Monday, February 9, 2009

President Obama speaks

I'm watching the press conference, a couple(probably more than a couple) of observations:

The man gives a great speech, answering questions he doesn't seem quite able to ever get to the point.

We will be able to "see how every dime is spent." That's a nice sentiment, but if I can see how every million is spent that will make me happy.

I agree that the federal government should do something, but I am far from convinced that writing what amounts to an annual budget bill in 20 days is responsible. I don't know if it's good or bad, but no one else does either, and that scares the shit out of me. We are talking about $1 trillion, $1,000,000,000,000. I don't care who you are that is a LOT of money. Why not spend $200 billion and see what that does, then add more if we need to. (I ended a sentence with a preposition, that makes me a badass.) :)

I think we are seeing some kind of bizarre affirmative action happening, the President has called on a bunch of women reporters and only two men, now he calls on Major Garrett, hisssssssss, a man, and a Fox News reporter. The President makes fun of his VP, which is pretty easy to do.

He is aware of unexpected consequences, but seems to believe that minimizing those are not are a major issue. Let the chips fall where they may. What an economic plan.

Finally something important, a question about A-Rod using steroids. Blah-blah-blah, who cares, it's only baseball, not a real sport.

OMG, he called on Helen Thomas, and she reads a question that proves her Alzheimers has not taken total control of her life. The poor woman is bat-shit crazy and should retire and go fishing.

We will not torture, but we will continue rendition. I've got no problem with what our government has done to date, so if the President wants to continue that process, good for him.

Damn Republicans; if only they would shut up and go along we could be bi-partisan.

Oh wow, he's willing to fire bad teachers! The NEA just stopped all payment to the campaign chest.

OK, we do need to do something, but saying that the bill has too much spending doesn't mean that spending in this situation is bad. It is a matter of scale.

Frankly, I don't think the President did a very good job of presenting sound reasons why the stimulus package should pass.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

That didn't take long

Maureen Dowd has already decided that President Obama is just another politician. That is one quick reversal from deification. The NY Times and Dowd have spent the past year touting what an amazing, Godlike person the President is, and how the world will spin differently on its axis with his election. Now they have already been brought down to earth.

This must be the shortest honeymoon in the history of Presidential politics.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

More taxes

Apparently not paying taxes you are fully aware you owe is not a disqualifying factor for running the IRS, but owing over $100,000 is just too much.

IMHO, Geithner should not have been appointed to run Treasury if he couldn't figure out how to comply with IRS rules that he had clearly been informed of. At least Daschle had the defense of working in a somewhat murky area of tax law.

So far President Obama seems to be doing well, but he should toss these nominees the minute he finds out they have problems. It makes him look like he's running an administration that allows different rules for the elites; something he did not campaign as representing.