January 28, 2009

An Army of None

The Democratic Party's Multi-Generational Financial Rape Act of 2009—a pork-laden wishlist laughingly called a "stimulus" bill—has passed the House of Representatives on a 244-188 vote.

Not a single Republican voted in favor of the bill. Not one. 177 Republicans voted in unison against the bill along with 11 responsible Democrats.

President Obama contemptuously reminded Americans several days ago that "I won" and that he gets to set the agenda as the leader of a nation and of a party that controls the Presidency and both houses of Congress.

Congratulations, Mr. President.

But also keep in mind that your leadership also saddles you with executive responsibility for the very first time in your life, and history will not likely be kind to the memory of an arrogant neophyte that attempted to spend his way out of debt.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at January 28, 2009 11:20 PM

"...and history will not likely be kind to the memory of an arrogant neophyte that attempted to spend his way out of debt."

Bingo. Just look at some of the little things- his anxiousness to jump into the oath before he should have and actually 'repeating' more than was actually said to him. Arrogant, self-centered. I saw a little of this in some other clips of him talking to people, where he never really listens to them all the way through, just too much trouble. He's just really good at blowing them off in a really friendly, feel good way. I feel like a father who just gave the keys for the family car to his 16 year old son. He's got some hard lessons coming up, I just hope we don't have to foot too big a bill for it.

Posted by: douglas at January 29, 2009 04:26 AM

America elected these people. Come on 2010!

Posted by: arch at January 29, 2009 07:50 AM

$100/lb steak....yummy

The sick part is that he made sure we all knew he was chowing down on it.

It's in your face for the next 4 years.

Posted by: torabora at January 29, 2009 09:28 AM

and history will not likely be kind to the memory of an arrogant neophyte that attempted to spend his way out of debt.

Oliver Stone once said history was written by the winners. With all the forces desperately invested in seeing this thing be so great it eclipses Reagan, that's going to be tough.

To quote the Man Who Shot Liberty Valance "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."

Posted by: Hawkins at January 29, 2009 10:13 AM

Really, I'm shocked. When I heard Barry's "I won..." blurt it didn't occur to me at all that this would be enough to actually rouse the Republicans to actually stand on principle. Like so much on his resume, Barry's alleged political genius is declared, not documented. In any event and for whatever reasons modest congratulations are in order for the House Reps. Now on to the Senate. Do I dare dream that McCain will stop heaping disgraces on himself for 10 minutes to scuttle this monstrosity? It seems it is a time of miracles. HOPE!

Posted by: megapotamus at January 29, 2009 11:02 AM

Oops. We should recognize that the opposition to this pig, unlike the campaign for it, was bipartisan. That's good, right? Thanks Democrats. If you are represented by a Dem NO, be sure to write a brief thank you. And best wishes to Sen Gillibrand or Gilligan or whatever. She's gotta be an improvement on Hillary! and who could have believed THAT would happen? CHANGE!

Posted by: megapotamus at January 29, 2009 11:05 AM

How easily we forget. I recall Bush Junior telling the American People after winning his last election that he had received a mandate (hardly!) and that he had earned some political capital that he would now spend. Indeed he did. In fact, under his leadership and with the help of corrupt politicians in both of our major political parties we have no REAL capital left to spend.

President Obama is our last great chance to again become a great nation. He did win and won soundly.

Posted by: Dude at January 29, 2009 02:10 PM

"President Obama is our last great chance to again become a great nation. He did win and won soundly."

If by great nation you mean a morally crippled welfare state run by a bunch of self aggrandizing intellectual lightweight narcissists with absolutely no integrity or values, then yes, we have a chance to be a "great nation". Hell, I think we are there already.

Posted by: Jeremy at January 29, 2009 05:24 PM
President Obama is our last great chance to again become a great nation.

ROFL!! Darn you, I almost spit tea out of my nose at that line.

Oh were serious? You really believe we weren't a great nation for the last 8 years...but were before that? You believe that Obama (!!??) is out last and best chance to be great again? How does that kool-aid taste?

Posted by: iconoclast at January 29, 2009 05:41 PM

I'm finally gonna get that unicorn! I just know it! Thanks, Presidunce Obama!

Posted by: Pablo at January 29, 2009 11:38 PM

I wonder if the democrats will ever realize, or admit, they bought a president from the same saleman who sold a million whopper choppers on TV. All of the 'as seen on TV items' are now in the dump. The Chairman is headed there fast, but Dimmy Carter is proud, they finally elected someone more stupid than him.

Posted by: Scrapiron at January 30, 2009 12:15 AM

Bush did have a mandate in 2004 - and Obama and the Dems do have a strong mandate today.

The fact is - Obama and the Dems don't have to compromise after voters gave them the White House and a strong majority in Congress.

They will officially have that mandate until the next mid-term elections. Unofficially, they'll have it until polls start showing likely voters are pissed off at them (if that happens)...

What I find bitterly amusing about this latest vote is ---- how the media, of course, uses it to puff up Obama and attack Republicans.

Suddenly, just sitting down at a table to listen to the other party is enough to get big "bipartisan" headlines....Really?

If this were Bush and a Republican dominated Congress, the news would have been about how they "railroaded" this bill through. But because it is Obama, rather than getting the reality based articles that say the Dems are exercising their mandate, we get this poo about how Republicans are rejecting bipartisanism.

Bipartisanism now means just listening but ignoring and is devoid of the idea of compromise.

----- And even when 11 Dems jump ship to vote against it.....

Posted by: usinkorea at January 30, 2009 01:55 AM

It's going to be interesting to see this in the Senate. I predict it will fail back to the House where more pork will be added. Then it will pass again there and move on up to the Senate where even more pork will be added and it will pass on round 2.

Posted by: Dan Irving at January 30, 2009 03:09 PM

It is very little consolation, but at least the media will have no one to blame but the democrats when we find ourselves in the same or worse economic situation, only a trillion dollars poorer.

Posted by: Eric at January 30, 2009 04:06 PM
It is very little consolation, but at least the media will have no one to blame but the democrats when we find ourselves in the same or worse economic situation, only a trillion dollars poorer.

There you go again, thinking rationally. When this looting/porkfest is done and not accomplished anything other than jumpstarting inflation, the fuzzy-brained media will blame it on Bush, the Republicans, Reagan, Global Warming, Bush, Republicans, Sunspots, and that nasty fake lemon in Lipton tea. One thing Democrats and the media excel at: finding someone else to blame.

Heck, they probably will say it wasn't big enough and now we need a $2trillion pork bill to really get the job done right.

Please don't ever assume that Democrats and the Media (but I repeat myself) have any intellectual honesty or any other goal than to reward themselves and their supporters. There is nothing more important to Democrats (and a few Republican pols) than power and the privileges that accompany power.

Posted by: iconoclast at January 30, 2009 04:45 PM


Stop your vile, racist attacks on our new Leader.

We won. You lost. Face reality!

Praise Him!

Praise The One!

Praise OBAMA!

Allahu Akbar!

Posted by: Yes We Did at January 30, 2009 05:37 PM

Allah is a pig - and Satan.

But I can see why a person would see Obama as his representative and "the one".

Posted by: l at January 30, 2009 05:45 PM

The Senate action will be interesting. I think from a practical standpoint it's impossible for the House to be truly bipartisan. Each rep has a small and focused constituency and they will vote their constituency no matter what. Senators have to spread themselves across the whole state, so compromise has to come into play.

The commenter named "Dude" is correct about Bush's statements after he won in 2004. At his first press conference he stated:

"You asked, do I feel free. Let me put it to you this way: I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it. It is my style. Thatís what happened in the ó after the 2000 election, I earned some capital. Iíve earned capital in this election ó and Iím going to spend it for what I told the people Iíd spend it on, which is ó youíve heard the agenda: Social Security and tax reform, moving this economy forward, education, fighting and winning the war on terror."

Posted by: SPW at January 30, 2009 11:20 PM

LOL @ Pablo!

Posted by: Ariah at January 31, 2009 12:23 AM

While I think it's great that the House Republicans finally stood up (not the change The One was hoping for I'm sure) it's not enough. They need to be offering a substantial alternative.

Not just a different pile of crap spending bill but serious cuts in the size and cost of government along with serious tax cuts. They want to stimulate the economy. Give the people their money back and get out of the way.

I don't think they have a chance in hell of pulling it off but they need to be telling people that there is a better way than the Belt Way to solve our problems. If they get that message out there now - they may find themselves in a position to do something about it in 2010 and 12.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at January 31, 2009 07:58 AM