Archive for February 2009

Obama ratchets up the rhetoric on stimulus plan – Yahoo! Finance

Obama this Thursday:

Some critics, he said at Thursday’s retreat, contend the bill “is full of pet projects. When was the last time that we saw a bill of this magnitude move out with no earmarks in it? Not one.”

Ratcheting up the sarcasm, the president said: “So then you get the argument, ‘well, this is not a stimulus bill, this is a spending bill.’ What do you think a stimulus is?”

“That’s the whole point,” he said, as the audience hooted and applauded.

Obama’s “Blueprint for Change”:

Reinstate PAYGO Rules: Obama believes that a critical step in restoring fiscal discipline is enforcing pay-asyou-go (PAYGO) budgeting rules which require new spending commitments or tax changes to be paid for bycuts to other programs or new revenue.

Cut Pork Barrel Spending: Obama introduced and passed bipartisan legislation that would require more disclosure and transparency for special-interest earmarks. Obama believes that spending that cannot withstand public scrutiny cannot be justified. Obama will slash earmarks to no greater than what they were in 2001 and ensure all spending decisions are open to the public.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

People told me that if I voted for McCain…

… We would have character assassinations on black political leaders by those in power.

Not until you reach well down on the jump page do you learn this interesting little detail: “The U.S. attorney’s office inadvertently sent the confidential document, a defense sentencing memorandum filed under seal, to The Washington Post after the newspaper requested the prosecution’s sentencing memorandum.” Inadvertently sent what was supposed to be a sealed document to the Post? Yeah, sure, and the Post will sell you the Brooklyn Bridge real cheap, too.

Is anyone in the U.S. Attorney’s office going to lose their job over this? Will the Obama DOJ launch an investigation to make sure this wasn’t politically motivated? What would the Post and others have said if this had happened to, say, Howard Dean, during the Bush administration?

Removing any sense of shame probably isn’t the Change people were looking for.

But remember, the Republicans are the tax evading, ethics violating, power abusing party.  Just ask a Democrat or a reporter (but I repeat myself.)

I Think It’s Pretty Fucking Pertinent Too

None of Them

Four, now?  Four nominees have had major unpaid tax bills?

I’m starting to see why they didn’t think Geither’s problems were a big deal.  “Hell, everyone we vet has unpaid taxes!”

Cop Threatens Jury Tampering In Newspaper

Jury calls for 10 years for Frederick in officer’s slaying:

He said the jury may have bought into the belief that it could have been the police at their door. “My question to them is how many are growing marijuana,” Crimmins said.

I don’t know about your reading, but that looks to me like a threat to put the jury under investigation for not convicting someone.

Where is the FBI in this?  They should have been in the Ryan Frederick case much earlier.  Are they finally going to show up now that we have a cop suggesting retribution against a jury in the open media?  When have we had enough of this shit?

Most Ethical Administration EVAH!

Obama names “most fined” Washington State bureaucrat to HUD:

When the Seattle blogger attempted to investigate King County’s performance in the 2004 election, the county — under Sims’ governance — gave him the same kind of runaround rather than comply with legal records requests.  Sharkansky eventually discovered what Sims and King County wanted to keep hidden: they counted ineligible ballots during the recount to give Christine Gregoire the necessary margin of victory over Dino Rossi for governor. Sharkansky’s suit will finally go to trial in April.  Sims might get called to testify, and if Sharkansky wins, King County can expect to pay another large fine to mitigate Sims’ mismanagement and opacity.

Here’s some free advice to BHO — stop telling us, “I screwed up,” and do something about it.  You can start by hiring someone to re-vet your vetting team.  Whatever it is they think the are doing, they are doing it wrong.

Sarah Palin Thinks There are 500 Million Americans