Obama: We cannot let politics get in the way of passing this crap sandwich

posted at 3:04 pm on January 31, 2009 by Allahpundit

Dissent is — well, not unpatriotic, exactly, just staggeringly irresponsible. Reminds me of Trent Lott trying to rally the pro-amnesty troops two years ago by arguing that it would be downright cowardly not to cram that turd of a bill down America’s throat. Comedy gold, in case you’ve never seen the clip.

Note that The One makes a point here of repeating his attack on Wall Street bonuses as “shameful.” That’s no accident — see my post on McCaskill’s new bill from last night for an explanation — just as it’s no accident that Treasury’s going to weigh in on the subject next week. The porkier and less popular the stimulus gets, the more the Democrats have to atone with populist gestures. As for the upcoming Senate vote, I’m guessing there’s no chance of a GOP filibuster — not only because Judd Gregg’s about to get vacuumed up into the cabinet, taking the GOP’s filibuster power with him, but because the party would be taking a huge political risk in blocking the trillion dollars that are going to Save The Universe. America wanted Democratic rule and now they’ve got what they bargained for. Let them have it. Mission accomplished, says Christopher Caldwell:

The stimulus will be expensive, more expensive than the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined and Nancy Pelosi, Senate majority leader, has called it a mere “down payment”. The stimulus bill, whether it succeeds or fails, could be the Democrats’ Iraq. Like Iraq, it is a long-standing partisan project that is being marketed as an ad hoc response to a national emergency. It reflects the pre-existing wishes of the party’s most powerful interest groups more than the pre-existing wishes of the country. Democrats are now liable to be judged by the standard they created when they abandoned the Bush administration over the Iraq war: you break it, you own it.

Update: Bipartisanship’s overrated anyway, says the man of Steele.


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wethal
you are right,in a one party state where he came from you did what you are told and moved on.

rob verdi on January 31, 2009 at 3:57 PM

By the way the Today show this morning made this bill sound like one massive road works plan with all the money being used to by factory goods. Rush is right, these people are amoral.

rob verdi on January 31, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Starve us out, with higher, and higher, and more, and more taxes…til we’re all at the mercy of Government, for all our wants, and needs.

I can’t wait to see us all needing, and not getting, as they sit on their thrones eating steak, and the scraps go to their labradoodles.

capejasmine on January 31, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Wethal on January 31, 2009 at 3:55 PM

That’s fits with what I said above about executive ability.

He has no experience with actually bringing together and working with people who differ.

INC on January 31, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Wally on January 31, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Nazi Germany wasn’t really socialist even if the name of the party did imply that.

Oldnuke on January 31, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Let America have a big fat dose of Democrats. 2009′s estimated deficit? 2.2 trillion. 2010′s estimated defecit? No one’s calculated it yet but the stimulus bill spends the most money in that year. Will the rest of the world finance us forever? Not bloddy likely.

Decoupling is going to happen…

Theworldisnotenough on January 31, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Someone needs to clue Barry in…

We have a President… not a King…

Its the Job of the Legislature to decide how money is spent… his only job is to approve, or disapporve, of what they do.

Pesky thing that Constitution.

Romeo13 on January 31, 2009 at 4:01 PM

By the way the Today show this morning made this bill sound like one massive road works plan with all the money being used to by factory goods. Rush is right, these people are amoral.

rob verdi on January 31, 2009 at 3:58 PM

I find it so disgusting, that the press has their heads so far up the liberal machines arse, they can’t deduce their names , from their shoe laces anymore.

It’s painful to watch this, and know that people out there, actually believe this, and believe their liberal leaders love them so much. If they love you so much, why do they want your income to go down, and your taxes to go up? How will that help you?

capejasmine on January 31, 2009 at 4:01 PM

Hey find a photo from before the inauguration I think we can see him aging right in front of our eyes compare to the still photo above.
Dr Evil on January 31, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Wow, that was my first thought as well. The One was not prepared for reality, and it appears to have really had a deleterious effect upon him.

LegendHasIt on January 31, 2009 at 4:02 PM

Wow. The Democrats are really clueless have never learned about our own history.

..as we continue to struggle through unprecedented economic turmoil…

Ummmmm, uhhhh, Mr. President? Are you forgetting that tiny little period of the late 1920s, the 1930s and the 1940s? The unemployment rate at the heights of the Great Depression was 25% for all workers and 37% for non-farm workers. What is the current unemployment rate? 8-9%?

I have to say you are being very disingenuous when you make these statements. You are trying to push through terrible legislation based on fear. Your policies are clearly coming from FDR.

How about we rename you? Ladies and gentlemen, President Franklin DelanObama.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 31, 2009 at 4:03 PM

“Save or create 3 million jobs…” isn’t that a swing of 6 million?
Of course, how does he prove he saved/created that many? Better yet, how is it disproved? … Smart rhetoric.

AeroSpear on January 31, 2009 at 4:05 PM

getalife…. If a $2 trillion deficit is your best plan, youll be gone next fall.

And you idiots deserve it

Chuck Schick on January 31, 2009 at 4:05 PM

rob verdi on January 31, 2009 at 3:58 PM

You and Rush are right.

Debunking Stimulus Myth: Only 3% Allotted for Road, Bridge Infrastructure Spending

“It’s just 2.7 percent of the spending proposal that’s being contemplated for what every person would normally characterize as infrastructure,” Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, said to the Business & Media Institute.

INC on January 31, 2009 at 4:07 PM

“My mom was a sharecropper’s daughter with a fifth-grade education,” Steele said. “And my mother knew how to balance the budget without taking money out of my pocket.”

the_nile on January 31, 2009 at 4:07 PM

By the way the Today show this morning made this bill sound like one massive road works plan with all the money being used to by factory goods. Rush is right, these people are amoral.

rob verdi on January 31, 2009 at 3:58 PM

NBC and MSNBC have put so much into identifying itself with Democrats and becoming the official mouthpiece of Obama, that it’ll be interesting to see what they do when the country turns back towards Republicans. Some people seem to always forget that politics moves in cycles.

clearbluesky on January 31, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Hey find a photo from before the inauguration I think we can see him aging right in front of our eyes compare to the still photo above.
Dr Evil on January 31, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Wait until those 3 am phone calls start. At least now, he’s probably getting to sleep the night through. Bet he looks forward to the daily terrorist threat assessment.

Wethal on January 31, 2009 at 4:11 PM

Hey find a photo from before the inauguration I think we can see him aging right in front of our eyes compare to the still photo above.
Dr Evil on January 31, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Wow, that was my first thought as well. The One was not prepared for reality, and it appears to have really had a deleterious effect upon him.

LegendHasIt on January 31

Funny,,, I thought the very same thing. He looked tired and older already. Well, either he’s up late partying or he’s never really been up to the job. I mean,, seriously,, this guy has never done much of anything except be a community agitator, smoke cigs and run campaigns. I know he’s a Marxist, and it’s easy to be a Marxist in some place like Cuba or Venezuela, you know,, some place where you really are like god and all your enemies and problems can just “disappear,” and your friends are like Russia and China.
But,, we’re not a full police state yet and he has some real responsibilities there. Can’t solve everything with executive orders, speeches and taking the shirt off and body surfing.

JellyToast on January 31, 2009 at 4:13 PM

Check the comments at YouTube out. It’s a love-fest.

Tzetzes on January 31, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Check the comments at YouTube out. It’s a love-fest.

Tzetzes on January 31, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Though it starts to sound a little hollow and scripted.

the_nile on January 31, 2009 at 4:23 PM

He does look older.

YoBama! Might want to hit the counter at Nieman Marcus before you tax the he!! out of that too.

capejasmine on January 31, 2009 at 4:24 PM

So pass the bitch already. Its a done deal..address another pressing issue and stop wasting time that you need to correct all the messes. You can take all the credit for saving the country and point to all those Rethuglicans who tried to foil it. Come on..step to it..chop chop.

Bask in the sweet marinade of glory, Barry. The credit will be all yours.

Itchee Dryback on January 31, 2009 at 4:33 PM

Behind every statistic is a story.

Behind every statistic is an opportunity to manipulate data to fit my Marxist goals.

I will continue working with both parties.

I will continue wining and dining both parties and pretend to be a bi-partisan superhero, but I will put my thumbs in my ears and say, nyah, nyah, nyah, nyah I can’t hear you everytime I see a Republican’s mouth move.

Buy Danish on January 31, 2009 at 4:37 PM

oBama! Might want to hit the counter at Nieman Marcus before you tax the he!! out of that too.

capejasmine on January 31, 2009 at 4:24 PM

Nah. He just needs to send the Secret Service to Walgreens.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 31, 2009 at 4:39 PM

America wanted Democratic rule and now they’ve got what they bargained for. Let them have it.

Absolutely 100% correct. Let the Democrats quit whining about non-existent “gridlock” or “obstructionism” and take responsibility for the miracles they’ve promised.

ddrintn on January 31, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Arrogance and greed?! Uh yeah 93K for petty cash to all house members?!

sonnyspats1 on January 31, 2009 at 4:45 PM

Absolutely 100% correct. Let the Democrats quit whining about non-existent “gridlock” or “obstructionism” and take responsibility for the miracles they’ve promised.

ddrintn on January 31, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Exactly. They don’t need Republican votes, they don’t want Republican input, or ideas. They just want their support, when they don’t need it. Why?? Because when it all goes to he!! in a handbasket, they can tra and lay the blame for it on Republicans. Pathetic.

capejasmine on January 31, 2009 at 4:47 PM

There is no gridlock. If the frigging bill is the only hope, pass it and accept the adoration from the grateful masses. Of course if no Republicans sign on, then the dims may have to face accountability for their actions and we all know how dims react to their failures. In the old days, we called people like this cowards, but today they are called liberals.

volsense on January 31, 2009 at 4:50 PM

NBC is owned by GE they will probably get $40,000,000,000 of the crap sandwich to tide them over until the democrats take control again in 2024.
Barry can go sit on a long stick.

izoneguy on January 31, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Check the comments at YouTube out. It’s a love-fest.

Tzetzes on January 31, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Not anymore.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 31, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Exactly. They don’t need Republican votes, they don’t want Republican input, or ideas. They just want their support, when they don’t need it. Why?? Because when it all goes to he!! in a handbasket, they can tra and lay the blame for it on Republicans. Pathetic.

I can’t wait to see the commercials for the 2010 elections.

izoneguy on January 31, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Obama cannot deal with the fact that
ALL of the republicans so FAR..
and 11 democrats have voted Against the
overseas condom and birth control giveaway act..

he is trying anything he can to get even 1 republican to back this piece of sheite legislation

Because when it blows up in his face..
and it will

the dems, liberals and everyone else will be held responsible..

Today on one of the liberal communist news network
i watched as the anchor At least 4 – 5 times
Repeadedly said in aoutrigth scorn

“The Do – Nothings”
meaning republicans who oppose this bullshit law.
who oppose this bill

the do – nothings who dont like this bill

the do – nothing bla bla bla

basically the liberals are out to Rape the us tax system
and the news media is desperatly trying to cover up this fact by stating

If you oppose the messiahs plan
then your a do – nothing..

nevermind their spending billions on
condoms and birth control and abortion

please explain to all of us
what in the HELL do you idiots think your doing with OUR childrens money?

jcila on January 31, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Because when it all goes to he!! in a handbasket, they can tra and lay the blame for it on Republicans. Pathetic.

capejasmine on January 31, 2009 at 4:47 PM

Thats probably true. When the shit train comes ‘a rollin’ ’round the bend, they would most likely say, “If it wasn’t for all those tax cuts and breaks for business, this Calliope of Crap would be grinding out a sweet tune”.

Screw them..let them own it.

Itchee Dryback on January 31, 2009 at 4:55 PM

Key words: Fannie Mae. Freddie Mac. ACORN. Community Investment Act. Congressional control since 2006. Economy collapse of 2008. Nancy Pelosi. Harry Reid. Bawney Fwank. Christopher Dodd. Tingles up the Leg. MSM.

Get real. This entire ‘crisis’ has been perpetrated by the Dem’s and the MSM.

If “O” had a pair of ballz, he’d endorse Rush’s pure bipartisan challenge. But he won’t. Because? He’s an empty suit. A puppet. A good looking, articulate black man placed into power by the MSM.

Question: WHERE ARE THE MASSIVE PROTESTS? I can see myself standing on a corner with a pig nose and a huge sign that says “No Pork for Nancy”.

It’s not Obama’s plan, it’s San Fran Nan’s Plan and it’s going to fail and I’m not going to support it. Even if it means getting arrested for refusing to pay tax for the next several years. Come and get me, you porkmeisters.

GAH!!!

Key West Reader on January 31, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Is anything in the way of le sandwich de merde getting passed?

misslizzi on January 31, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Someone needs to clue Barry in…

We have a President… not a King…

Its the Job of the Legislature to decide how money is spent… his only job is to approve, or disapporve, of what they do.

Pesky thing that Constitution.

Romeo13 on January 31, 2009 at 4:01 PM

This man is dangerous to this country. If this bill passes, Obama will have successfully funneled billions to his buddies at ACORN. Think of this as his own Brownshirts (along with Move On). This is how Obama plans to “rule” – through propaganda and coercion.

All that being said, Obama still looks like a total dork on his weekly video address.

dugan on January 31, 2009 at 5:11 PM

As for the upcoming Senate vote, I’m guessing there’s no chance of a GOP filibuster — not only because Judd Gregg’s about to get vacuumed up into the cabinet, taking the GOP’s filibuster power with him, but because the party would be taking a huge political risk in blocking the trillion dollars that are going to Save The Universe.

According to this, Gregg won’t give up his Senate seat unless a Republican is appointed to replace him.

Buy Danish on January 31, 2009 at 5:14 PM

What will Obama do if the senate passes this bill with no republican support. Does he have the balls to spend a trillion dollars with a single stroke of his pen while knowing that he, and the democratic party as a whole, will be held accountable for this boondoggle? I wouldn’t be surprised if he vetoes this thing and calls a do-over just to avoid the responsibility. Remember Barry : once you sign it, you can’t take it back or shift the blame. You asked for and got the most expensive piece of legislation in history and now you OWN it. I hope you enjoy being remembered as the man who bankrupted the richest nation in human history.

Mord on January 31, 2009 at 5:16 PM

misslizzi on January 31, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Time.

The longer the time, the more light on this disaster. Call and encourage people like DeMint, Sessions, Inhofe, and others to hang in there. The more amendments the better.

Calls & Emails.

Keep them going to your senators. Especially the Dems.

Prayer.

Those of us who do, should.

INC on January 31, 2009 at 5:20 PM

He does look older

.capejasmine on January 31, 2009 at 4:24 PM

But, for some reason, not wiser.

genso on January 31, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Buy Danish,

That is very encouraging about Gregg. Thanks.

INC on January 31, 2009 at 5:21 PM

President Obama’s aging fast. He’ll be an old white man by 2012

DarkCurrent on January 31, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Check the comments at YouTube out. It’s a love-fest.

Tzetzes on January 31, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Someone back me up. We need more sane commentators there.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 31, 2009 at 5:22 PM

President Obama’s aging fast. He’ll be an old white man by 2012

DarkCurrent on January 31, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Carter 2..

the_nile on January 31, 2009 at 5:27 PM

President Obama’s aging fast. He’ll be an old white man by 2012

DarkCurrent on January 31, 2009 at 5:22 PM

Carter 2..

the_nile on January 31, 2009 at 5:27 PM

He does slip into a southern accent when he’s off teleprompter.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 31, 2009 at 5:30 PM

Carter 2..

the_nile on January 31, 2009 at 5:27 PM

He’s already functionally equivalent. It couldn’t get worse, right?

DarkCurrent on January 31, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Someone back me up. We need more sane commentators there.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 31, 2009 at 5:22 PM

This link shows the more recent comments.

It appears that sanity has returned in some of them.

INC on January 31, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Oslime-a is a ridiculous sack of cold excrement.

csdeven on January 31, 2009 at 5:45 PM

He’s already functionally equivalent. It couldn’t get worse, right?

DarkCurrent on January 31, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Yep. FDR 2.0: now with even more socialism!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 31, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Changing the subject, but does Obama look like he’s getting “whiter”? Maybe he’s trying to lure the white voters back to agreeing with his stimulus plan.

quint906 on January 31, 2009 at 5:47 PM

INC on January 31, 2009 at 5:45 PM

Sweet. Thanks.

Here’s response from my comment I posted.

DrCwacCwac,

So, you are saying that since the unemployment rate was higher during the Great Depression than it is today we shouldn’t be very concerned about the economic state of this country? We shouldn’t be afraid as we watch this unemployment rate gradually increase each month? That is just foolish. This is the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, although it is not quite there yet. But this is not to say that the state of the economy isn’t steadily deteriorating.

This dumba$$ had an extra helping of Kool-Aid. Oy.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 31, 2009 at 5:48 PM

Dr.Cwac.Cwac,

That’s sad. Perhaps reality will eventually detox the Kool-Aid effect.

INC on January 31, 2009 at 5:57 PM

Serious question…
Do I have it wrong? I thought that even if every Republican voted against this stinker that it would still pass. I understand that the Dems want cover when they go to vote, but is that what this is all about, or are they really in danger of it not going thru?

Boudica on January 31, 2009 at 6:19 PM

Someone else said it above – just pass it and move on. Barry, you have the votes, you don’t need bi-partisan support.

So what’s he really bitching about? The fact he knows this is a crap sandwich and NEEDS Republicans to pad the deck and give him top cover.

If this bill were so all around great, he would be forward looking on his speeches saying things like “We’ll move forward and do what is right regardless of Republican support…”, that kind of thing.

I still have seen darn little press that the House PASSED the crap sandwich – Barry got the vote he wanted. Yet all we are hearing/seeing is how the Left is trying to drag the Right down the crapper with them. Why? Because they know that what they are doing is a big smelly POS!

catmman on January 31, 2009 at 6:20 PM

ddrintn on January 31, 2009 at 4:40 PM

Bingo!

catmman on January 31, 2009 at 6:21 PM

I understand that the Dems want cover when they go to vote, but is that what this is all about, or are they really in danger of it not going thru?

Boudica on January 31, 2009 at 6:19 PM

I think it’s mostly the first, although there’s a slim possibility of the second if the heat and some light stays on this thing.

INC on January 31, 2009 at 6:30 PM

INC on January 31, 2009 at 6:30 PM

Thanks for the answer!

Boudica on January 31, 2009 at 6:32 PM

He does look like crap! Maybe he’s been eating too much of his crap sandwich and you are what you eat I always say.

Question? If they do pass this POS, is it possible to undo it or some of it in two years if the Republicans take back the House?

JAM on January 31, 2009 at 6:34 PM

Nazi Germany wasn’t really socialist even if the name of the party did imply that.

Oldnuke on January 31, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Its a very inccorrect asssumption that Socialist powers cant have corporations. Just look at Sweden with IKEA and AUDI and other Swedish corporations.

Socialism and Communism are different in that Communism doesnt allow corporations.

If you look at all of germany’s industries in the war time period it was directly controlled by the government. Making Nazi Germany a socialist country.

William Amos on January 31, 2009 at 6:42 PM

Great! If they haven’t passed the Stimulus then I will write Boxer, Frankenstein, Pelosi, and Capps. Tried to the other day, but kept telling me that all their email servers were down temporarily. Good way to ignore us. I will keep trying or I will call. Only to get a machine or a bimbo wanting to take a message. They are ignoring Ca. Anyone else had trouble like this?>

sheebe on January 31, 2009 at 6:44 PM

Serious question…
Do I have it wrong? I thought that even if every Republican voted against this stinker that it would still pass. I understand that the Dems want cover when they go to vote, but is that what this is all about, or are they really in danger of it not going thru?

Boudica on January 31, 2009 at 6:19 PM

There will probably be several demos in conservative states that will vote no, but it will pass anyway. This is all about BHO looking presidential and bipartisan by getting repubs to vote for socialism. Any republican votes are cover so the demos have someone to blame when it doesn’t work. When they say bipartisan they mean repubs voting for their crap(see McCain, John).
So to sum it up – it will pass anyway but if republicans vote for it they will get the blame for when it fails(see Depression, Great)(also see Roosevelt, Franklin Delano(sp))

Corsair on January 31, 2009 at 6:44 PM

Making Nazi Germany a socialist country.

William Amos on January 31, 2009 at 6:42 PM

Actually, when business and government are almost the same thing it is called Fascism(although it is an off chute of socialism, just like communism is.)
You know you are headed for Fascism when you have corporations that are “too big to fail”.

Corsair on January 31, 2009 at 6:47 PM

If you look at all of germany’s industries in the war time period it was directly controlled by the government. Making Nazi Germany a socialist country.

William Amos on January 31, 2009 at 6:42 PM

There was still private ownership of property in Nazi Germany. Private ownership is usually eliminated in Socialist societies such as the Soviet Union.

Oldnuke on January 31, 2009 at 6:54 PM

William Amos on January 31, 2009 at 6:42 PM

Corsair on January 31, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Uh Oh, I sense the real possibility that this may resolve into a Communism/Socialism/Fascism discussion. Those seem to gain considerable traction here.

Oldnuke on January 31, 2009 at 6:58 PM

Update: Bipartisanship’s overrated anyway, says the man of Steele.

Must be a zombie follower of Rush Limbaugh.

spmat on January 31, 2009 at 6:59 PM

Boudica, you’re welcome!

INC on January 31, 2009 at 7:06 PM

Before it gets flushed down the memory hole:

The prospect of a trade war between the US and Europe is looming after “Buy American” provisions were added to President Barack Obama’s $820 billion (£573 billion) stimulus package.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/barackobama/4389597/US-EU-trade-war-looms-as-Barack-Obama-bill-urges-Buy-American.html

A trade war, I thought he was going to get the world to love us again?

Rebar on January 31, 2009 at 7:08 PM

Uh Oh, I sense the real possibility that this may resolve into a Communism/Socialism/Fascism discussion. Those seem to gain considerable traction here.

Oldnuke on January 31, 2009 at 6:58 PM

The one thing they all have in common is that they end up having an ultra rich (leadership class)1 or 2 percent and the rest poor or at best lower middle class(serfs). The only difference in the three is how they go about getting there.

Corsair on January 31, 2009 at 7:09 PM

YEAAAAAAH, baby……spread that bread and CHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKE on it all. by. yourselves, moonbats.

seejanemom on January 31, 2009 at 7:10 PM

stupid question:

Doesn’t the house hold Republican Majority and don’t they have the power for Filibuster?

Key West Reader on January 31, 2009 at 7:13 PM

DOH! The senate.. Doesn’t the Senate hold majority?

/had too much newz

Key West Reader on January 31, 2009 at 7:14 PM

The Senate is a Democrat majority for now. Filibuster is a very real possibility for the Republicans and it’s being discussed.

Oldnuke on January 31, 2009 at 7:21 PM

DOH! The senate.. Doesn’t the Senate hold majority?

/had too much newz

Key West Reader on January 31, 2009 at 7:14 PM

I believe it is 57 demos 41 repubs and 2 Ind which caucus with the dems. That makes it one away from being filibuster proof. So If one squishy repub sides with the demos they don’t even have filibuster to help.

Corsair on January 31, 2009 at 7:25 PM

Corsair on January 31, 2009 at 7:25 PM

Steele has already gave a veiled threat to anyone not standing with the Republican majority. There’s a possibility it may happen. Still I have to agree with you there will probably be at least one RINO that will reach across the aisle. But then I said that at least 10 Repub House members would vote for the damned thing. I was pleasantly surprised.

Oldnuke on January 31, 2009 at 7:30 PM

Carter 2..

the_nile on January 31, 2009 at 5:27 PM

He’s already functionally equivalent. It couldn’t get worse, right?

DarkCurrent on January 31, 2009

Every day since he was elected he has been reminding us,,, it’s going to get worse. I wonder who will replace Biden. I just cannot imagine Biden staying the course these next 4 years.

JellyToast on January 31, 2009 at 7:31 PM

“Truth is confirmed by inspection and delay; falsehood by haste and uncertainty.”
–Tacitus

Rae on January 31, 2009 at 8:58 PM

I think Obama was seen in the Oval office with a bong in his hands. That can be the only explanation as to why he has accomplished the things he has done the past two weeks. Sorry it’s Saturday night and I have mixed up a couple of headlines. However it does make you think……

Atlanta Media Guy on January 31, 2009 at 9:04 PM

Atlanta Media Guy on January 31, 2009 at 9:04 PM

Seems like everyone’s doing it.

This is not the time for “bipartisanship” or any such thing. It is time for President Obama to demonstrate that he is the leader the people elected and to stand up for the common man … by standing with the common man against the pervasive fraud, abuse, theft and lies that have been perpetrated by Wall Street, K Street and Washington DC in general over the previous twenty years.

Rae on January 31, 2009 at 9:49 PM

For those of you you haven’t heard the classic joke:

The Lone Ranger and Tonto, his faithful Indian companion, were out riding through a valley, and The Lone Ranger looked up, “Tonto, I think we’re surrounded by Indians.”

Tonto replied,

“Who you calling ‘we,’ Kemosabe?”

Wethal on January 31, 2009 at 3:39 PM

I think the punchline went more like this:

“What you mean ‘we,’ white man?”

Kjeil on February 1, 2009 at 1:30 AM

Even in a leadership position, Democrats cannot do anything without Republicans holding their hands and taking the blame for their screw-ups.

chunderroad on February 1, 2009 at 2:52 AM

50% of the “jobs” portion of the bill is designated at the public sector (government jobs) where the unemployment rate is 2%! Idiots!

sabbott on February 1, 2009 at 5:13 AM

Corsair on January 31, 2009 at 7:25 PM

Steele has already gave a veiled threat to anyone not standing with the Republican majority. There’s a possibility it may happen. Still I have to agree with you there will probably be at least one RINO that will reach across the aisle. But then I said that at least 10 Repub House members would vote for the damned thing. I was pleasantly surprised.

Oldnuke on January 31, 2009 at 7:30 PM

Only one? You are kidding right? I fully expect support from McCain, Snowe, Spectre and Grahm to begin with. They each have been giving the Lord and Master Obama Monica’s from Day One and now is the time to show their leader how much they really “care”…

sabbott on February 1, 2009 at 5:17 AM

Perhaps when your job is gone, you will get on board.

getalife on January 31, 2009 at 3:17 PM

Please explain how a job is created and then explain how this package will create jobs. Real jobs, not make work “shovel ready” jobs – those are not sustainable jobs because unless they’re just going to build bridges to nowhere, very soon there will be no bridges to build. I’m sure that professional people are going to be well suited for those jobs as well (I love how the democrats pick the most labor intensive low tech jobs, this is not the 1930s).

Ann NY on February 1, 2009 at 9:13 AM

Let me clarify, the democrats think building bridges and highways are low tech jobs, but these days those jobs aren’t really shovel jobs anyway and require more expertise than they did in the 1930s. And I think anytime some idiot politician uses the term “shovel ready” they should be whacked with a shovel.

Ann NY on February 1, 2009 at 9:16 AM

Let’s think this through:

He wants to heal wounds and work with the opposition. Check

He’ll never veto any spending bill. Check

He wants to expand government and make new entitlements. Check

Oh, did you think I was talking about Prez Yomama? No I was talking about Bush. B.O. is following in his footsteps perfectly, doncha think?

darwin-t on February 1, 2009 at 9:44 PM

The postal service needs to get rid of something like 100,000 people. Only 8,000 Took their early out (I was one). Why don’t they just transfer those people to dig roads or put up windmills or whatever the hell they’re planning.

darwin-t on February 1, 2009 at 9:50 PM

I believe it is 57 demos 41 repubs and 2 Ind which caucus with the dems. That makes it one away from being filibuster proof. So If one squishy repub sides with the demos they don’t even have filibuster to help.

Corsair on January 31, 2009 at 7:25 PM

Probably be Dick Lugar, he’s such a pantywaist fancyboy these days.

darwin-t on February 1, 2009 at 9:56 PM

Probably be Dick Lugar, he’s such a pantywaist fancyboy these days.

darwin-t on February 1, 2009

Sigh…this Hoosier sadly agrees. He was a Republican to be admired in days past, but his fading mind is going soft and liberal. Probably why dementia and democrat start with the same syllable. I’d like to see him replaced by a Conservative but I can’t even find any reference to a legally recognized Conservative Party in Indiana.

SKYFOX on February 2, 2009 at 5:34 AM

You will be cheering on the country to fail like rush.

getalife on January 31, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Just when did “the president” become “the country”?

MarkTheGreat on February 2, 2009 at 9:44 AM

Since when is telling the GOP that since he one, they have no choice but to vote for his bill, as is, being bi-partisan?

MarkTheGreat on February 2, 2009 at 10:05 AM

make that “he won”, not “he one”, though given his rhetoric …

MarkTheGreat on February 2, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Nazi Germany wasn’t really socialist even if the name of the party did imply that.

Oldnuke on January 31, 2009 at 3:59 PM

It was fascist. Then again, fascism is little more than socialism with a large dollop of nationalism thrown in.

MarkTheGreat on February 2, 2009 at 10:11 AM

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 31, 2009 at 4:03 PM

Heck, the 70′s were worse than today.

Jimmy Carter created double digit unemployment and double digit inflation.

MarkTheGreat on February 2, 2009 at 10:13 AM

NBC and MSNBC have put so much into identifying itself with Democrats and becoming the official mouthpiece of Obama, that it’ll be interesting to see what they do when the country turns back towards Republicans. Some people seem to always forget that politics moves in cycles.

clearbluesky on January 31, 2009 at 4:08 PM

They’ll do what they did the last 8 years.

Lie.

MarkTheGreat on February 2, 2009 at 10:14 AM

The only difference in the three is how they go about getting there.

Corsair on January 31, 2009 at 7:09 PM

There’s not that much difference between the three.

In socialism, the govt tells business what to do.
In fascism, the govt and business work together, but when there is disagreement, the govt tells business what to do.
In communism, the govt owns the businesses directly.

Remember that the key criteria of ownership, is control. And in all three scenarios, the govt has full control.

MarkTheGreat on February 2, 2009 at 10:21 AM

I called my senators about this bill today. The democrat – Bayh – I got through on the first try in the local office and an answering machine in the DC office.

The repooplican, Lugar was more trouble. Answering machine in DC, but it took several tries to get get through in the local office.

Not that it’ll do a bit of good. Lugar just got re-elected by a huge margin and Bayh will, too the next time he runs.

I forgot to call it a “crap sandwich”. I’ll have to remember to do that the next time I call.

darwin-t on February 2, 2009 at 4:29 PM

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