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As Obama Launches New Budget Campaign, Who's the Opponent?

By Ben Pershing
Like an aging rocker who misses the road, President Obama is getting the old campaign band back together for another big show, this one designed not to win the White House but to pass a paradigm-shifting, $3.6 trillion budget. That's the news this morning, with the Democratic National Committee ready to use its 13-million address email list to to mobilize supporters and flood Capitol Hill with phone calls. On the surface, this seems perfectly normal: The president is firing up his base to help get a legislative priority passed. But at whom is this campaign really aimed?

Remember, the annual budget votes in the House and Senate are almost invariably party-line affairs. It will be a surprise if more than a couple Republicans back the measure. (For comparison, last year's budget vote drew two Republican supporters in the Senate and zero in the House.) The White House can't possibly expect many in the GOP to back Obama's budget plan, so it seems that the real purpose of this campaign-style effort -- beyond stirring up grassroots enthusiasm -- is to bring worried, moderate Democrats on board. Blue Dog Democrats in the House are already saying they plan to try to scale down the spending in Obama's request, and some in the president's own party have expressed qualms about his plans on limiting tax deductions for charitable donations and for a carbon-trading system.

Those are the lawmakers who are most likely to be the target of incessant phone calls and emails from Obama campaign supporters urging them to get on board. So what we'll see in the coming weeks is a Democratic president using the Democratic National Committee to urge (pressure?) Democratic lawmakers to vote "aye." Should be an interesting dynamic to watch.

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By Ben Pershing  |  March 16, 2009; 8:25 AM ET
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loss of Iran ?

It wasn't ours.

Eisenwower overthrowing Iran's president Mossedegh and Zbignew Bresinski destablizing Afganistan were the two biggest mistakes.

Posted by: rooster54 | March 16, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

When Nordic states experience hard finacial times the people still have food, healthcare, education, and housing. If you have trouble finding statistics on poverty in Norway it's because they don't have any.
Why are you right wing ideologues so hell-bent on fighting fairness? Do think you'll hit the jackpot by sucking up to the rich? Stop acting like the world owes you money-worshipping-welfare queens a living.

Posted by: rooster54 | March 16, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

The Nordic states went through a similar subprime/banking issue in the 90's. We could benefit from their experience:
http://www.docstoc.com/docs/4698925/Svein-Gjedrem---Financial-crisis-%E2%80%93-lessons-from-the-Nordic-experience

Carter was one of the worst Presidents ever. Not a Bush fan, but Carter was a disaster. His foreign policy was absurd and the loss of Iran a direct result of his inaction. Oh yes, I remember, Carter said we were all to turn our headlights on and that would show our support for the Shah. That showed them, it will be a long time before they try anything like that again.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | March 16, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey Cryos-
Ayn Rand had it wrong in Atlas Shrugged. It's the workers who are carrying the self righteous deadbeat capitalists.

The capitalist utopian BS that you can use OPM to manipulate your way out of doing your fair share of real work is hopefully on its way out.

Posted by: rooster54 | March 16, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Dear Cryos-
Even free market advocate Jeffry Sachs knows social welfare states like Denmark, Sweden, and Norway are doing better than we are. Your frame of reference may be too limited if you count on infotainment from corporate media like Fox Spews, or your football coach history teacher.

http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=the-social-welfare-state

Posted by: rooster54 | March 16, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

If workers were paid what they deserve. They never would have needed predatory loans. http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2008/03/17/1928-resemblances/

Posted by: rooster54 | March 16, 2009 1:32 PM
======================
So exactly what do workers "deserve?" If you're talking unskilled labor they are getting what they deserve.

Working a cash register, stocking shelves, waiting tables, etc do not contribute anything unique or meaningful to the economy and are paid as such.

These jobs should be stepping stones by people to try to become successful, not career goals. If they are career goals you should expect to live a very frugal and basic life as that is all you are willing to give.

Posted by: Cryos | March 16, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Simple challenge to utopian liberals:

Name one, just one, socialist or communist nation past or present which has had anywhere near the success of american capitalism while maintaining relative freedom for its people.

If you deflect to "they didn't do it right" articulate exactly what was done wrong and how without force it would be done differently this time.

Until then you are beating a dead horse and meeting Einstein's definition of insanity.

Posted by: Cryos | March 16, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I have an answer for the Bloated one. I made sure I told my son and his teen friends, that I am sorry that this country has sold them out for their own whining, self serving, debt building, welfare hunting ways. I was sorry this country people forgot about sacrifice for the future generations and that I for one was 100 percent against this self serving government's bloated spending that will cause them untold debt for generations.
That they should never forget the type of people and politicians that did this to them.

Posted by: dragonfly777 | March 16, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Carter and his Community Re-Investment Act had a part in the subprime meltdown. Interesting read:
http://overthehilloracles.wordpress.com/2008/10/05/obama-socializing-america-one-idiot-at-a-time/

Posted by: Bubbette1 | March 16, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

If workers were paid what they deserve. They never would have needed predatory loans. http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2008/03/17/1928-resemblances/

Posted by: rooster54 | March 16, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

"Hi, I am from Acorn and I'm here to help."

The latest straw man for Obama, AIG bonus payments. The real question is why hundreds of billions of Tarp money was paid to foreign banks? AIG bonus payments are a drop in that bucket.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | March 16, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

JakeD-
I saw the coverage, and I still remember Carter's voice and expression when he responded to Reagan's blame. Of course this was pre PC, so records may be hard to access.

In case you think I'm overly biased, I remember Reagan confronting Carter in a debate on how he (Carter) failed his own "misery index" worse than Ford had. I was already unhappy with Carter over Afganistan, and his complicity in polluting Latin America, so I actually voted for Reagan as a reaction against Carter. I now see that as a mistake, and I have asked God to forgive me for contributing to what the Reagan Revolution disaster capitalists have done since then.

Posted by: rooster54 | March 16, 2009 1:24 PM | Report abuse

rooster54:

If you have a link to one of those many news stories, then we can determine which memory is correct.

Posted by: JakeD | March 16, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Also, I don't remember President Reagan blaming Carter -- he just got in office and took care of business -- what ever happened to "The Buck Stops Here"?

Posted by: JakeD | March 16, 2009 11:37 AM

Dear selective-memory Reagan worhipper JakeD-
I DO remember. Reagan openly blamed Carter for the mess he was in, so much so that there were news stories exclusively about it. Carter pointed out that previous presidents had resisted the temptation to do so.

By the way, Reagan planted the seeds of this mess we're in now. He deserves a tremendous share of the blame.

Posted by: rooster54 | March 16, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse


"Pelosi, earmarks, lobbyists, AIG ...
Obama, what's going on ?
Were the campaign speaches nothing but fluff ?"

Obama is coming through on promises everyday.

"I can't believe how I was fooled.
This will NEVER happen again."

Is that what you said when you voted for Bush the first and second time?

Posted by: Independent4tw | March 16, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Obama's budget asks far less of the rich than Reagan's or Nixon's did. did.http://pol.moveon.org/budget10/chart/?rc=homepage

Posted by: rooster54 | March 16, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi, earmarks, lobbyists, AIG ...

Obama, what's going on ?

Were the campaign speaches nothing but fluff ?

I can't believe how I was fooled.
This will NEVER happen again.

Posted by: gopine | March 16, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Thousands protested in Ohio as well:

http://www.wlwt.com/news/18937373/detail.html

Needless to say, I agree with lclifton that all Americans should oppose Obama's new budget campaign. Also, I don't remember President Reagan blaming Carter -- he just got in office and took care of business -- what ever happened to "The Buck Stops Here"?

Posted by: JakeD | March 16, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

SEYMOUR HERSH'S 'EXECUTIVE ASSASSINATION RING' BOMBSHELL IS JUST ONE ELEMENT OF A HORRIFIC 'EXTRAJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT NETWORK' THAT VICTIMS REFER TO AS...


http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america


OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

http://My.NowPublic.com/scrivener


Will the national press corps start doing some serious reporting on this...

...or at least ask Robert Gibbs about Sy Hersh's contention that U.S. government "black ops" against American citizens are still ongoing?

Is such authority still vested in the VP's office? If not, when was such authority rescinded, and by whom?

That is a question that needs answering.

***

And John King: How could you NOT ask Cheney about this?

A true sin of omission that cannot be dismissed as inadvertent.

Was there a "deal" struck?

What would Wolf Blitzer have done?

Posted by: scrivener50 | March 16, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Don't worry he'll get Turbo Tax Tim to take care of it, we'll be just fine. Only 200 weeks left until the next election.

Posted by: Slingo | March 16, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

This is an administration of incompetent nerds who are trying to convince the American people they know what they are doing but are clearly demonstrating otherwise.

The very fact that they spend all their time fighting with Rush Limbaugh is PROOF of the utter, abysmal rank abject failure that this president is. This is not leadership of a superpower. This is punk kid high schooler mentality

These kids, these high-school nerd idiots led by the king idiot himself, President Zero, are more interested in attacking and fighting with the American people than demonstrating leadership and unity bringing the nation together.

We already see the real hard players around the world totally punking out Obama as Russian Nuclear bombers are setting up in Cuba and Venezuela and the Islamofasicts are planning their final push on America because all they see is a bunch of weak, thumbsucking weenies in this administration. People more concerned with coddling terrorists than protecting America.

Posted by: Democrat_Culture_of_Corruption | March 16, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Smart man, DUMB agenda. It's the ECONOMY, stupid! Get off the liberal laundry list and get focused on solving this most obvious, pervasive problem.

Posted by: khaagen | March 16, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

The push to get this bloated budget passed will be the zenith of Obama-speak yet to be heard. He usually uses a "straw man" tactic by making some group(s) the bad guy to rally support. The administration is getting very Orwellian in its approach to public comments. Do you feel manipulated yet? Change we can count on.

Posted by: BubbaRight | March 16, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

The question begs: Who is his opponent?
The answer could not be plainer. The American people. Obama is a goofball. He doesn't have a clue. He didn't even stay in a Holiday Inn Express . . .

Posted by: lclifton | March 16, 2009 10:24 AM | Report abuse

"DUMBEST. PRESIDENT. EVER.

Posted by: Democrat_Culture_of_Corruption | March 16, 2009 9:13 AM"

Strong statement, any proof? Do you think that because you are dumb, you know what dumb people look like?

Posted by: Independent4tw | March 16, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

P.S. to scrivener50:

Once we can figure out who the proper President is (I.e. if Obama is not a "natural born" citizen) that person can finally get to the bottom of DIRECTED ENERGY WEAPONS. Maybe it's the same powers that illegally installed Usurper pResident Obama?

Posted by: JakeD | March 16, 2009 9:53 AM | Report abuse

Apart from Blue Democrats, we fiscal conservatives cut across all Party Registrations (OK, maybe not the Green or Socialist Party). Even here in liberal California, there is a tax revolt in response to our latest State Budget.

Posted by: JakeD | March 16, 2009 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Obama has a chronic habit of jumping on both sides of the fence (as it suits him!).Some who are diligent and intelligent can see him through, but pretty soon his actions will speak loud and clear his greedy motives of boosting his unwanted power in all areas of our lives.

Posted by: pananjali06 | March 16, 2009 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Aging rocker? Where did you get your lame metaphors and faux talking points - republican writing schule?

Posted by: m1ke_h | March 16, 2009 9:18 AM | Report abuse

DUMBEST. PRESIDENT. EVER.

Posted by: Democrat_Culture_of_Corruption | March 16, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

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