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posted at 10:00 pm on February 14, 2009 by Allahpundit

Yet Obama held no illusions about the scale of the challenges he faces, both economic and political. One of those challenges was the overwhelming Republican resistance to his plan, which frustrated his campaign hopes of quickly bridging Washington’s ideological and partisan divides. Obama seemed to split that opposition into several categories. Some of it was ideological: “I think that there were some senators and House members who have a sincere philosophical difference with the idea of any government role in boosting demand in the economy. They don’t believe in [economist John Maynard] Keynes and they are still fighting FDR.” Some was tactical: “I also think that there was a decision made… where [Republican leaders] said… ‘If we can enforce conformity among our ranks, then it will invigorate our base and will potentially give us some political advantage either short-term or long-term.” He paused. “Whether that’s a smart strategy, I think you should ask them.”


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We will all learn what decent incomes are – and like it? Where will the decent incomes come from and who will be footing the bill?

Geez, get a grip.

A decent income will be determined by the ‘Office of Compensation and Wages’ whose clerks will compile exhaustive spreadsheets detailing how much you are allowed to earn depending on age, type of job…and of course your political affiliation.

Just think, our doctors will be paid the same as our ditch-diggers, won’t that make your next visit to an overcrowded federal health clinic an enjoyable experience?

Bishop on February 15, 2009 at 9:23 AM

Obama has inherited problems

Yeah it’s just weird, this leftard pretzel is. After the leftards lied about the Iraq war, did you know the vote on the Iraq war was far more bi-partisan the porkulus, now they try this crap. Could we pull up all the votes Obama shaped during his years in the Senate.

Oh wait, Obama was campaigning not voting, not shaping anything — Except of course his career. When we did get a glimpse of how good he was, like during the first bailout, he was absolutely overwhelmingly vacuous. Just like today … A motor mouth, that says nothing, but lies about what he said yesterday.

tarpon on February 15, 2009 at 9:25 AM

Looks like that urgently needed stimulus can wait awhile after all. Too bad they couldn’t have read what they were voting for for at least as long as the Obama’s romantic little getaway.

Blacksheep on February 15, 2009 at 9:30 AM

A motor mouth, that says nothing, but lies about what he said yesterday.
tarpon on February 15, 2009 at 9:25 AM

This is what is being shaped, his wods, and what will be shaped, formed, caressed and molded for at least the next four years or until the nation dissolves into anarchy, whichever comes first.

Everything Ogabe says that turns out to wrong or negative disappears down a bottomless hole, and the MSM whores pretend they never heard him say it. You could show them a direct transcript from their own websites and their eyes would simply glaze-over.

Lenin reborn.

Bishop on February 15, 2009 at 9:31 AM

Bishop on February 15, 2009 at 9:31 AM

More aptly a cross between a Leninist and Marie Antoinette.

ericdijon on February 15, 2009 at 9:35 AM

Osama Obama had no “illusions” about his inability to be a uniter. He simply fails to comprehend anything beyond his pitifully narrow sphere of education and experience.

We are dealing with someone who has had it all his own way since babyhood, replete with people patting him on the head and telling him how superior he is. He has never had to work, never had to justify his actions or ideas.
MrScribbler on February 14, 2009 at 10:06 PM

The most tempermentally unfit leader ever. I shudder to think of how he will react in a true crisis.

anniekc on February 15, 2009 at 9:36 AM

Obama’s romantic little getaway.

Oh? Which member of the media is he romancing this weekend?

jgapinoy on February 15, 2009 at 9:36 AM

WEll, as I see it, he’s not enirely wrong about why this bill was so adamantly opposed. For myself, I do see it both ways he describes. Think the bill is badly written and do think his people took advantage of a bad situation to get their own way, but also like to see the GOP solidarity.O is probably not tuned into the the dissonance within the GOP during the campaign. This last is something that many think caused us to lose the election. Do not know what’s ahead, but sooner or later this recession will ease. Just how damaged folks will be is anyone’s guess. But…do think it’s absolutely necessary that the GOP make utterly, totally, unequivocally clear that their objections to this bill are founded solely on the premises of big government and profligate spending. No matter what the outcome, these are principles we can always honestly defend. Don’t permit O to paint it other wise, now or later.

jeanie on February 15, 2009 at 9:37 AM

Oh? Which member of the media is Obama romancing this weekend?

http://www.ocregister.com/photos/also-gop-not-2307994-feeling-the

jgapinoy on February 15, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Adjoran on February 15, 2009 at 4:47 AM

Amen.

But don’t limit the response to the RNC to withholding finance. Barrage the RNC with the WORD.

The GOP has always had its platform. Just because the current membership ignores the platform does not deny the platform’s existence. Back to basics. Fred Thompson’s platform was the GOP Constitutional Platform. Conservatives recognize things for what they are. Personalities and transience aside, stick to the platform.

Nomen est omen. The name is the sign.
GOP: Faith, Hope and Charity
Faith in our Constitution.
Hope for our Children.
Charity, not Marx’s opium for the masses!

Michael Steele may have the gumption to realize that the Republican Party is the immediate American political means to resist Soros’ onslaught obliterating the existence of Constitutional life.

Every organization has a platform “mission statement”. Keep it simple and put the contract into words on paper. RNC money must only support the party platform. Running as a “Republican” candidate on any party ticket must require unity to the party platform. Sign on. Or support your own independence. Follow the money.

If the GOP can not function, how can it lead America?

Get it together. Imperare sibi maximum imperium est. To rule yourself is the ultimate power.

maverick muse on February 15, 2009 at 9:49 AM

Oh? Which member of the media is he romancing this weekend?

jgapinoy on February 15, 2009 at 9:36 AM

No need to romance the media. Every time he pauses they fall to their knees to service him. Just like three republican senators I can think of.

conservnut on February 15, 2009 at 9:53 AM

I shudder to think of how he will react in a true crisis.
anniekc on February 15, 2009 at 9:36 AM

It will paralyze him and he will find a way to blame a collection of Republicans, Rush, Hannity and anyone who has the temerity to question his actions.

When we get hit again here on our soil, and we will, I dread what Ogabe will do and what he will then justify as appropriate. What a perfect time to implement his “Internal Security Force”, a national emergency.

Bishop on February 15, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Now I read on Drudge that he is vacationing in Chi for three days. Some kind of image defining ploy or something? How to find time for the wife?(feminest and soccer mom vote) Promoting Valentines Day for the greeting card and florist vote?(LOL) I wish I could truly believe that this man does anything for genuine reasons, anything at all. Just can’t. He lies and reneges on promises and scams his way along–and I’m just unable to find anything genuine about him or his two minions at all. I have developed this deep seated, unshakable mistrust of everything he does and says. Now I see him trying what I see as the ‘sincerity’ or quiet forebearance ploy. Like some poster on here said a while ago–worried that I’m taking politics way too seriously!

jeanie on February 15, 2009 at 10:30 AM

I know it’s probably small and petty of me but has anyone else noticed that the great one seems to only wear his flag lapel pin when he is UUUMM talking to the people, correction, his sheeple? H

concernedsenior on February 15, 2009 at 10:47 AM

Obama is in over his head. He has never had a difficult challenge in his life, and he now he has the one job in the world with the worst challenges. He didn’t have the clout to get Nancy to cut the ridiculous pork from the stimulus.

Just relying on advisors won’t necessarily help, as he has to choose the advisors. And so far, his picks have not gone well. He has found out the hard way not to trust the Congressional Dems, as they have their own agenda, and plan to be around after he’s gone.

Wethal on February 15, 2009 at 8:45 AM

Exactly. Obama is nothing but a front man. He was controlled by Dailey and company in Illinois and Axelrod totally ran the show when he campaigned. But the problem is even more serious than Obama being an empty suit. The people actually making the decisions are either totally incompetent when it comes to governing…Axelrod. Or they are completely off the scale as far as ideology…Pelosi.

Obama is a President in name only .

Deanna on February 15, 2009 at 10:55 AM

It only passed because of three Repub Senators. Never, never forget that.

patrick neid on February 14, 2009 at 10:54 PM

Yeah, Pat, I’m only a knight, but I’m with the Bishop on this one. Your statement is both statistically wrong and irrational.

The vote in the House reflected a solid liberal Democrat majority, voting almost unanimously in favor. The bill was weak enough that seven Democrats took a public stand against it, and against a popular new Democrat President and a particularly vindictive leftist Speaker. Not a single GOP Representative voted for this bill, which is astonishing.

The vote in the Senate was unanimous for the leftists, and nearly every GOP Senator rejected it. Three of 41 voted to support the bill, along with 56 Democrats and 2 Independents (Lieberman, a Democrat in fact, and Sanders, a Socialist).

In the face of these numbers, you declare that the bill passed “because of three Republican Senators”. How very odd. Democrats are not relieved of responsibility for their votes merely because of partisanship. And these three are idiots, but we already knew that. I certainly don’t blame the GOP for that.

Jaibones on February 15, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Obama is a President in name only.

Deanna on February 15, 2009 at 10:55 AM

Great insight on the Empty Suit of Barama.

Jaibones on February 15, 2009 at 12:49 PM

In the face of these numbers, you declare that the bill passed “because of three Republican Senators”. How very odd. Democrats are not relieved of responsibility for their votes merely because of partisanship. And these three are idiots, but we already knew that. I certainly don’t blame the GOP for that.

Jaibones on February 15, 2009 at 12:47 PM

I am not blaming the GOP. I am blaming these three Senators. I am not blaming the Dems for being Dems.

I am blaming the Repub leadership for allowing these three Senators to remain in the party. Without their votes this bill would have failed along with Reid, Pelosi and Obama. Now it is too late. They voted for this bill twice. It was a premeditated murder of 49% of the American people by these three. If they are allowed to stay in the party after this crime the repubs deserve the fate that awaits them.

What I am also ranting against are the folks trying to blame the Dems for this. How naive. Everyone, including the Dems, knew this vote came down to Collins, Snowe and Specter. They betrayed us and prevented a better, less damaging bill to emerge.

Until Repubs come to terms with what these three did enjoy the wilderness.

patrick neid on February 15, 2009 at 1:32 PM

And to think,this all started
from,

a tire gauge!(Sarc).

canopfor on February 15, 2009 at 2:01 PM

Okay patrick. Democrats can be as corrupt and stupid as they want, but 100% of Republicans need to be pure and perfect.

The Dems wrote it, they lobbied for it, they cajoled and threatened, and they voted for it. What the HELL are you on about saying people shouldn’t blame them?

The Democrats OWN this multi-trillion boondoggle, and your blame-shifting is just what democrats ALWAYS do, a double-standard.

I don’t know what party you identify with, but I can’t tell the difference between you and a far-left ideologue on this subject.

As far as The Three Stooges, I’d rather they be impeached. But their perfidy doesn’t reflect on all Republicans – just like the Democrats perfidy doesn’t reflect on the few in their own party who opposed them.

Merovign on February 15, 2009 at 2:17 PM

The Dems wrote it, they lobbied for it, they cajoled and threatened, and they voted for it. What the HELL are you on about saying people shouldn’t blame them?

Merovign on February 15, 2009 at 2:17 PM

You can do whatever the f’k you want with them. They were just being Dems. They got elected. Who did not know they were going to write legislation that called everyone comrade?

What I did not know was that three Repub Senators, twice voted to give them their mandate. Don’t you get that? Every single other elected Repub voted against this bill except those three. So while you jump ugly about Dems being Dems I’m outraged by the three Repubs who enabled them.

The rule of politics is you never bring a bill to the floor if you don’t have the votes. These three made a Faustian bargain with the Dems and they still remain within the party. You can piss away your time jumping up and down in the playpen about who wrote the bill but I’ll spend mine trying to get rid of the folks who have put the Repubs in the minority.

Just remember going forward as these trillions wipe out your children and grandchildren it was these three Repubs who made it happen. Had they voted as all Repubs had the bill would have failed and a new one would have had to be written with Repub participation.

patrick neid on February 15, 2009 at 4:51 PM

Imagine that!

I was trying to find this “stim plan” on Obama’s web site.
Couldn’t find it, but this kinda sorta jumped out1

ETHICS

The ethics section is currently being revised to reflect President Obama’s Executive Order concerning Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Personnel, issued on January 21, 2009. Please check back soon.

Naw really?

DSchoen on February 15, 2009 at 4:52 PM

“It will paralyze him and he will find a way to blame a collection of Republicans, Rush, Hannity and anyone who has the temerity to question his actions”

Speaking of which, has anyone seen the background info on the folks who asked Obama questions down in Florida?

Where are their tax returns, Child payment records, employment records, any and all court cases of folks with same or similar names?.

DSchoen on February 15, 2009 at 5:10 PM

jeanie on February 15, 2009 at 10:30 AM

And not a single media outlet complaining that after only 3 weeks he is on vacation while the country is burning to the ground! Remember, after only a little over a week, he and michelemybelle went to read to school children because they were “tired of being in the WH”!

Good grief, he will never withstand a real catastrophe…

Also, does anyone else find it delusional for the media to call the passage of this bill a huge victory for PBO? If I have heard this once, I have heard it a thousand times.
Just exactly how is it a big victory? This is what it is going to be like for the next few years. I expect they will be fawning over his every move ad nauseum.

I, too am finding it necessary to quell my rage with him and all who voted him in. I feel like Sally Fields in Steel Magnolias, I just want to hit someone.

Jvette on February 15, 2009 at 7:44 PM

And, Jvette, AP called the vacation “his first real break since inauguration”. Wasn’t that like one month ago? And what was Camp David, a crisis planning session with his wife and children?

PattyJ on February 15, 2009 at 8:57 PM

I see where Chavez just got term limits lifted, guess were next. This ought to be fun. What will be in store for us next?

N4646W on February 15, 2009 at 11:40 PM

Obama claims that, at worst, he will “save three million jobs“… (from his own incompetencies).

Start counting.

profitsbeard on February 16, 2009 at 12:43 AM

Obama claims that, at worst, he will “save three million jobs“… (from his own incompetencies).

Start counting.

profitsbeard on February 16, 2009 at 12:43 AM

Humm, yep, but how many jobs will it cost to save the three million jobs?

N4646W on February 16, 2009 at 3:47 AM

Speaking of which, has anyone seen the background info on the folks who asked Obama questions down in Florida?

Where are their tax returns, Child payment records, employment records, any and all court cases of folks with same or similar names?.

DSchoen on February 15, 2009 at 5:10 PM

Employment records? What employment?

Tax returns? See above. If you don’t work, you don’t pay taxes.

The Obama people must have searched long and hard to round up such a bunch of wimps and whiners in Fort Myers. My parents live there, and it’s mostly a rich retirement area.

To paraphrase Alan Funt: “Cry!!! You’re on Obama Candidate Camera!”

Bwaahaahaahaa!

Then they take their “stimulus” checks and laugh all the way to the bank.

Steve Z on February 16, 2009 at 9:58 AM

Testing

CrusaderRabbit on February 16, 2009 at 3:16 PM

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