The political tug-of-war over the pork-ladened stimulus bill continues while President Obama heads to Virginia for a “retreat” with House Democrats. The word retreat has a dual meaning here. Is he retreating to avoid leading? Wasn’t he the one who said he was going to go over the bill line-by-line and trim the fat? Many are saying that this supposed recovery bill is creating “a power struggle in the Senate—as well as the White House” (FOX News). Harry Reid (Senate Majority Leader-Democratic Party) made it quite apparent that the bipartisan group (in the senate) does not convey the wishes of the senate leaders or the president. Senator Reid, they don’t have to convey your wishes…they are making it clear what Americans are speaking up for in the nation! Haven't you been listening? So tonight the lawmakers will pull an all-nighter and try to come up with an acceptable stimulus bill...again. Senator Reid offered a scare tactic. This one was of a Friday morning stock market crash should no evidence of positive progress be presented. Senator Reid: “They cannot hold the President of the United States hostage…” Hostage, Harry? We cannot even get him to show up…he is in Virginia, remember? Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham stated that President Obama was "AWOL on providing leadership." He certainly is tonight. A leader of a nation should show up, roll up, and shut up! That is to say: Show up for the all-nighter; roll up his sleeves; and shut up and listen. I guess I would add one more…stand up…against pork legislation.
Note: History is taking note of every delay, who is causing it, and why. It is neutral and will not hesitate to point the finger of blame.
May God bless America...and may America deserve it!
Zanne Booker 02-05-09