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Obama open to compromise on $825B stimulus bill

January 27th, 2009 . by TexasFred

Obama open to compromise on $825B stimulus bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – On the eve of a key vote, President Barack Obama privately promised Republican critics he stands ready to accept changes in $825 billion economic stimulus legislation, and urged lawmakers to “put politics aside” in the interest of creating badly needed jobs.

“The American people expect action,” Obama said Tuesday as he shuttled between closed-door meetings with House and Senate Republicans on a trip to the Capitol that blended substance with political symbolism.

Republicans who attended the sessions said the president did not agree to any specific changes but did pledge to have his aides consider some that GOP lawmakers raised dealing with additional tax relief for businesses.

Prodded to budge on another point, Obama said that despite Republican opposition, he will insist on giving relief to wage-earners who pay Social Security taxes but do not earn enough to owe income tax.

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Obama open to compromise on $825B stimulus bill

‘Obama open to compromise’. Isn’t that the basis of his existence? Compromise?? That, and change? Change anything you can and compromise on what you can’t?

I said in prior posts that IF Obama said or did something I felt was wrong, I wouldn’t hesitate to blast off on his just like I did Bush, and if he did something right, I would offer kudos. This post is a bit of both, criticism and *almost* kudos.

The logic seems to be, among nearly ALL Dems, and many Republicans, if they just throw money at the problem, the problem is going to fix itself. That may be true, but what if it’s not? What about accountability from all the business people that brought this situation on us in the 1st place? The CitiGroup bunch that got bailed out and wanted to turn around and spend $50M on a corporate jet? Things like that. If the government is going to GIVE taxpayer dollars to BUSINESS, then we, the taxpayers, have a right to say what it gets spent on.

Personally, I don’t think we should bail out ANY of them, this bail out thing smacks of nothing less than sheer socialism. I have lost ALL respect for any elected official that supported the bail outs and for any that still support those socialist asshats. I’m funny like that. It’s NOT one of those things where if you don’t agree with me I cut you off, that’s a cry some really love to make, this is more of a *If you hurt my country* thing, and the socialization of America is not just hurting us, it’s KILLING us! I will have nothing to do with ANYONE that supports it, reader, blogger, law maker, makes no difference, I don’t support the enemies of America and those that supported the bailout, especially our lawmakers who voted for it against our will, THEY are now the enemy!

Barack Obama supported the bail out. He voted FOR it! That places him squarely in the group of people that I have NO use for. But, in all fairness, the lead-up to this financial mess isn’t the fault of Barack Obama, he wasn’t running the nation when this started, he had NO oversight of anything connected to this debacle. Yes, he was a United States Senator, but what the hell, you can’t hold him responsible there, when he did show up, he voted *present*. Talk about covering you ass!

I don’t directly blame Obama for the financial crisis this nation is in. Sure, he could have been a more effective Senator, but would that have made any difference in the overall scheme of things? May, maybe not, now we’ll never know. Has Illinois ever had an effective politician? Obama inherited this mess from the Bush administration. And lets face it, Bush was all for throwing money at it too, just like the RINO he IS. The Bush response wasn’t too terribly different than that of the Democrats.

I don’t know what the solution is going to be, actually, I don’t think anyone does. I do know this, throwing OUR money at this problem, while allowing the business people that put us here to continue with their status quo, well, that isn’t the solution either.


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