Senate Democrats complained that major components of his plan were not bold enough and urged more focus on creating jobs and rebuilding the nation’s energy infrastructure rather than cutting taxes.
Digby’s take is that liberals like Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass), among others, are pushing a more traditional Democratic appraoch as a negoiating ploy – good cop no pandering for yet deeper iresponsible tax cuts, versus bad cop Obama who, at least says he wants a large tax cut to get Republicans on board. There probably is little need for all this, as Digby calls it Kabuki since Democrats have enough votes, plus a a couple of the more independent Republican votes to stick to his original plan to let the Bush cuts lapse for those making over 200k and giving the middle-class a small tax cut. If tax cuts were the best way to stimulate the economy we wouldn’t be having a massive hemmorgaing of jobs and home foreclosures.
“There is only one thing we have got to do in the stimulus, and that is how can we create jobs,” said Senator Tom Harkin, Democrat of Iowa, as he left the meeting. “I am a little concerned by the way that Mr. Summers and others are going at this in that, to me, it still looks like a little more of this trickle-down, if we just put it in at the top, it’s going to trickle down. A number of people in there said, ‘Look, we have got to have programs that actually create jobs and put people to work.’ ”
We’re living in the end result of supply-side trckle down and it didn’t happen over night. It has left us with a near 10 trillion dollar debt and a busted economy. Now suddenly Republicans like John A. Boehner of (Ohio) that pushed as hard as they could to spend like “drunken sailors” ( via a quote from Johnnie McCain) have discovered fiscal restriant. Just as many of us predicted they would if they lost more Congressional seats and the presidency. Its not a coincidence that Republicans have no economic plan. If Obama and Congressional Democrats decide to pander to Boehner and Blue Dog Dems the Obama stimulous with these huge tax cuts will not work. Which is what Boehner and the Right is hoping : Don’t Back Down on Jobs, President Obama
The only ameliorating effect compromise will have now is to placate the Republicans, who are suddenly getting religion on deficits in the middle of a huge economic crisis. They shouldn’t be given a veto on the stimulus package. The crisis belongs to them—and to their President— and asking their permission to fix it is political masochism. Not to mention how dangerous compromise is to all the people who are losing jobs, homes, their health, and whose losses cause them to fall into a desperate economic spiral.
BNP goes go to read many obverers minds – Obama has one chance to get this right. If he jumps on the supply side blimp of never fulfilled promises, that’s it, good by Mr. One Term. Obama has been underestimated before, during the election and the promaries, in regards his tactics so maybe he has some moves going on that we can”t see. I hope so.
is Joe Klein trying to make up for being a Beltway water carrier for the last six years, The Bush Administration’s Most Despicable Act
“This is not the America I know,” President George W. Bush said after the first, horrifying pictures of U.S. troops torturing prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq surfaced in April 2004. The President was not telling the truth. “This” was the America he had authorized on Feb. 7, 2002, when he signed a memorandum stating that the Third Geneva Convention — the one regarding the treatment of enemy prisoners taken in wartime — did not apply…
There have been plenty of disgusting editorials defending Bush’s pro torture policies, but they never mention that line. Cheney has bragged about torture, but Bush could have only thought it best to deny it in terms of the entire country, if he thought it was at least morally dubious.
Bush the sadistic clown
One after another, 10 prisoners told Clemon about receiving meals that are so small they are forced to buy additional snacks from a for-profit store jailers operated inside the lockup. Most of the inmates appeared thin, with baggy jail coveralls hanging off their frames.
…Inmates told of getting half an egg, a spoonful of oatmeal and one piece of toast most days for breakfast, served at 3 a.m. daily. Lunch is usually a handful of chips and two sandwiches with barely enough peanut butter to taste.
I think the inmates in Cool Hand Luke ate better then that.