Okami wrote:...and so the effort went out to find someone more suitable and hence a relative lightweight senator from IL was chosen.
The fools! Picking that lightweight nobody. Fell right into the well-laid trap. Muuuhahahahaa, ha, ha,... argh. drats, foiled again.Yglesias wrote:CQ Study Shows Obama’s Legislative Strategy is Working
Congressional Quarterly concludes that whether or not Obama’s relatively low-key approach is antagonizing his core supporters, it seems to be working:In his first year in office, President Obama did better even than legendary arm-twister Lyndon Johnson in winning congressional votes on issues where he took a position, a Congressional Quarterly study finds.
The new CQ study gives Obama a higher mark than any other president since it began scoring presidential success rates in Congress more than five decades ago. And that was in a year where Obama tackled how to deal with Afghanistan, Iraq, an expanding terrorist threat, the economic crisis and battles over health care.
TainanCowboy wrote:"low key"....LOLOLOLOL!
Obozo was absent or voted present 85 % of the time.
Prop up a manequin and get more legislative response....LOL!
Big ticket items only, how about
Retooled defense spending?
One did knock me unconscious and leave me bleeding on the ice during a major tournie. Fortunately the damage was slight and I didn't wake up a conservative ideologue. Now, I don't know if you're having a bad week or what, but please, knock off the ad hominem attacks and petty digs.Okami wrote:Health Care? Are you serious or are you taking the piss out of me. I want to be sure if too many hockey pucks have hit you in the head or not.
I'm close to hoping that it doesn't get passed, weak-kneed, watered down, piss-poor excuse for reform that it is. Wouldn't want to bet against my interest.Okami wrote:I'll bet you a Lunch with drinks at Yuma's on a Sunday health care DOES NOT get passed and signed into law by the end of February. The health care bill is KIA which will become terribly apparent for us in Taiwan on Jan 20th.
Okami wrote:Retooled defense spending? How so? I would love to here this one.
I can't wait to hear what the small ticket items are.
That vote, too, went Obama's way.Wired wrote:At a speech today in Chicago, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates lashed out at members of Congress, at the “defense and aerospace industry,” and at the “institutional military itself” for trying to keep ultra-expensive, often-useless weapons programs in the Pentagon budget. It’s just not right, he said, while the country is fighting two wars in which such gear is clearly not required.
“The grim reality is that with regard to the budget we have entered a zero-sum game. Every defense dollar diverted to fund excess or unneeded capacity… is a dollar that will be unavailable to take care of our people, to win the wars we are in, to deter potential adversaries, and to improve capabilities in areas where America is underinvested and potentially vulnerable. That is a risk that I will not take and one that I cannot accept,” he said.
Gates took particular aim at proponents of the futuristic, $250 million-a-pop F-22 stealth dogfighter. Senior military leaders all say they have plenty of the planes, to ward off any potential foe. Congress keeps trying to force the Pentagon to pay for more — despite the threat of a Presidential veto of any defense bill which contains more F-22 cash. It’s typical, he observed, of a Beltway process that keeps defense programs going forever, regardless of their military value. It’s exactly why Gates’ largely common sense overhaul of the Pentagon’s arsenal is, in its own way, so radical.
“If we can’t bring ourselves to make this tough but straightforward decision – reflecting the judgment of two very different presidents, two different secretaries of defense, two chairmen of the joint chiefs of staff, and the current Air Force Secretary and Chief of Staff, where do we draw the line? And if not now, when? If we can’t get this right – what on earth can we get right? It is time to draw the line on doing Defense business as usual. The President has drawn that line. And that red line with regard to a veto is real.”
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