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Obama, La Hood-winked, Caterpillar and Canoodling

By Greg L | 13 February 2009 | National Politics | 40 Comments

Guest Post by Sanford D. Horn

The oft used phrase politics makes strange bedfellows could not be more apt when examining the relationship between two Illinois politicos Barack Obama and Transportation Secretary Ray La Hood. Of all places for Obama to visit in the latest stop along his “I’ve got to shove the stimulus package down America’s throats” tour was the East Peoria plant of Caterpillar.

Obama had scheduled stops in Illinois for the same day, February 12, to commemorate the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. I don’t think Honest Abe would have looked too kindly upon Obama or La Hood. But all places Obama could have visited, why Caterpillar?

Well, the over 80-year-old company that manufactures construction and mining equipment had planned to lay off roughly 22,000 workers according to forbes.com. Yet, one day prior, while speaking in Springfield, VA, Obama referenced Caterpillar in conjunction with upcoming construction projects and how the company would be able to rehire many of the unemployed. Obama reiterated the same thought while at Caterpillar noting that “Jim” could rehire workers upon passage of the stimulus bill.

At that point people’s crap detectors should have been working overtime. Jim, who Obama mentioned while at Caterpillar, is the beleaguered company’s CEO James W. Owens, who said there would be more layoffs before they start hiring again, also according to forbes.com.

So back to why Caterpillar for Obama’s visit. This is where La Hood comes in. La Hood is the former Republican Congressman who represented the district that includes Caterpillar’s corporate headquarters in Peoria prior to serving in Obama’s cabinet. Perhaps Caterpillar wouldn’t be in the financial straits it is currently experiencing if it hadn’t decided that a museum to itself was at the top of its “to do” list.

As I wrote on January 17 the Lakeview Museum in Peoria became possible partly due to a $330,000 earmark of La Hood’s and also due to Caterpillar’s own largesse. Oh, by the way, Caterpillar was La Hood’s biggest campaign donor. This earmark was merely the tip of the La Hood-wink pork-laden iceberg.

In 2008 alone La Hood sent up legislation calling for $60 million in earmarks, ranking him in the top 10 percent of all Congressional porkers. This was partly made possible by sitting on the highly coveted Appropriations Committee and allowed La Hood-wink to funnel larded-up legislation toward some of his more generous political donors.

And while the record is being set straight, Obama’s got a lot of ‘splainin’ to do regarding his own mathematics. During his speech-conference on Monday night February 9, Obama said his stimulus albatross would create or save four million jobs, yet two days later in Springfield, VA at 11:18 a.m., he said his crap package would create or save three million jobs. Seems reminiscent of his campaign when each day the bar on the amount of income to be tax-increased kept dropping. Perhaps he just “misremembered.”

Additionally, Obama should be ashamed of himself for attempting to publicly embarrass freshman Representative Aaron Schock (R-IL) and shanghai his vote on the stimulus monstrosity. This Obama did during his speech at Caterpillar, which is located in the heart of the 18th District once represented by La Hood, and now Schock. This is just the kind of arm-twisting that would make Rahm Emanuel proud.

Making matters worse is that this so-called stimulus package is due to be voted upon Friday, February 13, which violates Obama’s own campaign pledge of five days of sunshine prior to signing. The sunshine refers to the opportunity for the bill to be examined by the public in Obama’s so-called era of transparency.

As of 10:15 p.m. on Thursday, February 12 Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) still had not received the bill, nor had his fellow legislators, he said, while being interviewed by Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. Graham further said, “I’m embarrassed to be in a Congress that would pass this spend-fest.” Graham was then critical of the $400 million returned to the package to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and the $1 billion to NASA, calling it a “national disgrace,” and that this is not a bill to create “jobs, but to help senators get reelected.”

If the senator thinks his hands are tied, imagine how the American people must feel. This is the kind of powerlessness of which revolutions are born.

Sanford D. Horn is a writer and political consultant living in Alexandria, VA.



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40 Comments

  1. jfk said on 13 Feb 2009 at 9:12 am:
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    I truly enjoy reading Mr. Horn’s posts on this site. He always presents an intelligent and well-reasoned analysis of the issues.

    I support the “sunshine” iniiative, and it’s infuriating to see that it is being totally disregarded in the charge to start spending the taxpayers’ money. Pelosi and Reid et al are signing their political death warrants with these strong arm tactics.

  2. D.B. Cooper said on 13 Feb 2009 at 10:39 am:
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    Revolution. Now you’re talking my languange, Sanford!

    D.B Cooper is a thief and a reprobate who probably isn’t living anywhere. But if he were, he’d take himself a lot less seriously than Sanford D. Horn!

  3. Hmmm... said on 13 Feb 2009 at 11:21 am:
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    And while the record is being set straight, Obama’s got a lot of ‘splainin’ to do regarding his own mathematics. During his speech-conference on Monday night February 9, Obama said his stimulus albatross would create or save four million jobs, yet two days later in Springfield, VA at 11:18 a.m., he said his crap package would create or save three million jobs. Seems reminiscent of his campaign when each day the bar on the amount of income to be tax-increased kept dropping. Perhaps he just “misremembered.”

    Or perhaps it’s the fact that the value of the package was decreased considerably in conference from what had passed the House and the Senate. With that decrease came a new estimate for jobs.

  4. Hmmm... said on 13 Feb 2009 at 11:30 am:
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    Making matters worse is that this so-called stimulus package is due to be voted upon Friday, February 13, which violates Obama’s own campaign pledge of five days of sunshine prior to signing. The sunshine refers to the opportunity for the bill to be examined by the public in Obama’s so-called era of transparency. [emphasis added]

    Please read your own words carefully.

    President Obama has no control of the legislative calendar in Congress. That’s up to Reid and Pelosi.

    The campaign pledge you refer to was that “non emergency” legislation would be posted on whitehouse.gov for five days prior to signing for public review and comment (the thought being, I would presume, that should the public cry out against the legislation, President Obama would veto it. The President, as I am sure you are well aware, doesn’t sign bills that haven’t been voted on yet, so the five days would be from the time the legislation is passed to the time he signs the legislation into law.

  5. Pat.Herve said on 13 Feb 2009 at 11:39 am:
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    Do you feel there is no need for a stimulus package at all? What would you propose to stimulate the economy?

    Of course there is pork and waste of money, that is how Washington works, each Congress Person needs something in it for their district so that they can be voted back in - voting for something cause it is for the greater good went out the window years ago.

  6. AWCheney said on 13 Feb 2009 at 11:43 am:
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    “…voting for something cause it is for the greater good went out the window years ago…”

    …which is why the electorate in each district needs to start taking a hard look at their representatives. It so happens that “the greater good” also includes them…as will the consequences if it’s ignored.

  7. Sanford Horn said on 13 Feb 2009 at 12:25 pm:
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    The exchange between Pat.Herve and AWCheney is exactly the problem this nation faces. We the people are to control the government, not the other away around as it is today. This is not an indictment of the Obummer administration, but the apathetic manner in which the American people have allowed government to slither in and rule our lives with little to no objection. We in the world of blogs and talk radio and letters to the editor are, sadly, few and far between. Even the left-wing socialist pinheads are involved, misguided, but involved, so if more of their ilk get involved, they will take over. If more of our common sense conservative ilk get involved, we will take over. This is why Fox News was created. This is why mainstream newspapers are failing and folding. This is why the so-called free speech liberals are trying to shut down conservative talk radio with their Orwellian-speak “fairness doctrine.”

    Both Pat and AW are correct in that voting for something because it is for the greater good DID fly the coop ages ago, and more’s the pity. Congressmen and Senators don’t really care about opinions outside their home district or state as those opinions will not get them reelected or defeat them. This is why there is all this pork - everyone wants to go home and tell the folks - “look what I got you, etc.”

    To answer Pat’s question about stimulating the economy - short of nothing (as I wrote last month in “More Hoover, Less FDR) this package could be OK IF and only IF it featured real construction and manufacturing jobs, no corporate or banking bailouts and an SEC that actually did its job. It matters not who is in charge. The Bush administration lost its way on the economic front. Big time. But now, we are merely compounding it - pun intended.

    As for AW, right you are, but alas the American people are more concerned with who is winning on American Idol than what is in a piece of legislation. Perhaps if legislation were written in language the average American could grasp, that would be a good start. I read the first 150 pages of the House bill and I got a headache; imagine the response from someone who has less than a passing interest in these matters. Congress knows this and also knows that name recognition will get them reelected 98 percent of the time.

    This is why, if I could put together a team, I would run for Congress (VA-8 which is Jim Moran.)

  8. Sanford Horn said on 13 Feb 2009 at 12:26 pm:
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    PS - please forgive any typos to my previous missive - I’m running late for a meeting.

  9. Greg L said on 13 Feb 2009 at 1:14 pm:
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    What the hell use is there of the supposed five day “waiting period” for pissing away the wealth of taxpayers when the largest intentional hemorrhage of wealth in history doesn’t qualify for five days of consideration because it is somehow an “emergency”. I’m sure when we’re considering spending one one-hundredth of what we just blew on something as consequential to our nation as farm subsidies, we’ll get a chance to read legislation for five days. When it’s something absolutely critical, six hundred pages long, hasn’t been read by a single legislator prior to a vote and will saddle my children with an individual debt comparable to a mortgage, we have to pass it before anyone knows what the hell is going on.

    Emergency, my ass. Was there a Saturnian battle cruiser in orbit above the earth broadcasting a countdown timer? Were we about to miss the deadline for paying interest on federal bonds to the Chinese? Someone please explain to me why five days - a bare minimum needed in order to digest this monstrous bill and understand it — was so critical here?

    Cripes, has the conference committee report even been made available to the public today? Is Obama going to speed-read six hundred pages of legislation in the ten minutes he’ll have with this prior to putting his signature on it? Nobody seems to have had the opportunity to read the entire piece of legislation before voting on it in the House and Senate, and here’s Mister “We’re Going To Have Five Days For Public Review” doing his best impression of premature ejaculation with a fountain pen, signing this into law. Irresponsible and reckless doesn’t even begin to cover this utter dereliction of duty.

    No, we’re going to get the typical “we’re with the government and you should trust us” comedy routine. This is disgusting.

  10. citizenofmanassas said on 13 Feb 2009 at 1:50 pm:
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    Pat,

    Obama said he was going to put an end to pork, and that is why it is important to call him on it. Obama says he is a different type of politician, yet, he is engaging in the very tactics he campaigned against. Why say stuff he knows there is no way he can follow through? He either did it trying to fool the people into voting for “change” or is too stupid to realize he is not the smart guy the media has said he is.

    The Dems in Congress said the Bill would be posted to the internet for 48 hours before the final vote was to be taken on the bill. That did not happen.

  11. freedom said on 13 Feb 2009 at 1:57 pm:
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    Oh, but the reasoning is, “pass it and get it signed before too many people have a chance to poke holes in it”!! Remember, according to Chuckie boy, the American people don’t even care about “pork.” Fact is, he’s right….the majority of American people have absolutely NO IDEA nor concern…if “the priesthood likes it,” it’s fine with me. Absolutely nauseating, but unfortunately, that’s what we’re stuck with until we can at least get Congress back under control! :(

    …and JFK, I unfortunately disagree with your comment that “Pelosi and Reid et al are signing their political death warrants with these strong arm tactics.” There are just too many people out there who want your money and mine — what we’ve worked hard for…and that’s what Pelosi and Reid are intent on doing, giving it to ‘em ’cause that will get me reelected. The young voters of today (and of course, there’s the older socialist democrats too) don’t even understand the concepts of socialism vs. capitalism; it’s all “gimme as much as you can.” :(

  12. AWCheney said on 13 Feb 2009 at 3:03 pm:
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    “Why say stuff he knows there is no way he can follow through?”

    Citizenofmanassas, because he knew that he could…and get away with it. The past two decades (particularly the last) have shown a definite trend in that direction. I call it the “dumbing down” of America. It’s the only explanation I can think of to justify such things as the Patriot Act, zero tolerance in the schools, corporate welfare, and the acceptance of the “nanny state.”

  13. I Bleed Obama Blue said on 13 Feb 2009 at 4:02 pm:
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    Citi,

    What you call pork, President Obama calls economic stimulus. He’s not lying or being deceitful: He just doesn’t see it your way.

  14. FOIA said on 13 Feb 2009 at 4:16 pm:
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    Let’s see, Bush/Cheney drove the country directly in to the ditch, and along with Paulson sent $700 B to their buddies and contributors on wall street and now since the country is in the ditch it’s all Obama’s fault who has been in office fro 3 weeks.

  15. Prester John said on 13 Feb 2009 at 4:54 pm:
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    Uh, if I recall it correctly, it was the Dem controlled Congress who was practically hysterical in their demands that “something” be done back in Sept and Oct.

    Paulson came up with TARP to deal with an unprecedented situation and the Dem controlled Congress approved it and Bush signed it. Then when a situation that tooks years to develop didn’t right itself overnight the Dems again went hysterical over the lack of oversight in a plan that they approved.

    $350 billion was allocated under Bush, it’s up to BHO to release the other $350 billion.

    Oh, and please note that if nothing else TARP did help out in significantly lowering the overnight lending rates which will help the credit markets function again.

    And if you bother checking the facts, you will see the BHO was the biggest recipient of money from Wall Street ($37 million to $27 million for McCain and $19 million for Hillary).

    http://www.opensecrets.org/pres08/sectors.php?sector=F

  16. Ron said on 13 Feb 2009 at 4:58 pm:
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    Rep. Aaron Schock gives it back to Obama:

    http://media.nationalreview.com/post/?q=NTdlMTgzMGVkOGY4MWQ2ZDJiZDNhNTExNDk4NjNiNjY=

  17. citizenofmanassas said on 13 Feb 2009 at 6:36 pm:
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    AW,

    Oh I know that. It is just that Obama put on this great game as if he was different. No so much change now is there?

    FOI,

    The Dems agreed to all of those spending bills over the last eight years because they had plenty of say of what went into them. Unlike now, where the Dems are not working in a bi-partisan manner.

  18. Pat.Herve said on 13 Feb 2009 at 7:42 pm:
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    “largest intentional hemorrhage of wealth in history” - how much has the Iraq war cost the american people?

    re: Prester - didn’t John McCain call off his campaign to straighten it all out - Paulsen has a three page request - give me 700Billion and call me next year.

    No, I think they can all take blame. So far, I hear no suggestions on this blog as to how to stimulate the economy.

  19. Prester John said on 13 Feb 2009 at 8:38 pm:
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    Three page plan?

    Absolutely true, but it was a Democrat controlled Congress who was screaming for it and signed off on it.

    Want to stimulate the economy?

    TAX CUTS, TAX CUTS, TAX CUTS

    Trust the people to spend the money they earn.

    Unless of course you want to take one person’s money and give it to somebody else–but only after you launder it through the Federal and State bureaucracires so they can get their piece of the action.

  20. AWCheney said on 13 Feb 2009 at 9:07 pm:
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    “Oh, and please note that if nothing else TARP did help out in significantly lowering the overnight lending rates which will help the credit markets function again.”

    It WAS actually nothing else Prester John…the significant lowering of the overnight lending rates had nothing to do with improvement in the Market. It was the Fed once more artificially manipulating the Prime to give the appearance of improvement…and hammering another nail into our economic coffin. It’s only a continuation of the irrational policy to increase debt in order to reduce debt. You know, the old “steal from Peter to pay Paul philosophy” that has gotten so many people in over their heads? In this case, however, we’re collectively mortgaging our children’s future…and very likely their progeny.

  21. citizenofmanassas said on 14 Feb 2009 at 12:03 am:
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    Pat,

    The housing bail out plan and bad loan program plan that obama wants could cost up to 9 trillion dollars. That makes the Iraq war look pretty darn cheap.

  22. Mighty Putty said on 14 Feb 2009 at 7:41 am:
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    Pat.Herve said on 13 Feb 2009 at 7:42 pm: Flag comment

    “No, I think they can all take blame. So far, I hear no suggestions on this blog as to how to stimulate the economy.”

    Here’s a suggestion: leave it alone. There are signs that things are beginning to stabilize. This bill contains pork that Congress would not have the audacity to try to pass in any other appropriations bill. Take off your dem colored glasses and try to be honest. After all, you and your children willl be paying for all of this too.

  23. T-Diddy said on 14 Feb 2009 at 8:27 am:
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    Prester John said:
    “Uh, if I recall it correctly, it was the Dem controlled Congress who was practically hysterical in their demands that “something” be done back in Sept and Oct.”

    That means Mr. Bush’s administration was without effect, right? They just caved to Pelosi, right? No backbone?

    Then PJ says:
    “Want to stimulate the economy? TAX CUTS, TAX CUTS, TAX CUTS”

    Didn’t seem to work with Mr. Bush, did it? He passed the tax cut early in his administration. What happened? Also, wasn’t his administration populating the SEC?

    Can’t have it both ways PJ. You’re boy was watching the shop when the economy augered in. He’s to blame as well.

  24. Prester John said on 14 Feb 2009 at 9:01 am:
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    Oh, I am perfectly willing to admit the Bush the GOP run Congress did plenty to screw things up just as the Dems are screwing things up even worse now.

    And with regard to tax cuts, they do work. The economy between 2003 and 2007 was doing just fine until all the people who had no business buying houses found out they couldn’t afford the payments any more, and away we go…….

    So why do the anti-tax cutters think politicians (at what ever level) know better how money should be spent than the people who actually earn the money?

    What is so horrible about letting people keep the money they earn?

  25. Anonymous said on 14 Feb 2009 at 3:15 pm:
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    I Bleed Obama Blue said on 13 Feb 2009 at 4:02 pm: Flag comment

    Citi,

    What you call pork, President Obama calls economic stimulus. He’s not lying or being deceitful: He just doesn’t see it your way.

    About time you got a goddam transfusion, you jerk!

  26. citizenofmanassas said on 14 Feb 2009 at 5:45 pm:
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    What hog wash. Obama knows very well what pork is. I guess we are back to the Clinton days of it depends on what your think “is” means.

  27. T-Diddy said on 14 Feb 2009 at 6:07 pm:
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    Prester,

    Tax cuts don’t work like you think they do. They buy adjustable rate mortgages they can’t afford in 5 years. I’m not advocating giving a UK type of deduction each payday, but there is a “cost of doing business” in the country. The difference between you and me is I am willing to part with an extra $500 a year if it means my kids get better books, we get better roads, etc.

    Now, you are going to quote me the mantra of, “Yeah, but they never send that money. They give it to illegal pregnant moms for abortions so their lesbian mates don’t have to adopt them at the marriage ceremony”…blah, blah, blah. Come on, do they really? Give me hard numbers from credible sources that I can check. Prove me wrong. Show me its a large portion of the pie. Know what? You can’t. You are just spouting a line the whack jobs gave you.

    It costs money for good things. I want good schools, good roads, efficient government just like you. There is no more money to cut, unless you are willing to boot the mental patients out on the street and continue to pay dog-s%$t for teachers. If you think there is, then you’re just admitting how ineffective Republicans are since they controlled the US House for most of Clinton’s time and half of Bush’s. Republicans control the General Assembly. You telling me they can’t get things done as the majority? You need to think about that! It takes money to pay quality government employees to execute the contracts and write the specifications that are coherent. It takes money for CAREER government employees that will watch home loan trends and jump in and regulate the greed out. Worried Big brother will appear? How’s your house’s market value doing? Mine sucks! I wish the SEC or whoever watches that stuff had done something. Wouldn’t it have been better for someone to stop those dummies that bought a mortgage they couldn’t afford rather than watch the recession gobble up our retirement accounts?

    Its our own fault. Mine as much as yours. We elect dorks like Pelosi and Jeff Frederick. We keep getting these whack jobs from the fringes. If a “normal” person runs for office, we all look at them like they are some kind of idiot. PJ, you and I could sit down with the PWC budget and in a day have something that works. Know why? We aren’t beholding to the folks that fund our campaigns. We are not enslaved to the idealogues. We aren’t dreaming of the next step up the political ladder (re: Frederick). We are here for the long haul. We have to deal with reality and we have to live with the consequences of our decisions . Politicians do not. It will get better when we start choosing our government representatives that actually represent US and not some ethereal pie in the sky (conservative AND liberal).

  28. Greg L said on 14 Feb 2009 at 8:06 pm:
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    I’d say Jeff Frederick is doing a fine job if he’s driving liberals like “T-Diddy” to distraction. They might prefer to have a Russ Potts look-alike as the RPV Chair instead of someone who will actually fight liberalism, but that doesn’t serve the Republican Party at all. The “let’s raise taxes and solve all problems with greater government spending” crowd hates Jeff Frederick.

    Good. Let’s hope he keeps it up.

  29. Red, White and Blue said on 14 Feb 2009 at 9:53 pm:
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    Kool Aid alert!!!! “I Bleed Obama Blue”, do you really believe pork is now stimulus ? Holy poo-poo Batman, keep the kool aid coming! Wow! Let’s see, Oblahblah said that he was for CHANGE, not the same old (George Bush) Washington politics as before, NO PORK, NO LOBBYIST, yessiree, just CHANGE you can believe in. I guess you still do.

    Your points are ludricous; your logic flawed. Kool aid can do that sometimes. This is an open blog but your mind is closed to the same old song being played again. Oblahblah is no different than any of the rest of the politicians but he LIED and that is an undisputed fact on he pork and lobbyist to start and he does mix his words and math as it pleases him.

    He got past Hillary and McCain by offering HOPE, now he only talks of DISPARE, incites fear and as he offers, no, demands that we just hand over another trillion to him, with some PORK, and he will settle everything - but don’t expect it all to work in the first 4 years, he will need more time - like 8 years.

    Mr. Hope is Mr. Doom and Gloom. In truth, unlike some kool aid drimkers can grasp, I don’t know if anyone could stop this recession but recessions are cyclic and do occur no matter who is in the White House. The key is not spending the Bush trillion, the Obama trillion and offer little hope except “I may not get all this done in the first term. I gonna need more time.” (Paraphrasing he not to distant comments on the crappy, stinking, rotten, failing, doomed, awful, bad, OMG economy he “inherited”) That also is not true. He ahs been in the Senate for 4 years and offered little if anytihing on improving the economy ( except surrender in the middle east, close gitmo and give all illegals something called “a path to citizenship.Wow, such novel ideas and ideals.

    Kool aid. Keep drinking and listen to Mr. Oblahblah. Keep ringing his bell of hope as he sells fear and doom. His words, not mine.

  30. Prester John said on 15 Feb 2009 at 11:38 am:
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    T-Diddy,

    Despite your accusations that I am just spouting what the “whack jobs” tell me to (I am quite capable of thinking for myself thank you and don’t just spout what other people say) we actually aren’t that far apart. Govenment does serve a purpose and I have no problem paying taxes for those roads, schools, and quality people in government you mentioned. I also believe that government, especially the federal government is sticking its nose in places it does not belong and is impoverishing our country by sucking us dry financially. Let the feds take care of things like national defense and foreign policy and let the states figure out education, welfare, non-interstate roads etc.

    And yes, I bet the two of us could sit down and figure out a reasonable budget given reasonable and limited revenues.

    And yes, I totally agree with you about how “normal” people running for office get looked down on and how we need to elect people to office who actually represent the people and not just their political parties and contributors.

    Regards.

    But I still think it is better to give tax cuts to the people who earn the money rather instead of doling out federal dollars to political friends.

  31. freedom said on 15 Feb 2009 at 6:29 pm:
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    I’m with you, Prester….and T-Diddly, as for you, I wouldn’t mind paying another $500 or even $1000 more for good schools and good roads either. However, two points to consider before increasing our contribution (tax) to government: 1) Let’s be sure that what we’re paying already is spent on the right things, not wealth redistribution for those who haven’t had the courage to make good/sound personal decisions and 2) throwing more money at programs, e.g., schools, does not necessarily improve the education of our children. OK? :)

  32. citizenofmanassas said on 15 Feb 2009 at 11:36 pm:
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    There is already enough money being spent on schools. The reason there is so much waste is because the unions know they have to just scream and whine louder to get more money. If you know you can always get more money, where is the ugency to save money and to think about ways to save?

    As for roads, we will never get out of the hole with roads. Will additional lanes make people use their turn signals more? Will additional lanes stop rubber necking? Will it make slow people move out of the far left lanes? Will it get people paying attention to what is next to them, so they are not pacing the car in the next lane thereby blocking both lanes so that other cars are not able to pass? Until the majority of drivers resume using common sense on the roads, we will never improve the roads.

  33. Anonymous said on 16 Feb 2009 at 11:40 am:
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    citizenofmanassas said on 15 Feb 2009 at 11:36 pm: Flag comment

    As for roads, we will never get out of the hole with roads. Will additional lanes make people use their turn signals more? Will additional lanes stop rubber necking? Will it make slow people move out of the far left lanes? Will it get people paying attention to what is next to them, so they are not pacing the car in the next lane thereby blocking both lanes so that other cars are not able to pass? Until the majority of drivers resume using common sense on the roads, we will never improve the roads.

    It’s tough trying to use the turn signal when one is texting.
    It’s tough trying to remain alert while driving and using the cell phone.
    Our state legislatures think ONLY the teenagers need to be restricted using cell phones and texting while driving and will NOT ban the use of a cell phone while driving for EVERYONE. Therein the problem lies. I have almost been side-swiped a number of time because of an idiot with a cell phone stuck to his/her ear and the other arm waving like he/she was swatting flied creaped into my lane. Every day is a challenge while driving!

  34. Anonymous said on 16 Feb 2009 at 11:42 am:
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    Correction to 11:40 comment:
    swatting flies

  35. Anonymous said on 16 Feb 2009 at 11:49 am:
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    We gotta get this bill to my desk this weekend or the sky will fall. Bill was signed, sealed and deliverd this weekend but Obamarama is on a junket to “CHI” and now says Tuesday will be soon enough as it now appears the sky will not fall after all.

  36. Anonymous said on 16 Feb 2009 at 12:00 pm:
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    Pat.Herve said on 13 Feb 2009 at 11:39 am: Flag comment

    Both Pat and AW are correct in that voting for something because it is for the greater good DID fly the coop ages ago, and more’s the pity. Congressmen and Senators don’t really care about opinions outside their home district or state as those opinions will not get them reelected or defeat them. This is why there is all this pork - everyone wants to go home and tell the folks - “look what I got you, etc.”

    The “porker in chief” is Sen. Byrd. When he passes, the people of West Virginia are going to rename to state to ROBERT W. BYRD. He will be the first one to have a state named after him.

  37. citizenofmanassas said on 16 Feb 2009 at 2:25 pm:
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    Anon,

    I agree we should not just be concerned with teenagers who text and drive. As long as we pass out licenses like candy, we will have horrible drivers.

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    Bleed Obama Blue said on 13 Feb 2009 at 4:02 pm: Flag comment

    Citi,

    What you call pork, President Obama calls economic stimulus. He’s not lying or being deceitful: He just doesn’t see it your way.

    Better get that blood transfusion, dork! You are in dire need of one.

  39. fed up said on 20 Feb 2009 at 8:31 pm:
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    Red, White and Blue said on 14 Feb 2009 at 9:53 pm: Flag comment
    Kool Aid alert!!!! “I Bleed Obama Blue”, do you really believe pork is now stimulus ? Holy poo-poo Batman, keep the kool aid coming! Wow! Let’s see, Oblahblah said that he was for CHANGE….”

    Yeah, Noboma is so much for “change” that he hired half of Clinton’s cabinet to work for him…..
    So much for change and getting rid of “politics as usual” and hiring “outside of Washington”…

    What a joke!

  40. AWCheney said on 23 Feb 2009 at 12:44 pm:
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    Actually, you could call Obama a Washington outsider, given that he hadn’t been in the Senate for even a full term…and THEN only showed up half the time to do his job.

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