POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Obama’s budget … go for it!

Posted by Lew Weinstein on February 27, 2009

John Harwood writes in today’s NYT (2/27/09) …

  • President Obama’s budget is a political gamble of the first order.
  • He is asking Congress to take on a wide-ranging set of complicated issues all at once, after years during which it had trouble grappling directly with almost any of them.
  • Whether Mr. Obama has overreached or succeeded in putting the nation on a sharply different course will largely depend on the same political skills that delivered him the presidency.
  • To keep the pressure on Congress, he will have to keep public opinion on his side through what could be a long, deep recession and through necessary but unpopular steps like allocating hundreds of billions more taxpayer dollars to bailing out banks.
  • Mr. Obama is building a case that an era of Republican dominance has bequeathed a set of problems that demand a more active government capable of restoring fairness to the American model of democratic capitalism.

LMW COMMENT … The man has guts as well as intelligence. It’s time to reverse the Republican agenda that began with Ronald Reagan and bring America into the 21st century.

Read the entire article at … http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/27/us/politics/27assess.html?_r=1&hp

 

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