Political Parlor Games and Obama’s Oracle

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Political Parlor Games and Obama’s Oracle

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Less than ten days into the Obama Presidency and the political parlor games have begun.  Obama ran for office on the promise of change.  He was not just talking about changing from a conservative to a liberal point of view – he was talking about bipartisan work on solving the country’s huge problems.  But the games have begun, and the stakes are high.

The economic disaster of the Bush administration, in partnership with a Republican Congress, has taken center stage.  Bush and his Treasury Secretary Paulson recognized, after reading the Washington Post, that banking industry was in big trouble.  They scurried over to congress with threats of a falling sky and secured 700 BILLION in bailout funds for their banking buddies.  No strings attached.  No accountability.  No guarantees.  The Republican game is to give taxpayer money to big business and hope it finds its way back to main street.

The Democrats were in a pickle again.  The Republicans have done a good job of framing issues in the context of National Security.  Note their argument for the Iraq War.  The game is to make whatever proposal an issue of National Security, or of creating jobs – and hey, who can be against it?  Anyone who opposes the legislation is smeared as anti-American.  Today’s pickle for the Democrats is the next wave of economic stimulus.

The Obama Oracle predicts the need for at least 825 BILLION in additional stimulus to the economy.  It seems the parlor games are in full swing.  The Democrats put some dubious spending in the proposal.  Things like re-sodding the lawn on the Washington Mall.  The oinking could be heard across the aisle.  Too much pork the Republicans cried.  Not enough tax cuts was the simple refrain.  Obama was listening to the poetry of the Congress.  Obama chose to go to Capital Hill himself to meet with Republican leaders (Republican Leader is an official oxy moron).

Obama’s Oracle predicted an atmosphere of bipartisanship – the Jewel of the Potomac.  Romantic ideology has returned to flavor the poetry with string accompaniment.  The meeting was fruitful for Obama.  The Republicans were complimentary, saying the dialogue was useful, but continued to claim there were too many pigs in the pen.

The Democrats have purposefully backed off some of the pork.  They took the provision for re-sodding the law out of the proposal.  The Republicans smiled at their triumph, but continue to claim a disparity between spending and tax cuts.  They love the sound of a punctual refrain.

The Obama Oracle is smiling.  She knows there will always be dissent – so serve some cheese with their whine, remove the pork at the opposition insistence, gather the votes, and win the victory.

Is it possible that part of the game was to put nonsense like re-sodding the Mall lawn in the proposal merely as a bargaining chip – something the Republicans could claim as victory in negotiations?  Is President Obama changing the rules of the game, or is he merely playing more skillfully than anyone in congress?  Feeding the ego of opposition is not new – but has not been deftly played for a long time.

President Obama is better at the game than anyone in the Congress.  He wants to change the game because he clearly understands the foolishness of political parlor games.  I don’t believe the parlor games will change – because the fundamental value of capitalism is to win.  Everything is done in a win/lose mentality.  Obama’s Oracle is a win/win strategy – but the partisans of Congress cannot grasp that concept.

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  1. LOL, yeah, 0bama masterfully loaded up the democrat stimulus bill with democrat pork and liberal pet projects so he could placate conservatives by later removing it.

    LOL. So they removed $0.0002/dollar of the pork, what about the other $0.87008/dollar that’s still in there? Toss the Repubs a bone so they can spend the other $700B on democrat pork and liberal pet projects?

    MASTERFUL STROKE INDEED, GOOD SIR!

  2. Obama and bipartisan does not fit. Certainly not with his far left jumping cabinet. And then to pick Hillary as secretary of state. During the democratic primaries, those running for office hated each other and told the American people how horrible these leaders are and then turn around and hire them to their staff. Apparently they want incompetence around them, to make them feel good.

  3. It’s so amusing reading top stories about Obama ripping into the GOP about his stimulus bill for not being bipartisan. This guy who I had hoped would be the middle of the road musketeer type leader is nothing more than a far left liberal opposite of Rush L.
    So far as President he has signed a legislation allowing the American taxpayers to pay for foreign abortions, set loose the number 1 suspect in the USS Cole bombing and closed GITMO.
    Creditors and banks is a whole other apple. I still do not understand the housing market. They want folks to go out and buy houses, but you must have a FICO of 740 before a bank will look at you. I doubt the average of middle America is even close to that. Then there is scuttlebutt about wanting to help families stay in their homes, then why aren’t financial institutions calling me up saying here, we are going to lower your intrest rate on your existing mortgage and if you are still having trouble we will extend your mortgage a few years until we get back on track.
    Then the “tax cuts” are another fiery subject. Just give everyone the same tax cut whether they work hard or not. What bunch of BS. Not only do I have to support the lazy who pop out children like a pez dispenser, but then they get the same break I get. Shhsh! I want my tax bracket lowered like the GOP proposes. And Obama opposes.

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