I thought this was funny, in my own very cynical way.
Politico: President Barack Obama plans to announce in next year’s State of the Union address that he wants to focus extensively on cutting the federal deficit in 2010 – and will downplay other new domestic spending beyond jobs programs, according to top aides involved in the planning.
Well, after you’ve taken over the Financial Sector, Spent 3 Trillion Dollars+ in less than a year, Taken over the Auto Industry and Many Banks and 12 Insurance company (AIG), and enslaved every man, woman, and child to the Government, and setting up massive new taxes in a Recession, I guess you don’t have to worry about spending and start faking it on “deficit reduction”.
How to reduce the deficit: How about NOT spending it in the first place! 🙂
And if his focus on the deficit is as good as his focus on Jobs, look out! 🙂
Remember, the Stimulus was to create 3 million jobs and prevent unemployment rates from going higher than 8%.
Unemployment is at 10.2% and most economist say it will go higher. And around 3+ million more have LOST their jobs since the stimulus.
Yeah, that’s a great track record.
I want to see the Democrats run on their “jobless recovery”. Now that’s pure Orwell.
President Barack Obama plans to announce in next year’s State of the Union address that he wants to focus extensively on cutting the federal deficit in 2010 – and will downplay other new domestic spending beyond jobs programs, according to top aides involved in the planning.
And how is going to do that? How about even more taxes! But I’m sure he and his Orwellian advisors are working on the doublespeak wordplay of it all right now.
When a Liberal downplays something that means they made a gigantic error and a mess and don’t want you to notice. Because they don’t really want to talk about it. 🙂
The president’s plan, which the officials said was under discussion before this month’s Democratic election setbacks, represents both a practical and a political calculation by this White House.
On the practical side, Obama has spent more money on new programs in nine months than Bill Clinton did in eight years, pushing the annual deficit to $1.4 trillion. This leaves little room for big spending initiatives.
But now we get to the real reason for this enlightenment about the deficit : The 2010 Elections
On the political side, Obama can help moderate Democrats avoid some tough votes in an election year and, perhaps more importantly, calm the nerves of independent voters who are voicing big concerns with the big spending and deficits. Even if Obama succeeds – and that’s a big if – it will be tough for many Democrats to sell themselves as deeply concerned about spending after voting for the stimulus, the bailouts, the health care legislation and a plan to address global warming (Cap & Trade), four enormous government programs.
But don’t worry, it will still be the Republicans fault and they will have the solutions. Just like in 2006 and 2008.
Aren’t you feeling the love yet? 🙂
“Democrats have to reassure voters we are not being reckless,” 🙂 said a Democratic official involved in the planning. “The White House knows this and that’s why we’ll be hearing a lot about reducing the deficit early next year. Democrats owned this issue for the past four years and cannot afford to cede it to Republicans now.”
Despite the Trillions of new spending and new taxes. They will have gotten “religion” in 2010.
Well, after you’ve struck the iceberg and sunk and are floating in the icy water it’s a little late for the bucket.
And just watch how the fawning sycophants in the media will just gush all over him because he’s “concerned”.
He took a train wreck and piled the whole railroad on top of it. Poured Gasoline on it and lit the fuse.
But he’s going to save us all.
That is after we get done be ruled over on our Mandatory Health care and it taxes, fines, and potential jail sentences.
And Cap & Trade luddite destruction of everything else that is.
But what will be left is a glorious thing. 🙂
The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday the White House is considering applying some money from the $700 billion financial bailout bill to deficit reduction, and that Cabinet agencies have been asked to submit two budget plans for next year, one that freezes spending at existing levels and one that trims spending by 5 percent. Congress has long history of taking those requests and piling on money for programs it favors. The only way Obama can prevent Congress from imposing its will – a tactic he has been reluctant to do during his presidency – would be to threaten vetoes. And if Obama’s political goal is to minimize tough votes, gutting domestic spending bills could mean fewer projects lawmakers can brag about back home. History shows that that’s often an impossible sale on the Hill.
Vetoes? Does he know what the word means? 🙂
But many moderate Democrats are deeply troubled by two recent signs of serious discontent among independent voters. The first was how badly Democrats lost among independent voters in the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial races. The second was a Gallup poll released this week that showed Republicans winning the independent vote by 22 points in generic matchups for House and Senate races. That same poll had the parties tied among independents in July.
Political calculations over principles. Aren’t they just the best… 🙂
Oh, and speaking of Political Calculations:
A recanvassing of votes in the NY-23 special Congressional election has turned up a surprise. Bill Owens, the Democrat who won the seat and ended a long period of Republican hegemony, has already been sworn into office, but the vote counts now show Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman much closer than thought on Election Night. Thought to be down over 5300 votes, the final counts in the district show Hoffman trailing by 3,026 — with over 10,000 absentee ballots left to count.
Had to rush Owens off to vote for Health Care. (without him it still would passed though, but they didn’t know that at the time.)
It was never certified by the State of New York.
The state Board of Elections indicated that “…all ballots will be counted, and if the result changes, Owens will have to be removed.” Concession speech or not, if the voters in the 23rd District elected Doug Hoffman and not Bill Owens, then Hoffman will be the Representative.
Whether it’s likely or not it is amusing how fast they rush Owens to DC to be sworn in so he could vote for the Health Care bill before the inked dried.
More evidence of that post-partisan, unified country Our president promised, I guess. 🙂
All House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wants for Christmas is healthcare reform.
The speaker told constituents yesterday that she wants to finish health reform as a “Christmas present” for the country.
“I’m hopeful that we will have a bill as a Christmas present for the American people,” Pelosi said, according to KCBS. “But we will have a bill and it will be soon.”
That desire comes as her second-in-command, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) outlined a new schedule that could keep the House in session until late December — shortly before the holiday recess — to finish health reform legislation.
Once the Senate finishes its work, Pelosi said she would continue to fight for her public option during conference.
“We will go up to the table fighting for a public option because we believe that’s the best way to keep the insurance companies honest and to increase competition,” she said.
Can I just have my lump of coal instead, Mrs. Scrooge?
A Liberal on Huffington Post’s advise to Harry Reid about the Senate Health Care bill:
But then introduce this reform package as the very first amendment to the bill. Call it the “Ted Kennedy Amendment for Helping Middle Class Families Afford Health Care,” and whip the hell out of the Democrats. Get the President to help you. Surely Joe Biden will. If you can’t get 51 votes out of Dems for this (called reconciliation where you just ignore the other party all together and just do it anyhow- a backhanded extremely partisan “Vote”), publish the list of Dems who vote against it, strip them of their committee chairs or sub-chairs, and make sure the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee gives them zilch when they’re up for re-election.
That’s your post-partisan era for you. 🙂
More Americans now say it is not the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have healthcare coverage (50%) than say it is (47%). This is a first since Gallup began tracking this question, and a significant shift from as recently as three years ago, when two-thirds said ensuring healthcare coverage was the government’s responsibility.
But is anyone in Washington Listening?
No, of course not, why would they.
They are from the Government and they are here to save you. Even from the disasters they create.
Hope and Change. 🙂