Monday, October 20, 2008


(1) Why should anyone believe Barry on taxes when he's broken the only promise he's had a chance to break (public financing)? (2) Do you really believe that if Pelosi and Reid pass a tax bill that differs from what Barry is now promising that he will veto it?


Stephanie said...

1) his "promise" on public financing contained an out that he took and 2) Obama is the heavyweight of the party; Nancy and Harry (man, I hope they pick a different majority leader) will not pass a bill that isn't what Obama wants.

Michael said...

Granny McRictus needs to go as well:

Nancy Pelosi on Corruption: She Should Know. [Tom Gross]

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s home district includes San Francisco.

Star-Kist Tuna’s headquarters are in San Francisco, Pelosi’s home district.

Star-Kist is owned by Del Monte Foods and is a major contributor to Pelosi.

Star-Kist is the major employer in American Samoa employing 75 percent of the Samoan workforce.

Paul Pelosi, Nancy’s husband, owns $17 million dollars of Star-Kist stock.

In January, 2007 when the minimum wage was increased from $5.15 to $7.25, Pelosi had American Samoa exempted from the increase so Del Monte would not have to pay the higher wage. This would make Del Monte products less expensive than their competition’s.

Last week when the huge bailout bill was passed, Pelosi added an earmark to the final bill adding $33 million dollars for an “economic development credit in American Samoa.”

Pelosi has called the Bush administration “corrupt.”

She should know.

Scooter said...

On (2), I hope Stephanie is right but I have a terrible feeling that the congresswoman and senator will believe an Obama presidency will be a carte blanche.

Michael said...

It's not just a few Members who've signed onto the 'Next New Deal'' either. Chairman Paul Kanjorski said months ago "All we're doing is going into the basket and saying, 'Damn, what did they do in '32, what did they do in '34, what did they do in '36,' and we're pulling them out, dusting them off, giving them a paint job, correcting the fenders a bit, and we're using them." Barney Frank echoed his thoughts. Democratic Chairman Rush Holt (NJ) calls the recent $700 billion bailout "a band-aid," and says we need to look to -- you guessed it -- the New Deal for lessons on what to do next. The San Francisco Chronicle is cheering for a New New Deal. So is Helen Thomas.

Perhaps most tellingly, Democratic powerhouse Rahm Emanuel has been pushing a New New Deal for months. Emanuel is perhaps the most important powerbroker on Capitol Hill, widely seen as the architect of the Democratic majority, and he's close to Barack Obama.

It's clear that congressional Democrats are clearing the decks for an orgy of spending like we've never seen.

As president, would Barack Obama -- the most liberal member of the Senate and a friend to progressives everywhere -- be likely to press for fiscal responsibility? Just like in foreign policy, he will be tested right away by leaders who are up to no good.

Michael said...

As JoetheBiden might say, "Mark these words":

A centrist Democrat with more experience might be able to tame Congress's worst excesses. But Obama will be America's most liberal president in decades, possibly ever, and he has almost no experience at all. His short career in politics has shown him to be a go-along, get-along kind of guy. How can anyone imagine his standing up to liberal bulls like Charles Rangel, Barney Frank, John Conyers, Henry Waxman, John Dingell, Charles Schumer, or Carl Levin?

Michael said...


STATEMENT: “If I am the Democratic nominee, I will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election.” Also, a Common Cause questionnaire dated November 27, 2007, asked “If you are nominated for President in 2008 and your major opponents agree to forgo private funding in the general election campaign, will you participate in the presidential public financing system?”, Obama checked, “Yes.”

EXPIRATION DATE: June 19, 2008: Obama announced he would not participate in the presidential public financing system.


STATEMENT: “What I’ve said is, at the point where I'm the nominee, at the point where it's appropriate, I will sit down with John McCain and make sure that we have a system that works for everybody.”Obama to Tim Russert, Febuary 27.

EXPIRATION DATE: When Obama announced his decision to break his public financing pledge June 19, no meeting between the Democratic nominee and McCain had occurred.

Where is this "out" of which you speak?

Stephanie said...

I will aggressively pursue an agreement -- they would have needed to work out party finanacing, etc which didn't happen.