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632 Days until Election Day

February 8, 2009

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Republicans stand ready to work with reasonable Democrats to do what is right for America.  But it will take more than bipartisan words from the President. It will require fair-minded action from Democrats in Congress.”

Michael Steele, Chairman of the Republican National Committee
MORNING UPDATE:

SUNDAY MORNING SHOW…as provided by POLITICO and AP below.

RNC TECH SUMMIT…Chairman Michael Steele asked me to head up the transition Team’s effort on bringing new technologies and tactics to the RNC.  We are in the process or reviewing and analyzing the current operation.  We also called for a Tech Summit where we are bringing interested parties together to share ideas, make suggestions and present their perspectives of what and how we could do more.  If you’re interested, join us.  For more details click here.

STIMULUS SCAM….$827,000,000,000.00…in your tax dollars and debt…debt our children and grandchildren will be paying back.  Government is completely out of control and spending billions more than we take in.

RNC CHAIRMAN MICHAEL STEELE WEEKLY ADDRESS…so here we are, Republicans aggressively taking our message to the American people.  Check it out and share it with your friends.

 

 

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THE REST OF THE STORY:

THE SHOWS, mostly from AP

ABC’s ‘This Week’ – Lawrence Summers, director of National Economic Council; Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele.

CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ – Christina Romer, head of the Council of Economic Advisers; Sens. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and John McCain (R-Ariz..).

NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ – Sens. John Ensign, R-Nev., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; and Reps. Mike Pence, R-Ind., and Barney Frank, D-Mass.

CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ – Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood; Sens. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.

‘Fox News Sunday’ – Summers; Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.

 

 

TODAY’S TOP STORIES

The following stories and more are available at my Articles of Interest online.

 

 

Senate closes in on $780B stimulus

Dems reach compromise with key Republicans as report shows firms cut 600,000 jobs last month.

Gordon Trowbridge / Detroit News Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats reached agreement Friday with a handful of Republicans to pass $780 billion in spending and tax cuts to boost the flagging economy on a day of miserable employment news.

Democrats said they had agreed to a compromise negotiated by a bipartisan group of Senate moderates and were confident they could get the Republican support they need to get the required 60 votes. Democratic leaders said Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, along with Pennsylvania’s Arlen Spector, would vote for the bill. .

“The people of my state don’t care how many Democrats or Republicans vote for this,” said Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing. “They care about how many jobs this creates.”

 

The Stimulus Tragedy

Obama bets that we can spend our way to prosperity.

President Obama has started to play the “catastrophe” card to sell his economic stimulus plan, using yesterday’s terrible January jobs report to predict doom unless Congress acts. No doubt he’ll get his way, but the tragedy of this first great effort of the Obama Presidency is what a lost opportunity it is.

Everyone agrees that some kind of fiscal stimulus might help the economy, and that running budget deficits is appropriate in a recession. The stage was thus set for the popular President to forge a bipartisan consensus that combined ideas from both parties. A major cut in the corporate tax favored by Republicans could have been added to Democratic public works spending for a quick political triumph that might have done at least some economic good.

Instead, Mr. Obama chose to let House Democrats write the bill, and they did what comes naturally: They cleaned out their intellectual cupboards and wrote a bill that is 90% social policy, and 10% economic policy. (See here for a case study.) It is designed to support incomes with transfer payments, rather than grow incomes through job creation.

Americans have doubts about plan for economy

Yet poll shows support for government action

By John Marelius

Union-Tribune Staff Writer

2:00 a.m. February 8, 2009

Thirteen years after President Bill Clinton declared that “the era of big government is over,” one of the biggest government spending programs ever conceived is moving through Congress.

And the American people are on board – sort of.

“They’re all over the map,” said Andrew Smith, director of the University of New Hampshire Survey Center.

“The way I would characterize what the public view is they know something has to be done, they’re not quite sure what should be done,” Smith said. “They’ve been told that the economy is in dreadful shape and getting worse. They don’t want it to get worse. So just do something – anything.”

Michigan couple among pairs laid off together

By MELISSA NELSON
Associated Press
February 8, 2009

It is a well-known risk to lack diversity in an investment portfolio. Now, couples employed by the same company are learning a similar lesson, the hard way.

As layoffs mount across the country and in all sectors, couples who are co-workers are increasingly vulnerable to losing their families’ twin sources of income at once.

The lack of variety in job skills can also make it difficult to bounce back, especially in a struggling industry.

Services for Livingston County veterans may fall victim to economy

BY SHARON GITTLEMAN
FREE PRESS SPECIAL WRITER
February 8, 2009

Is the short-term future of veterans services in Livingston County in jeopardy?

That’s the fear of Bob Heinel, retiring Department of Veterans Affairs director.

Financial troubles have spurred the Livingston County Board of Commissioners to consider what would be the elimination of the three-person office by not filling openings and merging its functions with other departments, although the department would likely continue in some lesser form.

 

Honeymoon over, Obama aides admit mistakes, retrench

Michael D. Shear and Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post

WASHINGTON — President Obama retreated to the serenity of Camp David for the first time Saturday, stepping back briefly from a presidency that has quickly found itself tested by a loyal opposition and the loss of the pitch-perfect tone that helped sweep him to office.

Beset by criticism of an alleged ethical double standard over some of his Cabinet choices and an intensifying partisan debate over his economic recovery plan, Obama is attempting a return to the campaign-style approach and aggressiveness that echoes the toughest days of his battle with Hillary Clinton.

In a fiery speech before a gathering of House Democrats in Williamsburg on Thursday night that took place even as he was searching out GOP support for his stimulus package, Obama blasted Republican policies that “for the last eight years doubled the national debt and threw our economy into a tailspin.” He then led Democratic members of Congress in a familiar chant: “Fired up!” he declared. “Ready to go!” they returned — voicing a call and response that became a trademark of his campaign.

 

Obama is stimulating gun sales

If gun owners are like wooly worms — they instinctively fatten up ahead of a harsh winter — then the Second Amendment is in for a rough spell.

Since Barack Obama’s election in November, gun and ammunition sales have soared, as have requests for concealed carry permits, on fears that the new president will clamp down on gun rights.

Business has been so brisk that one California store hung a poster of Obama with the words, “Salesman of the Year.”

“Our sales are up 15 to 20 percent since October,” says Roger Little, owner of Shooter’s Service in Livonia. “It’s not the 40 percent other stores are reporting, but it’s good business.”

How can Republicans repair their brand?

Ernest Istook

Sunday, February 8, 2009

A few years ago we said goodbye to the Oldsmobile. It went the way of the Pierce Arrow, Plymouth and Studebaker.

Some believe conservatives and Republicans will be the next brands doomed to follow into extinction. They forecast death by suicide for the GOP and extinction via political climate change for conservatives.

But let’s not bury either group beside the Whigs and the Mugwumps.

Republicans and conservatives overlap but are not identical. Yet they need each other to flourish because Democrats own the liberal brand. Unless they have a conservative brand, Republicans will have no brand at all.

 

Obama, Reagan ‘face off’ at Kennedy Center

By PATRICK GAVIN | 2/7/09 10:07 AM EST

You can get members of different parties under the same roof, but that doesn’t mean they’ll get along.

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts experienced two very different sets of Washington’s political elite Friday night: While the first family attended a dance performance in the Center’s main theater, an impressive showing of Republicans gathered on the top floor to take in the premiere of “Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny,” a new film narrated by Newt and Callista Gingrich which paints a glowing portrait of our 40th president.

While Barack, Michelle, Sasha and Malia were treated like rock stars down below, it was Ronald Reagan being toasted up above by such GOP notables as Mr. and Mrs. Gingrich, George Allen, Ollie North, Bob Livingston, Al Regnery, Craig Shirley, David Bossie, Saul Anuzis, Jim Pinkerton and Fred Thompson.

 

Biden offers olive branch to Iran, Russia

Craig Whitlock / Washington Post

MUNICH — Vice President Joe Biden held out an olive branch Saturday to Iran and Russia, and reassured European allies that the Obama administration would treat them as equals but emphasized that “America will ask its partners to do more as well.”

In a major-foreign policy address Saturday to an international security conference here, Biden told an audience of world leaders that the White House was willing to engage the government in Tehran if it heeded calls to end its nuclear-weapons program and changed its policies in the Middle East.

“This much is clear: We will be willing to talk,” Biden said. But he added a warning to Iran: “continue down your current course and there will be pressure and isolation.”