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Biden Begs: No Swimming Pools!
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Posted on 03/19/2009 11:21:05 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Biden Begs: No Swimming Pools! Posted by Mark Knoller | Comments

Looking to strike fear and compliance in the hearts of local officials, Vice President Joe Biden warns that if they use money from the economic stimulus fund to build what he regards as the wrong kind of projects, “I’ll show up in your city and say this was a stupid idea.”

“No swimming pools!” he implored. “No tennis courts!” he begged. “No golf courses!” he pleaded. “No Frisbee parks!” he exhorted.

“This can’t be government as usual,” he told an assemblage of local officials invited to the White House from around the country.

Even if they can promise him that building their projects will create jobs and generate revenue, Biden wants none of it.

“The answer is no, no, no!” He said “it’s got to pass the smell test.”

He urged the officials to think about how their constituents would react if the projects they launched were plastered on the front page of their biggest local newspaper.

“If it doesn’t automatically make sense, don’t do it!”

Once the officials get funding for infrastructure, Biden said, they can do what they like with it. But he served notice that if they launch the kind of projects he deems inappropriate, he won’t be shy about saying what he thinks.

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TOPICS: Political Humor/Cartoons
KEYWORDS: biden; gravitas
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I give up........
1 posted on 03/19/2009 11:21:05 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Statues of Caesar obama are fine in EVERY city though!


2 posted on 03/19/2009 11:23:17 AM PDT by joethedrummer
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To: Sub-Driver
“No swimming pools!” he implored. “No tennis courts!” he begged. “No golf courses!” he pleaded. “No Frisbee parks!” he exhorted.

IE, don't hire any contractors, concrete workers, lawn care companies, etc. If you work for any of these types of businesses, SOL.

3 posted on 03/19/2009 11:23:26 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: Sub-Driver

Yeah I feel so much better knowing that Slo Joe is overseeing the monies!


4 posted on 03/19/2009 11:23:53 AM PDT by marlon
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To: Sub-Driver

“His badge wasn’t showing, but Sheriff Biden intended to sound tough as Clint Eastwood.”

Mark Knoller is gay.


5 posted on 03/19/2009 11:25:33 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Fight Crime. Shoot Back.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Slow Joe needs to stay out of the deep end of the Think Tank.


6 posted on 03/19/2009 11:25:59 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: Sub-Driver
“No Frisbee parks!” he exhorted.

Whoa!

Bogus!


7 posted on 03/19/2009 11:26:33 AM PDT by humblegunner (Where my PIE at, fool?)
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To: Sub-Driver

But dog parks and rat habitats in California are ok, right?


8 posted on 03/19/2009 11:26:50 AM PDT by OB1kNOb (Communist China is doing more to foster capitalism in their country than our politicians are doing.)
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To: marlon

From a google search - on some NPR site:

Excerpt:

“Singers, actors and dancers can stimulate audiences, but can they stimulate the economy? The authors of the current stimulus package seem to think so — they have included $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts and $150 million for infrastructure repairs at the Smithsonian.

Arts groups large and small are hurting, just like every other industry: The Sacramento Ballet has canceled performances; the administrative staff of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra took a 20 percent pay cut; the Austin Museum of Art is postponing plans for a new museum downtown.....


9 posted on 03/19/2009 11:27:09 AM PDT by 21twelve (The Obamas have all the class of the Clintons and none of the charm.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Well this article is proof that the Obama Admin, Pelosi, Reid, and all of the Democrats had no clue what they were intending to stimulate. Just get that money out there!

We are soooooooooooo screwed.


10 posted on 03/19/2009 11:28:34 AM PDT by avacado
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To: Sub-Driver

“I’ll show up in your city . . . . .”


You have to credit him for knowing how to issue a threat.


11 posted on 03/19/2009 11:28:46 AM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: Sub-Driver
“I’ll show up in your city and say this was a stupid idea.”

Speaking of "stupid ideas"...
12 posted on 03/19/2009 11:30:45 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee ("No pale pastels,but bold colors".....Ronnie,we sure do miss you,sir!)
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To: 21twelve; marlon

Opps - I see other places that say the arts was not included in the stimulus package. Who knows!?

Well - I think the money for abortions is still in there. Other than that though I’m sure all of the money will be well spent on things crucial to our society. /s


13 posted on 03/19/2009 11:31:24 AM PDT by 21twelve (The Obamas have all the class of the Clintons and none of the charm.)
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To: SERKIT
“If it automatically makes sense, don’t do it!”

There ya go,Joe!
14 posted on 03/19/2009 11:33:27 AM PDT by gimme1ibertee ("No pale pastels,but bold colors".....Ronnie,we sure do miss you,sir!)
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To: Sub-Driver

If anything, this government is making me feel more capable all the time.


15 posted on 03/19/2009 11:33:52 AM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: mnehring
IE, don't hire any contractors, concrete workers, lawn care companies, etc. If you work for any of these types of businesses, SOL.

I saw a new swimming pool, a big one at that, being put in at a local club last year. All the guys building the pool were Mexican and I have a feeling that there weren't any green cards around. I think if Biden saw that, he would make a swimming pool 'exception' for one of his favorite voting blocks.

16 posted on 03/19/2009 11:34:04 AM PDT by Ditto
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To: freedomlover
I don't think so. I think the whole thing sux. All of their crap they are dishing out. We are doomed.
17 posted on 03/19/2009 11:34:34 AM PDT by Rj Snows
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To: SERKIT
Slow Joe needs to stay out of the deep end of the Think Tank.

That is great - care if I use it for a tag line?

18 posted on 03/19/2009 11:35:11 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Computer says No..... Carole Beer)
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To: Sub-Driver

You’re taking our bread Joe. At least let us keep the circus...


19 posted on 03/19/2009 11:35:27 AM PDT by TopDog2
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To: Sub-Driver

I think that the only way to put the brakes on these idiots is for everyone, and I mean everyone, to sign up for food stamps, welfare, and every other government freebie possible. Jam everything up with paperwork. Sign up for every give-away program even if you are rich and the system will confuse itself and implode. Do to the socialists what Acorn did to the election process. Got a dead uncle? Sign him up for free government grave maintenence. Sell you car and apply for free government transportation vouchers.


20 posted on 03/19/2009 11:36:07 AM PDT by sfvgto (Dear Congress, my name is Jimmie....gimmie, gimmie, gimmie)
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To: Ditto

Hey, the mexicans are doing the road work here in Houston - yard work, housing construction - I don’t know where white guys work anymore!


21 posted on 03/19/2009 11:36:24 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Computer says No..... Carole Beer)
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To: Sub-Driver

We get a...
Drum roll please...

ROAD WIDENED.
Yes, yet another useless and stupid road widening. Thats all the stimulus for the entire North of Clark County. Worth about 10 jobs.

What a joke.


22 posted on 03/19/2009 11:36:53 AM PDT by Colvin (Harry Reid is a sap sucking idiot.)
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To: freedomlover
You have to credit him for knowing how to issue a threat.

He's jockeying for a UN post.

23 posted on 03/19/2009 11:38:09 AM PDT by MaxMax (RINO=RAT!)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

White guys sit behind desks and get chubby.


24 posted on 03/19/2009 11:38:34 AM PDT by Colvin (Harry Reid is a sap sucking idiot.)
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To: Sub-Driver

So I guess that means that dirt lot at the end of my block that was supposed to be made into a park 5 years ago will remain a dirt lot.


25 posted on 03/19/2009 11:39:05 AM PDT by CougarGA7 (Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.)
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To: Sub-Driver

What’s wrong with swimming pools? OK, arguably tennis courts, golf courses and frisbee parks are of interest to only a limited segment of the population. Swimming pools, on the other hand, are typically used by everyone in the community, especially children. Swimming is a healthy activity, and swimming is an important skill for children to learn in order to help drown-proof them.


26 posted on 03/19/2009 11:44:09 AM PDT by -YYZ- (Strong like bull, smart like ox.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Swimming pools are bad, but it’s cool Mass. is spending one fifth of their money honoring the Kennedy legacy? WTF?


27 posted on 03/19/2009 11:45:57 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (Want to make a conservative angry? Lie to him. Want to make a liberal angry? Tell him the truth)
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To: Colvin

That’s me! :)


28 posted on 03/19/2009 11:48:12 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (Want to make a conservative angry? Lie to him. Want to make a liberal angry? Tell him the truth)
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To: nnn0jeh

ping


29 posted on 03/19/2009 11:49:36 AM PDT by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“;....to build what he regards as the wrong kind of projects, “I’ll show up in your city and say this was a stupid idea.””

Wat to go, Joe, AFTER the money is gone you will point out that it’s use was a bad idea. AFTER. Ok.


30 posted on 03/19/2009 11:50:41 AM PDT by TalBlack
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To: Sub-Driver

31 posted on 03/19/2009 11:51:41 AM PDT by JennysCool (Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times is enemy action - Ian Fleming)
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To: TR Jeffersonian

ping


32 posted on 03/19/2009 11:53:24 AM PDT by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Pools are much better than libraries. People actually use pools.


33 posted on 03/19/2009 11:54:37 AM PDT by cornfedcowboy
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To: Sub-Driver

I feel like it’s all gonna be good now.


34 posted on 03/19/2009 11:58:16 AM PDT by mowowie
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To: Sub-Driver

Uh... We’re getting a bike path up and down the mountains of the Poconos. This isn’t something for commuters that would save energy. Hey, Joe!


35 posted on 03/19/2009 11:59:03 AM PDT by finnsheep
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To: CougarGA7

There goes the pool worker’s union vote....


36 posted on 03/19/2009 12:01:15 PM PDT by Sub-Driver (Proud member of the Republican wing of the Republican Party)
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To: finnsheep
Believe me, Bike Paths are definitely NOT on Bidens list.
37 posted on 03/19/2009 12:02:35 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: TalBlack

““This can’t be government as usual,” he told an assemblage of local officials invited to the White House from around the country.”

A rare moment of candor. Even Joe recognizes that government usually will squander taxpayer funds. His delusion is in thinking that somehow—with Sheriff Joe on the watch—the stimulus funds will be spent any more sensibly.

It was “government as usual” that created porkulus in the first place. It will be “government as usual” that won’t quit until every last dollar is squandered in “feel good” projects whose selection will be designed to maximize the political prospects of the incumbents charged with spending someone else’s money.


38 posted on 03/19/2009 12:04:00 PM PDT by DrC
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To: gimme1ibertee

I’m sure City Administrators everywhere are just QUAKING in their boots.


39 posted on 03/19/2009 12:04:22 PM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Abraham Lincoln would have let Berkeley leave the Union without a fight)
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To: Travis T. OJustice

I’m from MA.
Thanks for the happy news.


40 posted on 03/19/2009 12:04:46 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: Sub-Driver

““I’ll show up in your city and say this was a stupid idea.””

Does Biden really believe that people care what he thinks? Is his ego that large?


41 posted on 03/19/2009 12:04:54 PM PDT by MissouriConservative (The strength and power of despotism consists wholly in the fear of resistance. - Thomas Paine)
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To: 21twelve

I know a local city arts group I do freelance work for went to a meeting for teaching them how to tap into the stimulus money for the NEA so the NEA did get money.


42 posted on 03/19/2009 12:07:59 PM PDT by visualops (portraits.artlife.us or visit my freeper page)
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To: Sub-Driver
There goes the pool worker’s union vote....

Not to mention that it is going to make a lot of rich lonely women very unhappy.

43 posted on 03/19/2009 12:08:14 PM PDT by CougarGA7 (Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.)
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To: finnsheep

In fact, I see a future where citizens everywhere will be forced to give up 5 foot strips of their property so that no road in America will face the indignity of not having a bike path along it.


44 posted on 03/19/2009 12:11:17 PM PDT by mowowie
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To: Sub-Driver

“I’ll show up in your city and say this was a stupid idea.”

______________

Yeah, that will teach them a lession!


45 posted on 03/19/2009 12:11:48 PM PDT by WakeUpAndVote (Fump!)
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To: Sub-Driver

No swimming pools, which might actually be something that benefits my community and its children, better it all go to ACORN so they can rig the next hundred years of elections.


46 posted on 03/19/2009 12:14:05 PM PDT by keepitreal (Obama brings change: an international crisis (terrorism) within 6 months)
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To: Sub-Driver
Joe, get yer lame self out to San Francisco and stop the building of a giant 30 billion dollar terrarium for Pelosi’s pet harvest mouse.

Now!

You and The One pushed the bill with the money in it for this, now go pry it out of Nancy's plastic hand.

Scardy cat.

47 posted on 03/19/2009 12:14:26 PM PDT by Syncro (Qui non intelligit, aut taceat, aut discat)
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To: mowowie

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2204606/posts


48 posted on 03/19/2009 12:21:14 PM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (Want to make a conservative angry? Lie to him. Want to make a liberal angry? Tell him the truth)
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To: MaxMax

LOL maybe he will show up in a blue helmet.


49 posted on 03/19/2009 12:24:43 PM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: Sub-Driver

Their plan is working beautifully. An old man once told me, “When someone gives you money, they tell you how to spend it.” They are buying America with our money and we’re allowing them to do it.


50 posted on 03/19/2009 12:24:50 PM PDT by Terry Mross (I Hate All Politicians, Republicans Included.)
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