Bless his heart, Obama is taking his case for the socialization of the American economy to the heartland. At a town hall meeting in hard hit Elkhart Indiana, Obama stated:
“I am calling on Congress to pass this bill immediately,” Obama said. “Folks here in Elkhart and across America need help right now, and they can’t afford to keep on waiting for folks in Washington to get this done.”
Obama said an independent, bipartisan board would oversee spending to make sure the money was not wasted.
“We’re going to set up an independent board made up of Democrats and Republicans to review how the money is being spent, because we’ve got to make sure that it’s not being wasted on somebody’s special project that may not actually create help for people,” he said.
The Republicans in Congress are trying to help with that right NOW, and he’s not listening to them. What makes Obama think that we would have any confidence in his phony “bipartisan board” later on? Empty promises.
Here are some questions I’d like people to ask Obama at one of these town hall appearances.
•Since you’re interested in bipartisanship, President Obama, how about scrapping that $1 billion for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program that would be funneled to ACORN, which of course only benefits Democrat election prospects? The Vitter Amendment to ban ACORN funding failed 45-51. The Republicans sure could use some help in stopping this wasteful spending.
•At the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 5th, you stated:
“Instead of driving us apart, our varied beliefs can bring us together to feed the hungry and comfort the afflicted; to make peace where there is strife and rebuild what has broken; to lift up those who have fallen on hard times. This is not only our call as people of faith, but our duty as citizens of America, and it will be the purpose of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships that I’m announcing later today.
That sounds awesome…..but it seems at odds with the provision in your stimulus bill that bans any university or college receiving funds to renovate buildings, from allowing “sectarian instruction” or “religious worship” within the facility. This provision would in effect bar the use of campus buildings for groups like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Campus Crusade for Christ, Catholic Student Ministries, Hillel, and other religious organizations. The Demint Amendment to strike that language from the Stimulus bill was voted down by the Democrats. That seems designed to “drive us apart”, doesn’t it?
• How is $264 billion (32 percent) in new means-tested welfare spending, stimulative? What about the budgetary gimmicks that will result in an estimated $523 billion in new welfare spending? Does spending like this really belong in a stimulus bill?
There’s no end of good questions that could be asked of Obama about the “Stimulus”. I just haven’t heard any, yet.
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The Pelosi bill was going down in flames in the Senate until two so-called moderate Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins and Arlen Specter, agreed to vote with Democrats. (For more on the deal, check the facts section.)
Harry Reid knows he needs every vote, and is flying in Sen. Ted Kennedy for the vote, expected Monday evening around 5:30. It could take just one Democratic senator to vote “no” to beat this bill. Or Collins and Specter could feel the heat and pull the plug on the deal.
The more pressure from back home that comes in over the next couple of days, the more likely it is to happen.
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Here’s The Old Glory Network with some background on “the dumbest town in America”, Elkhart, Indiana:
Rush thought Obama’s performance at the town hall was uninspired:
Well I see Obama had his first press conference. I missed most of it….(okay, I admit it, I didn’t have the stomach to watch it). Did he get one hard question?
Mark Hemingway at NRO has some thoughts on the press conference. I thought the same thing he did about Obama’s arrogant assumption that the question of the New Deal’s helpfulness was a settled question, when it’s widely believed that it actually extended the depression.