Monday, January 12, 2009

Obama appears to listen to opposing viewpoints... goddamn socialist.

After two Bush stories which drip with his arrogance and lack of humility, I have an Obama story which illustrates the opposite...

As you may know, Barry-O has been running around Washington trying to get members of Congress to sign on for his stimulus package. This isn't an easy sell, cause Congress has been catching hell for being stupid enough to expect the money they all ready handed to Bush would be spent appropriately (or at least could be tracked in some way).

So Obama has been laying out his plan, and has encountered some criticism. Notably, Paul Krugman (who I think is super – read Conscience of a Liberal) wrote quite a rebuke of the plan last week in The New York Times in an article called The Obama Gap:
"Mr. Obama’s prescription doesn’t live up to his diagnosis. The economic plan he’s offering isn’t as strong as his language about the economic threat. In fact, it falls well short of what’s needed."
Rather than ignore his critics, Obama issued a statement looking to talk to Krugman: 
"I want this to work," said the president-elect. "This is not an intellectual exercise, and there's no pride of authorship. If somebody has an idea for a tax cut that's better than we've proposed, then we'll embrace it... If Paul Krugman has a good idea, in terms of how to spend money efficiently and effectively to jump-start the economy, then we're going to do it."
Say what?  

And Krugman took him up on the statement in his latest column: Ideas for Obama.

How un-Bushian!  How Obama-rific!  Here is Jon Stewart being mystified by all of this:

And if you think that this blog is little more than an Obama lovefest/circle-jerk... you're right.  Until I hear different, I think this dude is an answer to the country's prayers.  

And, it should be noted that I am a cynical son-of-a-bitch.

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