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  • Inside_the_ball Inside_the_ball Feb 6, 2009 9:39 PM Flag

    (OT) Graham Says Obama Is 'AWOL' on Stimulus Debate

    Graham Says Obama Is 'AWOL' on Stimulus Debate

    Sen Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., says the president has not been providing leadership and criticizes him for giving TV interviews and writing an editorial touting the package rather than addressing the complaints of lawmakers.

    Thursday, February 05, 2009

    President Obama has been "AWOL" in negotiations over the economic stimulus package, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday in a scathing rebuke of the new president.

    The South Carolina Republican told FOX News that Obama has not been providing leadership, and he criticized the president for giving TV interviews and writing an editorial touting the package, rather than addressing the complaints of lawmakers.

    "This process stinks," Graham told FOX News, before repeating a lot of his criticisms on the Senate floor. "We're making this up as we go and it is a waste of money. It is a broken process, and the president, as far as I'm concerned, has been AWOL on providing leadership on something as important as this."

    Republican senators and congressmen have been reluctant to direct any criticism at the president since his inauguration. They mostly have fired shots at Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, saying they have obstructed the bipartisan process Obama sought.

    But Graham broke that practice after Obama granted a round of interviews defending his plan Tuesday and wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post Thursday in which he warned of disastrous consequences if Congress does not pass the stimulus bill.

    "Scaring people is not leadership. Writing an editorial that if you don't pass this bad bill we're going to have disaster -- we've had enough presidents trying to scare people to make bad decisions," Graham said.

    "I like President Obama, but he is not leading. Having lunch is not leading ... and doing TV interviews is not leading."

    Obama renewed his plea for the bill at the Energy Department Thursday, shortly after Graham spoke.

    "The time for talk is over. The time for action is now," Obama said.

    Obama, in his op-ed, wrote that inaction could lead the economy into an irreversible decline.

    "Because each day we wait to begin the work of turning our economy around, more people lose their jobs, their savings and their homes," he wrote. "And if nothing is done, this recession might linger for years. Our economy will lose 5 million more jobs. Unemployment will approach double digits. Our nation will sink deeper into a crisis that, at some point, we may not be able to reverse."

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    • Quickie quiz:

      The alledged financial crisis was caused by:

      Vall Street and the Jews that run it: Greenspam, Rubin, Bernacke, Greenberg, Weill, and others such as those running Bear and Lehman. Way to numerous to mention here. Jews teach their lot to be either doctors or financial scamsters.

      The moron (now gone)and his republicon congress.

      Clinton, Rubin and Greespam giving the ok to weird financial products that Vall Street went wild with plus Clinton ok-ing the 500,000 home exemption from taxes.

      Barn, Chris, Chuckie, Teddie, Robert Bennett(UT)
      and others who fed the housing market via Fred and Fan. The WSJ noted 7 of them but I can't think of the other two. Anybody?

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