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stephley stephley 7 years
Okay I read it and her record with me remains unchanged - she's totally unimpressive. She's taken up McCain's rant, just repeating what he twittered without any critical analysis. For instance, do you know what TRIBALLY CONTROLLED POSTSECONDARY VOCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS are? They ensure continued educational opportunities for Native American students. Hardly a waste of money as Native Americans still are the poorest group in this country, according to the Census Bureau. I think Obama's right to save his energy for the more important bigger fights to come this year.
stephley stephley 7 years
Maybe I will, but I'll tell you now I've never been impressed by anything Dowd has said in the past.
Grandpa Grandpa 7 years
I posted a column by Maureen Dowd, you might want to glance at it
stephley stephley 7 years
That doesn't change anything G'pa, it backs up Obama's promise to REFORM earmarks. As McCain didn't win the White House, we'll never know how well he would have fulfilled his promises.
Grandpa Grandpa 7 years
oh where did I get this you ask? From Obama/Biden site: http://www.barackobama.com/issues/ethics/ Want a real chuckle look at his own comparison between candidate Obama and candidate McCain
Grandpa Grandpa 7 years
"Shine Light on Earmarks and Pork Barrel Spending: Obama's Transparency and Integrity in Earmarks Act will shed light on all earmarks by disclosing the name of the legislator who asked for each earmark, along with a written justification, 72 hours before they can be approved by the full Senate."
stephley stephley 7 years
"He promised to stop earmarks, no hedging, it was an absolute statement." Nothing Obama said supports this statement by you G'pa. You keep claiming Obama absolutely promised things that he did not. He very clearly stated that in and of themselves, earmarks are not bad things. Earmark abuse is bad and that's what he said needs to be fixed. If you look at the quote you use in #16, 'they need to be eliminated' clearly refers to 'lot of screwy things that we end up spending money on'. It's not spin, it's reading the quote.
beavis667 beavis667 7 years
What happened to going through the budget with a scalpel? BHO is clearly going back on a campaign promise to be fiscally responsible. He's spent more money than Bush did in Iraq already, and his presidency is young. Keep it up BHO, and your presidency will REALLY mirror Jimmy Carter's.
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
The problem is that earmarks and "pork" are sometimes used interchangably. Obama said he passed a bill with no "pork" but I would argue there was plenty of "pork" in the form of earmarks. So isn't that a bit of spin?
Grandpa Grandpa 7 years
"There's no doubt that the system needs reform and there are a lot of screwy things that we end up spending money on, and they need to be eliminated." So I gather it was just an observation, like saying "looks like rain"?
Grandpa Grandpa 7 years
Stephley, I agree it all depends on what your definition of is, is.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
hypno - I didn't realize Rush had said this. I don't take much stock in it, because although it might be true, it doesn't take into account the changes in value of a dollar, between 1776 and today. I do like the commercial that said "If you spent $1,000,000 every day from the day Jesus was born through today, you still wouldn't have spent as much money as President Obama just spent on this bill."
stephley stephley 7 years
It's a popular claim these days, but Obama didn't flatly promise to stop earmarks - he repeatedly used the word ‘reform’: From the St. Petersburgh Times site tracking Obama's record on his promises, February 25th: “Boehner meant that Obama had broken his campaign pledges, referenced on the White House Web site, to "slash earmarks to no greater than 1994 levels and ensure all spending decisions are open to the public." For example, here's Obama in the first presidential debate: "Absolutely, we need earmark reform. And when I'm president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely." On March 10, 2008, Obama said in a statement: "We can no longer accept a process that doles out earmarks based on a member of Congress' seniority, rather than the merit of the project. We can no longer accept an earmarks process that has become so complicated to navigate that a municipality or non-profit group has to hire high-priced D.C. lobbyists to do it. And we can no longer accept an earmarks process in which many of the projects being funded fail to address the real needs of our country." And here he is on Feb. 21, 2008: "I have been consistently in favor of more disclosure around earmarks. Now, keep in mind a lot of these are worthy projects in our states, and I have actively pursued projects that I think are important. But I want to make sure that they're not done in the dark of night, that they're not done in committee, that everybody stands up and says this is the kind of spending that I think is important." The closest he came to saying he would eliminate earmarks, as far as we could find, was when he said, in the third presidential debate, "Earmarks account for 0.5 percent of the total federal budget. There's no doubt that the system needs reform and there are a lot of screwy things that we end up spending money on, and they need to be eliminated. But it's not going to solve the problem." McCain's mixing his own pledges up with the guy who actually won the election.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
Well maybe you should copare your #'s with Rush UnDave he said President Obama has spent more than from the founding of the nation to his election.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
I can't stand to listen to McCain for any length of time, but I agree with his sentiment. Americans are angry, and the President is to blame. As grandpa said, he ran his campaign on change, and he isn't delivering change. He has spent more in two months than Bush did if 6 of his 8 years in office, combined.
Grandpa Grandpa 7 years
Where is the President? He promised to stop earmarks, no hedging, it was an absolute statement. This bill was written and passed by this new Democratic congress, it is a Democrat bill, and the pork goes on. The fact that 40% is Republican pork, does not justify the pork. It should be vetoed, and sent back for a clean bill.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
I think Sen. McCain possed a very good question. I'd kinda like to know the answer my self. It's not a matter of the modern age making us whimps it's a matter of the modern age making us disconnected. People are still tough as nails but tough as nails and alone with no sense of community like there was back then. I have been trying to go back to college for the past five years but the cost keeps climbing and climbing and climbing so what happens is only the priveledged few get the benefit of going and pursuing their dreams. The rest of us have to settle for something abbreviated sacraficing your dreams to save a few dollars or just not go. Maybe the First Lady and I should chat I'm a squat thruster from way back. Honey if I was married to Hommer Simpson I might have Lesbian fantasies too.
liliblu liliblu 7 years
Is McCain angry about the 204 earmarks in the omnibus budget package for Mississippi's republican senator Thad Cochran? Cochran's taking home $407 million to Mississippi. What about the $309 million republican Roger Wicker is taking back to Ole Miss? The $51 million in earmarks for Mitch McConnell? These fiscal conservatives that voted against the stimulus want to millions in earmarks? Where is McCain's outrage? Or is he looking for scandal and singling out Murtha to help the hapless republicans look relevant?
hausfrau hausfrau 7 years
"they" say a lot of things.
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 7 years
Personally, I don't hate Obama. I just hate what he's doing. I agree with Snarky that it's insane how high the expectations were when Obama took office, and he HAS only been in there little over a month. But that's where our agreement ends. He's taken a bad economy and made certain it's only going to get worse. My generation and my children's generation (and who knows how much further down the line it's going to go) are going to have to pay for this money-eating monster he's created.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
They did say McCain had anger management problems.
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
ok, so i can't view the mc cain thing since i'm at work, but i do have an issue about the whole obama-hating trend. what exactly did people want obama to do in his first month as president? cure cancer? i think the people who are angry with obama are more annoying than the people who worshipped him. yes, the stimulus has some problems, but last time i checked, he wasn't the only person who drafted it, voted for it, etc. seriously. if you're gonna be pissed at something, at least be pissed at everyone. i know it's easy to have a scapegoat, but come on. plus, people who think that just obama (or just bush) is the one who caused this recession should be shaken violently and given a primer on how the economy works.
stephley stephley 7 years
As I recall, when the White House sounded the alarm on the economic crisis, all McCain had to offer was theatrics.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
He isnt being cranky he is being truthful, and i agree with him.
stephley stephley 7 years
John McCain disgusts me - all he's good at is being cranky, and I am truly surprised that the Bush memos don't even rate a mention in a round-up of stories. I guess his subverting the Constitution is such old news...
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