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Posted: Jan 23 2009, 05:20 PM
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President Obama listened to Republican gripes about his stimulus package during a meeting with congressional leaders Friday morning - but he also left no doubt about who's in charge of these negotiations. "I won," Obama noted matter-of-factly, according to sources familiar with the conversation.

The exchange arose as top House and Senate Republicans expressed concern to the president about the amount of spending in the package. They also raised red flags about a refundable tax credit that returns money to those who don’t pay income taxes, the sources said.

The Republicans stressed that they want to include more middle class tax cuts in the package, citing their proposal to cut the two lowest tax rates — 15 percent and 10 percent — to ten percent and five percent, rather than issue the refundable credit Obama wants.

At another point in the meeting, sources said Obama told the group: “This is a grave situation facing the country.” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama would hold another economic meeting in the White House Saturday for a "broader group."

After Friday's meeting, Democratic and Republican leaders publicly wrangled over the developing stimulus plan.

But perhaps taking a cue from Obama’s “I won” line when Democrats were asked if they were concerned about Republicans blocking the package, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had a swift one-word answer: “No.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the bill was on track for passage by February 16, while Republicans continued to voice their opposition.

“We expressed our concerns about some of the spending that’s being proposed in the House bill,” House Minority Leader John Boehner said after meeting with Obama.

“How can you spend hundreds of millions of dollars on contraceptives?” Boehner asked. “How does that stimulate the economy?”

Boehner said congressional Republicans are also concerned about the size of the package.

“Government can’t solve this problem,” he said.

Reid said a Congressional Budget Office report that says the stimulus funds won’t be pumped into the economy until 2010 doesn’t provide an accurate picture.

Republicans have used the report to back up their argument against a near $1 trillion package. But Reid said Obama Office of Management and Budget director Peter Orszag told them CBO only analyzed 40 percent of the bill.

He also said Orszag guaranteed “that at least 75 percent of the bill would go directly into the economy within the first 18 months.”

Pelosi suggested that the package, currently at $825 billion, could become even larger.

“It has grown,” Pelosi said, “and we’re still in the process.”

Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the No. 2 House Republican, said Obama’s team was receptive to some Republican ideas about increasing benefits to small businesses. But, he said, “There are some philosophical questions that may not be able to be resolved.”

Some Republican plans were clearly non-starters with the new president, he said – including GOP calls to put off tax hikes during the recession. “He rejected that out of hand and said we couldn’t have any hard and fast rules like that,” said Cantor.


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Posted: Jan 23 2009, 06:47 PM
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I'm just wondering how are they going to repay all this borrowing? Or do they intend not to do it all?? maryluvs_confused1.gif
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Posted: Jan 24 2009, 12:10 PM
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QUOTE (Josh @ Jan 23 2009, 05:37 PM)
I'm just wondering how are they going to repay all this borrowing? Or do they intend not to do it all??  maryluvs_confused1.gif

The plan has not been submitted yet. The president says hopefully around the middle of Feb. Of course they intend to pay for it which is why a lot of the plan involves infrastructure (jobs), updates to medical records, new electrical grid, new computers for schools, 12 billion dollars for census review (this money is already approved, which will create about 1.5 million jobs all across the country). In my city the Census office is already open and are hiring; these are just to name a few ways they are trying to get more bang for the buck. All of these ideas as well as many more proposed cost a lot of money but are seen as badly needed investments that have been neglected for many years.

It's important to pay for all of this but just not seen as the most important factor right now; that would be very President "Hooverish" who insisted on fiscal responsibility so fiercely that it drove the economy and country into The Great Depression after the markets crash of 1929. I am sure we will learn more when all the squabbling about funding als stop which will be soon (Feb). President Obama already has a website so that citizens can see where and how money is spent at recovery.gov once the money starts coming in.




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Posted: Jan 24 2009, 02:51 PM
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QUOTE (Laura Petrie @ Jan 24 2009, 07:00 PM)
The plan has not been submitted yet. The president says hopefully around the middle of Feb. Of course they intend to pay for it which is why a lot of the plan involves infrastructure (jobs), updates to medical records, new electrical grid, new computers for schools, 12 billion dollars for census review (this money is already approved, which will create about 1.5 million jobs all across the country). In my city the Census office is already open and are hiring; these are just to name a few ways they are trying to get more bang for the buck. All of these ideas as well as many more proposed cost a lot of money but are seen as badly needed investments that have been neglected for many years.

It's important to pay for all of this but just not seen as the most important factor right now; that would be very President "Hooverish" who insisted on fiscal responsibility so fiercely that it drove the economy and country into The Great Depression after the markets crash of 1929. I am sure we will learn more when all the squabbling about funding als stop which will be soon (Feb). President Obama already has a website so that citizens can see where and how money is spent at recovery.gov once the money starts coming in.


All I can say is GOOD LUCK!!!! I'm happy that my mortgage is nominated in USD. Thanks to that I pay less and less every year. I would pay more than I have to, but I refuse to coz I think within two years from now on the USD will crash and it will cost a fraction of what it does now. So the irresponsible fiscal and monetary policy of the US is coming handy in!!! maryluvs_hmm.gif
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