Maureen Dowd and New York Times Bash Obama’s Earmarks


What’s next? Chris Matthews mocking the Obama Administration’s lack of vetting applicants’ taxes? Maybe Keith Olberman will whine and scream about Obama’s continuation of the Bush policy in Iraq (timeline dependent on Bush’s status of Forces Agreement and withdrawals conditions-based)? Till then, at least one loon has started seeing reality.

In one of his disturbing spells of passivity, President Obama decided not to fight Congress and live up to his own no-earmark pledge from the campaign.

He’s been lecturing us on the need to prune away frills while the economy fizzles. He was slated to make a speech on “wasteful spending” on Wednesday.

“You know, there are times where you can afford to redecorate your house and there are times where you need to focus on rebuilding its foundation,” he said recently about the “hard choices” we must make. Yet he did not ask Congress to sacrifice and make hard choices; he let it do a lot of frivolous redecorating in its budget.

Unfortunately, Maureen Dowd misses the bigger picture. That’s not hard to do though. It’s understandable given that it is SO HUGE that it’s hard to fit in one frame. She mentions it, but it was too big to get through her beeny little eyes and deaf-to-realty ears. The problem is that all 9000 earmarks (a gargantuan number by any historical standard) total only about $7billion of the $410 billion dollar bill. Barack Obama and his handlers are drawing 9000 lines in the sand over $7billion when in just the past 4 months Senator, President-elect, and President Obama have led the Democrats’ Congress to spend almost as much as all 8years of the Bush Administration’s deficits COMBINED. In that scale, $7billion (9000 earmarks) is chicken feed (or perhaps better described as money for a museum dedicated to sharing the hallmarks of government-funded chicken feed research).

What does Maureen Dowd have to say about the $700billion in TARP I, the $700billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the $700bn in interest and misc money that both combined will need, or the $403 billion in this budget that is not earmarks?


Those numbers are too big for that little brain of hers to absorb. That’s not a dig on her as a person. No one can grasp it. I remember one Republican said that the near trillion dollars for the stimulus bill was like spending a million bucks a day since Christ was born. Analogies like drunken sailor or throwing money away, or burning through cash…those all come to mind.

Think about it this way…what’s it take to burn a single dollar bill? Ever tried? Just envision it. Enivision taking one out of your wallet, flicking the lighter, waiting for it to light, then to burn, and then to turn to ash. Now, if you have 8hrs to sleep, 8hrs to get ready, eat, commute, blog, etc, and only 8hrs a day to burn $1 bills….how many can you burn? I reckon it’s about 1 a minute. That’s about $500 burnt bucks a day. It would take you seven years of doing nothing but burning dollar bills every minute of the workday before you got to a million dollars. To burn a million dollars a day like the original analogy describes, you’d have to use a shovel.

Barack Obama and the Democrats’ Congress are actually spending so much money that if you shoveled it into a furnace, it would still take you CENTURIES to burn as much as they have, and this is only the first month. Good thing we gave “the man a chance.”

Shocking, I know, but what sucks-what pure out sucks and pisses me off is that my kids and likely my grandkids are expected to pay for-not only the 9000 pieces of crap that Dowd cites ($1 million for Mormon cricket control in Utah), but for the hundreds of millions, the billions, tens of billions, hundreds of billions, and trillions of dollars spent on nothing more than a partisan agenda designed-not to rebuild the United States, but to payoff campaign contributors and buy a hold on power in Washington DC. Sure, my son would love to spend a few trillion on Thomas the Tank Engine trains, and that’s insane to think that a kid or anyone would ever do that, but ironically, the same arguments used to justify Obama and the Democrats’ spending still fit the trillion Thomas train spending program; it would stimulate the economy, and money spent on the trains would go to toymakers, plastics manufacturers, metalworkers, marketing firms, advertisers, and that money would trickle into other places.

Seems to me my son should spend his trillion dollars rather than let Obama and the Democrats, but Maureen Dowd and other Obamatons have only just begun to see the light, and they seem to be blinded by it’s size more than its brilliance.

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You guys are fired up today, appreciate all the work!

In that scale, $7billion (9000 earmarks) is chicken feed (or perhaps better described as money for a museum dedicated to sharing the hallmarks of government-funded chicken feed research

Remember in the debate when McCain brought up the $18 billion in earmarks and Obama scoffed. What I took from his attitude that night that $18 billion was small game. His attitude told me everything I had thought about Obama and spending was right.

Not to go to bat for M Dowd, but I just don’t think they can get their thoughts around how huge a pile of money this is. I saw a video of end to end dollar bills going back and forth to the moon several times.

Also, remembering back to the Clinton days, they were quite content to let some of the scandal float, taking the focus off of other dastardly deeds going on under the radar. I think this administration probably appreciates the earmark issue, it’s distracting the M Dowds, keeps the worst of it under the radar.

Missy, I fully agree. Thing is…if you go to and check out Obama’s approval and disapproval ratings….they’re gonna mesh near the end of next month. His approval is on track to be at or below 50% by summer, and his disapproval is gaining faster than his approval is falling. That’s bad news since it’s harder to come back than it is to gain from open-minded people. Once people have made up their minds (as more and more are) that the Democrats’ Congress and Obama are nothing but powermongers….that’s it. Game over for em. The shocking part is that we could start tipping to reality BEFORE his first SUMMER!

I maintain, Axlerod, Emanuel, Gibbs, Carville, Begalla, and more…they’re watching those disapproval numbers climb, and those popularity fiends are going to get nervous when 1:3 Americans disapproves of Obama by April.

I know, people are catching on faster than I thought. Bob Herbert wrote a testy op/ed yesterday, never thought I’d see that. It spoke to the anti-war mob that’s out there seething.

Welp….this didn’t take long. Chris Matthews railing against earmarks too now.


You really should not mention his “ear” marks.