February 5, 2009
THAT TIRED OLD REPUBLICAN RHETORIC...:
CBS Poll: Support For Stimulus Falls (CBS News, Feb. 5, 2009)
Eighty-one percent of Americans say the stimulus bill should be a bipartisan effort. Just 13 percent think it is okay for a bill to be passed with only the backing of the Democratic majority.
There are signs that Americans are receptive to Republicans' push to increase the proportion of tax cuts in the stimulus bill: Asked whether higher government spending or tax cuts for business would be more effective in ending the recession, 59 percent choose the tax cuts. Just 22 percent prefer more government spending.
...is kicking butt and taking names.
President Obama has been in office for exactly two weeks and two days and in that time he has faced a steep learning curve. He has certainly been challenged early… if not exactly in the manner predicted by Vice President Joe Biden during the campaign.Posted by Orrin Judd at February 5, 2009 10:02 PM
The first challenge, and the first lesson learned, came from the mistake, as the president has acknowledged, of nominating people for high office who for one reason or another did not meet Obama's high standards. He learned the hard way that's one campaign promise you'd better keep in a time of voter "blowback" against the old Washington ways.
The second challenge has come from Republicans on Capitol Hill -- and a good number of economists and members of the business community -- who are opposing the overall thrust and size of the Obama stimulus plan.