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 March, 2009


 More Republican Blustering about the Stimulus

Save Porky Chedwick

There’s a good reason why President Obama is still so popular.

If you listen to many Republicans (something that gives me hives) you’d think he’s headed for impeachment.

To them he’s a “socialist” who wants to convert the U.S. Treasury into an empty warehouse. Yet, his high poll numbers stay the same. (His job approval numbers remain above 60% according to Gallup’s daily tracking poll)

Maybe, just maybe, the people who continue to support him - do support him - because he’s doing exactly what he said he’d do during the presidential campaign.

Those detractors, who now feel broadsided by his actions, were preoccupied with “lipstick on a pig” silliness during the campaign, so they hadn’t paid much attention.

If they would have bothered to listen, they would’ve known his speeches were about the need for an economic stimulus package, his pledge to initiate health care reform and how he would focus his attention on a new direction for education.

Their only response was to launch Joe the Plumber, disguised as Joseph McCarthy, claiming “Obama is a socialist.”

Their loud arguments against the stimulus package have been quieted by the sounds of stimulus dollars landing on Main Streets across America.

Their recently failed attempt to head off that $410 billion omnibus spending bill will lead to more of the same.

Sure, John McCain issued his expected attacks against “pork-barrel spending,” but Democrats could see through those.
They knew that 40% of the “pork” in the spending bill belonged to Republicans.

He also keeps complaining that Obama campaigned on the promise that he’d do away with all earmarks. He hadn’t. He simply said he’d work to reform the earmark process.

While McCain and his fellow Republicans fanned out across the TV landscape to decry pet-projects, all but 39 Republicans in the U.S. House added theirs to the bill.

The folks in Myrtle Beach, S.C. will be pleased with their new convention center paid for out of the $950,000 in new federal money. They can personally thank Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) for it. Although they might be a little confused about why Graham had gone on television to call for and end to all earmarks, when it was his earmark that will help build that convention center.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell sided with McCain and his anti-pork amendment that would’ve blocked the spending bill. Of course, McConnell’s constituents will eventually benefit because he inserted $75.5 million of his own earmarks into the bill. I love it when Republicans fight among themselves. (Limbaugh versus Steele, Steele versus Limbaugh, Gingrich versus Limbaugh, Limbaugh versus anybody who isn’t Limbaugh) I’m even more pleased when a Republican fights himself. In this case - McConnell versus McConnell.

Messrs. McConnell and Graham can’t help it. They’ve hard-wired themselves to believe that all “pork” is bad “pork,” except when it’s their “pork.” They were the only votes for McCain’s amendment to outlaw Porky Chedwick. It’s here I could insert another bad joke about Sarah Palin calling John McCain to ask him for some omnibus money, because those buses could improve “Alaaaaaska’s” mass transit system. But I won’t. Some Republicans might question why she didn’t get any of it.

A clear indication of how Obama’s popularity has increased, despite the frequent vitriol aimed at him was on full display a couple of weeks ago.
Rush Limbaugh’s statements about wanting the president to fail, led to White House press secretary Robert Gibbs to ask if Limbaugh’s fellow Republicans feel likewise. (Most asked, have stated they don’t)

But former Bush White House press secretary Ari Fleischer flew into a two-day cable TV rage about attacking private citizens from the White House podium. Something, he claims never happened under Bush.

It only took me about two minutes to find a press briefing about, “Michael Moore and the extreme liberal wing of the Democratic Party,” uttered from the White House podium on November 18th, 2005.

And Fleischer obviously forgot an attack on the private citizens who run moveon.org from the podium on September 20th, 2007. An attack made by George W. Bush.

Edward A. Owens of Uniontown is Webmaster of “Red Raider Nation: Where Champions Live.” E-mail him at freedoms@bellatlantic.net