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Obama's Op-ed

February 5, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

With public approval at around 37 percent, President Obama took to the op-ed page of the Washington Post this morning to sell his stimulus proposal to the American people:

>Because each day we wait to begin the work of turning our economy around, more people lose their jobs, their savings and their homes. And if nothing is done, this recession might linger for years. Our economy will lose 5 million more jobs. Unemployment will approach double digits. Our nation will sink deeper into a crisis that, at some point, we may not be able to reverse.
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>That’s why I feel such a sense of urgency about the recovery plan before Congress. With it, we will create or save more than 3 million jobs over the next two years, provide immediate tax relief to 95 percent of American workers, ignite spending by businesses and consumers alike, and take steps to strengthen our country for years to come.
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>This plan is more than a prescription for short-term spending — it’s a strategy for America’s long-term growth and opportunity in areas such as renewable energy, health care and education. And it’s a strategy that will be implemented with unprecedented transparency and accountability, so Americans know where their tax dollars are going and how they are being spent.

Addressing the critics…

>In recent days, there have been misguided criticisms of this plan that echo the failed theories that helped lead us into this crisis — the notion that tax cuts alone will solve all our problems; that we can meet our enormous tests with half-steps and piecemeal measures; that we can ignore fundamental challenges such as energy independence and the high cost of health care and still expect our economy and our country to thrive.
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>I reject these theories, and so did the American people when they went to the polls in November and voted resoundingly for change.

As Obama tries to win the public’s support, the Senate is also working to find a consensus in the bill that will get it 60 votes for final passage. Last night, they vote to add two sweeteners for moderates from both parties – $18.5 billion in homeowner tax credits and an amendment weakening the “”http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/05/us/politics/05trade.html?partner=rss&emc=rss">Buy America" provision. The Senate may also be voting later today on an amendment to cut $100 billion or so in “non-stimulative” spending items.

UPDATE: No amendment introduced yet, but a group of centrist senators have begun circulating a discussion document that recommends cutting $77.9 billion of spending from the stimulus. package.

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Comments

  • heftyjake 02/05/2009 11:09am

    The package has 37% approval not Obama.

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    donnyshaw 02/05/2009 11:32am

    Yes. I should have structured that sentence differently to make that clearer.

  • Dem02020 02/05/2009 12:09pm

    PRESIDENT OBAMA does not enjoy such a pitiful “public approval at around 37%” as what just got him to the White House,

    the 2008 Official Tally:

    An electoral and popular vote landslide!

    Remember?

    Anyway, you can bet the vast majority of the electorate that made him their President, want President Obama to be allowed to get this money as soon as possible, to be used as he sees fit… he has the sensibilities and swiftness of Executive Office, to do this for us, and manage completely the Stimilus spending.

    And so if all it took was get Sen. Collins on board, then so be it, it’s done, let’s go…

    But our trust in this matter is best placed in President Obama, as our Officially Registered Popular Champion of 2008, to make the Stimulus happen as best as this amount of spent money can make…

  • Anonymous 02/07/2009 2:36pm

    Landslide not! Half of America did NOT vote for his kind of CHANGE not to even bring up the Republicans that stayed home in protest of McCain the fence straddler. If Pres Obama had sensibilitiy he would make a change and kill this monster pork bill and start OVER. My trust is not in Washington or Obama. This is money that we do not have!!! Just print a little bit MORE and that will make a bigger black hole of debt but we wont be here to worry about it…pass it on to our grandchildren…they will all be broke and homeless. Get real..Obama needs to change this all..and start a new bill to put people back in jobs that last and they can make a good income. Fix the housing problems. Get the Senators together and listen to both sides that have answers. These men are suppose be the most brilliant America has and they were voted in by the people to represent US. Tax and Spend is not change! I’m waiting to see the magic!!! Get busy and quit whinning!!!

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