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Is Facebook censoring a “no stimulus” petition. Apparently so.

Megan McArdle is on a roll: “I sat here in front of my television and laughed at Maxine Waters, because her apparently random ramblings are a true spectacle.  One laughs because one can’t cry.  But this woman is sitting on the House Financial Services Committee. . . And she clearly doesn’t have the first shred of an inkling of a clue of how said financial system works.  Her questions had the air of someone who couldn’t quite wrap her mind around the complexities of the E-Z Reader consumer activist pamphlets from which she had presumably cribbed them. That’s not really funny.” No, it really is. But scary too.

But she should stop picking on Waters. Charlie Rangel is just as bad.

Kimberley Strassel is going to be off Olympia Snowe’s holiday card list: “Ms. Snowe had to be worried that someone might remember that she’s spent 13.99 of her 14 years in the Senate publicly agonizing, usually in view of a camera, about the ‘deficit.’ Or that as recently as, oh, January, she was fervently devoted to ‘paygo’ — which she waived in deference to $839 billion in deficit spending. She might have even worried her enthusiasm for this bill might finally, after all these years, highlight that her fiscal responsibility only surfaces when it is time to oppose a tax cut, and that she’s never met spending she didn’t love.” Ouch.

David Brooks sketches out a scary scenario as to what might happen after the stimulus is passed: “The crisis was labeled an economic crisis, but it was really a psychological crisis. It was caused by a mood of fear and uncertainty, which led consumers to not spend, bankers to not lend and entrepreneurs to not risk. No amount of federal spending could change this psychology because uncertainty about the future remained acute.” Well, maybe the president should stop scaring people.

Larry Kudlow is giving Judd Gregg high marks: “Judd Gregg has more backbone than anyone in politics today.  . .[T]he senator has a long and outstanding record as a tax-cutter, budget-cutter, deficit-cutter, and debt-cutter. All of these principles have been badly violated in the so-called stimulus package. And of course the White House move to steal the Census Bureau during a crucial political-reapportionment period was a low blow.”

The Hill whacks the Obama administration and its nasty reaction: “But his withdrawal puts another blemish on the early weeks of Obama’s administration, adding yet another chapter in the president’s difficult search to fill out his Cabinet. Obama has had other problems with vetting nominees, and several high-profile nominees have had to pull their names from consideration.”

Karl Rove doesn’t pull any punches, explaining: “When the administration insisted on gutting Commerce Department supervision of the Census and putting it under direct White House political control, it stung Gregg. And when the administration set aside its own principles of ‘temporary, targeted and timely’ stimulus measures to embrace a big spending measure full of programs that Gregg has opposed since coming to Congress, New Hampshire’s senior senator realized that he was window dressing and that the administration had a greater interest in grabbing his Senate seat in 2010 than in listening to his counsel today.”

The stimulus plan according to Chuck Schumer and Porky The Pig.

Rep. Mutha is not worried about the FBI raids and the corruption allegations. Nancy Pelosi however is “concerned.” Hmm — problem or not? Maybe they should bring in Charlie Rangel to cast the deciding vote.



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