Obama courts GOP backing on stimulus

Obama courts GOP backing on stimulus

There are 69 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jan 27, 2009, titled Obama courts GOP backing on stimulus. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

President Barack Obama , trying to build support for his economic stimulus plan in advance of a key vote, traveled to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to ask House and Senate Republicans to back the massive $825 billion ...

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Drew

Bolingbrook, IL

#1 Jan 27, 2009
Oh yes, we want to fund ACORN about $3 billion! These Democrats are trying to slip this corrupt group a payoff for their activities during the 2008 elections. How many state AG's are currently investigating voter fraud or other illegal activities of this group?

The Democrats tried last year to give ACORN money, but enough of the citizens called them on it and was eventually removed from the original bail-out. Now, they think it can now be slipped in - is this how Obama and his ilk operate?
whatever

Normal, IL

#2 Jan 27, 2009
Republicans need to stick with their fiscal conservative values and not pass this spending package which is NOT what this economy needs. None of the stimulus packagages have worked and historically, the new deal and such spending packages have caused further problems with recoveries. Time to all vote together against it. If it passes, let the Democrats take full responsibility for either pushing us into a depression or prolonging the recession and causing more job cuts in the private sector.
KrisHouse

United States

#3 Jan 27, 2009
Let the Democrats sink alone with this so called bailout bill. This is a trillion dollar stinker.
Mav

Chicago, IL

#4 Jan 27, 2009
Hang in there GOP, filibuster this pork-laden "economic stimulus" bill. It should be called 'Obama's Radical Agenda stimulus' bill.

'Economic stimulus', yeah right, nothing "stimulates" an economy like 300 million dollars for birth control.
Dale

Lisle, IL

#5 Jan 27, 2009
As a Republican, there is no way I can support the size of bill that has been proposed, especially with the heavy emphasis on immediate spending. Shoveling that much money out the door guarantees that much of it will be wasted, with little or no long term jobs the result. The long term price tag is the real killer though, as Obama will not be around when that comes due.
MR FACE

Richton Park, IL

#6 Jan 27, 2009
Drew wrote:
Oh yes, we want to fund ACORN about $3 billion! These Democrats are trying to slip this corrupt group a payoff for their activities during the 2008 elections. How many state AG's are currently investigating voter fraud or other illegal activities of this group?
The Democrats tried last year to give ACORN money, but enough of the citizens called them on it and was eventually removed from the original bail-out. Now, they think it can now be slipped in - is this how Obama and his ilk operate?
You wacky conservatives are hilarious. 3 billion for Acorn? Where did you hear that, let me guess, from Limbaugh or Hannity? Come on now. Have you even read the actual bill? Have you done the research for yourself? Or do you just believe what some extremely right-ring biased talk show host told you. Oh wait, you are a conservative. Never mind, I know the answer to that one.
MR FACE

Richton Park, IL

#7 Jan 27, 2009
Dale wrote:
As a Republican, there is no way I can support the size of bill that has been proposed, especially with the heavy emphasis on immediate spending. Shoveling that much money out the door guarantees that much of it will be wasted, with little or no long term jobs the result. The long term price tag is the real killer though, as Obama will not be around when that comes due.
Let me guess. You think that we should give more tax cuts to the rich, and that will solve all the economic problems. You know what massive tax cuts means right? Higher deficits. Like what has happened the last 8 years.
MR FACE

Richton Park, IL

#8 Jan 27, 2009
Mav wrote:
Hang in there GOP, filibuster this pork-laden "economic stimulus" bill. It should be called 'Obama's Radical Agenda stimulus' bill.
'Economic stimulus', yeah right, nothing "stimulates" an economy like 300 million dollars for birth control.
Again, a complete exaggeration of the actual bill. 300 million for birth control? Have you actually read the bill? Or are you relying on Bill O'Reilly for your news?
MR FACE

Richton Park, IL

#9 Jan 27, 2009
whatever wrote:
Republicans need to stick with their fiscal conservative values and not pass this spending package which is NOT what this economy needs. None of the stimulus packagages have worked and historically, the new deal and such spending packages have caused further problems with recoveries. Time to all vote together against it. If it passes, let the Democrats take full responsibility for either pushing us into a depression or prolonging the recession and causing more job cuts in the private sector.
Fiscal conservative values? Like the last 8 years under Bush? Yeah, those great fiscal conservative values and tax cuts, they really helped the economy. It's not like we have a trillion dollar debt now or anything. That is what happens when we are spending 10 billion dollars a month on unnecessary wars and giving the rich tax cuts.
Dave

Oak Harbor, WA

#10 Jan 28, 2009
You Wackjobs are really something! Now all of a sudden your fiscal conservative? After 8 years of running this country in the ground you have a plan? You say tax cuts for the wealthy will be the answer? What happened to Country First? Your really a joke!
Just Wait America

Mesquite, NV

#11 Jan 28, 2009
In four years you will wish that you
had a Fiscal Conserative in the White
House !
After that time there will be no moeny
left in the treasury to run the COUNTRY !
The GOP must not support this administration, for the good of the country !
Get the DNC out of WASHINGTON D.C. for the GOOD OFF AMERICA !!
Dave

Oak Harbor, WA

#12 Jan 28, 2009
Just Wait America wrote:
In four years you will wish that you
had a Fiscal Conserative in the White
House !
After that time there will be no moeny
left in the treasury to run the COUNTRY !
The GOP must not support this administration, for the good of the country !
Get the DNC out of WASHINGTON D.C. for the GOOD OFF AMERICA !!
No thanks... We all ready saw what a NeoCON did to this country for the last 8 years!
downeaster

Ashburn, VA

#13 Jan 28, 2009
i hope there are enough honest senators and congressmen left, republican and democrat to tell donkey ears to stick this pork laden piece of economic destruction where the sun doesn't shine
Greedy Old Poops

Pleasanton, CA

#14 Jan 28, 2009
Republicans can complain all they want, but they lost. The party of excess, Citiboobs, and Hail to the Rich have ruined this country. The Republican Party is finished. They have no ideas to help the country out of the mess they made. All they offer are moralistic platitudes that they proceed to break at every opportunity. They are voyeurs who want to peer into people's bedrooms and tell people how to live their lives, while they screw them out of their last penny.

Voters are waking up to the fact that "trickle down" and "pour up" economics do not work for them, because those policies were designed to help the rich. If the remaining Congressional Greedy Old Poops want to block a stimulus plan and want to block oversight and regulation of their greedy ways, maybe they should think about what they're going to be doing after they're voted out in the next election cycles.

Since: Jan 09

Central Illinois

#15 Jan 28, 2009
Actually the Acorn portion of the bill which falls under the "block Grants" portion doesn't specify the exact amount. It will be in the 100s of millions that will go to acorn though.
Walter Williams wrote an article that is being published today, that explains how the stimulus won't help economically but will help politically. A much easier read than the bill itself.

“Hello, I must be going.”

Since: Nov 08

Pomfret

#16 Jan 28, 2009
Greedy Old Poops - The GOP can't block the stimulus bill. If The One is seeking GOP votes it is because his own party is not giving him the support he needs.
tuckeredout

Hammond, IN

#17 Jan 28, 2009
The presidents wants Republicans on board so when the bill fails to stimulate the economy, they can share the blame.
Fedup in Chicago

Lombard, IL

#18 Jan 28, 2009
You better believe Acorn, LaRaza and other ethnic based community groups will benefit from this package. We will end up with the same old. People not qualified will be able to obtain mortgages and then will default. The lower income sector will get more welfare food stamps while the middle class gets a lousy $500-$1000 tax cut to be spread over a year. WTF!! I am currently unemployed and our house hold income has decreased by 50%. We do not qualify for any entitlements. No breaks on utility bills, food stamps nothing! What burns me is that all the years we have paid for these entitlements and now when we are down on our luck-Too bad so sad! I guess Obama and the other dems are starting their "spread the wealth" program.
TUN

Melrose Park, IL

#19 Jan 28, 2009
The only thing that Republicans respond to is fear. Bush rammed his $700Bn package through after fear mongering. The world was essentially coming to an end... so Bush gave the financial sector billions and billions of dollars. Here we are nearly 6 months later and the economy is still in a tail spin. That approach has proven itself to not work.

I shake my head at Republicans now who are questioning another stimulus package that takes a different approach. Granted, we are still throwing darts at a dart board as a country/government and hoping something will stick. But hey, after the precedent that Bush set... why the foot dragging on this one? Because it won't go to the ubber rich, super greedy, zero talent executives who continue to bury Wall Street?

Clearly, the Republican love to throw huge dollars around... they've proven that... as long as it goes to their friends and favorite lobbyists. Our government is still very broken.
ttr

Wolcott, CT

#20 Jan 28, 2009
Congress provides $4.1 billion for "neighborhood stabilization activities".The money was previously limited to state and local governments,but democrats now want part of it to be available to non-profits, IE ACORN.Rather than a real economic stimulus bill,short term spending to create jobs and grow the economy,the bill is line after line of favorite liberal spending programs,much of which will become a permanent part of the federal budget.CBO estimates the government's interest costs will total $347 billion over the 2009-2019 period and will compound over years as long as the debt remains unpaid.The bill alone will increase the federal budget deficit by $816 billion over the same period,a figure many believe is on the conservative side.

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