Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Never a Doubt

Whew. Good thing Obama shattered his campaign pledge and signed the Omnibus earmark appropriation bill. He could have easily sent a strong signal to Congress against frivolous spending during a down economy (one at least as bad as the Great Depression) by wielding his veto pen.

Puzzling indeed, as there was really no downside for doing so, only downside for the Republicans taking part in the pork. Congress could have passed another Continuing Resolution in their sleep, funding the government at last year's levels until September. Do they think the public, if polled on it, would have rebelled?

So what happened? Well, maybe it was this:
Mr. Obama’s aides said privately that they did not want a confrontation with Congress over the earmarks at a time when the president needs cooperation on an array of priorities that are more important to him.
Hmm, he's got a majority Democrat Congress in play, most of whom probably agree with his stance on global warming, health care reform, closing terrorist detention facilities and legalizing illegals. Or are we to believe the 40 pound brains in the braintrust thought a simple veto--fulfilling a vital campaign promise while showing that flinty toughness--would somehow jeopardize Camelot? Were none of them afraid he'd come off looking Pelosi-whipped?

Or maybe they figured the signing statement would take care of everything.

Never a doubt.


LASunsett said...

Well, we now know who the leader's name is.

And it ain't Barack.

In the beginning I was curious to see whether the Congress would be the rubber stamp for him, or whether he would be the rubber stamp for the Congress. As it appears, we now know the answer to that question.

But he had better be careful. The Congress is still polling in the 30s for job approval. Unless he wants to see his numbers sink as fast as he is spending money, he had better take this under advisement.

A.C. McCloud said...

I really think this exhibits the pinnacle of hubris and brazenness.

They are basically saying they don't think the media or public cares that he flagrantly broke two campaign promises. He's going to get away with it. Which does not bode well for the future.

Darth Rob said...

Maybe it's just an act of good faith toward congress, "Ok I'll give you the earmarks but later on I'll ask for something and you'll give it to me. Without question". Que the Socialism Tango.