Why was the senate not given the five days previously promised to read the Stimulus proposal? Here was the most extensive (and expensive) rescue plan in the history of the world and all the Democrats could say to the Republicans were words equivalent to "shut up and sign". From Obama's speech: ...and it is a plan that will be implemented with an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability. I just hope the transparency far exceeds that given to the Republicans during the past few months. Let's drop a definition, via Merriam-Webster Online, shall we? Transparency- It is a picture viewed by light shining through it or by projection. The Democrats all but hid in a bunker to draft this package. From Obama's speech: It is a plan that’s been put together without earmarks or the usual pork barrel spending. Who is he trying to kid here? When the the bill is finally available to the public they'll see he spun the truth...okay, lied. In spite of Senator Schumer's rhetoric that Americans did not mind the pork, the majority of Americans clearly wanted to pluck the pork! I guess Democrats thought that we were just kidding. I was nearly weeping...ahem...when he talked about the website of accountability. From Obama's speech: And we expect you, the American people, to hold us accountable for the results. That is why we have created Recovery.gov — so every American can go online and see how their money is being spent. Just where was the website we could go to do something about the accountability problems? Oh, yes, www.toobad.suckers.com! From Obama's speech: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act...the recipient of broad support — from business leaders, unions, and public interest groups, the Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, Democrats and Republicans, mayors as well as governors. It is a rare thing in Washington for people with such different viewpoints to come together and support the same bill... Surely he doesn't feel 3 Republicans, who jumped ship, constitutes full Republican support. I want to take you back to an earlier time when the sheer panic in President Obama's messages, to the American people, clearly mandated that he be perched on Capital Hill ready to sign, yet that just wasn't the case. Four days later he finally had his "ten pens" arranged so he could place his signature on the legislation that not one Senator read. He was grandstanding in Denver while more jobs were being lost! That's not leadership, that's showmanship...and irresponsible.
Note: Oskar Schindler (Schindler's list) was upset in the end that he could not have saved more lives...Obama should take a lesson while it is just jobs.
May God bless America...and may America deserve it!
Zanne Booker 02-109