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Obama:Not perfect? No problem! February 6, 2009

Posted by vsap in Blogroll, Financial Crisis, Uncategorized, US Politics.
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From The New York Times today (and I do this to reveal what the top of the liberal media is reporting, bold type is mine):

“President Obama said Thursday that a package of about $800 billion was in the ballpark of what he believed the economy needed.

“The scale and scope of this plan is right,” Mr. Obama said in a speech to House Democrats who were on a retreat in Williamsburg, Va.

Then, other voices are heard:

“And Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, said the numbers being talked about show that each of the 3 million to 4 million jobs President Obama has said he wanted to create would cost more than $900,000 each. “The American people are figuring it out,” Mr. McCain said. “This is not a stimulus bill; it is a spending bill.”

“Republican efforts to drastically alter the package, by eliminating huge blocks of spending in place of expanded tax cuts, continued Thursday morning as Senator McCain proposed yet another substitute bill, including a plan to slash corporate and personal income taxes. Democrats defeated his proposal and others.”

See it for what it is…what a concept! Then, from Obama’s hometown Chicago Tribune we have this…

“As the Senate heads toward a possible vote on its $900-billion measure today, Obama – acknowledging that the bill under debate “is not perfect,” while insisting that it is of “the right size… and scope” to confront the challenge the nation faces — suggested that senators too should find a sense of urgency in the newest numbers.”

Apparently, President Obama will take expediency over perfection with about $1 trillion at stake. That’s to be expected from a Chicago pol. I lived there more than a decade. I know the political heritage the president has grown to accept. However, this isn’t the lose confederates of community activism he’s talking to, it’s his former Senate colleagues, who he maybe enjoyed one cup of coffee with prior to running for president.

That unfamiliarity breeds contempt, as the new president is discovering. And with good reason.



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