Congressman Etherige and The Democrats’ Secret Plan To Hold Congress

Okay, my turn.

Everyone else in the rightwing blogosphere has had fun taking swipes at the Democrat Hot-head known as Congressman Bob (The Slugger) Etheridge of North Carolina. Can I get a few swings in, too? (I’ve been busy getting ready for my garage sale later this week-oy!)

You’ve probably already seen this, but watch, again:

And there you have it. A free campaign ad for his Republican opponent, Renee Ellmers, who happens to be an attractive, conservative nurse. Drew at AoSHQ has already written the ad, but the thing practically writes itself.

As for the Dems secret plan to hold Congress? According to Newsweak:

The first part of the scheme involves the man at the top, whom readers might remember as the (somewhat successful) manager of Obama’s improbable 2008 campaign: Mr. David Plouffe. A boyish, buzzcut logistical whiz, Plouffe departed Obamaland after the election in order to write books, give speeches, and make money. But after Martha Coakley lost to Republican Scott Brown in January’s Massachusetts Senate special election, Obama asked Plouffe—who was always to supposed to assist with the 2010 midterm effort—to take on an expanded role. Since then, he’s been communicating “daily” with the DNC about campaign strategy. Plouffe isn’t on the DNC’s payroll, nor does he work at the White House. He doesn’t answer to anyone but Obama. As such, he’s the only person on the Democratic side with the power to “make the gears move more efficiently,” as Marc Ambinder has put it—to sharpen the message, to tweak the field operation, to decide where best to deploy the president. All from 35,000 feet.

Plouffe’s main goal, though, is to focus on turning out the 15 million people who voted for the first time in 2008—an effort that Democrats believe could wind up affecting the outcome of many of this year’s 70-odd contested races. After the 2008 election, the Obama field operation, Obama for America, was renamed Organizing for America and folded into the DNC. All of its electoral assets—the 13 million–name e-mail list, the hundreds of thousands of volunteers and “community organizers,” the precision Internet tools—came along with it. Now Plouffe & Co. plan to bring those resources to bear on getting 2008’s newbies back to the polls.

So there you go, Plouffe and Obama’s 13 million mailing list of people who are already getting sick of hearing from him. Oh, and that back-loaded stimulus dealie that doesn’t seem to be working out for them.

That’s all supposed to make people forget about the last 18+ months of hellish leftism, thuggery (see above), corruption and incompetence?

Good luck with that, Dems.

Why can I not shake the feeling that they’ve got another ace in the hole.

About Obama’s $50 Billion Bailout Request…

I’m confused.

The Washington Post reports:

President Obama urged reluctant lawmakers Saturday to quickly approve nearly $50 billion in emergency aid to state and local governments, saying the money is needed to avoid “massive layoffs of teachers, police and firefighters” and to support the still-fragile economic recovery.

In a letter to congressional leaders, Obama defended last year’s huge economic stimulus package, saying it helped break the economy’s free fall, but argued that more spending is urgent and unavoidable. “We must take these emergency measures,” he wrote in an appeal aimed primarily at members of his own party. …

With the letter, however, Obama makes a direct and unequivocal case for additional “targeted investments,” including state aid and several less-expensive initiatives aimed at assisting small businesses. He specifically calls for passage of the measure that is before the Senate, which would extend unemployment benefits and offer states additional aid, increasing deficits by nearly $80 billion over the next decade.

Obama asks lawmakers to be patient on the deficit, noting that a special commission is at work on a comprehensive deficit-reduction plan.

You know what would be a great start in any deficit reduction plan? Stop spending so much damn money,  cut waste, um…. get rid of the Czars...the 400 million for Hamas-run Gaza…I can think of entire agencies I would eliminate…How about government employees ride coach? -(that would save 13 billion a year, alone.) How about fewer White House parties and galas? How about Michelle goes without one or two or three of her staffers...Too obvious? We need a deficit commission that can’t even get halfway to its goal without running its own deficits?

Ed Morrissey noted:

The state and local grants in Porkulus acted as a federal bailout package for state bureaucrats, who otherwise may have lost their jobs as state and local governments cut spending in order to balance budgets.  The White House sold this as rescues of teachers and first responders, but as a series of local newspapers reported, those jobs were never in jeopardy.  The money that got added to those budget items got transferred elsewhere to save less politically sensitive bureaucrats elsewhere, while the Obama administration claimed to have saved millions of jobs through these bailout transfers.

Now, The New Yorker reported back in April that most of the Porkulus dough hadn’t even gone out, yet…it’s been timed to be the Dems’  “ace in the hole” this November:

last year’s stimulus bill was back-loaded, which means that close to five hundred billion dollars in stimulus money is still to be spent.

That backloading of the bill was good economics: with the Federal Reserve doing less to pump up the economy, an extra half-trillion dollars in fiscal stimulus will help pick up the slack. It was also good politics, since much of that money will be flooding into the economy during the key second and third quarters.

Never mind, that that makes the President, Vice President, Pelosi, and Reid brazen liars for promising immediate relief for the unemployed. Too bad for the unemployed that they had to wait until the 2010 elections, apparently, to get any relief – believe it or not, The New Yorker thought that was “smart economics”, and “smart politics”…

Here’s Biden explaining in Feb, how the stimulus bill was going to work its magic creating make-work jobs “in the second half”:

So we’ve got a half trillion that was supposedly backloaded until the second and third quarters of this year for porkulus projects, yet, unemployment continues to go up, and Obama is now asking for 50 billion more, supposedly for “teachers,  police and firefighters,”  or more accurately for Big Labor — the SEIU, AFSCME, and the NEA, and we’re supposed to be okay with that ?

What is wrong with this picture?

UPDATE:

Hans Bader has more at The Examiner: Obama wants taxpayers to cough up $50 billion more to bail out state government employees and unions

Obama’s $800 billion stimulus package was deliberately crafted to focus on propping up pink-collar government employment at the expense of private-sector blue-collar jobs, where unemployment is concentrated.  The stimulus package is using taxpayer subsidies to replace U.S. jobs with foreign green jobs. It also destroyed jobs in America’s export sector.

The private sector bailouts have been bad enough.  An oversight panel found that the bailout of insurance giant AIG had “poisonous” consequences.

But bailouts of governmental and quasi-governmental entities will end up being far more costly.  The Obama administration lifted a $400 billion limit on bailouts for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the corrupt, government-sponsored mortgage giants that even Obama administration officials admit were at the “core” of “what went wrong” in the financial crisis.

Senate Democrats recently blocked any reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  (Obama received $125,000 in contributions from these mortgage giants as a senator.)

At the direction of the Obama administration, Freddie Mac ran up more than $30 billion in losses to bail out mortgage borrowers, some of whom have high incomes.  Federal regulators sought to make Freddie Mac hide the resulting losses from the SEC and the public.  The Obama administration showered the mortgage giants’ executives with $42 million in compensation.

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