What about the promise?
what about the promise?
I believe on the campaign trail, Obama pledged to veto earmarks. That means he will have to veto the stimulus package or go back on his campaign promise.
Watching Obama address the Democratic retreat last week, he said some things that were very reassuring and some were not. On one hand he said they need to work with Republicans and on the other he reminded them that the Democrats won the election. Which is it?
Obama also mentioned that there were earmarks in the stimulus bill, but apparently forgot he promised to veto earmarks. Or was he just saying that to get elected? :)
How does spending $335 million on STD prevention stimulate the economy except by putting money in the pockets of his campaign contributors?
$600 million + for digital tv transition is stimulating the economy how?
How many people could have help saving their home with that much money?
How many children could be fed and clothed with that money?
How many past due utility bills could be paid with that money?
How many people could get assistance in obtaining reliable transportation with that much money?
How does Congress sleep at nite when they are just using this for payola?
There is very little in there for real stimulus and a great deal for boondoggles.
The Republicans had an opportunity to show they have changed but have shown that they are still not able to come up with innovative ideas that are not politics as usual. They have no chance to get any legislation passed but they do have an opportunity to regain some credibilty if they are willing to get back to basics.
The Democrats have the real opportunity to show that they are the party of the people but are falling into the trap that the controlling usually falls into of arrogance and disdain for the voters. It's all about reelection and the money they need to get there.