“I screwed up.” UPDATED

How refreshing is that? I watched Obama’s interview on CBS first and then changed over to the other three stations to catch just the end. While I have been lazy about changing the channel, I won’t be anymore.

I am part of the ‘wait for it’ community. (Perhaps I am a community of one or two?) Obama will get the bill he wants when he wants it. Letting the Republicans feel their oats is part of the plan. Didn’t anyone else wonder why there were no Obama administration people on the talk shows last Sunday? It’s all about giving them the room to put forward their corporate tax Christmas tree while offering a dry bone to other tax payers.

In the end — which will come soon enough — Obama will sign the right bill.  I have no doubt about that.

From The Corner (which is where they belong, but they haven’t gotten the jole they played on themselves yet):

On Capitol Hill, you can feel the Republicans’ growing sense of confidence.  They’ve scored a lot of hits on the stimulus bill, and now they’re aiming higher.  “We’ll try to make the bill better,” Sen. Jim DeMint said a few moments ago, “but this bill is so bad…you can’t fix it by tweaking around the edges…The best thing to happen would be for President Obama to lead, to call a time out.”  Several Republicans now want to throw the whole bill out and replace it with a package that is nearly all tax cuts — “twice the jobs at half the price.”

Like the 18 million jobs Demint says that the Heritage Foundation says that the Republican tax cuts will generate?  RIGHT.

With that growing sense of GOP confidence comes ramped-up pushback from President Obama.  “In the past few days I’ve heard criticisms of this [stimulus] plan that echo the very same failed theories that helped lead us into this crisis,” Obama said at the Treasury Department today.  “I reject that theory, and so did the American people when they went to the polls in November and voted resoundingly for change.”  Look for Obama and his allies to push the argument that the Republican plan is one-dimensional and insufficient.  If the roof is leaking, they’ll say, Republicans prescribe a tax cut.  If the car is stalled, they prescribe a tax cut.  If the house is on fire, they prescribe a tax cut.  Tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts.

Sure, Mr. York, it’s only coming because the GOP is becoming more confident now.  Feeling their oats.  Living the vida loca.  And anyone who points out that the GOP solution to the economic crisis is TAX CUTS would be correct.  That’s all that’s there.

Smarter GOP types, please.


3 responses to ““I screwed up.” UPDATED

  1. I agree. If there was ever a time to deal with the urgency of what’s going on in the US/global economy in a sane and measured way, this is it. Because of the media’s love of the “both sides to every question” we’re getting a barrage of Republican nay-sayers, but there are other voices out there (unions, for example) who have their own take on things. The noticeable thing, as you pointed out, is that there is a lot of “wait for it” feelings among people & groups who may not agree on all the details but are taking a calm grown-up approach to the realities involved. The further we get into this year the more it should become apparent that the Republicans are being contrarians for no good reason, not as a loyal opposition. But because they’re also such chickenshits, they’ll be chasing after the train once it’s left the station.

  2. Tonight the News Hour reported that Obama pointed out that the strategies that the Republicans are pushing are the same ones that got us into this mess.

    I didn’t get home in time to watch any of the broadcast news, so I don’t know if any of them made the same point.

    I’d relly like to see him hammer that one point home, over and over again.

    Also, I can’t remember which one it was, but one of the Maine Senators said she thought they would get a bill out of the Senate by Friday. I hope sh’e right. Then it can got to conference and Obama can sign it by Friday week.

    That would be sweet.

  3. Yes, Susan Collins, I think.

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