January 22, 2009
Another Reminder on Campaigning v. Governing
A follow-up to this post, with the technologically savvy Obama team meeting the constraints of federal bureaucracy:
What does that mean in 21st-century terms? No Facebook to communicate with supporters. No outside e-mail log-ins. No instant messaging. Hard adjustments for a staff that helped sweep Obama to power through, among other things, relentless online social networking.
"It is kind of like going from an Xbox to an Atari," Obama spokesman Bill Burton said of his new digs.
Welcome to life with the feds, Bill. Trust me, it won't change quickly between the lovely combination of outdated laws & regulations - about which Congress could care less - coupled with bureaucratic inertia.
Meanwhile, back home we can watch the continued stark differentiation between the rhetoric of the gubernatorial campaign trail versus the reality of addressing a well over $6 billion budget shortfall. Essentially, the lion's share of the evil budget policies for which Dino Rossi was pilloried as an insensitive demon will come to pass...because Frank Chopp knows what a massive tax hike would mean for a number of members of his caucus.
Posted by Eric Earling at January 22, 2009
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To put the amount of tax hikes in perspective that would be needed to close a $6 billion gap ($3 billion per year of the biennium): if 2 million Washington families qualified for the $1000 so-called stimulus payment, and 1 million single people qualified for the $500 payment, and all of them immediately signed over their entire amount to Olympia, we'd be able to close the gap for one year. Then the next year, we'd have to get another so called stimulus of the same amount and repeat it.
I'm not sure how many singles or families there are in Washington, but the Washington population is about 6.4 million total, so that number of families and singles is in the ballpark.
2. I visited the White House a not too long ago (thanks to Jay Inslee) and I was shocked at it's apparent lack of 21st century procedures and processes.
I guess it fits the lifestyle, tho and certainly the pace.
With respect to lack or regulated e-mails and blackberries, I am under the impression that Obama and legal beagles are protecting themselves from the sure-to-come investigations and lawsuits. Subpoenas can be issued for e-mails and blackberry text messages.
Many people are not careful of what they put in those messages.
Ergo, hand signals rule the day.
4. Hey, the more government pols are restricted, even technologically, the less time they have to restrict us all in every aspect of our lives. I'm all for it!
MySpace is pretty much Obama's "Democratic" vision of government. It's going to be tough to operate in the real world where people actually disagree, there are real problems, and money doesn't grow on trees.
Well the State Patrol and D.O.T. are doing their part. They are aggressively stopping trucks this week looking for things they can issue citations for.
It's good to know that they are protecting the public from semi-trucks that have mud on the license plate or a burned out marker light.
7. Ever notice too how Democrats have successfully suppressed anything they don't like through social networking sites? The party of free speech, openness, and tolerance has created a chill effect using technology. And they still want to pass the Fairness Doctrine to make it even stronger.
@7: Could you cite some of these democrats looking to pass the Fairness Doctrine? Knowing especially the ones who have introduced legislation would be helpful.
I also think you first point is a little vapid, considering I can find the EFF, the state Republican Party, and numerous conservative figures on Facebook pretty easily.
@8 wow you couldnt google it yourself here I'll help your biased ass out
Legislation currently is before Congress that would reinstate a federal communications policy known as the "fairness doctrine." The legislation, entitled the "Fairness in Broadcasting Act of 1993," is sponsored in the Senate (S. 333) by Ernest Hollings, the South Carolina Democrat, and in the House (H.R. 1985) by Bill Hefner, the North Carolina Democrat.
Vince @ 6: Agreed on the WSP, who have become the Queen's Dragoons (emphasis on 'goons'), out in search of revenue. Commercial truck inspections and radar/laser speed traps have replaced visible presence.
And no, I haven't been stopped in years and years.
11. The Unfairness Doctrine will be proposed in June by Charlie Rangel.
@9 - Hefner and Hollings has been out of the Congress for years... I wouldn't worry about them passing any Doctrine in 2009.
Campaigning vs. Governing is a common observation for those that look beyond the words of a candidate to the actions and record of a leader. It is clearly uncommon for other people as demonstrated today as we have a "leader" exiting the White House, while a "politician" enters with no substance other than campaign rhetoric, wobbly proposals, and the perfect facade for today's Oprah audience.
Most of us hope that Obama will turn into the leader we can support, with policies that move America in the direction our Founding Fathers hoped. But one thing that Obama will never face in a nation where the Pravda media is his biggest fan, is the kind of venom that President endured for 8 years while trying to be civil and mend the polarization driven by the irrational and sometimes outrageous actions and comments from the left.
Karl Rove himself became a target of this venom, and generally for no better reason that being an effective advocate of the president and being good at defeating the left on policy matters. So there is little doubt that many will assault his comments on this presidency, simply because they must to remain consistent. But for those that would like to read a version of history quite different than that of the Pravda media and the Obama worshipers, this column today in the Wall Street Journal is that record of Bush achievements.
Bush Was Right When It Mattered Most
For you Bush-haters out there, there can be no doubt that your belief systems will suppress any chance that you can give Bush credit for anything, but we all know all to well that Liberalism is a mental disorder. So if it makes you feel better...
Besides the Blackberry issue, Obama repealed Bush's 2001 executive order sealing the private musings and doings of the past presidents- this goes back to 12 years. It is still in Clinton's era, too.
But, that is well and good and fits the "transparency" stuff. But, Obama still hasn't shown that blasted birth certificate that is under lock and seal and can't be looked at. I know it is not an issue that will get traction, but the guy is for "transparency" unless it involves him.
16. The honeymoon is probably going to last a bit longer than for any other President. Even with all the disturbing qualification problems that almost every single Obama cabinet nomination has, both the Senate and the press are happily just giving all those pesky little conflicts of interest a wink and nod, and they will all be confirmed posthaste. In the meantime, we now have the first Sasha and Malia dolls hitting the market! I may need a barf bag soon, as the altitude up there with the Gods is making me nauseous.
17. Also, in view of Obama banning lobbyists from the white house staff, I find it interesting that one of his latest appointments is a lobbyist! When asked about this apparent conflict, the press secretary (I forget his name) said that reasonable exceptions have to be made for any rule, and they didn't want to turn the town upside down! My goodness, not only am I nauseous, I'm getting a nosebleed from the altitude.
Well, well, Rowen and Martin's Laugh In show 24/7 for the next 4 years.
Like Clinton, most of the BO initial cabinet picks will wash out embarrassingly in the next 12 months, or less as incompetents at best, criminals at the worst.
Hopefully first dumpster bound nominee is world class liar and intentional tax cheat Treasury Secretary. As a 4 decade tax professional, this guy Geithner is tax trailer trash extraordinaire, and I apologize to mobile homeowners humbly and profusely.........
19. In reading these comments, its obvious that the right wing's biggest fear is a successful Obama Presidency. (And I don't think that should be very hard after Bush)
20. The Obamunists will have to resort to Hitlerite tactics. Making short movie clips and flushing them out to the media who will eat them up like the socialist lap dogs they are. Someone should arrest the media. All of them. Then the Obamunist cabinet should all be arrested along with the entire Congress. Put on trial for crimes against the people. Ripping off taxpayers and not representing constituents but instead their own interests. Revolt against them all.
@13: Reality (sic)
It is so nice to see unabashed Bush "love" on this site. I tells me that some republicans still have not learned the lessons of the masive defeat in November. Good.
If you think Bush was right on Iraq - then you have not been paying attention. The war was unnecessary - period. Iraq was never a threat to us. There were no WMDs (and even if there were, Saddam had no missiles to deliver them to the US). The other excuses for the war (to bring democracy, to stop a bad guy) are just that - excuses.
Over 4,000 of our troops are dead. Over 75,000 are wounded and can't get enough government help to get by. Between 100K and 1 million Iraqis died. Over 1 million Iraqis refugees fled Iraq. the war will cost us over 1 trillion dollars.
All for an unnecessary war. In the meantime, bin laden has regrouped and Afghanistan is worse than ever. Our former European allies won't join with us (after Iraq) to go after Afghanistan.
I call this an unmitigated failure.
The economy, the deficit, the stock market and the jobless rate are in the worst state since the great depression.
Another unmitigated Bush failure
The lack of reality (by reality) shows how oblivious some republicans can be. But I have to say thanks to these Bush supporters (all 22% of you), because you have created a semi-permanent democratic majority.
22. Will, Booby, we agree on one thing: You DON'T think.
wrong, we've told you... time and time again... step away from the bong BEFORE you post, moron!
When you spew total lies like this:
"The economy, the deficit, the stock market, the jobless rate are the worst since the great depression," it just makes you and your fellow BDS scumbags look like the total morons you are.
Didn't we learn you better after you looked like such a total asshat on the "how much Obama won by" fiasco of yours?
Does your mother know you're pissing all over the internet?
I mean, seriously?
24. @21 : Wow, Goldy's trolls really need to get a life. Come in here spouting statistics they can't back up and then scurrying back to David Goldstain's hate-site for cover. The die-hard Obammunists are like those lottery winners you hear about who can win millions of dollars and yet, in a year or two are suffering from depression and/or are broke. Money can't buy you love and Obama can't buy you sustained happiness in your life...if you were a bitter, inner hatred spewing troll before the election, you'll gravitate back to that emotional level regardless if Obama is in the oval office or not.
notcorrectnorright is exhibit A.
25. @20. bwahahahaha! You must be thinking of that last guy back in 2005....
"Then at the mid-day briefing, Press Secretary Scott McClellan officially confirmed that the White House is blowing off the Government Accountability Office's finding that prepackaged administration video news releases constitute illegal covert propaganda."
So, just to review:
@9 gave us an article from 1993, without apparently realizing that it was 15 years old.
@11 says that the Fairness Doctrine will be introduced by Charlie Rangel this June, even though he's political poison right now. He'll be a great rabbi for the issue.
@15 says that Pelosi supports it (with a link that isn't 15 years old! w00t!), but also acknowledges that she hasn't brought legislation.
There is no Fairness Doctrine. There is no impendign danger of a Fairness Doctrine. Those who trumpet it are arguing against a boogeyman.
I'm sure that if the Fairness Doctrine comes up in any way, shape, or form, you'll be on the front lines of demanding the President, Senator Reid, and Congresswoman Pelosi kill the bill, right? You'll pledge your support to killing it?