Monday, 2/22/10, Public Square


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19 responses to “Monday, 2/22/10, Public Square

  1. fnord

    Schwarzenegger says Obama’s stimulus created jobs

    At a conservative gathering in Washington this week, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney blasted the $787 billion stimulus bill and asserted it did not create any new jobs.

    The California governor, asked about the comments on the ABC news program “This Week,” said many Republican politicians were railing against the program while seeking stimulus funds for their own districts.

    “You have a lot of the Republicans running around and pushing back on the stimulus money and saying this doesn’t create any new jobs,” Schwarzenegger said.

    “Then they go out and they do the photo ops and they are posing with the big check and they say ‘Isn’t this great?'”

    The Obama administration says the stimulus has saved or created as many as 2 million jobs. Private economists widely agree that it staved off a far deeper economic contraction.

    State governors are in Washington this week for their annual gathering and will meet Obama on Monday as both parties gear up for congressional elections in November.

    “It’s kind of politics,” Schwarzenegger said of the claims by Republicans that no jobs flowed from the stimulus program.

    He said teaching and infrastructure-related jobs were among those created in California.

  2. fnord

    Powell sees no basis for Cheney’s claims

    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said former Vice President Dick Cheney’s claims that President Obama’s policies are putting the nation at risk have no basis.

    • I really think it is because he is FOR something. What he is FOR is absolutely abhorrent, but what do people know? What do they see? They misjudge Cheney’s inability to examine other options for RESOLVE. And the centrist democrats that are running the party into the ground don’t seem to STAND for anything, and they are reflecting badly on Obama.

      The B-man needs to walk over and have a little talk with Harry and Nancy.

  3. I read recently all of Cheney’s blow and go are to up the interest in his upcoming book. I won’t be buying it…

  4. fnord

    I saw that, Iggy. Go figure. Someone can sit and scowl and criticize and bask in the glow of approval from all those people who think saying “No,” is governing the best way.

    Will that attract Independents? Will actual action plans and potential solutions be needed to be attractive to more than ‘the base’ who are scowling along with cheney?

  5. fnord

    The biggest question I have is WHO will satisfy the ‘base’ which is heavily weighted with religious right and win the nomination while being attractive to those outside that ‘base’ for the purpose of being elected?

    I’m pretty sure states will elect Republicans to Congress because they aren’t perceived as being the party in charge currently. But when it comes to national elections, how will they rectify the philosophies and nominate someone who is electable?

    When those Republicans get into Congress in higher numbers will they then be able to actually accomplish something? Is it possible that wins in 2010 could put a brighter spotlight on them and make them more vulnerable in 2012?

    • lilacluvr

      What did they accomplish the last time they were in power?

      That is just a clue as to what they will accomplish the next time they are in power.

      Skunks do not change their stripe.

      • I have to agree. Right ON lilac.

        Even the conservatives that voted Bush/Cheney twice weren’t happy with them because they didn’t do the things they promised. Especially those of the religious persuasion.

        But they DID vote for them again. And they probably are stupid enough to keep voting that way; you know, continuing to hope that the same action will have a different effect. (See Einstein’s definition of crazy)

  6. lilacluvr

    If the Republicans are now saying that they have learned their lesson and they did get away from all their conservative principles the last time they were in power, and blah, blah, blah….

    But yet this same group sits and cheers Dick Cheney?

    Maybe somebody should point out to these people that Dick Cheney WAS in the administration that lost their conservative principles???

    This group of No-Sayers are trying to do a bait and switch – here is a new group of Republicans but we still worship the white, angry, old guy that caused alot of the current problems.

    Only a fool would sit there and cheer for this group of No-Sayers morons.

  7. David B

    Where’s the Republican Plan? The White House posted today!

    • indypendent

      Wasn’t it that 4-page paper that had no details?

      I don’t think it has been updated since then. Hell, I don’t even think it was a health care plan – I think it was their lunch orders.

  8. fnord

    Former Vice President Dick Cheney Hospitalized With Chest Pains

    As a result of earlier scares related to his heart condition, Cheney has stated numerous times that he goes to the hospital at the first sign of discomfort as a precautionary measure.

  9. indypendent

    Bob Dole is also hospitalized. Doesn’t it warm your heart to think that both Cheney and Dole, being such fine Republicans, are getting excellent free health care provided by the government-sponsored taxpayers money?

  10. fnord

    You’re right. They will both receive quality and free health care, more than most Americans can expect. I suppose they think they ‘deserved’ it, whereas you and I and most all of us could get the same if we only work hard enough…

  11. fnord

    Jobs Bill Passes Hurdle

    Wow, bipartisanship! Newly elected Republican Senator Scott Brown voted to pass Majority Leader Harry Reid’s $15 billion jobs bill on Monday. The Senate voted to end a Republican filibuster, 62-30. In a statement, Brown said, “I came to Washington to be an independent voice, to put politics aside, and to do everything in my power to help create jobs for Massachusetts’ families. This Senate jobs bill is not perfect. I wish the tax cuts were deeper and broader, but I will vote for it because it contains measures that will help put people back to work.”

    • wicked

      I just saw that. I’m chuckling, with an occasional snort thrown in. Brown, the Republican savior–or so the party had hoped–votes his conscience? Votes for what’s good for the people? I have to admit that I’m a tad impressed, but I haven’t let go of all reservations.

    • fnord

      Don’t you imagine Brown will need to be at least Centrist, and possibly left center, to please constituents in Mass? I think there might be a line he will be expected to toe and occasionally cross in order to ensure being reelected (and that’s what’s really important!).

    • indypendent

      But I also heard Brown at CPAC saying that he is a REPUBLICAN Senator – nothing was mentioned about being independent.

      So, I am waiting to see what this guy does in the next year.

      His vote on the jobs bill is no surprise to me because this guy also voted for the Massachusetts mandatory health care bill. Brown is also pro-choice.

      So I don’t understand how these Tea Partiers and Just Say NO Republicans are thinking Brown is their Messiah.