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Obama Says GOP Can’t Criticize Stimulus

More repetition of Mr. Obama’s already tired talking point, from his cheerleaders at the Associated Press:

Analysis: Obama says GOP can’t criticize stimulus

By CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama looked comfortable enough at his first White House news conference, but he sounded like a man fed up with one thing: Republicans lecturing him about his $820 billion economic stimulus plan.

Obama repeatedly reminded a national television audience that federal spending and deficits soared under George W. Bush’s presidency. He used the point to undermine GOP lawmakers opposing his plan and calling it too costly and wasteful.

"It’s a little hard for me to take criticism from folks about this recovery package after they’ve presided over a doubling of the national debt," Obama said. "I’m not sure they have a lot of credibility when it comes to fiscal responsibility."

"What I won’t do," he said at another point, "is return to the failed theories of the last eight years that got us into this fix in the first place."

Bush and his Republican allies in Congress relied too heavily on tax cuts, "especially tax cuts that are targeted to the wealthiest few Americans," Obama said, using past decisions to hit current critics who want more tax reductions and less spending in the stimulus plan. "We have tried that strategy time and time again, and it’s only helped lead us to the crisis we face right now," he said…

At least three times he suggested that some unspecified number of his Republican critics want to "do nothing" about the economic crisis. GOP leaders consistently have said they want the government to act, but they think Obama’s plan is too heavy on spending and too light on tax cuts.

Asked why he used dire language earlier in the day in Indiana, suggesting the downward economic spiral could be irreversible, Obama did not answer directly, and emphasized his optimism. "I’m absolutely confident that we can solve this problem," he said, "but it’s going to require us to take some significant, important steps."

Obama alternated between "we" and "I" in describing tasks and challenges. "We averted catastrophe by passing the TARP legislation," he said of the massive financial bailout plan that Congress approved while Bush was still president. But without sufficient oversight, he said, "we didn’t get as big of a bang for the buck as we should have."

"My immediate task is making sure that the second half of that money, $350 billion, is spent properly," Obama said, seeming to shoulder the new burden himself. "That’s my first job." …

"My hope is that after a difficult year," he said, "businesses start investing again" and "consumers start feeling that their jobs are stable and safe, and they start making purchases again, and, if we get things right, then, starting next year, we can start seeing significant improvement."

"I am the eternal optimist," Obama said in his final remarks, someone trying to provide the "civility and rational argument" that Americans want in their leaders.

For a man who spends so much of his time navel-gazing, Mr. Obama sure is tone deaf when it comes to his own outrageous hypocrisy.

"My hope is that after a difficult year," he said, "businesses start investing again" and "consumers start feeling that their jobs are stable and safe, and they start making purchases again…”

Why should businesses or consumers be encouraged by anything Mr. Obama has said or done?

Hasn’t he had exactly the opposite effect?

"I am the eternal optimist," Obama said in his final remarks, someone trying to provide the "civility and rational argument" that Americans want in their leaders.

Mr. Obama’s “civility” is to blame Republicans for a financial crisis brought on by his own party and even his own personal efforts. (Cf. Mr. Obama’s work for ACORN and against “red lining.”)

His “rational argument” is “I won.”

For all of his faults, Mr. Bush grew the deficit as a result of the national security concerns following 9/11, the hideous expense of fighting two wars, plus a few social welfare programs that the Democrats loved at the time.

Mr. Bush did not flush away trillions of dollars to buy votes and to push his party’s agenda. (If only.)

This is not Mr. Obama’s money. It belongs to the taxpayers of this country. Almost half of whom did not even vote for him.

Winning 52% of the votes did not make Mr. Obama our king. We’re not a third world dictatorship just yet.

Our elected representatives in government should have some say about how our money is squandered spent.

Every time Mr. Obama tells our representatives to shut up and sit down, he is saying that to the millions of Americans they represent.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 10th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

33 Responses to “Obama Says GOP Can’t Criticize Stimulus”

  1. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    Lets follow his arguement:

    1. “federal spending and deficits soared under George W. Bush’s presidency”
    2. “What I won’t do, is return to the failed theories of the last eight years that got us into this fix in the first place”
    3. So what I am going to do is spend almost $1 trillion on liberal pet projects and pork to “jump start” the economy.

    Good job dumba$$!

    On a side note, the few minutes I saw he was arrogant and cocky. I aslo heard him say something to the effect: the end of a consumer driven economy is near. A statement you’ll never see repeated in the MSM.

  2. BigBad says:

    The most tell tale sign of Obama’s thoughts on the role of government:

    “It means putting forward investments that not only employ people immediately but also lay the groundwork for long-term economic growth. And that by the way is important, even if you’re a fiscal conservative, because the biggest problem we’re going to have, with our federal budget, is if we continue a situation in which there are no tax revenues, because economic growth is plummeting at the same time as we’ve got more demands for unemployment insurance; we’ve got more demands for people who’ve lost their health care, more demand for food stamps. That will put enormous strains on the federal budget as well as the state budget. ”

    “So the most important thing we can do for our budget crisis right now is to make sure that the economy doesn’t continue to tank. And that’s why passing the Economic Recovery Plan is the right thing to do, even though I recognize that it’s expensive. ”

    To Obama the economy exists solely to supply the government with revenue. Not that the government exists to ensure our rights are secure so we can provide our own revenue.

    There is a “crisis” and he is worried about tax revenue!

  3. catie says:

    I am nearly 45 years old and as a kid I remember various bars having contests every Monday night to see how many old tv sets could be broken by throwing bricks whenever Howard Cosell came on. That’s how I felt last night. I watched this for a few short minutes as well but all I wanted to do was find a brick and throw it at the set.
    This man has nothing relevant to say does he? All he can do is blame Bush, blame the Republicans and blame the tax cuts.

    • bousquem says:

      I work in a pharmacy and am in my 2nd to last year of pharmacy school before I graduate and become a pharmacist. Every time one of my classmates starts praising Obama and the left and how socialized medicine is the answer to everything, I just point out how medicare (part D) is one of the most messed up and disorganized insurance plan out there it seems and they want that to become the standard of care. Also the idea that some goverment lacky sitting in an office is going to decide if what the doctors and other health care professionals do is right, then we are in for a world of hurt. But if the seniors are going to get hit with the brunt of these “cost-effective” treatment decisions like mentioned in the article, there is going to be alot of screaming going around. Ask most people who work in a pharmacy and the two type of people who will complain the loudest and longest are usually the elderly with medicare and some medicaid patients.

    • proreason says:

      bosquem, I probably hammer government programs too much since there are plenty of government workers who are making great efforts and have the best of intents, but….

      A moment’s thought would instruct anyone that there is no way government programs are ever going to be able to offer the quality, cost or effectiveness of the private sector.

      1. government has no competition, and hence nothing to cause it to improve.
      2. government is bound by laws, which, even if well intentioned, simply are not capable of changing fast enough to meet marketplace demands.
      3. goverment must hire in ways that reflect the population. That might be fine for fast food restaurants, but who wants their PHARMACIST to be average?
      4. government programs simply cannot handle the complexities of modern life. Even The Moron can’t think of everything, you know.
      5. government is filled at the upper levels with corrupt people. I assume you can prove this to yourself.
      6. government overpays menial workers and underpays highly skilled workers and managers. To succeed financially as a government manager you must either grow your budget (regardless of need), or find a way to steal (probably rare, but certainly easy enough).
      7. cheating the government as a customer or supplier is the easiest thing in the world to do.

      and on and on.

      The evidence for this is manifest. It makes logical sense and it’s absolutely true.

      The only people who want to expand government are people who expect to game the system…i.e., The Moron and his something-for-nothing obamabots.

  4. EvaTheFrisbeeDog says:

    He is like a child. He took the oath but has not accepted ownership of the office. He blames Bush and the GOP, which is leadership but cowardice. He says there no pork in nearly a trillion dollars in new spending and he expects us to believe him?! He says the tired and failed old policies of tax cuts don’t work, but massive Keynesian spending like the US tried during the Great Depression and Japan during the lost decade will?! He mentions that unnamed “Republican” and “conservative” economists support this bill. Really? I don’t know of any, but the fawning press refuses to challenge him.

    He acted more like a high school class president running for prom king than the president of the United States of America.

  5. Shockedandawed says:

    The most disturbing development of this moment is that political leaders don’t consider any alternative to the excessive spending plans and that all criticism and contemplation on the dire consequences is already labelled as ‘unpatriotic’ before it is uttered. Because “we need to act fast.” Trillions of Dollars, Euro’s and Roubles are being burned in a bonfire of the desperate. despite the calls for fast decision making, the first effects on the economy can only be expected as from end of the year, the multiplier effect will show up too late, and in any case the ‘stimulus package’ will remain a drop in the ocean of hyperinflation and second wave credit card and insurance company defaults. We are broke and society will notice soon…

    Also see Crunchreport.com on these issues.

  6. 1sttofight says:

    President Clouseau.

  7. gipper says:

    “Every time Mr. Obama tells our representatives to shut up and sit down, he is saying that to the millions of Americans they represent.”

    If you haven’t already done so, please consider signing the petition to fight the bailout at http://www.nostimulus.com , ESPECIALLY if you are from MAINE or PENNSYLVANIA. We need to let Congress and Mr. Obama know that some people have an opposing view to this stimulus bill, and that we’re not going give in just because The One won.

  8. 1laidbackRN says:

    Just a whole lot of empty meaningless words by a man who acts like a sullen child.

  9. BillK says:

    As has been repeated ad nauseum it’s amazing how quickly opposition to the President’s positions has gone from patriotism (as practiced by the left) to obstructionism and an “adherence to failed policies.”

    If only Bush had had the cojones to tell the left that they needed to abandon the failed policies of Carter and Clinton.

    But he didn’t, and instead started us rolling down the path to socialism just as the Newsweek story had mentioned.

  10. Reality Bytes says:

    Hail the 12 year old in chief.

  11. Gladius et Scutum says:

    Russ51: I believe you mis-spoke. The “health care” provisions are care rationing and building a massive federal database of everyone’s medical records.

  12. sheehanjihad says:

    I am going to be just as patriotic to this batch of imbeciles as their supporters were for the past 8 years. My dissent is “patriotic”, and as a patriot, I have emailed them all, (yes, all of them) to stop this insanity from happening or get voted out of office. It’s only one voice, but I have a suspicion mine isnt the only one. It kills me to realize the extent of a trillion dollars being thrown away….over one hundred million citizens could receive fifty thousand dollars to spend if the government was sincere about “stimulating” the economy. Imagine what you could do with that money. Talk about a jump start. The government is simply stealing. They are fraudulent, wasteful, self centered shitbirds, and they are rushing this through because people are noticing just how horrible it is, and are starting to protest it. They are disgusting. And they are afraid of those of us who they dont represent. The entire bill doesnt pass the smell test.

  13. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    The stupid sheeple who elected this arrogant man will realize too late that they handed the fox the keys to the hen house. Government spending is like the open grave, it has an appetite that is never satisfied.

  14. proreason says:

    It’s becoming more and more clear that this idiot is going to overplay his hand.

    Remember, if it weren’t for his puppet masters rigging the primaries and tanking the economy, he would still be memorizing Alinsky’s musings in his dorm room.

  15. TickTock says:

    My hope for a transplant was just voted away on the Senate floor… and I am by no means alone.

    Only one chance left as this Death Sentence goes to committee.

    Our blood is on your hands: Obama, Specter, Collins, and Snow.

    Just add our blood to the blood of millions of aborted American babies… When will it be enough blood?

    We emailed these people. We emailed practically every senator and congressman. Three republicans, or any three or more dems could have stopped this or slowed it down to be properly studied and inform the American people of exactly what is contained in this bill.

    It is a wholesale change of US ideology. It is, so far, a bloodless coup of the last bastion of democracy on the planet, and the gang-rape of American ideals. None of our obvious enemies could’ve done what the dems and their brainless psychophants have succeeded in doing in one election.

    And the only way left to stop Obama was the vote of three cowardly treasonous republicans who CHOSE to make a way for him while ending the lives of untold numbers of American citizens.

  16. AmericanIPA says:

    Your comments after the article are spot-on SG. Despite what his blind supporters say, he did not get a Reaganesque landslide with which he could claim the voter support to do whatever he wants. Even if a landslide had occurred, the taxpayers which will be strapped with repaying his asinine loans would deserve a more honest explanation of what this bill will do to them.

    No doubt, as Obama says, some people are hurting. But his assertion that ONLY the government can solve this problem is extremely scary to any liberty loving American. Not only is the government not the only ones to solve this or any problem, they are the last ones that should be relied on to do so. THEY CAUSED THE PROBLEM IN THE FIRST PLACE!

    ONLY the consumers who use their money to buy things that the manufacturers provide will be able to avoid the same socialistic collapse that Europe has fallen victim to. And as we’ve seen lately, people who actually earn the money they have aren’t exactly running out and spending what they foresee the government soon stealing from them.

    How any rational human being can think that borrowing money and giving it to people who are having a temporarily hard financial time can turn the economy around is beyond me. When the borrowed money is spent, the problem is still there. Of course, Obama voters, democratic lawmakers, and their allies in the media don’t exactly fit the “rational” description.

  17. proreason says:

    Dear Moron,

    I’m in trouble because I have bullied my playmates at recess for years. Teacher says that if it continues, she will make sure there is a Depression in my head.

    But my playground buddies say the problem is that I’m not bullying enough people. If I bully 10 times as many, recess will be a happy time again instead of a depressing time.

    I know you will side with me.

    Please rush your answer with the $500 you are sending mommy.

    Your biggest fan,

  18. JohnMG says:

    The real crisis now occupys the White House.

  19. bill says:

    Obama looked like he was completely over his head. I never realized how big the podium was.

  20. Consilience says:

    This man has debased the Office of President; he is a diabolical Marxist—of that there is not doubt—let’s not forget his associations…

  21. Celina says:

    I hear this same tone coming from my 4yo daughter. “Lily got to walk through the living room in her snowboots. Why can’t I?!?!”



  22. Confucius says:

    I don’t get it.

    If the Republicans don’t “have a lot of credibility when it comes to fiscal responsibility” because “federal spending and deficits soared under George W. Bush’s presidency,” then how much credibililty does Obama and the Democrats have by doubling-down (if not tripling-down) on federal spending and deficits?

    If Obama refuses to “return to the failed theories of the last eight years that got us into this fix in the first place,” then why is he continuing with TARP, repeating Bush’s economic-stimulus-check plan and expanding Bush’s program of nationalizing businesses?

    And speaking of TARP, did Obama just take credit for passing that failed Bush theory and averting a “catastrophe”?

    Somebody get this man a dictionary . . . or a pill.

    He’s not spinning. He’s schizo.

  23. Consilience says:

    Obama is a diabolical puppet and will ruin our Republic.

  24. Texas Mom says:

    I thought it was our patriotic duty to speak out against an administratioin. That is what they told us the last 8 years. I wish we could really see the man behind the curtin to see who is really pulling the strings for this empty suit.

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