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Obama, Congress Return to Funding Fights

By Ben Pershing
President Obama is back in town from globetrotting, and Congress returns today from a two week recess, just in time for everyone to get together and do what Washington does best -- fight about money.

Obama convenes his first (almost) full Cabinet meeting this morning, and will ask everyone present to find a combined $100 million to cut in the next 90 days. Obama will come to the meeting armed with examples of savings federal agencies have already begun to implement. For the record, that $100 million would be approximately .00003 percent of Obama's $3.5 trillion budget plan, versions of which the House and Senate will work to reconcile in the next few weeks. (Also for the record, The Rundown recommends against doing math this early in the morning.)

On tap for Congress: More vetting of Obama's supplemental spending request for Iraq and Afghanistan, credit card reform and ongoing negotiations on a measure that would allow bankruptcy judges to alter the terms of home mortgages. Initial work is also underway on some of Obama's biggest priorities -- health care, climate change and an overhaul of the financial regulatory system. Every one of those initiatives will require an awful lot of money (certainly more than the $100 million Obama is asking for this morning). But nearly all of the administration's revenue-raising proposals have hit a stiff wall of resistance on Capitol Hill.

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By Ben Pershing  |  April 20, 2009; 8:36 AM ET
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LOL! :-(


Let's just say O'Bomba is Blowing 30,000 Times as much!

Posted by: SAINT---The | April 20, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

"For the record, that $100 million would be approximately .00003 percent of Obama's $3.5 trillion budget plan"

Is it really that difficult to compute percentages?

$100 million / 3.5 trillion = 0.00003 = 0.003 %

Posted by: calvinav | April 20, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

TO: President Obama, VP Biden, Obama Cabinet Secretaries

"When you see the abuse of power, you've got to speak."

-- VP Joe Biden

Extra-legal programs and policies of the Bush-Cheney era continue on...

...endangering our democracy and subverting your presidency.


Google it.

Any American -- YOU, or someone close to you -- could be its next victim.

Unless Team Obama -- especially AG Holder, SecDef Gates, SecDHS Napolitano, SecTreas Geithner -- take down the draconian Bush-Cheney extra-legal "torture matrix..." array of secret, extrajudicial "programs of personal financial destruction" and government-funded vigilante, terroristic "community stalking"...

...coupled with the proliferation of mind- and body-degrading "directed energy" microwave radiation weapons -- the Zyklon B of a grassroots, government-enabled American Gestapo that continues to "target" untold thousands, if not millions, of U.S. citizens...

...citizens who have not been charged with any crime, but who have been condemned by a covert American Gestapo to a life of "community gang-stalking" and physical degradation...

...tracked with covert GPS devices over a network known to EVERY police force in the nation -- and to federal security, military and intelligence operatives.

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.

OR (if links are corrupted/ disabled):

Posted by: scrivener50 | April 20, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

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