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White House Cheat Sheet: Obama and the Govs



The president enters the White House. AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

President Obama will use this weekend's meeting of the National Governors Association to urge the chief executives to move quickly to utilize the federal money being doled out to the states as part of the $787 billion economic stimulus package that passed Congress last week

Obama will host a gala dinner at the White House for all 50 governors on Sunday night -- Earth, Wind & Fire is set to perform -- and will attend the NGA meeting on Monday, where he will urge "speed, accountability and transparency" in spending the stimulus money, according to a senior White House official.

To date, the stimulus bill has been met with unanimous approval among the nation's Democratic governors although there are whispers that the governors are coming armed with lots of questions about the real world implementation of the legislation.

(Democrats were crowing late this week about the fact that the governors have not been asked to submit their questions for the president in advance -- a practice under which many of them chafed when George W. Bush was in the White House.)

Unlike in Congress where Obama struggled to win any measurable Republican support, several high profile governors -- including Charlie Crist (Fla.) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (Calif.) -- have been supportive of the plan, creating something of a riff with other high profile governors who have adamantly opposed the legislation and threatened to refuse (before backing off) all of the federal dollars in the bill.

Obama will almost certainly seek to make inroads among the Republican governors while solidifying support for the plan among the Democratic chief executives.

That outreach will be complicated by a seven-figure national cable ad buy set to hit airwaves today that attacks the stimulus plan as "billions wasted on pork and pet projects."

The ad campaign is being funded by the American Issues Project, a conservative-aligned outside group that was somewhat active during the 2008 presidential campaign.

The ad notes that the legislation's price tag is equivalent to spending $1 million a day for more than two thousand years ("from the day Jesus was born," says the commercial's narrator) and points to "economists" who say the money "won't help this year." The ad ends with footage of New York Sen. Chuck Schumer (D) dismissing concerns about "tiny, yes, pork amendments" as the narrator asks: "Is this change you can believe in?"

The AIP ad is simply the latest evidence that no policy package happens in a political vacuum. Republicans continue to search for their mojo and believe that their opposition to Obama's economic stimulus package is a step in the right direction. That fact will make it increasingly difficult for Obama to find support across the aisle any time soon.

Sked stuff: President Obama hosts a gathering of 85 mayors from across the country to discuss the stimulus bill. Among those expected to be in attendance: San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Houston Mayor Bill White and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. Not for nothing but Newsom and White are both eyeing statewide bids -- for governor and Senate, respectively -- in 2010.

Steelman Unbowed: Rep. Roy Blunt (R) made his candidacy for Missouri's open Senate seat official on Thursday but former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman (R) sent a statement to the Fix insisting that she continues to mull running and sounding every bit of a candidate. "Missourians know we have to hold people accountable for their bad decisions," said Steelman. "The bailouts, the earmarks, the self dealing and the cozy relationships between congressmen and lobbyists." Hard not to see that as a shot across Blunt's bow, right? Steelman ran as an outsider in the 2008 gubernatorial primary against then Rep. Kenny Hulshof, a race she lost 49 percent to 45 percent. (Hulshof went on to get swamped by Gov. Jay Nixon last fall.) Assuming Steelman runs, her name ID from that race, coupled with her personal wealth, makes her a dangerous candidate to Blunt who is certain to have the backing of the state and national party establishment.

Diaz Hangs Shingle: Danny Diaz, the biggest consumer of political news we know, is starting his own communications consulting shop after years spent working within the Republican party hierarchy. The new firm, which will be known as Diaz Communications, expects to be intimately involved in the coming congressional fight over the Employee Free Choice Act and will aim to advise congressional candidates on message strategy. Diaz spent most of 2008 as the communications director at the Republican National Committee after doing a stint in the press shop of Sen. John McCain's (Ariz.) presidential bid. "While the economic environment is challenging, businesses and organizations -- now more than ever before -- are looking for counsel that delivers results and improves the bottom line," said Diaz of the move.

Strand to Dover: Kathleen Strand, who managed communications for Hillary Clinton's New Hampshire primary victory and went on to serve as a chief political aide to the former New York senator, has signed on with the Dover Group as a senior vice president. The Dover Group, which includes as partners former Fix basketball compatriots Chris Esposito and Mark Nevins, is a one-stop-shopping Democratic consulting company with offices in Kansas City, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia. Strand will be based in Chicago.

Republicans' Dwindling Senate Targets?: New polling out of Washington State suggests that Sen. Patty Murray (D) is in solid shape as she looks to her reelection bid next November. The survey, conducted by Research 2000 for the liberal Daily Kos blog, showed Murray with a 53 percent to 40 percent edge over Rep. Dave Reichert who is widely regarded as Republicans' strongest potential candidate. The data also suggests that Murray is well liked by the state's voters; 55 percent of voters express a favorable opinion of her as compared to 40 percent who view her unfavorably. Although Reichert sits in a King County-area seat that is shifting beneath him (and not in a good way) those familiar with his thinking express skepticism that he has the energy or interest to raise the double-digit million needed to run statewide. Murray, who was first elected in 1992, is continually underestimated but has won her last two reelection bids with 55 percent and 58 percent, respectively.

Friday Funny: Demetri Martin is, let's be honest, a genius. Not only does he have his own show on "Comedy Central" now but he also has a near-airtight policy on stone-throwing. Odd Fix/Demetri Martin fact: he lived in the Fix's house in Georgetown one summer in the late 1990s. Not kidding.

Click It!: Meghan McCain, who turned into a media sensation during the 2008 campaign thanks to her eponymous blog, penned a piece for the "Daily Beast" wondering why Republicans, of which she is one, "don't get the Internet." Her conclusion? That Republican strategists view the Internet as a means to an end rather than an end in itself. "The Obama administration understands that my generation spends most of its day on a laptop or a BlackBerry, and that using the web is easy way to communicate their ideas to their constituents," she writes.

Say What?: "Until you've . . . eaten with a chimp and bathed with a chimp, you don't know a chimp." -- Sandra Herold, the woman who owned "Travis" -- the chimp who attacked her neighbor in Stamford, Conn. earlier this week.

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Comments

PRES. OBAMA HAD PUT THE (R) SENATORS IN CHECK TODAY. IT WAS FUNNY WHEN PRES. OBAMA ASKED ERIC CANTOR "YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY" ERIC CANTOR WAS TO AFRAID TO STAND.

RATHER THEN STANDING, CANTOR STAYED SEATED AND RESPONDED LIKE THE BYSH HE IS.

OBAMA HAS ALL THESE SENATORS IN HIS BACK POCKET. SO WHAT DOES THESE COWARD SENATORS DO? PICK ON A WOMAN...NANCY PELOSI. FUNNY ARSS SHYD.

Posted by: opp88 | February 23, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

THIS NARD DON'T REALIZE HE GIVES OBAMA A COMPLIMENT. YOUR RIGHT TO SUGGEST THAT OBAMA JUST TOOK THE WHITE HOUSE WITH A STRONG ARM. BYTCH SLAP MCCAIN TO THE CURB.
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Cc I love the photo above. Do you think he will try to climb in the window as he did the first week. As all thiefs do?

Posted by: king_of_zouk
Even worse. Every socialist thing he tries only makes things worse. And he was supposed to be so smart. So was jimmy.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 21, 2009 11:32 PM

Posted by: opp88 | February 23, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

HOW COULD BUSH IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME...8 YEARS. FUX UP THE ENTIRE GLOBE?
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Poor Obama. He has been on the job a month and STILL all the problems have not been solved. Who does he think he is? He must be considered a hopeless failure. Next week he will make wine out of water but STILL you republicans will not be satisfied that at least he is trying. which is more than can be said for the previous occupant of that office.

Posted by: Opa2 | February 21, 2009

Posted by: opp88 | February 23, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

ITS GOING TO TAKE A CENTURY TO FIX BUSH'S 8 YEARS OF FUX UP... DUDE!
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It took the Libs a short two months to eliminate a decade of prosperity. Now the succesful will be forced to pick up the slack for the irresponsible. Obama is accelerating the highway to hell. Every day is more bad news-stock losses, banks failing, corrupt pols. The simple answer -spend. No thought required but lots of vauuous speeches.

Posted by: opp88 | February 23, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

(R) Gov. Huntsman of Utah, concerning stimulus and Gov. Jingle bell of Louisana. (R) need to stop the grumbling about stimulus money and just accept it and close the pie hole. Take the money and run. Now thats a Politician we Americans has come to know. (R)Party, You can't bullsyd a bullshyder.

Posted by: opp88 | February 23, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Even worse. Every socialist thing he tries only makes things worse. And he was supposed to be so smart. So was jimmy.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 21, 2009 11:32 PM | Report abuse

Poor Obama. He has been on the job a month and STILL all the problems have not been solved. Who does he think he is? He must be considered a hopeless failure. Next week he will make wine out of water but STILL you republicans will not be satisfied that at least he is trying. which is more than can be said for the previous occupant of that office.

Posted by: Opa2 | February 21, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Cc I love the photo above. Do you think he will try to climb in the window as he did the first week. As all thiefs do?

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 20, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

babe it seems you have confused game theory with monetary theory. It is true they are both technically economics but your cut and paste from wiki shows you, like all libs, remain clueless about reality.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 20, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

if he decides to print; at least it will be under the umbrella of new law

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 20, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

TheBabeNemo -

"Funny, Baby Bush printed money two times since 2006. it did nothing to help."

So by the force of his personality it will work for Obamulus?

Posted by: leapin | February 20, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Most of the money given to state and local governments will go to pay off the taxpayer backed retirement account losses for public employees. The stock plans for these "public servants" have lost 43% of their value and the states and local governments guarantee them against any loss, using (of course!) tax dollars. 30% of *ALL* tax revenues for California, Oregon, Washington, Kansas, Ohio, Michigan, New York, and virtually every other state, has gone down this black hole. Put simply, if public employee's and their benefits were treated like their private sector counterparts there would no economic crisis for state and local governments. With the taxpayer guarantee, however, it is almost certain that every single state and local government WILL be insolvent if the stock market declines a further 20%, which is almost a certainty.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | February 20, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Drindl,

I like the way you play with numbers. A 23% rise in people’s opinion that this country is headed in the right direction since Obama took office. If I may be so bold, a 23% rise based off a 17% initial number is rather small (3-4% increase). What we can say then is that before 83% thought we were headed in the wrong direction and now 80% still think we are headed in the wrong direction hardly an endorsement of Obama’s agenda by the American people.

A recent CNN poll shows Obama had a 9% drop in his ratings. If I spin it the way you do, I would announce that there was a 38% increase in Obama’s negatives since he took office which is nothing more than spin. While I may not agree with his stimulus plan since I do not think government can spend that much money effectively (I think the Bush administration proved that), I think its way to early to say anything positive or negative about this administration.

Posted by: sltiowa | February 20, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse


leapin:
Funny, Baby Bush printed money two times since 2006. it did nothing to help.
I never said I don't believe in economics. Please do not put words in my mouth via your entries.
I believe in land, labor, capital and all the wonderful concepts of the circular flow. macro and micro, etc. etc.

king - i get it, the Nash equilibrium and applications of Reimann has no impact on economics. Gee, I guess his Nobel Peace Prize in Economics (1994) meant nothing to "pricing".

a set of strategies, one for each player, such that no player has incentive to unilaterally change her action. Players are in equilibrium if a change in strategies by any one of them would lead that player to earn less than if she remained with her current strategy. For games in which players randomize (mixed strategies), the expected or average payoff must be at least as large as that obtainable by any other strategy

Oh but wait...we can't apply that to economics. Gee Dr. Nash--all that you went through for your original idea doesn't mean JACK !!

Hey King--one more thing pilgrim.
Don't throw blatant insults on this blog. Are you flaming? tsk-tsk. don't let the NET "wind you up so" that you must revert to throwing blatant name calling insults within your posts. not nice. and i can tell you are getting "wound up" by your posts. You are spitting venom all over the place.
Knock it off or I'll call Rahm!!!!!
(oh yeah baby)

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 20, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse


leapin---
I think you better ask Dr. John Nash if economics change.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 19, 2009 6:18 PM


I have no idea what this nonsense is about. I must guess that it is a loon trying to sound smart about something they know nothing about.

Nash is known for game theory and equilibria at the Pareto optimal point. there are issues as to whether humans actually behave this way, but it has nothing to do with economics being immutable.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 20, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Let's get Ted Stevens back into government. The "Bridge to Nowhere" was actually an Obamulus-like stimulus. That makes old Ted a progressive genius!

Posted by: leapin | February 20, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

king:
our wonderful senate put 450 pages onto HR1. talk about earmarks.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 20, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

TheBabeNemo –

Since you don’t believe in the immutable laws of economics then let me ask you if we need to have any taxes. We can just print money for all of our wants, right?. No need for the government to go through the inefficient exercise of collecting taxes.

Posted by: leapin | February 20, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

DOMESTIC TORTURE VIA RADIATION WEAPONRY and Government "Programs of Personal Economic Destruction"...

Who will stop America's "Silent Holocaust"?


IT IS DAY 32 OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

DO YOU R*E*A*L*L*Y KNOW WHAT YOUR SECURITY MULTI-AGENCY COORDINATION CENTER IS UP TO?

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 | February 20, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

As I sit here, the Obama administration is less than a month old and, quite honestly, it’s really no worse than I imagined it would be. But please keep in mind that I wagered it would be even worse than the one Jimmy Carter presided over, and so far I have no reason to switch my bet.

What does surprise me is the fact that so many people continue to be delusional about the president. Even if we overlook the fact that he promised that all of his appointees would be squeaky clean and honorable, and wound up, instead, being a pack of tax cheats, lobbyists and Clinton re-treads, I would have expected his disciples to have rubbed the sleep out of their eyes and seen him for the con artist he obviously is. Frankly, I think he makes Bernard Madoff look like an amateur.

Take the stimulus package, or, in the words of Joe Biden, “the so-called stimulus package.” Obama goes on TV and tells us that it’s the only thing that will keep us from winding up in Hoovervilles, selling apples on the street and becoming a nation of hobos. Furthermore, this messenger of hope tells us, with a straight face, no less, that there isn’t a single earmark to be found in it. That’s like pointing at an enormous hog and saying there isn’t a single link sausage or slice of bacon in it. There’s no need for earmarks when the whole damn thing is nothing but pork! Obama didn’t even have to stay up late to put the package together. That was done by Pelosi and Reid, Washington’s answer to Hormel and Oscar Meyer. Obama was simply the snake oil salesman who was sent out on the road to sell it to the rubes.

Burt

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 20, 2009 1:17 PM | Report abuse

now now...
what i find terribly odd is that when links are posted to
allegedly "back up your stories"
they are only links to "other press that is knocking stories"...
never is there a link, to say
US SENATE
US HOUSE
GPO
GAO
THOMAS
FIRST GOV
WHITE HOUSE
RECOVERY.GOV
OR ANY .GOV site for that matter...

it's always opinions on top of press that was opininated in the first place, and 9 times out of 10 folks....
the press/these links/ what ever you want to call them (even magazines sites)..

they have not done their homework,
and of course, king believes them.

i think scrivener believes them too.

what ever happen to "just the facts ma'am"
not "just the facts after it goes through my editorial department"

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 20, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

two years ago the DOW hit an all time high. the Peloony took over. It was a burden but we struggled on. then Hussain O. got in. disaster followed quickly after.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 20, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

"Obama the market killer. The Dow opened at 8281.22 on the morning of Obama's inauguration. Today it opens at 7465.95. That's a vote of practically no confidence in Obama's strategy for reviving the economy. The numbers were worse on the biggest days of the Obama presidency. The Dow fell 332.13 points on inauguration day, 381.99 points on the day Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner announced step two in the bank bailout, and 297.91 points when the president signed the stimulus bill three days ago. Financial markets are a bet on the future. The market's view is that an Obamanomics-driven economy looks grim.


Fred"


This truely amazes me that folks forgot the markets have been in a downward trend for at least two years. Obama has been in office 30 days. Markets trend up or down...to say he killed the market would be such a error in common sense or does that exist anymore. We need to think clearly now, pull together. I pray this bill does work. We all know it won't happen over night. We have all been warned. Use your intelligence. This mess took 10 years in the making. The last 8 speed it up and now Obama is trying to do what he can to fix it. No president would he be McCain or Obama can perform miracles. Only one person we know of could do that, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and that is the person who will ultimately bring us out of this crises.

I just ask folks writing here to think of what they say .look up facts and do not listen to Fox or MSNBC or CNN or Rush or anyone else but yourselves for these facts. Othewise you have a very narrow view of things and in the long run that can't help anyone.

Posted by: patisok | February 20, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

And change is materializing fast. Every time the new president opens his mouth, the market plunges. The banking crisis, which Obama used to get in power, was nothing compared to the post-election economic meltdown. On February 10 alone, after Treasury Secretary Geithner proposed a new economic rescue plan, the Dow lost 5% of its value. The unemployment is soaring while consumer confidence is sinking. Obama's aggressive marketing of perceived mass poverty became a self-fulfilling prophecy. As the shadow of the New Deal is darkening the horizon and the heavy steps of the approaching depression are sending tremors throughout the world, the appeal of Obama's plan is no longer in the eyes of the beholder.

This is where the goat comes in (in case you're still wondering about the title). Consider this old Jewish joke I heard back in Ukraine:

A man comes to the rabbi and complains about his life:
"I have almost no money, my wife is a shrew, and we live in a small apartment with seven unruly kids. It's messy, it's noisy, it's smelly, and I don't want to live."
The rabbi says, "Buy a goat."
"What? I just told you there's hardly room for nine people, and it's messy as it is!"
"Look, you came for advice, so I'm giving you advice. Buy a goat and come back in a month."
In a month the man comes back and he is even more depressed:
"It's gotten worse! The filthy goat breaks everything, and it stinks and makes more noise than my wife and seven kids! What should I do?"
The rabbi says, "Sell the goat."
A few days later the man returns to the rabbi, beaming with happiness:
"Life is wonderful! We enjoy every minute of it now that there's no goat - only the nine of us. The kids are well-behaved, the wife is agreeable - and we even have some money!"

Obama's "change" is precisely the goat that Americans bought when they lost the appreciation of how good they had it. But the perception of misery is not set in stone; this self-inflicted disaster may as well serve as a remedy - an unpleasant but necessary shock therapy helping the misguided voters come to their senses and begin to appreciate what they had lost. And once they get rid of the socialist goat, they will hopefully regain confidence in their own system and continue to enjoy liberty and prosperity as they always did - with the head held high and without the silliness of feeling guilty about it.

The trick is not to let the goat grow on you. Don't settle for socialism. Capitalism may be a self-regulating system, but it won't be able to heal itself if the socialization goes too far. Then it would be a whole different goat story.

http://thepeoplescube.com/red/viewtopic.php?t=2988

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 20, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

The Governors who don't take the money may be cutting off their nose to spite their face. Their constituants are hurting. Is making a political point more important to them than the pain of the people. These are middle class folks. Some are my friends, white, retirees who are losing their money fast and who put 2nd mortages on houses to pay for their kids education. They have paid into the system for 40 years and more...not all are deabeats. Do some homework those who think that you will be surprised that most are solid white middle class folks who have been laid off our whose retirement income has made them dig into savings which are now gone too. Think before you speak in anger of half truths we have enough of that already.

Posted by: patisok | February 20, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Rick Santelli for Secretary of Treasurer. The Political Backlash is coming. It will be furious, fast, and will send more dems into retirement than they ever thought possible.

Posted by: vbhoomes | February 20, 2009 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Obama the market killer. The Dow opened at 8281.22 on the morning of Obama's inauguration. Today it opens at 7465.95. That's a vote of practically no confidence in Obama's strategy for reviving the economy. The numbers were worse on the biggest days of the Obama presidency. The Dow fell 332.13 points on inauguration day, 381.99 points on the day Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner announced step two in the bank bailout, and 297.91 points when the president signed the stimulus bill three days ago. Financial markets are a bet on the future. The market's view is that an Obamanomics-driven economy looks grim.


Fred

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 20, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Stupid is as stupid does:

In a news story not covered by other major media, the Chicago Sun-Times today reported that the Democratic National Committee still hasn't paid Chicago for November's Obama victory celebration. "Obama victory bash owes city $1.74 mil." begins: Chicago has yet to recoup the $1.74 million cost of President Obama's victory celebration in Grant Park -- despite a burgeoning $50.5 million budget shortfall that threatens more layoffs and union concessions.


They don't pay their taxes, they don't pay their bills, they don't pay their mortgages. why should they when YOU can pay it for them?

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 20, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

First the Libs insist that we lend money to unqualified buyers because of their minority or other status. Now they continue the losses by demanding we allow them to stay in their house, despite not paying the mortgage. If anyone goes over their budget, never fear, Hussain O. is here. all irresponsible behavior will be forgiven. that is what Libs do. the rest of you can pay for it all. you got the money, dontcha? well you used to. before the libs came around, that is.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 20, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

king:
a decade of prosperity?
where?

from 1998 to 2008 - is that the decade you speak of?

in america?
was this prior to 9-11 or not?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 20, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

king_of_zouk:

But isn't that your "End of Days" plan?

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 20, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

It took the Libs a short two months to eliminate a decade of prosperity. Now the succesful will be forced to pick up the slack for the irresponsible. Obama is accelerating the highway to hell. Every day is more bad news-stock losses, banks failing, corrupt pols. The simple answer -spend. No thought required but lots of vauuous speeches.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 20, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

jaysit:

(babe rolls on floor laughing))

that is a "WIDE STANCE" too, isn't it

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 20, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

The Republican stance on stimulus funding is akin to one of their own's stance on gay rights.

Sen. Larry Craig rants and raves against gay unions, rights, marriage, adoption, job protection, but, of course, is perfectly willing to engage in fellatio in public toilets.

Lets hear it for ideological purity. No more gay sex for Republicans. And no more roads, highways, building of flood protection barriers, or jobs for them either.

Posted by: jaysit | February 20, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Eric Cantor was trying to be Steven Tyler I guess.
Using "Back in the Saddle" to seemingly celebrate the "NO VOTE" the entire House gave to HR1.
Like the repuslives are "back in the saddle". For what. Trying to stop a good bill. And you are proud of that, eh Eric?
God help us when YOU SAY America really needs help. We'll be waiting all day for the Repulsives to acknowledge Rome is burning.
So Aerosmith said "no no, can't use the song Cantor".
Cantor fiddles while rome burns.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 20, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

ATTENTION: MAYORS / GOVERNORS / STAFF (please forward)

RE: DOJ-approved RADIATION WEAPONRY (a/k/a "Directed Energy Weapons"...

...being used by security/law enforcement and their nationwide vigilante "extrajudicial punishment network"...

...to TORTURE your constituents

ONGOING 'EXTRAJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT NETWORK'
TORTURES INNOCENT BUT TARGETED AMERICANS...

...WITH DOJ-APPROVED RADIATION WEAPONS AND GOV'T-SUPPORTED COMMUNITY GANG STALKING.

WHEN WILL BARACK OBAMA AND ERIC HOLDER RESTORE THE RULE OF LAW IN BUCKS COUNTY, PA, PHILA., NYC, D.C. AND ALL ACROSS AMERICA?

An IMMEDIATE series of executive orders banning the Bush-Cheney extrajudicial punishment vigilante network"...

...and its coordinated array of "programs of personal destruction"...

...could dismantle this American Gestapo -- and stop the persecution of untold thousands of unconstitutionally "targeted" U.S. citizens and their families...

...a methodical social genocide that surely has contributed to the mortgage meltdown that spawned the global financial crisis.

The "Truth Commission" can wait.

First, President Obama and Atty. Gen. Holder, end the crimes against humanity and the unconstitutional abuses of power.

IT IS DAY 32 OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

DO YOU R*E*A*L*L*Y KNOW WHAT YOUR SECURITY MULTI-AGENCY COORDINATION NETWORK IS UP TO?

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 | February 20, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

good morning king:

billions wasted?

depends on how many banks foreclose.
jp morgan chase has a freeze on foreclosures until march 4th...when the homeowner's stability act takes affect.
it's not enough time.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 20, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

..and meanwhile, the popularity of republicans continues to plummet...

"Over the past several weeks, Republicans have bragged about their unity in opposing President Obama’s economic recovery package, predicting that their obstruction would “give us a shot in the arm going forward.” However, a new AP/GFK poll taken during the final days of the fight over the stimulus bill shows that Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of Republican efforts to block Obama’s plan:

Congress’ approval is only 31%-59%, but additional questions show a much more complicated picture. The number for Congressional Democrats is at 49%-45%, while Republicans are at 33%-59%. The Republicans appear to be cramping Congress’ style. […]

Only 30% say Obama hasn’t done enough to cooperate with Republicans in Congress — the GOP base vote, basically — while 62% say he’s doing the right amount and 6% say it’s been too much. Flipping it around, only 27% say Republicans have done enough to cooperate with Obama, with 64% saying not enough and 5% saying too much.

Meanwhile, people are increasingly confident that Obama is leading the country in the right direction. Since Obama’s election, there’s been a 23 percent rise in those saying the country is headed in the right direction. In October, only 17 percent of Americans felt that way, while 78 percent thought the country was headed in the wrong direction."

Posted by: drindl | February 20, 2009 10:53 AM | Report abuse

The result of 8 years of complete 'conservative' control -- massive amounts of hunger in America... people sinking deeper and deeper into debt and poverty.

"Demand at food banks across the country increased by 30 percent in 2008 from the previous year,” according to a survey by Feeding America. Even food pantries in upscale communities are seeing an uptick in demand. “These are people who never really had to ask for help before,” said Brenda Beavers of the Salvation Army."

Posted by: drindl | February 20, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

how many billions will be wasted today?

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 20, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

The republicans governors were pressured by their senate brothers and the G.O.P.
leaders, not to take stimulas money and
to, complain about all the "pork" in the
bill. But the troubled situations of the
their home states made it difficult to
pass up. But written into the bill was a
legislature bypass to over ride a balking
governor. So the governors can now crow
their hineys off, but the states through
the legislature, will still receive the
stimulas. So the republicans are telling
Obama where he can stick his stimulas, but
with hands out at the same time

Posted by: StevG | February 20, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I THINK THE BEHAVIOR OF THE GOP AND THE BLUE DOG DEMS APPEARS TO BE VERY DETRIMENTAL TO THE SUCCESS OF THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY ACT. NOT ONLY ARE THEY TERRITORIAL LIKE MY PIT BULL, THEY ARE EQUALLY AS DANGEROUS AND STUPID. THEY ARE AGAINST THINGS THAT THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND AND CANNOT EXPLAIN WHY THEY ARE AGAINST IT. THEIR ELEMENTARY STATEMENTS REGARDING HOW MUCH PER FAMILY, HOW MUCH SINCE THE BIRTH OF CHRIST AND OTHER NONSENSE DOES NOT EXPLAIN WHY ANYONE SHOULD LISTEN TO THEM. I THINK THAT OBAMA SHOULD NOT DENY THEM THE MONEY BUT HE SHOULD MAKE SURE THAT IT IS GIVEN TO THE GOV. OF THE STATES THAT UNDERSTAND THE PROBLEM AND ARE READY TO PARTICIP[ATE, FIRST. THOSE WHO OBJECT SHOULD BE LAST. IN ORDER TO GET THIS MOVING FAST, HE SHOULD FUND THOSE PROJECTS WHERE THE CITIES OR STATES HAVE INVESTED IN STARTING THE PROJECTS IN ANTICIPATION OF THE FUNDS AND BE REIMBURSED WHEN THE FUNDS ARE RELEASED. THOSE STATES HARDEST HIT SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET SOME TECHNICAL SUPPORT FROM THE GOV. ANY STATE FOUND TO BE MISHANDLING FUNDS OR USING FUND FOR SOMETHING OTHER THAN INTENDED SHOULD HAVE SOME FORM OF PENALTY. EVERY STATE SHOULD HAVE A DETAILED PLAN HIRING PRACTICES AND ITEMIZED BUDGET ON LINE. THERE SHOULD BE NO PRIVACY IN THE INFORMATION. WE DON'T WANT NO SHOW FOLKS ON THE PAYROLL OR HIGHLY PAID CONSULTANTS ON THE JOB. THAT KIND OF ACTIVITY IS THE OLD POLITICS AND THAT HAS TO BE REPLACED WITH THE NEW TECHNOLOGY LITERATE NEW TRANSPARENT POLICIES. THE OBAMA GROUP NEEDS TO ACT AS WATCH DOGS AND PROTECT THEIR INVESTMENT IN THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY. ANY POLICY CAN BE EVALUATED BY LISTING WHO BENEFIYS AND WHO LOOSES AND WHAT ARE THE OBJECTS OR PEOPLE HOW WORK AGAINST THE PLAN OR WHO ARE OBSTRUCTIONIST. WHY ARE THEY OBSTRUCTIONIST? ASK YOUR REPRESENTATIVES THESE QUESTIONS AND EVALUATE THE ANSWER IF YOU ARE LUCKY ENOUGH TO GET ONE. LETS REALLY PARTICIPATE IN THIS DEMOCRACY.

Posted by: sm98yth | February 20, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

I will take anyone who champions the Employee Free Choice Act, dem or rep.

Governors and Mayors. Yes, must attend to them quickly. Get your wish list in. Then go home. Your states and cities are probably in enough trouble already while you are taking this "ceremonial trip" to Wash DC.

Hey President Obama, ask every Mayor and Governor how their First Responders are getting trained and what they are doing with that money. As well as if their state has a viable Emergency Management Plan. You know, the ones they were supposed to have IN PLACE AND RUNNING by 1998.
Thank you.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 20, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Considering the stellar Job Danny Diaz did for both the McCain Campaign and Republicans nationwide, any political campaign would be a fool not to hire him.

Posted by: VTDuffman | February 20, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

The GOP should have hired Meghan McCain as their Chairman instead of Steele. She at least understands that the GOP is playing a 21st century game with 20th century strategies.
Steele on the other hand wants the GOP to get Hip, but if his outfits tell us anything it is that he doesn't actually know what hip is.

On the senate front, I think if the Democrats can turn the tide of the economy in 18 months time then they have a real good chance of gaining 2-4 seats in the senate in 2010. If I were the GOP I would already be working on a strategy of how their 'balance' kept the stimulus bill below 800 billion to sell to the american public in 2 years. However, it seems they are going with the "don't blame us we aren't in power anymore" strategy, which only works when IF the situation gets worse over those two years.

Posted by: AndyR3 | February 20, 2009 8:26 AM | Report abuse

State leaders of both parties are Obama's best friends right now thanks to their more rational reaction to the stimulus. The White House needs to tread carefully on state issues from here on lout. They can't afford to alienate them.

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | February 20, 2009 8:25 AM | Report abuse

Republicans against the Stimulus are like swimmers struggling against a current..you must first swim out of the current and then to shore...and wave for help!! We Floridians are hoping the Crist's plea to waive the provision for matching State educational funds will be considered by the Obama administration.

Posted by: newbeeboy | February 20, 2009 8:09 AM | Report abuse

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