Okay, I’m sort of joking with that headline. I’m giddy and need a break from my project.
To be fair, Robert J. Samuelson, whom I like, does try to take a constructively critical view to President Obama’s stimulus:
But in practice, the stimulus could disappoint. Parts of the House package look like a giant political slush fund, with money sprinkled to dozens of programs. There’s $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts, $200 million for the Teacher Incentive Fund and $15.6 billion for increased Pell Grants to college students. Some of these proposals, whatever their other merits, won’t produce many new jobs.
But the end quote is still a bailout: The success of Obama’s policies lies, to a large extent, outside his hands.
“Don’t blame Obama” when we’re in bad shape a year or two or three from now. It’s not going to be his fault. It will be everyone else’s. And George W. Bush’s time in office, and his little dog too.
Are there better plans out there? I know there is a proposed Obama-Limbaugh Bipartisan Stimulus Plan. Yeah. That will be taken seriously. Anyone else? Anyone? Come on, there has to be a better plan than “spend a trillion and raise taxes.”
Iceland has collapsed; it’s a “global” crisis.
Transparency: The Bush White House used to release transcripts of the White House Press Briefings. Those do not presently seem to be continuing under President Obama.
Week 1, Michael Novak:
These decisions humiliated those who voted for President Obama because they had been assured, and assured others, that the new president would take seriously the culture of life. It is now clear that the new president was willing to allow those who risked their moral reputations to support him to feel in retrospect like liars. E.J. Dionne expressly warned the president-elect against not to issue these early executive orders.
A lot of pro-life Catholics voted for Obama believing he was actually was going to work with them on abortion. It’s too sad to “heh” over.
No one is as Irish as Barack Obama:
O’ Leary! O’ Reilly!
O’Hare and O’ Hara!
There’s no one as Irish as Barack O’Bama! H/T
And the savvy marketers
get a jump on St. Paddy’s Day! – correction – this is not new. Althouse had it back in November. She’s always on top of things!
Okay, back to work.