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White House Cheat Sheet: Next Steps

President Obama will sign the economic stimulus bill that passed Congress late Friday into law tomorrow in Colorado, the first -- and perhaps most easily accomplished -- of a series of ambitious initiatives the president is set to undertake in his first 100 days in office.

Obama and his senior advisers lauded the passage of the $787 billion stimulus bill during a slew of media appearances over the weekend but also made clear that the legislation was simply a first step in a broad-scaled campaign to -- among other things -- restructure the automobile industry, re-start the housing market, firm up banks, and begin to reduce a burgeoning debt.

"This historic step won't be the end of what we do to turn our economy around, but rather the beginning," Obama said in his Saturday radio and You Tube address. "The problems that led us into this crisis are deep and widespread, and our response must be equal to the task."

White House senior adviser David Axelrod echoed that sentiment during an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press."

Said Axelrod:

"We're faced with an economic emergency here, and we're going to have to move forward quickly on, on a number of things: on financial regulatory reform, so we have some rules of the road governing the markets; on financial stability, we have to move forward on that. There are a range of things we have to do, because the country's in trouble right now."

Obama's schedule this week bears out the fact that he will not linger on his stimulus success for long.

Today the White House announces the formation of a Presidential Task Force on Autos designed to oversee the re-structuring of the flailing American automobile industry. The group includes officials across a wide variety of government agencies but will be led by Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner as well as Ron Bloom who is joining the administration as a senior adviser at Treasury, according to White House officials. Bloom previously worked at the investment bank Lazard Freres before signing as a special assistant to the president of the U.S. Steelworkers, a perch from which he has played a critical role in the re-shaping of the organization. (White House officials insisted that Bloom will not be the "car czar" but rather a key member of the task force.)

On Wednesday -- roughly 24 hours after formally signing the stimulus bill in Denver -- Obama will be in Phoenix to roll out his legislative plans to limit home foreclosures and encourage Americans to begin buying houses again.

A week from today Obama will convene a fiscal responsibility summit in Washington designed to examine entitlement reform -- perhaps the stickiest wicket of all policy proposals made during the early days of his presidency.

"Now comes the hard part," wrote the Post's David Broder in his Sunday column, adding that the stimulus plan was relatively "easy pickings" compared to the other major initiatives Obama has in mind.

Broder is right. And, the president seems to know it -- telling a group of Post reporters and editors last month that "we have to signal seriousness in this by making sure that some of hard decision are made under my watch and not under somebody else's."

The next few weeks -- and months -- seem destined to be make or break moments for the president's first four years as he seeks to tackle a series of intractable problems without obvious solutions.

Sked Stuff: President Obama and his senior aides have obviously concluded that the less time he spends in the White House, the better for him politically. Obama was on the road all but one day last week and keeps up that frenetic (for the Fix at least) pace again this week. After returning later today from a long weekend in Chicago, Obama sets out for Denver, Phoenix and Canada -- his first trip outside the country since being sworn in -- later this week.

Burris Revises and Extends: Illinois Sen. Roland Burris appears to be backtracking -- rapidly -- on sworn testimony regarding his contacts with the associates of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich in the runup to his appointment to the seat vacated by President Obama. Burris initially told an Illinois House panel that he had spoken with only one close Blagojevich adviser but in an affidavit filed over the weekend Burris acknowledges that he had contact with five advisers including the governor's brother. Republicans in the state are calling on Burris to resign; he is resisting that call to date although it remains unclear whether Senate Democrats will ramp up pressure on him to do so to finally excise the political boil that is Blagojevich. Watch to see what comes out of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (Nev.) office this week. After not commenting over the weekend, a Reid spokesman told the Post's Peter Slevin Sunday: "Clearly, it would have been better if Senator Burris had provided this information when he first testified." Indeed.

Zuckman to Transportation: Jill Zuckman, a Washington correspondent for the Chicago Tribune, is leaving her post to join the Obama Administration as the director of public affairs for the Department of Transportation under Secretary Ray LaHood, a former Illinois Republican congressman. Zuckman, a Fix friend, is a veteran of the campaign trail -- she covered four presidential races -- and will be missed when 2012 rolls around. She is the latest journalist to join the Obama White House -- and one of the most high profile. As Phil Tucker writes in his "Tower Ticker" blog, Zuckman is the second Tribune reporter to sign on with Obama; Peter Gosselin left earlier this month to be the chief speech writer for Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Other big name journalists in the Obama Administration: Jay Carney (of Time) as Vice President Joe Biden's communications director and Warren Bass (of the Post) as senior adviser to Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

Leistikow to Energy: Speaking of public affairs gigs in the Obama administration, 2008 campaign veteran Dan Leistikow will be the director of public affairs under Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Leistikow, a fellow Hoya, started the 2008 election working in Iowa for former Sen. John Edwards (N.C.) and once Edwards left the contest Leistikow served as a spokesman for Obama in Wisconsin and North Carolina and later during the presidential transition.

2012 Like Its Tomorrow: No potential Republican presidential candidate has been as aggressive in his positioning for the the 2012 race as South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford. Sanford has been relentlessly critical of the economic stimulus plan passed through Congress late last week -- burnishing his already solid fiscal conservative credentials. And, in a profile of Sanford in the State newspaper (hat tip B. Smith), Sanford takes a shot at Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a potential 2012 rival. "He may be a good guy, and I've pleasantly enjoyed knowing him through the governorship," Sanford told the State. "But that he's some stalwart fiscal conservative is, I think, at odds with the record." No. He. Didn't.

Politics and Sports Sightings: Spotted over the weekend...Crist serving as the Grand Marshal of the Daytona 500...Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and his wife, Cindy, at the NBA All-Star game in Phoenix....President Obama in a pre-taped message during halftime of the game urging viewers to get involved in their communities.

Say What?: "If this is going to be bipartisanship, the country's screwed." -- South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham offering his unique take of the passage of the economic stimulus bill during an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos.

By Chris Cillizza  |  February 16, 2009; 6:00 AM ET
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Good Afternoon Progressive Stagflationists -

A couple items in the news

"Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin has said the US should take a lesson from the pages of Russian history and not exercise “excessive intervention in economic activity and blind faith in the state’s omnipotence”."

"Open-government groups have given Obama a pass so far, based on the expectation he'll fulfill his promises, but it will soon be time for the Obama administration to deliver, said officials with the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), a digital liberties and open-government watchdog group."

Posted by: leapin | February 17, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

To ekim53 -- Great Post! When will people see that this is what the new stimulus bill really is? Had to be passed immediately, not allowing people to read and try to understand. But after passed by the ruling bodies, it took 5 days for Obama to get around to signing it. Why did we not have that five days to try to read this "stimulus" bill? Question -- when is Obama the Magnificent going to spend some time in the White House? This guy is still campaigning.

Posted by: evelynadele | February 17, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Atlas573 Governor Mark Sanford is 100% correct on this so-called stimulus. I want to draft him for president in 2012!

http://www.DraftSanford2012.com

____________________

That video MADE MY DAY! These people do still exist! I'm in 100%. My favorite three things about Sanford:

6. In 1994, with no previous political experience, Sanford was elected to Congress. One promise he made during his campaign was to serve only three terms. Sanford kept his promise and left Congress in 2001.

7. While in the House, he didn't accept his allowance for housing; he slept in his office instead.

8. Sanford was elected governor of South Carolina in 2002 and was re-elected in 2006. As governor, he holds "Open Door After Four" sessions at his office. These sessions allow citizens a five-minute appointment to speak with him.

Oh, if they could all be like him..................................

Posted by: bri2 | February 17, 2009 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Governor Mark Sanford is 100% correct on this so-called stimulus. I want to draft him for president in 2012!

http://www.DraftSanford2012.com

Posted by: Atlas573 | February 17, 2009 10:48 AM | Report abuse

To BSimon1: A third child might break the bank, but often the 3rd one brings the most joy! Baby talk provides a little needed levity to this blog - everybody got up on the wrong side of the bed yesterday.

Posted by: annieb346 | February 17, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

A little history…

Jan. 8th, 2009
WASHINGTON - President-elect Barack Obama urged Congress Thursday to work with him “day and night, on weekends if necessary” to approve the largest taxpayer-funded stimulus ever, warning in almost apocalyptic terms that a dire economic future was certain without it.

Feb. 4th
“A failure to act, and act now, will turn crisis into a catastrophe and guarantee a longer recession, a less robust recovery, and a more uncertain future,” Obama said in his prepared remarks.”

Feb. 5th
Obama also reiterated his contention that inaction is not an option, saying that if the legislation is not enacted quickly “an economy that is already in crisis will be faced with catastrophe.”

Feb. 6th
“This is not some abstract debate,” he said during an address to employees at the Energy Department. “The time for talk is over. The time for action is now.”

Feb. 9th
He (Pres. Obama ) said the recession has left the nation so weak that only the federal government can “jolt our economy back to life.” And he declared that failure to act swiftly and boldly “could turn a crisis into a catastrophe.”

“The party now is over,” he said.

Feb 13th Bill Passed

Feb 14th Vacation

Feb 15th Vacation

Feb 16th Holiday

Feb 17th Show Time

From Obama’s own web page:

(1) SUNLIGHT BEFORE SIGNING: Too often bills are rushed through Congress and to thepresident before the public has the opportunity to review them. As president, BarackObama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public anopportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days. Inaddition to ensuring that the public has the ability to review legislation, the sunlight willhelp ensure that earmarks tucked into appropriations bills are exposed. And Obama willsign legislation in the light of day without attaching signing statements that undermine
the legislative intent.

Posted by: leapin | February 17, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

The MSM/corporate media and the Repukelicans are in tandem. They're just two heads of the same corporatists.


The resentment from the press is a resentment of a true outsider (Pres Obama), multiplied by his embodiment of so many of the things they hate.


President Obama hasn't been co-opted by the Villager corporate media mentality like the majority of the Repuke party, and he represents real change, which threatens the MSM/corporate media position of power over public debate. So, their hate is multi-leveled - all levels that say a lot more about the press than anything else.


The McCain pollsters in the corporate media hideaway in DC kept telling him it was a close Prez race and he really believed it. Most of us didn't really think it was as close as he thought and when McCain got spanked by the people he was shocked, shocked, I tell you.


Let the corporate media and the Repukelicans bask in their ignorance. 2010 will hit them like a wet fish....just like 2006 and 2008 did.


Posted by: DrainYou | February 16, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

"Agreed, D. It is Phalin redux. My beef is: the press is entitled to its opinion, but not its own facts. BHO won with 53% of the vote and now his approval rating, post-bill passage, is at 68% (DailyKos). Also, polls show Americans liked what BHO did and didn't like what the GOP did to him (and his bill)."

I don't think that the press is actively rooting for Republicans or that they were rooting for Palin. One of the problems is that the political press sort of sees the DC world in different lenses than the rest of the country. Most of the country sees DC in terms of what they are doing, what they are accomplishing. The press tends to view things in terms of how events affect the balance of power. Everything is sort of viewed through that lens. This means that the press finds different things important (Palin's convention speech) than the rest of the country (her seeming ignorance on the critical economics issues)

Another problem is that the press bends over backwards to seem balanced. This means giving the flat-worlders a lot more space than they deserve. The election wasn't even close. Obama dominated from start to finish with the exception of about a week after the Republican convention. You wouldn't know that from looking at the press coverage. Same thing with this issue. Democrats have dominated this issue start to finish. However, there has been far more coverage on the one hundreth of a percent of what Republicans were able to portray as wasteful as well as on how Obama supposedly failed at bipartisanship. Those issues pale in comparison to how much of a victory this is for Obama, but the flat-worlders need to get their equal face time.

And don't expect this to change. The press always talks about how they need to focus more on substantive issues. It's not going to happen.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 16, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

""Great post from ghtrains on HuffPo (4:16pm, 2/16) under Jane Hamsher's column, "DC Journalists Love GOP Obstructionists, But Americans Don't":"

It seems to be a redux on the press' rush to prop up Sarah Palin from her so called incredible convention speech to her supposed crushing defeat of Biden in the debate. Most of the country just grew to abhor Palin, but we just kept hearing about how great she is and how she energized her worthless base. Same thing here. Sure, Republicans are energizing their worthless base, but they are really turning off the rest of the country. Every poll shows it, but the press seems to be obliivous to this fact.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 16, 2009 5:41 PM"
________

Agreed, D. It is Phalin redux. My beef is: the press is entitled to its opinion, but not its own facts. BHO won with 53% of the vote and now his approval rating, post-bill passage, is at 68% (DailyKos). Also, polls show Americans liked what BHO did and didn't like what the GOP did to him (and his bill).

I'm sure Dittoheads and Phalinites are ecstatic over the zero House votes for the bill, but they probably represent about 15% of the electorate, if that. And even among these hardcore types, it is hard to believe those among who are struggling financially are cheering GOP opposition to a bill that will create jobs and help with the mortgage. At least 3 prominent columnists (Frank Rich, Kos, and Jane Hamsher) have written about how fed up they are with this less-than-honest MSM mis-reporting on our 44th President. Fortunately, BHO and Axerold learned to ignore the MSM pundits and deal directly with the people through the new media (e.g., emails, HuffPo, etc.).

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 16, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse

TBN - I think Abe was born in KY.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 16, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

TheBabeNemo posted: "are we sure that Lincoln was born in the log cabin in Illinois?".............


...with about as much certainty as we know that Obama was born in one of those hospitals in Hawaii.

Posted by: bri2 | February 16, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

"Kos" himself has also weighed (with HuffPo, NYT's Rich, and others) on how the DC pundits falsely declared (in the face of polling showing the exact opposite) that the GOPers were "winners" in the stimulus bill battle:

From: "DC: Where the losers are winners"
by kos
Mon Feb 16, 2009 at 08:15:03 AM PST
Excerpt:

"So according to the DC punditry, last week was a big WIN for the GOP! Huzzah! Except that as Jane [Hamsher] points out, the reality is much more different, as our weekly polling starkly shows: [Kos's poll results]."


Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 16, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse


are we sure that Lincoln was born in the log cabin in Illinois?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 16, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

To bsimon1:
Since you chose to butt in on back and forth posts between myself and someone else, and now you're confused, I'll break it down in a way even you can understand.

Churchill = ally
America in WW2 = good guys
Thomas Jefferson = right to secede
(and yes, relevant even after death)

_________

Lincoln = Too many bads to list in this small space
Obama = scary every day
Karl Marx = anti-American / goes against all that made this country great

Posted by: bri2 | February 16, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

"Great post from ghtrains on HuffPo (4:16pm, 2/16) under Jane Hamsher's column, "DC Journalists Love GOP Obstructionists, But Americans Don't":"

It seems to be a redux on the press' rush to prop up Sarah Palin from her so called incredible convention speech to her supposed crushing defeat of Biden in the debate. Most of the country just grew to abhor Palin, but we just kept hearing about how great she is and how she energized her worthless base. Same thing here. Sure, Republicans are energizing their worthless base, but they are really turning off the rest of the country. Every poll shows it, but the press seems to be obliivous to this fact.

Posted by: DDAWD | February 16, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

interesting part of HR1

Sec. 1611. Hiring American Workers in Companies Receiving TARP Funding.

(a) Short Title.--This section may be cited as the ``Employ American Workers Act''.

(b) Prohibition.--
(1) In general.--Notwithstanding any other provision of law, it shall be unlawful for any recipient of funding under title I of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-343) or section 13 of the Federal Reserve Act (12 U.S.C. 342 et seq.) to hire any nonimmigrant described in section 101(a)(15)(h)(i)(b) of the Immigration and
Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(15)(h)(i)(b)) unless the recipient is in compliance with the requirements for an
H-1B dependent employer (as defined in section 212(n)(3) of such Act (8 U.S.C. 1182(n)(3))), except that the second sentence of section 212(n)(1)(E)(ii) of such Act shall not apply.

(2) Defined term.--In this subsection, the term ``hire'' means to permit a new employee to commence a period of employment.
c) Sunset Provision.--This section shall be effective during the 2-year period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 16, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Eric Cantor is nuts.

He thinks there is a "left wing conspiracy" after him....

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 16, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Great post from ghtrains on HuffPo (4:16pm, 2/16) under Jane Hamsher's column, "DC Journalists Love GOP Obstructionists, But Americans Don't":

"I am so exceedingly tired of reading and listening to the media coverage about the GOP, their dislike of the stimulus package, and their racism. Naughty, little children act up more when someone pays attention to their antics. Maybe less coverage would help the GOP stop some of their nonsense so the country can go forward in sensible fashion. More press is being given to their ridiculous, unhelpful opposition then to the people who are working toward solutions to our problems. We need to hear what the GOP is up to but we don't need constant blaring headlines announcing their next activity or latest statements. We need to talking heads to stop the hunt for sensational news and to start using their heads to make sensible commentary. Opposition with no constructive ideas is nothing but destruction."

* * * *

Interestingly, Hamsher's article includes "the Fix" among the press cheerleaders for obstructionism:

"Chris Cillizza also declares Eric Cantor a victor for maintaining party discipline (although he tags him a loser too for the AFSME ad). Reid gets a "win" here too, and House Democrats are deemed losers, because "it appeared as though this was a Senate-run production.""

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jane-hamsher/dc-journalists-love-gop-o_b_167277.html

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 16, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

bri2 writes
"you obviously believe that nothing Thomas Jefferson said was relevant after his death."

How do you get that? You're the guy who's all offended that a foreign head of state's bust has been removed from the Oval Office. What on earth does that have to do with the relevance of what TJ wrote?

Posted by: bsimon1 | February 16, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: bsimon1
You're right, he wasn't. He also wasn't alive when Lincoln served as President, which makes your point irrelevant.

****!!!!*********!!!!**********
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

I can't believe I'm dignifying your statement with a response, but you obviously believe that nothing Thomas Jefferson said was relevant after his death. Where did you people come from? Did they include funding for REAL American history teachers in the spendulus? Now there's a need. Lincoln is also not alive today, but someone I know seems to think Lincoln is more than relevant.

Posted by: bri2 | February 16, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

"Lincoln was anti-American."

How so, oh nutty one?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | February 16, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse


broadway:
those folks sure did get technical over there didn't they???
but yes, FOR THE RECORD, this Monday holiday is the "re-formulated" holiday that combines Lincoln's and Washington's birthday.

so President Obama wouldn't TECHNICALLY count, but I get your drift.

What we have in America right now is "closet prejudice". Folks that will think of every reason to knock President Obama or specifically look for his failures instead of acknowledging his success----will state that their "feeling" is based on facts...however,
what it is ...is that
they are stone-cold prejudice and don't want to let that one out !!

Closet Prejudice. I think we can pick from The Fix's blog, no???? (on some of them) MUUUHHHHAAAAAAA !!!!

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 16, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

So much for post-racial. DailyKos's "free speech" reports the commissary at CO's Peterson AFB took down 44s picture in response to 4 Yahoo idiots. See below.
_______________

"USAF Base takes down Pres. Obama's photo
by freespeech
Mon Feb 16, 2009 at 10:55:05 AM PST
A photo of President Obama put up to celebrate the President's day at the Peterson Air Force Base Commissary was taken down after "customers complained".

President Barack Obama's picture was removed this week from a Presidents Day sign at the Peterson Air Force Base commissary after customers complained that the image did not fit the holiday commemorating the birthdays of past presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
You would think hundreds of military personnel complained and that they reasonably objected to the photo of the "current" president being up instead of the photos of Washington and Lincoln. Or something like that. You would be wrong."

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2009/2/16/133958/719/510/698187

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 16, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

remember when......................


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5t8GdxFYBU

Posted by: bri2 | February 16, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

bri2 writes
"Thomas Jefferson was no nutball........."

You're right, he wasn't. He also wasn't alive when Lincoln served as President, which makes your point irrelevant.

Posted by: bsimon1 | February 16, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

rooney1 writes
"jmsbh: your comment asking if Chris is going to be "fixed" is about as classless of a comment as I've seen here (and that's saying a whole lot)"

Perhaps. Or perhaps jmsbh is a friend of the fix's in the real world & posts occasional one-liners here.

Also, as a parent expecting a 2nd, the merits of cutting the chances (ba-dum-bump) of a 3rd are worth considering.

Posted by: bsimon1 | February 16, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse


"did scrivener 50 just become scribbler 50?

did WaPo revoke access?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 16, 2009 3:04 PM"
___________
I don't think so. I think they are making fun of scriv. The links in the post are different than those in scrivener50's earlier posts. I may be wrong, though.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 16, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

jmsbh: your comment asking if Chris is going to be "fixed" is about as classless of a comment as I've seen here (and that's saying a whole lot)

Posted by: rooney1 | February 16, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

President Barack Obama will make a stop Wednesday morning at Mesa's Dobson High School, where he is expected to roll out a plan to direct at least $50 billion from the financial bailout package passed last fall to stem home foreclosures.

Obama will arrive at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday. Ticket holders will be admitted to the Dobson High event beginning at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday

The president is expected to make his remarks at 10:15 a.m. before flying out of Phoenix around 12:45 p.m.
------------------

so he is staying the night in my territory.
damn, too bad he is not bringing Rahm.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 16, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

bri2
best read up on your history of the USA.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 16, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

So sorry you libs were taught in public schools using textbooks written by Bill Ayers. Too bad they didn't include a "Communist detoxification" program for you guys in the spendulus. That I would support.

Posted by: bri2 | February 16, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

bri2:the intent, at the time, was breaking away from British rule. And taxation without representation.

_______________________________

Oh, I see. You're one of **THOSE** who loathe America's founding (like Obamarx) and can't wait to change it. You hope that if you preach to enough generations that the founders' words don't apply today, eventually you will brainwash them into believing it. Go back to whatever Communist country you came from so you can enjoy your communist manifesto.

Funny you mention taxation without representation.

Posted by: bri2 | February 16, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

okey dokey...just in case you wanted to read the initial purpose of HR1 - offered for your reading pleasure:

SEC. 3. PURPOSES AND PRINCIPLES.

(a) Statement of Purposes.--The purposes of this Act include the following:
(1) To preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery.
(2) To assist those most impacted by the recession.
(3) To provide investments needed to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health.
(4) To invest in transportation, environmental protection, and other infrastructure that will provide long-term economic benefits.
(5) To stabilize State and local government budgets, in order to minimize and avoid reductions in essential services
and counterproductive state and local tax increases.
(b) General Principles Concerning Use of Funds.--The President and the heads of Federal departments and agencies shall manage and expend the funds made available in this Act so as to achieve the purposes specified in subsection (a), including commencing expenditures and activities as quickly as possible consistent with prudent management.


AAHHHH, it's the prudent management I am afraid of.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 16, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

newbeeboy:
i have been in love with Rahm Emmanuel ever since January 20th.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 16, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

bri2:

the intent, at the time, was breaking away from British rule. And taxation without representation.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 16, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

I've been in Love with Jill Z...ever since I first saw her on T.V. --- she's a Hottie.

Posted by: newbeeboy | February 16, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I was getting tired of this Yoke of Imperialism anyway...

Posted by: newbeeboy | February 16, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

did scrivener 50 just become scribbler 50?

did WaPo revoke access?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 16, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Thomas Jefferson
Declaration of Independence,

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

Thomas Jefferson was no nutball.........

Posted by: bri2 | February 16, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

VP BIDEN: when local and federal authorities say there's nothing to investigate
WHAT ARE THEY HIDING? Could it be ENERGY WEAPONS aimed at Bucks County, AT ME,
a long time published blogger who has cleverly insinuated himself into the MSM
by posting warnings at the Washington Post, hourly?

MR. PRESIDENT and AG HOLDER: Are you NOT READING "The Fix"? If you do not carry
through the investigation of GANG STALKING and the PSEUDO PUBLIC-PRIVATE
targeting of TERRORIZED victims like MOI that I have asked for twenty times a day
at Post BLOGS as well as at my own to which I provide CONVENIENT LINKS, will you
become TARNISHED, like careworn SILVER? Will the wheels in my brain GRIND to
a HALT?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/jap-sub-sighted-off-
Long-Beach

OR (if links are corrupted):

http://My.NowPublic.com/elvis-has-left-the-room

Posted by: scribbler50 | February 16, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse


A Karl Marx bust is being commissioned to take Winston's place.

Posted by: bri2 | February 16, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

bri2 writes
"Churchill wasn't [anti-American]."

Of course he wasn't. We saved his chubby backside.


bri2 also writes
"Lincoln was anti-American."

How so, by maintaining the union from which some nutballs tried to secede?

Posted by: bsimon1 | February 16, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

The MSM/corporate media and the Repukelicans are definitely in tandem. They're just two heads of the same corporatists.


The resentment of the press is a resentment of a true outsider (Pres Obama), multiplied by his embodiment of so many of the things they hate.


President Obama hasn't been co-opted by the Villager corporate media mentality like the majority of the Repuke party, and he represents real change, which threatens the MSM/corporate media position of power over public debate. So, their hate is multi-leveled - all levels that say a lot more about the press than anything else.


The McCain pollsters in the corporate media hideaway in DC kept telling him it was a close Prez race and he really believed it. Most of us didn't really think it was as close as he thought and when McCain got spanked by the people he was shocked, shocked, I tell you.


Let the corporate media and the Repukelicans bask in their ignorance. 2010 will hit them like a wet fish....just like 2006 and 2008 did.


Posted by: DrainYou | February 16, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Lincoln was anti-American.

Churchill wasn't.

Posted by: bri2 | February 16, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

the only revolution that will hit will be John Q. Public goin' off on their families or their business that just fired or laid them off.

In fact, perhaps companies should bump up their security in lieu of all firings and laying off.
or that neighbor of yours that just lost their job..... keep your ears and eyes open folks.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 16, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

wait a sec..
why is President Obama signing it tomorrow in Colorado and not today?
Is it because of the holiday?
HR1 was expected "on his desk" today, Monday 2-16.

It doesn't look as though anything was done over the weekend.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 16, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

No wonder people are stockpiling firearms and ammunition. The revolution is coming. Soon we will have roving gangs of street thugs as in Mogadogdoo Somalia.

We are circling the drain.

Posted by: AbolhassanBaniSadr | February 16, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

KOZ when you bring up the Vichy Government, you are probably talking over the heads of most of our liberal bloggers.

Posted by: vbhoomes | February 16, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Now in Detention:
37thandO (aka DorchesterandCongress)
thecanoli
dianne721

king of kook, the principal has just called you into her office.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 16, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

ObaMARX had the Winston Churchill statue removed from the Oval Office.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I am pretty sure he identifies much more with the Vichy government over the Brits.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 16, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I now understand that Obama has appointed a blue ribbon commission of over 50 advisors at a cost of a mere $20 billion to analyze the dog situation. A recommendation is expected late next year.

but the other measures are hurry, hurry. Get it going before the fraud is detected. gitmo, spending, Senators, cabinet. what will be done with all that money and those prisoners can be dealt with much later, that is, if the check doesn't bounce.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 16, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

bri2 writes
"[The President] had the Winston Churchill statue removed from the Oval Office. Oh how he wishes we would all embrace his anti-Americanism."

Psst- bri2, FYI, Winston Churchill was not an American, he was the Prime Minister of England. Or do you think the President should post a portrait of the Queen on the wall, in lieu of those of Washington & Lincoln?

Posted by: bsimon1 | February 16, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

bri2:

it's going to the WWII Memorial.
in wash d.c.

besides, who cares if he removes/replaces/archives/sells the furniture. was getting sick of the Giorgio gold and white stripes all over the place.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 16, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”
-Winston Churchill


ObaMARX had the Winston Churchill statue removed from the Oval Office. Oh how he wishes we would all embrace his anti-Americanism. Wonder what will be removed next? Will we even recognize the place when he gets through with it?

Posted by: bri2 | February 16, 2009 1:21 PM | Report abuse

This post:
"With only three Republicans supporting the $800 billion stimulus package, and with its 1,100 pages getting a final vote before they are read, the measure that was supposed to lift the nation has added to the sense of breakdown... The solution is now part of the problem."

Reminds me of a novel I'm reading. The protagonist visits a small town newspaper, where he sees them printing the 'news' for three days later - before it has happened.

What the poster I've quoted is doing is trying to establish the story now, whether the stimulus package will work - before its even signed into law. He or she is saying "Look around! Jobs are still gone - the stimulus has failed!" They sound a lot like Harry Reid, who was criticized for gauging the surge a failure before it had a chance to work.

Posted by: bsimon1 | February 16, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

TERRORIZED FOR FIVE YEARS IN PHILLY, PA SUBURBS

BY THE ONGOING BUSH-CHENEY 'EXTRAJUDICIAL PUNISHMENT' VIGILANTE NETWORK...

...EQUIPPED WITH SILENT, INJURY- AND ILLNESS-INDUCING RADIATION WEAPONRY 'APPROVED' BY THE BUSH JUSTICE DEPARTMENT.

...and local and federal authorities say there's nothing to investigate.

WHAT ARE THEY TRYING TO HIDE?


AG HOLDER: Stop the domestic terror. Revive the Civil Rights Division and restoring the rule of law in Bucks County, PA and throughout the nation...

END THE 'PROGRAMS OF PERSONAL DESTRUCTION' THAT WILL SOON TARNISH THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

The truth is... untold thousands of wrongly "targeted" and terrorized victims can't wait for the "Truth Commission."

Where's the Civil Rights Division investigation we've requested for TWO YEARS?

Talk to the good people inside the FBI... the ones who are ANGUISHED over these ONGOING human rights abuses... the ones who apparently have been silenced over the past eight years.


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):

http://My.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 16, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

perhaps on this President's Day, we all take a moment and read HR1.PP..(pp for public print)
-it's right there at THOMAS.GOV

1 . American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Public Print) [H.R.1.PP]

ENJOY !!

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 16, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Lord knows that the current generation of Republican's makes me nauseous.

But I'd like to see Burris pushed out. I've had it up to here with the "it's Ok until _after_ the felony conviction, then it's wrong" ethics.

Posted by: DonJasper | February 16, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

"then, surprise, Obama takes the weekend off, votes NOT PRESENT. the bill can wait."

Praising with faint damnation, right?

Posted by: DDAWD | February 16, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Here's Ben Smith's (politico.com) take on BHO's approach, so far successful (70% approval), to irrational GOP attacks (like those from king_of_kook). They are calling it "Gandhian hardball." It is basically the same mark_in_austin's insightful take.

"'Gandhian hardball'

A Hertzberg coinage:

Fifty years ago, the civil-rights movement understood that nonviolence can be an effective weapon even if—or especially if—the other side refuses to follow suit. Obama has a similarly tough-minded understanding of the political uses of bipartisanship, which, even if it fails as a tactic for compromise, can succeed as a tonal strategy: once the other side makes itself appear intransigently, destructively partisan, the game is half won. Obama is learning to throw the ball harder. But it’s not Rovian hardball he’s playing. More like Gandhian hardball.

That's a more elequent statement of my sense, and John Del Cecato's in my story over the weekend, that the theatrical elements of "bipartisanship" trump the vote count."

http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 16, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

For a man who promised bipartisanship by “working with the majority for change,” he makes ample use of what he claimed to despise, “the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for too long have strangled our politics.”

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 16, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Finally, I’m starting to wonder if President Obama is now telling the kids that they’ll get their dog, but only if he’s re-elected in 2012.

One thing for certain is that the First Dog is being vetted a lot better than was his Secretary of the Treasury.


BertP

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 16, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Why the stimulus is doomed:

The stimulus mess is a lot worse than most people realize. Much of this money goes to state and local governments, creating more state and local government employees! It’s not just wasteful, it’s flat out insane; makes the economic mess we’re in worse! The overhead for a public employee is more than double that of a private sector employee. Take just one example from my state of Oregon. State employees, and there are about 25,000 of them, have, in addition to a regular retirement account, a stock investment account. The taxpayer guarantees these against losses and also guarantees a minimum 8% return. Given the recent stock market loses, taxpayers are on the hook for 43%. Now, the average state employee has slightly over $100,000 in that account. Do the math - taxpayers cover $43,000 * 25,000 = $1,075,000,000; just over 1 billion dollars. Now, Oregon isn’t unique. A similar system exists for all state and local governments across the country. Just covering the losses for their stock options, never mind their regular retirement accounts, the free medical coverage for themselves and their families, the fact that they are paid two times the rate of any private sector counterpart, just the losses for their stock option in their retirement accounts, amounts to more than $100 billion dollars of that “stimulus” money… and that is just for state government employees across the country, not for federal employees or for local government employees.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | February 16, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

You won't hear executives at MSNBC chanting "yes we can." The network that they cobbled together as a TV version of the left-wing screed Air America is in the ratings dumper. Advertising dollars that have never been easy are getting thinner.

Since the inauguration of Barack Obama, Bill O'Reilly and the Fox News Channel have owned prime time. One night last week, for example, O'Reilly scored 3.5 million views compared to Olbermann's 1.4 million. Keith Olbermann may need to go back to sports. MSNBC is in big trouble without Bush to bash. Olbermann, Rachel Maddow and even Chris Matthews have filled their shows with nothing but anti-Bush hysteria for the last year. Now that their punching bag-in-chief has left Washington, they are lost.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 16, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Obama bought....or Obama not.....

Anyone else remember in the early 1980's GPC corportation Iowa was producing denatured alcohol for cars?

Congress refused to put it in fuel catagory, so it was taxed as consumable alcohol, pricing them out of business.

Who was behind that?

The old auto makers were the historical Blago story who owned their Congressmen.

If they want to bust Blago....let them chase around the car giants for buying power in Congress.

Obama can show he is actually for change, by supporting a little Tesla Motors over these junk car vendors.
Pelosi could vindicate her position by supporting California Tesla Motors over her mouse...... a... well.. er ... for get it. Her being chased around by the mad crowd bearing torches, pitchforks, axes, and brooms, to sweep her from power is just too pretty of a picture.

Posted by: dottydo | February 16, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

King of Zouk

I wish you and your pals would take a deep breath to figure out some realities. The bill was not passed until VERY late Friday night after Sen Brown returned from his mother's funeral !
Then the final form of the legislation has to be printed and readied for signature by the President. In case you haven't emerged from the basement of your mother's house for a while, you might not have noticed that we just had what normal folks call a weekend-- and today is a federal holiday. If the bill was signed today , you would probably be bellowing about how it was illegal to do so today and/or that the President was trying to be furtive about it so no one could see what else he was tring to secretly add to it ! If your bozo buddies--- all but the 3 senators with any guts -- hadn't diddled around for days, this bill could already be doing some good.
Jeez, what a bunch of dopes !

Posted by: jmsbh | February 16, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

bsimon1 you're right on!!!

As Obama said in his speech to the DNC there is no red state or blue state but there's the United States.

The problems plaging our nation are not Repbulican or Democratic problems, their the problems of all Americans. Our problems will not be solved by which party is right or wrong or which party weilds the most power. We need both parties working in concert to come up with the best solutions. This is not a time to be entrenched in a battle over principles. Principles have caused countries to go to war. We don't need a domestic war - we're already fighting two wars abroad. Congress needs to stop fighting. They need to work together to secure the future of America by stablizing our economy - shoring up the economic foundation of America. Times change, the world is an ever changing place and it's time for those in Congress to wake up and open their eyes, ears and minds to formulating a plan of action that meets the changing times and moves America forward not backward.

Congress and corporate CEOs need to acknowledge that money and power are the root of all evil and that their penchant for money and power has put us into this predicament. They need to worry less about their personal power and wealth and worry more about the millions of other Americans who only have the power of their right to vote but not the power of their money.

Posted by: Nevadaandy | February 16, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

With only three Republicans supporting the $800 billion stimulus package, and with its 1,100 pages getting a final vote before they are read, the measure that was supposed to lift the nation has added to the sense of breakdown.

The solution is now part of the problem.

Obama deserves most of the blame. Because he's the President with a mandate and a congressional majority, Republicans would have had to go along - if the President had kept his word to change Washington.

But Obama isn't keeping his word. He is shutting out views that don't match his own, and is back on the campaign trail, as though giving a speech to adoring crowds liberates him from the burdens of the White House. After more than two years of campaigning to get there, one would think he would be ready to govern.

The evidence that he is instead choosing a partisan path and a permanent campaign lies most recently in Sen. Judd Gregg's abrupt withdrawal to be commerce secretary. The New Hampshire Republican's decision to join the administration was hailed as proof of Obama's sincere bipartisan outreach, so Gregg's withdrawal over his unease with Obama's policies must be seen as proof to the contrary.

This is no small moment in the making of an administration. The sense of disappointment in Obama is spreading, as are concerns about the consequences of a bait-and-switch presidency.

The global selloff in stock markets after Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner put out a half-baked plan for fixing the financial system is a clear verdict. His arguing that investors missed the point is telling.

Once again, a White House has all the answers and everybody else is wrong. Obama, like his predecessor, doesn't lack for confidence, only for others who share it.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 16, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

It is urgent, urgent, urgent that we pass this bill immediately. Every hour is 20,000 jobs. do not bother to read it or negotiate.
there is no time.


then, surprise, Obama takes the weekend off, votes NOT PRESENT. the bill can wait.
I guess urgency went out the window, just like all the other empty promises - transparency, bipartisanship, honesty, integrity, competency, frugality, even the dog for the little girls.

It is the era of massive fraud in america, perpetrated from the highest level on down.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | February 16, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

broadway joe, I agree with you and not Broder about "easy pickings". Card-check will be more difficult than the stimulus package, but like the stimulus package it raises the spectre of a bridge too ar for a bipartisan solution.

The goodwill that the Prez is creating by his cordial approach to Congress will stand the country in good stead on issues that really can be negotiated, like foreign policy and perhaps the banking and housing/mortgage bills, as well.

And Frank rich could not have got it more wrong when he wrote "Having checked the box on attempted bipartisanship, Obama can now move in for the kill."

The outreach should be real and sustained to pay off in the long run, as the Prez has said. Otherwise bsimon will be able to say "I told you so" when a unitary D Party rule and overreaches, continuing the cycle he described.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 16, 2009 11:29 AM
__________
we totally agree...let BHO be BHO...

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 16, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

broadway joe, I agree with you and not Broder about "easy pickings". Card-check will be more difficult than the stimulus package, but like the stimulus package it raises the spectre of a bridge too ar for a bipartisan solution.

The goodwill that the Prez is creating by his cordial approach to Congress will stand the country in good stead on issues that really can be negotiated, like foreign policy and perhaps the banking and housing/mortgage bills, as well.

And Frank rich could not have got it more wrong when he wrote "Having checked the box on attempted bipartisanship, Obama can now move in for the kill."

The outreach should be real and sustained to pay off in the long run, as the Prez has said. Otherwise bsimon will be able to say "I told you so" when a unitary D Party rule and overreaches, continuing the cycle he described.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 16, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

John Campanelli in DailyKos writing on the perception of Mac and the GOP as "bitter, angry, petty, ungracious sore loser[s]".
Journalist Campanelli also is critical of CNN non-journalist John King:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/2/15/132842/777/818/697855

""Now comes the hard part," wrote the Post's David Broder in his Sunday column, adding that the stimulus plan was relatively "easy pickings" compared to the other major initiatives Obama has in mind."

Easy pickings? Does Broder ever step out of the Beltway echo chamber? Sherrod Brown had to leave a funeral to provide the decisive vote for the bill. Before the trade deadline, can the Post trade Broder to the NYT for Frank Rich or Bob Herbert?

As Frank Rich pointed out in the Sunday Times, the DC punditry hasn't been just wrong on these issues (citing as an example its claim Mrs. Clinton's ascension to the Presidency was "inevitable" and that BHO couldn't win white votes) but in a totally "parallel universe" in which the reporters only talk to each other, but never to real people, and invent fake controversies nobody cares about.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 16, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse


The

C-ongressional
R-ecovery
A-ct
P-rogram

Has just been past

Posted by: ekim53 | February 16, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

As far as Lindsey Graham is concerned I would let him get involved in negotiations next time. Next time I do not think that Obama will negotiate with himself. I see him starting with a Democratic bill and let the Republicans put in some sections. This is one thing that I think Bush may have had up on Obama was he did not negotiate with himself.

Posted by: bradcpa | February 16, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Any word on the arrival of the Li'l Fix--aka Fixette?
And will this be the last of the little Fixes--meaning the Fix gets, er "fixed"?

Posted by: jmsbh | February 16, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

shrink2 writes
"Still can't figure out why people seem to care what Republicans are doing."

The country needs Repubs to get their act together in order to prevent Dem overreach. Dems themselves should want a healthy & rational opposition party in order to force them (Dems) to properly think things through.

If you look at the 'Gingrich revolution' of the 90s, it was built on significant public backlash against Dem overreach & scandal. Look at what drove the Dem resurgence in 06 & 08 - Repub overreach in Congress & the White House. The Dems now should value & promote a cohesive opposition party in order to help themselves resist the temptation to overreach.

In my view, Obama's efforts to reach out to the Repubs is a good start in that direction. The Dem/liberal voices that would prefer to 'screw-em' are the ones that would lead the Dems back into the minority the fastest.

Posted by: bsimon1 | February 16, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

"intractable problems without obvious solutions"

This so far is an Obomination of America by incompetents.
It's the misery of FDR all over again and more.

FDR
“For every public job created by [a] bridge project a private job has been destroyed somewhere else. We can see the men employed on the bridge. We can watch them at work. . . . But there are other things that we do not see, because, alas, they have never been permitted to come into existence. They are the jobs destroyed by the $10 million taken from the taxpayers”
Henry Hazlitt

The top income tax rate skyrocketed from 24 percent in 1929 to 79 percent in 1935. In 1941 FDR even proposed raising the top rate to 99.5 percent on all income over $100,000 (but ended up settling for 90 percent). Not surprisingly, entrepreneurs were stifled and refused to invest and have their capital confiscated. Unemployment under the New Deal never dropped below 14 percent and averaged over 17 percent.

TREASURY SECRETARY HENRY MORGENTHAU admitted that the New Deal had been a failure. On May 6, 1939, he confessed, “We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. . . . We have never made good on our promises. . . . I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started. . . . And an enormous debt to boot!”

Posted by: ekim53 | February 16, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

BN - Generally: each regulatory agency is given power from Congress in the enabling legislation to propose regulations consistent with the statutory purpose.

When regulations are proposed by an agency they are published in the Federal Register and the public is given time to comment. Then, after the comments period, the regulation is adopted, or pulled, or modified to meet objections and is then republished.

Axelrod wants new financial regs and I am sure they are being drafted now. After they are published, it will probably be no less than 90 days until they are effective. Frankly, it may well be 6+ months, considering the power of those for whom regulation is sought, and the comments they and their allies will post.

Regulations, to put a twist on your terminology, remain "frozen" until they are changed by this process.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 16, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

Robt1,

I guess you forgot about the trillon Bush said we had to have in November that the banks squandered. Its no wonder that the elephant is the GOP logo, its supporters have the memory of an elephant...........

Posted by: rharring | February 16, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

Now that Obama and the Democrats have mangaged to get their TRILLION dollar bloated liberal government spending program passed all by themselves (with the help of 3 RINO's) they now have proud ownership of this recession all to themselves. That means in 2010 when the public realized that dumping a pile of money into the goverment black hole didn't get us out of the recession they will know to blame the party in power.

Posted by: RobT1 | February 16, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Politico.com and NYT’s Rich: BHO a big winner in stimulus fight.

Politico. com (a BHO fan—not) and NYT’s Frank Rich both conclude our 44th President came out a huge winner in his successful fight to pass a major stimulus bill to create jobs and boost the economy.

Excerpt from politico.com:
“With Barack Obama’s victory in passing a massive stimulus package marred by days of bad press — as not a single House Republican backed the bill, his health czar went down in flames and his second pick for commerce secretary walked away — the administration has been cut down to size, and lost some of its bipartisan sheen.

Such, at least, has been the beltway chatter, but so far the numbers don’t back it up.

Obama’s approval rating remains well above 60 percent in tracking polls. A range of state pollsters said they’d seen no diminution in the president’s sky-high approval ratings, and no improvement in congressional Republicans’ dismal numbers.”

Excerpt from Rich:
“Less than a month into Obama’s term, we don’t (and can’t) know how he’ll fare as president. The compromised stimulus package, while hardly garbage, may well be inadequate. Timothy Geithner’s uninspiring and opaque stab at a bank rescue is at best a place holder and at worst a rearrangement of the deck chairs on the TARP-Titanic, where he served as Hank Paulson’s first mate. But we do know this much. Just as in the presidential campaign, Obama has once again outwitted the punditocracy and the opposition. The same crowd that said he was a wimpy hope-monger who could never beat Hillary or get white votes was played for fools again.”

Full articles:
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0209/18861.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/15/opinion/15rich.html?_r=1

Posted by: broadwayjoe | February 16, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

in phoenix on wed.
it's always a traffic mess.

Axelrod says "financial regulatory reform". Let's hope Rahm keeps a freeze on the regulations.
Does anyone know how long we can keep regulations frozen???
Gotta see how HR1 stands up.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 16, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Still can't figure out why people seem to care what Republicans are doing.

No one on the national scene could beat a Democrat rival and who is going to donate the $400 million Karl Rove says the RNC will need to support national campaigns? Are you going to give Michael Steele your money?

Republicans need to keep their piggy little hooves off the spending buttons. They need to stop lying about being conservative.

They want to conserve themselves and nothing else.

Posted by: shrink2 | February 16, 2009 9:05 AM | Report abuse

'SHADOW GOVERNMENT' SHACKLES OBAMA ON TORTURE

• The promise of "change" may come -- if Congress shows the courage and determination to provide Team Obama with sufficient cover.

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/shadow-government-shackles-obama-torture

OR (if link is corrupted):

http://My.NowPublic.com/scrivener

*******************************************

IT IS DAY 28 OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

DO YOU *REALLY* 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

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 16, 2009 9:03 AM | Report abuse

I continue to believe that this bill was one of the most difficult for seeking bipartisan support - not as difficult a card-check will be, but very difficult. I continue to see the beginning of the Prz's outreach paying off. Sunday on "This Week" we heard:

SEN. CHARLES E. SCHUMER, D-N.Y., SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM, R-S.C., REP. MAXINE WATERS, D-CALIF., REP. PETER T. KING, R-N.Y.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Let me see if we have something of a consensus here. If I'm hearing correctly -- and do correct me if I'm not -- is that it sounds like you have a consensus here to give Geithner a chance. Let's see if these stress tests will work. But if not, it sounds like everyone, except Senator Schumer, is open to a much more radical infusion of...

(CROSSTALK)

KING: I hate to say, I think Chuck and I are somewhat on the same page here on this. And Lindsey and Maxine are almost on the same page, which -- I don't know what this means about the world.

GRAHAM: You may have to edit this program.
-------------------------------------------------------------------
COKIE ROBERTS: There is no reason for Rs ... to go along with this...for the sake of bipartisanship. But...the civility is there and that could be useful down the road....You just don't have anything like the kind of hostility that you have had for the last 16 years.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | February 16, 2009 8:01 AM | Report abuse

And what might Lindsay Graham be doing to foster bipartisanship? This rant is hardly any better than Obama's audacity to actually push through his own legislation after he won (shocker!) the election...

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

Posted by: parkerfl1 | February 16, 2009 7:38 AM | Report abuse

Hey Lindsey, you're right the country has been screwed, but buy a big, bloated, myopic elephant. Look in the mirror, bozo!

Posted by: NotBubba | February 16, 2009 7:02 AM | Report abuse

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