Michael Gaynor
Obama "stimulus" plan fails Reagan "trust, but verify" test
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By Michael Gaynor
February 4, 2009

Will New York's senior Senator, Chuck Schumer, tell President Obama that the United States Senate was designed to be "a cooling saucer" and remind him that he ran on truth and transparency and therefore the public actually expects truth and transparency instead of a trillion dollar trick that will reward special interests and wreck the American economy instead of restore it?

It definitely requires audacity to promote President Obama's Trillion Dollar Trick as a "stimulus" for American's now challenged economy.

But, I hope, audacity is not an acceptable substitute for truth and transparency.

The great Ronald Reagan wisely warned, with respect to the Soviet Union, to "trust, but verify."

That sage advice should be applied to President Obama so-called "stimulus" plan.

President Obama calmly calling his plan a stimulus plan does not make it one.

It IS a spending plan, to be sure.

But it is NOT really designed to stimulate the economy.

And the bill that passed the House was a partisan bill, with only Democrats voting for it while the opposition was bi-partisan.

The Obama "stimulus" plan IS designed to redistribute income and wealth and to payoff the special interest groups that backed then presidential candidate Obama and leftist Congressional Democrats, including the corrupt Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).

"Joe the Plumber" was right about the socialist nature of Obama economic policy.

And socialism doesn't bring about prosperity.

Ironically, ACORN and its Democrat Congressional allies both generated the financial crisis by forcing bad loans and blocking the oversight that both former President George W. Bush and former Republican presidential candidate John McCain sought from the then Democrat-controlled Congress and benefited by it with the election of President Obama and even larger Democrat majorities in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The liberal media establishment was shamelessly complicit in that. It effectively supported Obama and other Democrats instead of investigating objectively and reporting the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, regardless of the political consequences of doing so.

Amazingly, with the public against the misnamed "stimulus bill," Obama is becoming Beggar-in-Chief, using his media allies to beg for swift passage, lest the true nature of the bill become fully appreciated and even a Democrat-controlled Congress cannot pass it.

Will New York's senior Senator, Chuck Schumer, tell President Obama that the United States Senate was designed to be "a cooling saucer" and remind him that he ran on truth and transparency and therefore the public actually expects truth and transparency instead of a trillion dollar trick that will reward special interests and wreck the American economy instead of restore it?

Don't count on it!

It's up to the people to tell their Senators and Representatives what they should and should not do.

© Michael Gaynor

 

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Michael Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member... (more)

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