A nifty demonstration of Democratic fiscal management

posted at 9:55 am on November 13, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Those of us on Barack Obama mailing lists have wondered why the masters of fundraising haven’t stopped pushing for more donations.  After all, Obama won … last week.  Recounts won’t affect the substantial victory; this isn’t 2000.  Yet we keep getting e-mails, supposedly from people like Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, and especially David Plouffe, telling us that Obama and the DNC desperately need more of our money — and Andrew Malcolm does the math.  He reprints the missive from Plouffe:

Here’s what he said:

“We’ll get to work transforming this country. But first, we need to take care of the DNC.”

Did we hear that right? Now that Obama’s the president-elect, the top priority is the Democratic National Committee?

To drive home the point elsewhere in the same e-mail Plouffe adds: “Before we do anything else, we need to pay for this winning strategy.”

Don’t worry, you still get the Victory T-shirt for this $30. But it sounds like pretty much everything else is on hold. This change stuff is looking to be an expensive process, even before it gets started.

The DNC raised $100 million dollars on top of the $600+ million raised by Obama.  The latter was a record-breaking number, and the DNC’s wasn’t too bad, either.  Instead of simply spending what they raised, though, Howard Dean took out massive loans that left the Democrats in the red by $15 million.

In government, we call that deficit spending, something Democrats decried during the 2006 elections.  And who gets to pay for all the overspending and fiscal mismanagement?  The contributors who already coughed up record amounts of money for Hope and Change, that’s who.  And the new administration will hold the Hope and Change hostage until it gets all of the loose change possible first, Plouffe tells us.

In a way, this is truth in advertising.  The Democrats have given us a clear example of how they will govern for at least the next two years.  In fact, we may all wind up wearing shirts that say, “The government took all of my wealth, and all they shared was this lousy T-shirt.”


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I would wear that tshirt. Make some and sell them.

Mommypundit on November 13, 2008 at 9:57 AM

Plouffe is such a tool. He looks like the kid who reminded the teacher about homework on the weekend and tattled on his classmates.

Illinidiva on November 13, 2008 at 9:58 AM

Oh yeah there’s gold in them T-Shirts.

ronsfi on November 13, 2008 at 9:59 AM

“The government took all of my wealth, and all they shared was this lousy T-shirt.”

When do you start printing them?

There are a few profit opportunities in Obamatopia.

forest on November 13, 2008 at 9:59 AM

Wow, I just figured out how I am going to make a living now that the liberals have killed my industry. Those t-shirts are GOLD.

rockmom on November 13, 2008 at 10:02 AM

Well, if the Dems run the country like that, we will be in some terrible debt.

oh..we already are.

becki51758 on November 13, 2008 at 10:03 AM

The instant gratification society rears its ugly head again.
Buy now, pay never.

whitetop on November 13, 2008 at 10:03 AM

Don’t kid yourself folks. This is the beginning of fundraising for the next election – the campaign begins in February.

Vashta.Nerada on November 13, 2008 at 10:03 AM

Why should they have to do fundraising in this country when there are so many willing participants in terrorist countries that can continue to give money to little hussein and his ilk?

ErinF on November 13, 2008 at 10:03 AM

I understand coffee mugs and key chains will be available soon.

flyoverland on November 13, 2008 at 10:04 AM

Yup. Our Fiscal (money)…Their Management…

It’s gonna be a looong four years.

kingsjester on November 13, 2008 at 10:05 AM

The instant gratification society rears its ugly head again.
Buy now, pay never.

whitetop on November 13, 2008 at 10:03 AM

Yep, better set up a financing plan for those T-shirts Ed – “8 years, same as cash!”

forest on November 13, 2008 at 10:05 AM

Dems need money? Why don’t they ask for a bailout like everyone else?

Pcoop on November 13, 2008 at 10:06 AM

Democrat rescue??

The best thing that can happen to GM is let it restructure under Chapter 11. This would allow GM to renegotiate all of its UAW contracts or to ignore the UAW all together!!!

jawbone on November 13, 2008 at 10:08 AM

Obama and the DNC desperately need more of our money

Hence those tax increases coming our way! Yippeeee! I feel so patriotic now!

O/T: Gas at my local WaWa … $1.93! WOOO HOOOOO!!

Tony737 on November 13, 2008 at 10:08 AM

Just heard on FNC that George Soros is being investigated for the hedge fund role in the financial meltdown. Developing….

Connie on November 13, 2008 at 10:12 AM

Instead of simply spending what they raised, though, Howard Dean took out massive loans that left the Democrats in the red by $15 million.

I’m sure Hank Paulson will give them a bailout.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 13, 2008 at 10:13 AM

And who gets to pay for all the overspending and fiscal mismanagement? The contributors who already coughed up record amounts of money for Hope and Change, that’s who.

This is just another foreign investment scam—-(nigerian scammers are pissed that Obama’s using their modus)

Rovin on November 13, 2008 at 10:14 AM

Are you serious??? Pushing the deficit spending meme on democrats when Dick Cheney himself said “Ronald Reagan proved deficits don’t matter”…when Bush himself dipped further into the deficit than the other big spenders (Reagan and Bush I)…gimme a break.

ernesto on November 13, 2008 at 10:14 AM

Just heard on FNC that George Soros is being investigated for the hedge fund role in the financial meltdown. Developing….

Connie on November 13, 2008 at 10:12 AM

Soros, the destroyer of worlds.

forest on November 13, 2008 at 10:14 AM

ernesto on November 13, 2008 at 10:14 AM

Republicans have been lambasted loudly here for deficit spending too.

forest on November 13, 2008 at 10:16 AM

I’ll bet $30 that this item ends up on the Factor Gear website. O’Reilly is such an opportunist.

sherry on November 13, 2008 at 10:16 AM

Just heard on FNC that George Soros is being investigated for the hedge fund role in the financial meltdown. Developing….

Connie on November 13, 2008 at 10:12 AM

I’m not surprised. There was a lot of truth in that SNL skit.

Here’s my comment from August during the DNC meeting at Barackopolis.

http://hotair.com/archives/2008/08/19/invesco-field-sell-out-takes-on-a-whole-new-meaning-with-obama/comment-page-1/#comment-1315231

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 13, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Do they plan on making paper targets with the Obarky logo? If so, I’ll take fifty.

Why don’t the dems just hit-up their Palestinian and islamist friends living overseas, surely those thugs can pony together some more cash on top of the millions they already donated.

Bishop on November 13, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Hope and change……sure. Suckers!

AZDREAMER on November 13, 2008 at 10:19 AM

Just heard on FNC that George Soros is being investigated for the hedge fund role in the financial meltdown. Developing….

Connie on November 13, 2008 at 10:12 AM

After Jan. 20, that will all go away. I can’t wait to see the makeup of the Congressional hearing committee investigating Fannie and Freddie. My guess,…Dodd and Frank as co-chairs.

a capella on November 13, 2008 at 10:20 AM

ernesto on November 13, 2008 at 10:14 AM

You must have missed the umpteen billion comments over the past years from people lambasting the GOP for their overspending habits.

Here is a hint: We knew the GOP would suffer for engaging in such spending folly and saw the DFL takeover coming because of it.

Doh!

Bishop on November 13, 2008 at 10:20 AM

Come on now… all that land for the Youth Service Camps doesn’t come cheep ya know…

Romeo13 on November 13, 2008 at 10:20 AM

forest on November 13, 2008 at 10:16 AM

So then what good does this sort of anticipatory finger pointing do? Failure to see the writing on the wall is what his the party hard these last 2 elections. The idea of republicans looking down on the way the DNC spent money is laughable, given what’s transpired. The party can’t gain any traction among anyone thats not a true believer this way…

ernesto on November 13, 2008 at 10:21 AM

Don’t kid yourself folks. This is the beginning of fundraising for the next election – the campaign begins in February yesterday.

Vashta.Nerada on November 13, 2008 at 10:03 AM

Fixed it, but you’re exactly right. They’ve read Clinton’s book.

ManUFan on November 13, 2008 at 10:23 AM

I thought I heard somewhere that all this extra fundraising was to pay for inaugruation festivities (or something). Yeah….right….

We are thinking of renting out our house in Burke, VA for the week for those who wish to attend these “festivities”. Big money to be made there. We would just have to hide the china, liquor, furniture, guns………

Karen_VA on November 13, 2008 at 10:23 AM

They’ve read Clinton’s book.

ManUFan on November 13, 2008 at 10:23 AM

Yep. There will be a nonstop campaign for the 2010 mid-term and Barry’s 2012 re-election.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on November 13, 2008 at 10:28 AM

Anyone suffering under the pathetic delusion that Democrats are even marginally competent or not completely corrupt is about to get a very severe education.

Incompetent – Corrupt – Utterly Worthless to the Core – The Democrat(ic) Party.

NoDonkey on November 13, 2008 at 10:30 AM

Hey, if they want to pay for hopenchange through private donations, good luck to them. Maybe they won’t have to raise my taxes quite so much…

morganfrost on November 13, 2008 at 10:33 AM

Hey! I just thought of an awesome way that the gov’t could raise some money. Apparently, tickets to the Messiah’s big shindig in January are worth $20,000 plus. They could make some good dough by actually selling those babies rather than handing them out for free.

Illinidiva on November 13, 2008 at 10:33 AM

Karen – Don’t do it! You won’t have a house left! And you may have to fumegate afterwards.

I’m just sayin…

kingsjester on November 13, 2008 at 10:33 AM

God have mercy on us.
Capitalist, common sense, conservative Republicans sharpen the entrepreneur thinking cap anticipating these massive Democrat deficits.
Good thinking, Karen_VA.

atemely on November 13, 2008 at 10:34 AM

Where are the lib media good government types? Isn’t their shame crippling them by now? First they overlook the public financing broken promise, then they sit mute with the perpetual campaign. This drive for funds reflects the fact that the Dems are nervous that the Untested One will not be able to fly high during his first term and will be bogged down by the financial crisis. They need all the money in the world to craft a phony narrative for the next election cycle

sladenyv on November 13, 2008 at 10:34 AM

The DNC raised $100 million dollars on top of the $600+ million raised by Obama.

How many meals would this amount buy for the poor?

beththebaker on November 13, 2008 at 10:35 AM

Actually, they are just trying to get as much as they can from everyone before the tax “cuts” kick in and no one has anything left to give to the party.

ernesto, since the a$$hole Dems threatened to cut off funding for our troops at every turn, the President had to buy their support for the funding bills by continuing to fund the things the bleeding heart libs want. They added as riders to the military votes lots of goodies for the sheeple back in their home states. Also, they have created massive dependence on the government that cannot be easily undone. That is the way DC works and we should all be unhappy about it.

Read the constitution and see that protecting this nation is job one for the government. All the rest of the entitlements are justified by one phrase, the common good. The problem is that all this wasteful spending has not contributed to the common good but rather the common demise.

Jvette on November 13, 2008 at 10:35 AM

you may have to fumegate afterwards.

Yes, that would be the downside. We do have a nice stoop they could sit on though :)

Karen_VA on November 13, 2008 at 10:35 AM

Does Obama get to hold onto that 600 Mill? bank it until 2012?

how much of that has been laundered?

Gawd Forbid that he uses that to pay off his debt..

DaveC on November 13, 2008 at 10:35 AM

Capitalist, common sense, conservative Republicans sharpen the entrepreneur thinking cap anticipating these massive Democrat deficits.
Good thinking, Karen_VA.

atemely on November 13, 2008 at 10:34 AM

Thanks….I think.

Karen_VA on November 13, 2008 at 10:37 AM

One more piece of advice if you do it, Karen.

CASH UP FRONT!

I’m just sayin’…

kingsjester on November 13, 2008 at 10:39 AM

Does Obama get to hold onto that 600 Mill? bank it until 2012?

how much of that has been laundered?

Gawd Forbid that he uses that to pay off his debt..

DaveC on November 13, 2008 at 10:35 AM

How much of it was obtained illegally through the small donor credit card scam? How many foreign donations? We’ll never know because according to an article in Politico yesterday, it will not be investigated.

beththebaker on November 13, 2008 at 10:40 AM

We would just have to hide the china, liquor, furniture, guns………
Karen_VA on November 13, 2008 at 10:23 AM

Fortunately you could leave out all the soap and shampoo without fear of it getting touched. And deodorant for that matter.

Bishop on November 13, 2008 at 10:41 AM

CASH UP FRONT!

And a good lawyer!

Karen_VA on November 13, 2008 at 10:41 AM

Fortunately you could leave out all the soap and shampoo without fear of it getting touched. And deodorant for that matter.

Bishop on November 13, 2008 at 10:41 AM

LOL

Karen_VA on November 13, 2008 at 10:43 AM

Don’t forget, the Dems have still have three more Senate seats to buy off.

CP on November 13, 2008 at 10:44 AM

Hi, Beth!

Why is it that there will be no investigation into the donations? I would love to see a REAL list of his contributors.

I guess they are afraid of the names they will find on it.

kingsjester on November 13, 2008 at 10:44 AM

kingsjester on November 13, 2008 at 10:44 AM

Hey there… I linked it in a post yesterday.. will try again, but I am not sure how to work the link for this site… maybe someone can give me instructions?

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1108/15497.html

I especially like the part that says McCain will face scrutiny… what a joke

beththebaker on November 13, 2008 at 10:49 AM

beththebaker on November 13, 2008 at 10:49 AM

UN-BUH-LIEVE-A-BULL!

And I do mean BULL!

kingsjester on November 13, 2008 at 10:53 AM

kingsjester on November 13, 2008 at 10:53 AM

I tell ya… I may sound like chicken little here… but I really think all the people talking about the future elections in 2010 and 2012 are dreaming… the left will find a way to tilt the elections by hook or by crook and our elections will look like those in Venezuela or Cuba.

beththebaker on November 13, 2008 at 10:58 AM

Don’t worry about the DNC’s $15 million deficit. The US Treasury will just cut them a check.

indythinker on November 13, 2008 at 10:58 AM

Great article on Soros’ role in the financial crisis.

http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/WTARC/2008/ss_politics0650_10_28.html

chunderroad on November 13, 2008 at 10:59 AM

chunderroad on November 13, 2008 at 10:59 AM

A must read! Oy Vey!

beththebaker on November 13, 2008 at 11:03 AM

It was mentioned this morning on Fox that they are going to investigate Soros’ hedge fund role in the financial meltdown.

How do you investigate the world’s richest man and make anything stick?

I may have my tinfoil hat on, but my gut (Jethro Gibbs, NCIS…my favorite show) tells me he is much more involved in this election than anybody knows.

kingsjester on November 13, 2008 at 11:04 AM

Obama/Biden

Country Second!

drjohn on November 13, 2008 at 11:05 AM

What is most shocking is not the panhandling after an election; Robert Duncan – RNC chair – sent me a plea for dollars two and a half hours earlier in the day. What is stunning is that from a campaign that owes their victory to an economic crisis, they become suddenly tone-deaf about what is truly important to the voters. In Plouffe’s words:

We’ll get to work transforming this country. But first, we need to take care of the DNC.

Are we to assume that if the DNC remains broke, the country will just have to wait? Leave it to the party of the donkey to put the cart ahead of the horse.

Unequal Time http://unequal-time.blogspot.com

bryanmyrick on November 13, 2008 at 11:07 AM

kingsjester on November 13, 2008 at 11:04 AM

I agree… in order for socialism/fascism to be accepted by a society, a crises must occur, an emergency, if you will. I heard an interesting poll yesterday… 60% of Americans believe government isn’t intruding enough in our lives… but 4 months ago, the exact same poll showed 60% of Americans thought there was too much government intrusion…. interesting, EH?

beththebaker on November 13, 2008 at 11:09 AM

kingsjester on November 13, 2008 at 11:04 AM

I have been wondering where Soros has been during this election. I too think that he is manipulating things behind the scenes and that Obama owes his tsunami of funding to Soros. In 2004, Soros was everywhere and made no bones about the fact that he wanted to defeat Bush and the Republicans. This time around, not a word from him.

Jvette on November 13, 2008 at 11:11 AM

The government took all of my wealth, and all they shared was this lousy T-shirt.

I searched CafePress.com and couldn’t find this. Someone needs to make it. They’ll make a killing.

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on November 13, 2008 at 11:11 AM

Great article on Soros’ role in the financial crisis.

http://www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/WTARC/2008/ss_politics0650_10_28.html

chunderroad on November 13, 2008 at 10:59 AM

“I bought it, I paid for it, it’s mine.”

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on November 13, 2008 at 11:12 AM

“I bought it, I paid for it, it’s mine.”

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on November 13, 2008 at 11:12 AM

I wonder how much money this has cost him over the years . Probably more than the GDP of most countries!

beththebaker on November 13, 2008 at 11:14 AM

So, a Billionaire may have just bought the election of a inexperienced, far left, empty suit to the most powerful leadership position in the wolrd.

Scary, ain’t it!

I agree with beth, OY VEY!

kingsjester on November 13, 2008 at 11:16 AM

wolrd = world

got too excited.

kingsjester on November 13, 2008 at 11:17 AM

While I can agree with many of the comments of gloom and doom – we did loose, after all, and especially for a small business owner like myself the months and years ahead look very dark – I see this as a real opportunity for our side! We need to start at home in the grass roots and revitalize the GOP! It was silly to think that we could change from the top down – we have to start with our local areas – mayors, city and county councils, states, and then go to the federal level! Face it, Senator Obama IS our president, we can’t change that fact. But lets get some things done NOW so that we have someone who is a true conservative run for that spot in 2012!

mkosin on November 13, 2008 at 11:18 AM

How much of it was obtained illegally through the small donor credit card scam? How many foreign donations? We’ll never know because according to an article in Politico yesterday, it will not be investigated.

beththebaker on November 13, 2008 at 10:40 AM

Hmmmm…. thinkin on the implications of this…

IF he is ever investigated, he’s going down. Under Sarbains/Oxley the CEOs and such of a business are held accountable for accounting problems.

Could this continued fund raising drive be there to “pay back” the illegal contributors that they are miraculously now going to find in their database?

Romeo13 on November 13, 2008 at 11:22 AM

I received the e-mail and was floored. What a bunch of money-grubbing bastards.

JohnIII on November 13, 2008 at 11:29 AM

I want that T-shirt. Make it a brownshirt please.

Badger40 on November 13, 2008 at 11:39 AM

What is most shocking is not the panhandling after an election; Robert Duncan – RNC chair – sent me a plea for dollars two and a half hours earlier in the day. What is stunning is that from a campaign that owes their victory to an economic crisis, they become suddenly tone-deaf about what is truly important to the voters. In Plouffe’s words:

We’ll get to work transforming this country. But first, we need to take care of the DNC.

Are we to assume that if the DNC remains broke, the country will just have to wait? Leave it to the party of the donkey to put the cart ahead of the horse.

Unequal Time
http://unequal-time.blogspot.com

bryanmyrick on November 13, 2008 at 11:45 AM

Looks like we’re not in Kansas anymore, Todo, the “Hand in Every Pocket” philosophy of the DNC is now taking place.

DL13 on November 13, 2008 at 11:54 AM

I wish we’d stop calling it “Share the wealth.” It’s “Share the income.”

Candy Slice on November 13, 2008 at 12:06 PM

The best thing that can happen to GM is let it restructure under Chapter 11. This would allow GM to renegotiate all of its UAW contracts or to ignore the UAW all together!!!

Which is exactly why the Dems will not allow this to happen. The UAW is the hand that feeds the Liberals and they will do whatever is necessary to keep them afloat, even if it destroys the company in the process.

Scorched_Earth on November 13, 2008 at 12:07 PM

Dean messed up Vermont too. Though he didn’t have to work too hard to do it.

jeanie on November 13, 2008 at 12:50 PM

Glad I’m not on that email list. I am not sending anybody money, from any party. I hope they all go bankrupt just like they are letting the rest of the country doing! This is beyond insane. I wonder how many people are actually going to fall for this and pony up their money only to have the Dems take it by force. I how those who voted for the One sit down shut up and enjoy the ride. Those of us who didn’t speak up and hope to God someone hears us.

Brat4life on November 13, 2008 at 1:10 PM

If dem contributors pony up to this new solicitation well that’s their business. Repubs have no business decrying deficit spending after our party acted like drunken sailors under DeLay and Boehner and our Speakers of the House and Majority Leaders of the Senate. That’s a tad hypocritical.

eaglewingz08 on November 13, 2008 at 1:37 PM

how much does Hillary still owe? is she still asking for money? did Obama pay off her debt?

Kaptain Amerika on November 13, 2008 at 4:35 PM

I think China would agree to give the Dims money in exchange for technology secrets.

la.rt.wngr on November 13, 2008 at 4:58 PM

Obama raised an amazing amount of cash – credit to his team for their efforts as they made history.

Obama could have won with a fraction of that cash.

What is disturbing is we don’t really know where it all came from (and this applies to McCain too). Sure it is documented (sort of) but the sheer amount should worry us. Contributions buy influence. Huge contributions must buy more influence.

Yet no-one talks of capping it.

The closest we have got is banning foreign donations and we all know they slip through the net.

It’s not just a Marc Rich pardon here and there – scratch the surface of Bush’s “compassionate conservatism” (or HUGE government spending spree) and there are equally troubling questions.

Ares on November 13, 2008 at 5:53 PM