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[Vermont] GOP Governor Bucks Party to Back Obama's Stimulus
ABC ^ | 2/2/09 | Jake Tapper

Posted on 02/02/2009 10:06:16 AM PST by freespirited

President Obama welcomed the rare Republican supporter of his economic stimulus bill today when Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas arrived in the capital to lobby GOP senators to vote for it.

The Senate Republicans are prepared to fight the current package.Douglas, who is vice chairman of the National Governors Association, is bucking his party over Obama's massive economic bailout plan.

In a brief photo op with Douglas, Obama said, "What we can't do is let very modest differences get in the way of the overall package moving forward quickly."

Douglas sat next to Obama in the Oval Office and said, "If I were writing it, it might look at little different. But the essence of a recovery package is essential to get the nation's economy moving."

Debate on the Senate version of the bill, which could total $900 billion, is scheduled to begin this evening, and Obama said he believes that with changes, the bill will receive significant Republican support.

To sweeten the deal, Obama said that he would set up a board to keep track of how the stimulus money is spent.

"One of the things we're going to do is put together an independent board on the recovery package that actually looks at these programs and the money before it goes out the door," the president told NBC News Sunday during a sitdown before the Super Bowl. His remarks were released today.

Obama wouldn't comment on reports that his administration is considering creating a bank to buy up the toxic debts that are weighing down banks' balance sheets.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Vermont
KEYWORDS: bho2009; bhostimulus; douglas; economy; governordouglas; jimdouglas; porkulus; rino; rinos; stimulus; stimulusbill; vermont
Obama wouldn't comment on reports that his administration is considering creating a bank to buy up the toxic debts that are weighing down banks' balance sheets.

They should name it the First National Bank of the Democrat Party.

1 posted on 02/02/2009 10:06:16 AM PST by freespirited
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To: freespirited

Another reason “why” RINOs should be politically hunted to extinction ...


2 posted on 02/02/2009 10:08:01 AM PST by mgc1122
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To: freespirited
"What we can't do is let very modest differences get in the way of the overall package moving forward quickly."

I'm going to use that one on my wife this month.

"Hun, we can't let modest differences get in the way of my country club membership moving forward quickly."

Remember to duck.
3 posted on 02/02/2009 10:11:50 AM PST by nhwingut (,)
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To: mgc1122

Indeed, my friend, indeed.


4 posted on 02/02/2009 10:13:59 AM PST by Badeye (Gee, Willie, guess the job hunt isn't going well, huh? (chuckle))
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To: freespirited

BTTT


5 posted on 02/02/2009 10:14:27 AM PST by EdReform (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed *NRA*JPFO*SAF*GOA*SAS*CCRKBA)
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To: freespirited
You're behind. Sen. Oconnell[sp?], Repukian, is behind it.
Oh, I know he's said "our purpose is not to kill the bill, but to improve it..."
You'all know: more pork!
6 posted on 02/02/2009 10:15:20 AM PST by wagyu steak
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To: freespirited

“If I were writing it, it might look at little different. But the essence of a recovery package is essential to get the nation’s economy moving.”

In other words, “Don´t blame me if this doesn´t work, but I´ll take credit if it does.”


7 posted on 02/02/2009 10:16:13 AM PST by villagerjoel ("Gun control is a prerequisite for genocide." - Unknown)
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To: villagerjoel

“Very modest differences”?


8 posted on 02/02/2009 10:18:28 AM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: freespirited

“What we can’t do is let very modest differences get in the way of the overall package moving forward quickly.”

The democrats are trying to make it sound like republicans have only small problems with the stimulus bill and thus we should just pass it and not worry about the small differences. Republicans need to say the entire thing is a turd and needs to be redrafted.


9 posted on 02/02/2009 10:19:25 AM PST by HwyChile
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To: wagyu steak; Admin Moderator

TROLL ALERT.

Either that or you are just an ignoramus who cannot spell properly.

There are no “Repukians”


10 posted on 02/02/2009 10:25:13 AM PST by WOSG (Oppose the bailouts, boondoggles, big Government -)
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To: freespirited
I hope Douglass gets a face full of spit.
11 posted on 02/02/2009 10:25:54 AM PST by Niteranger68 (Cowitness...)
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To: HwyChile

“Republicans need to say the entire thing is a turd and needs to be redrafted.”

Yes they do ... because it is true.


12 posted on 02/02/2009 10:26:26 AM PST by WOSG (Oppose the bailouts, boondoggles, big Government -)
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To: freespirited
Rare indeed. I wonder what he gave the Gov. for his support? See this is the kind of Rinos that need to be voted out of office or not hold any type of leadership in the GOP. This is the thing that is keeping the grass roots people from helping the GOP is idiots like this that only are thinking of themselves. See he knows it's going to pass anyway, so he is getting on board to get something out of it. To hell with the party or anyone in it.
13 posted on 02/02/2009 10:30:57 AM PST by AIC
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To: freespirited

Another RINO who flunked Econ 101.


14 posted on 02/02/2009 10:31:49 AM PST by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli now reads "Oil the gun..eat the cannolis.")
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

“Very modest differences?”

I´m not catching your reference.


15 posted on 02/02/2009 10:46:13 AM PST by villagerjoel ("Gun control is a prerequisite for genocide." - Unknown)
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To: villagerjoel
Third 'graf of the Tapper piece:

"In a brief photo op with Douglas, Obama said, "What we can't do is let very modest differences get in the way of the overall package moving forward quickly."

16 posted on 02/02/2009 10:52:01 AM PST by Tenniel2 ("When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one" -- Edmund Burke)
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To: WOSG; All
Troll? Sorry, this is a Conservative board.
If you want to just cheer anything a Repubician[sic] says, please go a GOP board. They'd love to have you there.
As for "Repukians" (pronounced Re-puke-ians), it is a Mark Levin-ism, so I guess if that makes me a troll I'm in good company.
The fact I might have mispelled Mitch OConnell's name, (my uncertainity of the correct spelling flagged with common editor's symbol of: "[sp?]") might mean I have difficulty with spelling, but your using it to accuse me of being a troll is a common Liberal tactic: symbolism (spelling) over the substance of my remarks.
As to the Minority Leader's comments, they were broadcast just the other day.
Even Michelle Malkin (who's often as much as 2days behind the newscycle on her board because of personal appearences) has posted it as the top story.


Dear Moderator:
Is there any significance to that person including you in the "To" section? I'm new here, so I'm uncertain as to the sgnificance of its action.

17 posted on 02/02/2009 11:13:59 AM PST by wagyu steak
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To: WOSG
BTW:
here's the URL to malkin's post: http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/02/sen-mcconnell-proposes-more-big-government-to-fix-big-government-debacle/

OConnell, McConnell, MConnell, Dummy, Sellout, whatever... If he can't be bothered to remember why the electorate sent him to DC why should we put effort into getting his name correct? Forget him, then Recall him!
But a Re-puke-ian such as yourself, is probably in full agreement with Ol' Sen McConnell's love for crap sandwiches!
18 posted on 02/02/2009 11:14:00 AM PST by wagyu steak
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To: AIC

In the wonderful tradition of Jumpin’ Jim Jeffords. The only way a Republican can prosper in VT is to be the biggest RINO there is. Another one to put on our hit list.


19 posted on 02/02/2009 11:37:47 AM PST by Scanian
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To: wagyu steak

You are lying about me. You couldn’t even spell his name right and now you call him a sellout. But he is against the bill. In interviews Sundays, Sen McConnell was clearly against the mis-named ‘stimulus’ pork barrel bill. Via Foxnews:

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he “can’t believe that the president isn’t embarrassed about” the stimulus packages.

He also predicted the trillion dollar boondoggle will fail:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2176661/posts


20 posted on 02/02/2009 11:48:57 AM PST by WOSG (Oppose the bailouts, boondoggles, big Government -)
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To: wagyu steak

One more thing, newbie: Stop insulting people personally.


21 posted on 02/02/2009 11:50:00 AM PST by WOSG (Oppose the bailouts, boondoggles, big Government -)
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To: All

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22 posted on 02/02/2009 12:03:12 PM PST by FreeManN (Veritas nihil veretur nisi abscondi)
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To: wagyu steak

Knock off the personal attacks. You can debate the issue but don’t make it personal. We expect some sort of civility here.


25 posted on 02/02/2009 1:34:19 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator

Uhh, my last post was to FreemanN, had no attacks, simply pointed out that while I agreed w/his aims, I doubtede he’d be able to get it to fly.

Why was that one scrubbed?


26 posted on 02/02/2009 2:10:57 PM PST by wagyu steak
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To: Admin Moderator; WOSG
http://michellemalkin.com/2009/02/02/sen-mcconnell-proposes-more-big-government-to-fix-big-government-debacle/
Over the weekend, you see, Sen. McConnell gave the GOP radio address. The subject was the “stimulus.” Generational Theft Act, Crap Sandwich Supreme, Porkulus, Spendulus, Debt Stimulus Plan. Pick your name. It’s all B.S. And Americans know it. Senate debate begins today at 2pm Eastern. On the heels of the House Republicans’ unanimous rejection of the Obama/Democrats’ Big Government package and shifting public opinion against the plan, you might think the Senate GOP minority leader would get a clue: Big Government = Bad Idea. But nooooo. Sen. McConnell knows how to extinguish any fledgling flame of enthusiasm among grass-roots activists who were starting to think the Republican Party was returning to its fiscal conservative principles. Fuhgeddaboudit, people. Sen. McConnell’s grand idea to “fix” the stimulus is to create new, government-backed mortgages.
I did not lie about you, WOSG, and MCConnell hasn't learned anything: http://michellemalkin.com/2009/01/08/flashback-ucla-study-on-fdrs-growth-stifling-policies/
Roosevelt’s role in lifting the nation out of the Great Depression has been so revered that Time magazine readers cited it in 1999 when naming him the 20th century’s second-most influential figure. “This is exciting and valuable research,” said Robert E. Lucas Jr., the 1995 Nobel Laureate in economics, and the John Dewey Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. “The prevention and cure of depressions is a central mission of macroeconomics, and if we can’t understand what happened in the 1930s, how can we be sure it won’t happen again?” …”The fact that the Depression dragged on for years convinced generations of economists and policy-makers that capitalism could not be trusted to recover from depressions and that significant government intervention was required to achieve good outcomes,” Cole said. “Ironically, our work shows that the recovery would have been very rapid had the government not intervened.”

27 posted on 02/02/2009 2:12:51 PM PST by wagyu steak
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To: wagyu steak; FreeManN
I had posted a comment of support-in-theory, (see the comment this is linked to...) But it was scrubbed. I guess supportive comments are attacks too. Unfortunately, it had all of the URLs I know of for places that are of like mind (approx. 8 places). Since I was using my phone at the time, I don't have that list... If you're interested or it would help, FreeManN, I'll try to rebuild the list...

28 posted on 02/02/2009 2:30:24 PM PST by wagyu steak
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To: wagyu steak
Uhh, my last post was to FreemanN, had no attacks

Neither ones I pulled, 25 or 26 where to FreemanN. They where both personal attacks on another member. Knock it off.

29 posted on 02/02/2009 2:30:45 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: freespirited
Vermonts budget consists of 70% federal funds. WIthout them all the social programs in Vermont would go BUST.

GOOD.

Jim, you are wrong on this one, even though your 2009 re-election may depend on the passage of this bogus pork barrel stimulus bill.

30 posted on 02/02/2009 2:33:16 PM PST by Candor7 (Fascism? All it takes is for good men to say nothing, ( member NRA)
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To: wagyu steak
welcome to FR.( 1-29-09)

Spell check is your fren'.

31 posted on 02/02/2009 2:35:04 PM PST by Candor7 (Fascism? All it takes is for good men to say nothing, ( member NRA)
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To: Candor7
Doesn't work, phone's browser locks when I try to use it.
The browser doesn't recognize the spell check button next to the review or post.oddly enough, the only one it does recognize is the post button.
On other brand of blog, its different. On typepad nothing works, so I guess I should be happy...
32 posted on 02/02/2009 8:49:44 PM PST by wagyu steak
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