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Spineless, Timid, Tepid and Wimpy

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The Obama administration stolidly mans their shovels to dig a deeper hole. Never mind the increasingly disparaging comments in print (can you imagine what is being said privately?) about how quickly they collapse when asked to support people-first policies they supposedly favor.

Jim Hightower writes:

The Obama-ites seem incapable of firm stands. They excite us by boldly addressing our economic woes. But when it comes time to follow through — it’s droopsville….

Obama himself has titillated the hopes of working families by proposing a $266 billion national emergency program to put America to work.

Strong stuff — let’s get it on!

Sure enough, after a lengthy romancing of their Republican colleagues (who are devout believers in an abstinence-only job-creation policy), the Democrats finally made their move last week. With the support of five GOP senators, the “jobs, jobs, jobs” bill passed in both houses of Congress.

But … what a letdown. To win those five Republican senators, Democratic leaders shriveled their job investment program from a robust $266 billion to a frustratingly puny $15 billion. Even such phony Casanovas as Sen. Chuck Schumer had to confess that the “package is not a panacea; it’s not going to solve everything.”

Everything? Chuck, admit your impotence. At most, this bill might stimulate the creation of 250,000 new jobs — a bit short of the 11 million that America needs just to get back to where were in 2007, much less the need to create an economic path to lead us into a bold future of new, sustainable, middle-class job creation.

George F. Will opines:

Barack Obama has refuted critics who call him a radical. He has shown himself to be a timid progressive.

His timidity was displayed when he flinched from fighting for the boldness the nation needs — a transition from the irrationality of employer-provided health insurance. His progressivism is an attitude of genteel regret about the persistence of politics.

“Tepid” is one of the most common words used to describe Obama. Just use a search engine- I started to count the entries and gave up.

Digby adds:

According to Sam Stein members the Treasury Department, including Tim Geithner himself, met with a group of progressive bloggers yesterday to tell them what a good job the administration’s done all things considered, but that now they need to get the voters all charged up to help them pass a tepid financial reform bill. This is part of a larger public relations offensive to rehabilitate Geithner and the Obama economic policies.

I doubt any American President has ever offered so many policies designed to fail or made such a concerted effort to be a one-termer.  I’d sure like to know why.

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Written by laudyms

March 11, 2010 at 10:33 am

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