faced with Republicans, Obama turns into mush
I'm doing this from memory, so please don't jump on me if I don't get every word right, but here's what Obama said upon exiting his meeting last Tuesday with House Republicans (no, the Democrats were not invited to the private get-together).
Obama said he had just had a fruitful meeting with the House Republicans.
But, NOT ONE Republican House member went on to vote for the "stimulus" bill. So how "fruitful" could the meeting have been, really? http://tinyurl.com/aeab4j
Obama said he told the House Republicans he had no ownership of the bill.
What message was Obama trying to convey to the House Republicans by saying that? ... by disclaiming ownership of the bill? That if they failed to pass it, he would not be upset or vengeful toward them?
Next, Obama said the MOST hilarious thing of all ... he said he was not expecting "unanimous" support from the House Republicans for the stimulus bill.
That remark left me rolling on the floor with laughter. Forget "unanimous." ... the bill did NOT get ANY House Republican votes. Not a single one.
Yet, in his sickening attempt to curry favor with House Republicans, Obama had already told the House Democrats to jettison two key Democratic provisions. The two provisions were: (1) funds for family planning, and (2) legislation enabling judges in mortgage foreclosure cases to re-cast mortgages, so homeowners could afford to make the monthly payments and stay in their homes instead of becoming homeless and having to live in a tent in a park where they could freeze to death.
But, NOT ONE Republican House member voted for the "stimulus" bill anyway.
So, it seems Obama stinks as a politician, and it also seems that the only people Obama will insult, degrade and push around are fellow Democrats who dare to run against him. When faced with Republicans, Obama turns into mush.
Maybe if Obama were a better person or a better politician (say, like FDR), he would have proposed -- with the help of his 300 economic advisors -- a bill of his own design and, then, would have fought tooth and nail to win support for it.
Instead Obama caved to the House Republicans to NO avail.
What a wuss.
Do I think we need a stimulus bill? Yes.
Do I think this stimulus bill is a good bill? No, it is a "pork-barrel special." Or, to put it another way, it is a Christmas tree upon which everyone has hung his favorite pork-barrel self-serving project
Do I think this legislation will "stimulate" the economy and help it to recover? No. Only 25% of the $819 Billion will be spent in the first year or two, the rest will be spent years from now. How can that possibly be considered a "stimulus"?
Do I think Obama has shown himself to be the leader we need right now? No ... no ... no.
Obama expended political capital sucking up to the Republicans, and it didn't do him a bit of good.