Monday, April 11, 2011

Obama in the White House is the same as having no president at all

Might as well just let the Republicans sit in the Oval Office.  Obama's election amounts to the same thing as having Cheney and his puppet still there.  Only the puppet has changed.  Neo-con business goes on as usual. Republicans asked for $32 billion in cuts to begin with -- and Obama ends up giving them $38 billion.  Way to go in negotiating, pinhead!

The President Is Missing
By Paul Krugman


Maybe that terrible deal, in which Republicans ended up getting more than their opening bid, was the best he could achieve — although it looks from here as if the president’s idea of how to bargain is to start by negotiating with himself, making pre-emptive concessions, then pursue a second round of negotiation with the G.O.P., leading to further concessions.

And bear in mind that this was just the first of several chances for Republicans to hold the budget hostage and threaten a government shutdown; by caving in so completely on the first round, Mr. Obama set a baseline for even bigger concessions over the next few months.