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Obama Pitches Stimulus Plan to GOP

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Posted on Jan 27, 2009
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President Barack Obama makes brief remarks to the press following his meeting with House Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

President Barack Obama visited Capitol Hill on Tuesday to angle for support for his proposed stimulus plan ... from Republicans. Though he wasn’t likely to win them all over, Obama huddled with members of the House and Senate. He emerged in one piece and “optimistic” after the exchanges.


The New York Times:

Mr. Obama walked into a meeting room in the basement of the capitol at 12:17 p.m., greeted by a moderate burst of applause from the audience of dozens of House Republicans. After a short while, another round of applause could be heard in the hallway outside the closed-door session taking place in Room HC-5. The loudest applause, attendees said, came when Mr. Obama decided to let the questioning go on, even though that meant senators would have to wait for him a while longer. The questioning lasted an hour.

“We had a wonderful exchange of ideas and I continue to be optimistic about our ability to get this recovery package done to put people back to work,” Mr. Obama said, speaking to reporters as he left the House meeting.

As he moved to a similar meeting in the Senate, he added, “I recognize that we’re not going to get 100 percent of support, but I think everybody there felt good that I was willing to explain how we put the package together, how we were thinking about it, and that we continue to welcome some good ideas.”

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By Aussie, January 27, 2009 at 5:32 pm Link to this comment
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dihey—I think you meant Louis XVI, not the Sun King.

Speaking from the other side of the world, it is inconceivable to us why you folk can’t get your act together to develop a proper broad-based medicare system.  We did it in the 1970s, and it’s been untouchable ever since.

Equal access to health care should be a more important right to you folk than the one about bearing arms.  Better to be able to get the stray bullets dug out without being stung for the surgeon’s fee, eh?

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By dihey, January 27, 2009 at 4:33 pm Link to this comment

I am amazed that the behavior of most Republican end some Democratic lawmakers is a puzzle. Here is the cause:

The level of fear of getting poor is proportional to one’s annual income. The higher the income the greater the fear.

Yes, troublesum, there are real indications that Obama&Co; may gut the most successful federal program ever Social Security. Medicare, however, ought to be replaced by a one-payer full medical insurance system for all Americans. It is a story as old as governance by the powerful. Make the powerful richer or, in economically hard times, spare them and let the working stiffs pay for that largess. No “change” here. Classical “business as usual”. Louis XIV is nodding from his grave. His wife is advising from her grave: “let them eat cakes”.
By-the-way, gutting SS, bad as that will be, will have the side-effect that it will become more difficult for Presidents to wage wars. Today, every SS-tax transfer collected by employers to Washington is immediately “borrowed” to wage wars in Iraq and Afghanistan/Pakistan. Every worker who pays SS tax supports these wars without knowing it.

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By Malcolm Martin, January 27, 2009 at 2:40 pm Link to this comment
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The Republicans, having been reduced to a cockaroach’s presence in the Congress, should be stomped on by President Obama, not negotiated with. The GOP is doomed to evolve into a white supremacist splinter group. Stop treating them like they have a future.

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By Dean, January 27, 2009 at 2:17 pm Link to this comment
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“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government
from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

Thomas Jefferson

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By troublesum, January 27, 2009 at 1:35 pm Link to this comment

In an interview with the Washington Post Obama said that entitlements, meaning social security and medicare(they’re the only ones left), would have to be cut, and a couple of days ago Biden said the $700 billion for wall street was only the beginning.  So the sky is the limit for wall street while the elderly and the disabled will go begging.  I would like to ask the Obama apologists here if this is part of a secret plan to help the poor and the elderly somehow, somewhere, sometime and how many secret plans does Obama have?

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