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Obama Returns Home to a Full Plate

By Ben Pershing
After President Obama's much-publicized international trip and his weeks-long focus on the financial system, today brings a reminder that the administration has at least three more key items on its domestic policy plate -- housing, immigration and climate change.

Obama will host a roundtable this morning at the White House to highlight current low interest rates and exalt the joys of owning a home. As The Fix points out, there are some signs that the housing sector is making a comeback. But this is where it gets tricky, because the administration doesn't actually want a full comeback, not if it means a repeat of the overheated market that put the global economy into the toilet. In a session with the Washington Post's Lois Romano for the "Voices of Power" series, HUD chief Shaun Donovan emphasized that "not every American wants to be, nor should be, a homeowner." The administration isn't going to try to help every owner, only the "responsible" ones.

With housing and other economic issues bubbling on the front burners, is there room for immigration reform this year? Yes, White House official Cecilia Muñoz tells the New York Times. But then note the money quote from Muñoz: "He intends to start the debate this year." And, the story adds, immigration will "not take precedence" over health care and energy in the hierarchy of issues important to the White House. Health care, in particular, will be the focus of the administration and its outside allies in the near future. So really, the answer is no, there isn't room to tackle immigration reform this year. Not in a substantive way that moves beyond speeches and "working groups." Remember, unemployment is on the rise, and "comprehensive" immigration reform never polled very well even when the economy was good.

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Posted at 8:24 AM ET on Apr 9, 2009  | Category:  The Rundown
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It is time for the liberals to stop blaming Bush for all of Obama's mistakes.

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | April 11, 2009 11:10 PM

George Bush allowed:

$9 BILLION in American money to be stolen in Iraq after Paul Bremer handed it out and didn't write down who got it.

$2 TRILLION missing from the Pentagon as announced by Donald Rumsfeld on 9/10/2001 (the day before 9/11).

HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS stolen by American security constractors in Iraq, who took the money, did shoddy work, and then left with the money. While our soldiers were making $1200/month, American contractors were making $5000/$10,000/month.

Posted by: KayInMaine | April 9, 2009 9:39 PM


The National Socialist Party is a right wing neo-Nazi movement:

Always has been. Always will be. But nice try in spinning it to the lefty side! You wingers are reaching so far now and you have no idea how much we laugh at all of you!

Posted by: KayInMaine | April 9, 2009 9:36 PM

There are so many HONEST-HARDWORKING people in this world waiting to come OUR country according to OUR rules that to allow ONE of the LAWLESS that have snuck-in
to stay would be a big MISTAKE !
They have shown that they can`t be trusted
Please call congress @ 866-220-0044 and DEMAND OUR LAWS BE ENFORCED ! JANET N. should do her JOB or RESIGN !

Posted by: davido2 | April 9, 2009 3:21 PM

I'm sure John McCain who hates the Middle Class and Blue Collar Americans will be all for Immigration Reform. He loves globalization and shipping jobs to China and India too.

The real answer is that since the Bush Admin. and Corporate America suckered a lot of these poor Mexicans and South Americans in here we should tax Corporate America $25,000 per illegal immigrnt here in the U.S. and then give each illegal immigrant $25,000. Then we should give them a free air-conditioned bus ride or plane ride back to whereever they came from.

Then we need to put a moratorium on immigration until unemployment starts going down. We could do this right away by ending the H-1B Visa Program and repealing the 1965 Hart-Celler Immigration Act.

Posted by: Tom22 | April 9, 2009 2:20 PM

Does Janet Napalitano have deep pockets?

Now we can see clearly that Arizona (under the watch of Napalitano as Governor) was a gateway for illegals into the Country.

The masses flooding in brought crime, smuggling both ways,home invasions, kidnapping,child prostitution, disease, stresses on the hospital emergency rooms (closing them enmasse across the USA), strains in communities for schools by non taxpaying job stealers,etc.

Her big excuse (as she seemed to be in profit mode), was: "it is a Federal problem", and not the local communities right to defend themselves.
Thousands of people died in the Arizona deserts lured by her evil need to entice the breeches in National security.
People were duct taped and dead along the freeways enmasse in her State. Much of that stopped when she left the State.
Two officials seem unwilling to deter the border crossings and refuse to save lives of illegals death marches in the desert heat.
A Phoenix mayor, and a controversial Police Chief from Mesa, also appear to have a pirates cold heart towards public safety. In North Phoenix Cave Creek Road area, gun shops are blamed for supplying the cartels with weapons. The North Phoenix neighborhoods crawls with swarms of illegals, who act as human mules to hike the smugglers desert routes bringing drugs in and guns out.
Apparently, money over morality and National Security reeks of the corruption.

Now as the Federal agency entrusted to keep borders safe.... Is Janet Napolitano forwarding an odd evil agenda?

It appears to be a problem of misusing her official capacity to undermine State's rights for self sustaining law enforcement.

Trizzle trazzle trizzle trone....time for Obama to send that controversial actor home.
Obama should have his Internal Affairs Zar check on his Homeland Defense ZAR, who told us the Mexican wars had not entered the USA....a glaring mistake revealed less than a week after her statements to the press.

If Arizonans feel safer without her, what is she doing in the capacity to make the rest of the Nation her victims?

Posted by: dottydo | April 9, 2009 11:45 AM

Secure our borders. Find and register or deport all illegal aliens. There is no such thing as an "illegal immigrant". Repeal the anchor baby law. Once the estimated 20 to 40 MILLION illegal aliens are found and deported or registered we can then determine how much all of the entitlement and health care costs are a result of illegal aliens. Obama has already said he wants all illegal aliens in unions voting for him. Pelosi claims enforcement of immigration laws "un-American".

Obama and the Spendocrats have seriously misjudged the mood of the Country. Start the impeachment proceedings before it is too late.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | April 9, 2009 11:36 AM

The right-wing effort to spin nazism as some form of liberalism is hilarious. Nazism was the quintessential anti-liberal party, and only a shameless partisan hack with a notable case of tunnel vision (e.g., Jonah Goldberg, and now his arrogant acolyte MARKM2) would brave the well-deserved mockery of arguing otherwise.

Posted by: nodebris | April 9, 2009 11:11 AM

For the benefit of you Obama supporters and others with no knowledge of history, the word "NAZI" is an acronym for Nationaliztiche Socialistiche Arbiter's Partei" , or "National Socialist Worker's Party". It was a socialist party, not a "right wing" party as often misrepresented. It believed that internation Jewish Bankers and big corporations were destroying Germany's economy, yet it pretended to "support" private enterprise. The NAZI's sought to abolish speculation and "interest income". The NAZI's believed that all German Youth should volunteer time for government social service, and it supported massive public works. All that it demanded in return was that the German people look the "other way" as it slowly established its reign of terror. The party was able to get power because the German people were trapped in a massive "stagflation" that merged worthless currency with massive debt and economic depression...Sound familiar? Hitler was the candidate of "hope and change" who stood in Berlin and told the voters "this is our time". Sound familiar?
If the price of liberty is eternal vigilance we must look out for opportunists that attack our freedoms from BOTH DIRECTIONS. First President Bush screwed up our rights because he had no actual battle-plan for responding to terrorism and he was willing to tolerate illegal immigration toserve corporate interests, but now we have a sinister cabal of neo-nazis who exploit hatred of Bush to enable their own power grab.

Posted by: MARKM2 | April 9, 2009 10:02 AM

The problem is not so much the "full plate" as the fact that the little nazi Obama is returning. Gee, he fit in so well in europe, especially when he bowed deeply to the King of Saudi Arabia. As he returned to Europe and campaigned among his neo-nazi electorate, screaming (yet again) "this is our time!" (Gee, "our" is a strange pronoun. Is Obama also President of France? ) The picture emerged of a little egomaniac who actually thinks that the force of his personality, backed by slogans and liberal canards, is enough to govern the world. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the neo-nazi Democrat party is gleefully at work ripping apart the republic. Government is taking over industry after industry, it is setting production for auto makers, it is engineering massive hikes in fuel and utility costs for consumers , it is organizing our youth into para-military "give a year" platoons whose "pubic service" is somehow connected to para-military drilling and marching exercises (have you seen the red-jacket ads on TV? Scary stuff to those of us who saw the Hitler-Jugend). The nazis are silencing opposition media, they are eliminating secret ballots for workers in union elections, and they are planning to bring in 65 million new "immigrant voters" to make sure that the nazi-Democrats never lose another election. All of this is going on right under our noses while brainless Obama-slobberers vent and rail about George Bush. Yes, Bush was inept..but for goodness sake DO NOT LET THEM EXPLOIT YOUR ANGER AT BUSH AS A DIVERSION TO THE BIGGER NAZI-POWER GRAB GOING ON NOW. ok, BUSH WAS AN IDIOT, WE GET IT..BUT BUSH IS GONE. THE NAZIS ARE HERE AND NOW, AND OBAMA, REID AND PELOSI ARE THE ENEMIESOF FREEDOM.

Posted by: MARKM2 | April 9, 2009 9:49 AM





Attorney General Eric Holder
DHS Sec. Napolitano
DoD Sec. Gates
Treas. Sec. Geithner
DNI Dennis Blair, DNI Inspector General-designate Roslyn Mazer
Rahm Emanuel. David Axelrod, Jay Carney, White House
(staffs, please forward)


Google it.

YOU -- or someone close to you -- could be the next victim.

Unless Team Obama takes down the draconian Bush-Cheney extrajudicial punishment network... array of secret "programs of personal financial destruction" and a government-funded army of citizen vigilante "community gang stalkers"... using the GPS satellite system to hunt and harass human prey (with the full knowledge of law enforcement)...

...coupled with the proliferation of mind- and body-degrading "directed energy" microwave radiation weapons -- the Zyklon B of a grassroots, military/intel- enabled civilian American Gestapo.

These federal programs and policies have corrupted local law enforcement nationwide, allowing vigilante injustice to rule the streets.

Attorney General Holder, you must act NOW to restore human and civil rights in America.

Before the naivete of liberals empowers the saboteurs and Dr. Strangeloves who say "No!" to change.

Where is the civil rights division investigation that victims have demanded?

Or is there "nothing to investigate" -- because the government already knows all about this?

OR (if link is corrupted / disabled):



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