes who raped our nation.

Posted by: DrainYou | March 7, 2009 6:47 PM

JakeD Mentioned in an earlier post that John Boehner had a written alternative plan to the stimulus bill.

Why hasn't Leader Limbaugh chosen to publicly outline the GOP's planned alternatives?

Is it possible that the loudest voice on the right drowned the GOP response in the warm bath of shallow ideology just for the sake of self promotion?

If the country needs a functioning opposition, McCain is looking like the man for the job. The rest of the apparatchiks like Steele, McConnell and Boehenr are leaders by default. So far they've been useless. The fact that McCain worked across the aisle to get the appropriation bill stopped this week is a GOOD THING!

Meanwhile, Limbaugh called out Steele, kicked over his bike, took his lunch money and made him apologize for it.

"You know I hate to talk about myself..."

- Rush quote of the week

Posted by: JohnQuimby | March 7, 2009 12:40 PM

McCain's "Generational Theft" accusation: Well, Senator McSourgrapes, at least our children will have something to show for it like new highways and infrastructure, better schools, clean energy and so on.

"Theft" is when something is taken from you and you are left with nothing, kinda like what happened when McCain voted with GW on 95% of his policies, you know, the same policies that led us to this economic and geo-political crisis.
If anyone is gulity of generational theft it's McCain, or maybe it's just incompetence.

Posted by: JRM2 | March 7, 2009 11:40 AM

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