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Watch out! Rolling Pork Barrel Coming Fast! February 7, 2009

Posted by vsap in Blogroll, Financial Crisis, Uncategorized, US Politics.
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The New York Times reports today (in part, bold is mine):

“The economic bill is the first legislative test of his presidency, one his top aides have worked to turn into a victory. But Obama has found it increasingly difficult to manage the liberal wing of his party, which wanted more money directed to infrastructure, governors who wanted more money allocated to help patch their thin budgets and moderate members of his own party.

He also sought to bring Republicans into the mix, pledging to listen to them, praising the late-Friday negotiations.

Obama said that “by the evening, Democrats and Republicans came together in the Senate and responded appropriately to the urgency this moment demands.”

GOP leaders, however, said the rhetoric didn’t match what was written.

“Republicans stand ready to work with reasonable Democrats to do what is right for America,” Steele said in his first address as chairman of his party. “But it will take more than bipartisan words from the president. It will require fair-minded action from Democrats in Congress.”

Republicans have pushed for the bill to include more tax cuts and less spending.

The Senate’s top Republican took the floor of the Senate to oppose the measure.

“Now, if most Republicans were convinced that this would work, there might be a greater willingness to support it,” Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said. “But all the historical evidence suggests that it’s highly unlikely to work. And so, you have to balance the likelihood of success versus the crushing debt that we’re levying on the backs of our children, our grandchildren, and, yes, their children.”

Obama acknowledged the bill was far from perfect but said it would be too dangerous to leave it lifeless on the table.

“Legislation of such magnitude deserves the scrutiny that it’s received over the last month, and it will receive more in the days to come,” Obama said. “But we can’t afford to make perfect the enemy of the absolutely necessary. The scale and scope of this plan is right. And the time for action is now.”

The president is full of crap, to put it mildly. It’s a pork barrel roling down Capitol hill powered by a Super Modified Hemi.

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