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So much for a honeymoon… January 9, 2009

Posted by neoavatara in Politics.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/09/us/politics/09obama.html?_r=1&hp

Barack Obama has stated that his most important goal when he becomes president is to quickly get a stimulus package through Congress.

Well, it looks like it is going to take longer than he thought.

After the election, there was some talk that the bill could be finished before the inauguration, so Obama could sign it on his first day.  Now, Congressional Democrats are balking, and stating that it may take months to hash out the details.

Democrats appear to be raising opposition on several fronts.  First, some are stating that Obama’s stimulus doesn’t go far enough in terms of investment and government jobs.  Others, including John Kerry, have stated that they are against many of Obama’s tax cuts.  For example, many Democrats feel that the $500 individual tax cut is not useful and should be scrapped.  Although this amounts to $10 a week, Obama is pushing this because it was one of his key campaign promises.  And some Democrats are leery of any proposal at this time, considering there are very few specifics to debate at this point.

It will be interesting to see how Obama confronts this.  This is actually similar to the first few months of the Clinton administration, when the Democratic left out maneuvered the newly inaugurated president.  Obama, ironically, is also getting hit from the left on may of these issues.  One example is the growing opposition to Sanjay Gupta as Surgeon General, because of his supposed slip-up on facts regarding Michael Moore’s documentary on health care.  All fine and dandy, but no one but extreme leftist nuts are concerned about Michael Moore.   How Obama sails through these first few months should tell us a lot about his future presidency.

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