The Obama administration issued this statement last night after the House passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment plan. In it, it doesn’t sound like they’re in the compromise/bipartisanship mood. Here’s the text of that statement:

“Last year, America lost 2.6 million jobs. On Monday alone, we learned that some of our biggest employers plan to cut another 55,000. This is a wakeup call to Washington that the American people need us to act and act immediately.
That is why I am grateful to the House of Representatives for moving the American Recovery and Reinvestment plan forward today. There are many numbers in this plan. It will double our capacity to generate renewable energy. It will lower the cost of health care by billions and improve its quality. It will modernize thousands of classrooms and send more kids to college. And it will put billions of dollars in immediate tax relief into the pockets of working families.

But out of all these numbers, there is one that matters most to me: this recovery plan will save or create more than three million new jobs over the next few years.

I can also promise that my administration will administer this recovery plan with a level of transparency and accountability never before seen in Washington. Once it is passed, every American will be able to go the website recovery.gov and see how and where their money is being spent.

The plan now moves to the Senate, and I hope that we can continue to strengthen this plan before it gets to my desk. But what we can’t do is drag our feet or allow the same partisan differences to get in our way. We must move swiftly and boldly to put Americans back to work, and that is exactly what this plan begins to do.”

I’m thinking that this administration should be called the ‘Everything Immediately’ administration because there isn’t a Democratic special interest group that they don’t attempt to pay off in this bill.

Notice, too, that President Obama tries glossing over the pork portion of the bill:

But out of all these numbers, there is one that matters most to me: this recovery plan will save or create more than three million new jobs over the next few years.

President Obama obviously knows that there’s tons of pork in this bill but tries distracting us from noticing. He’d rather we look at the tax relief and the infrastructure projects than on the special interest payoffs.

President Obama made a point of frequently talking about no lobbyist insiders corrupting his administration. After seeing the rate with which his administration spends money, I’d suggest that they’re spending more money than lobbyists would’ve suggested.

Before we’re lost in the blizzard of numbers, shouldn’t we ask a simple question, namely: Can we afford this amount of spending? Here’s another question I’d ask: Should we want to spend this money without establishing our priorities? Paying off the winning party’s political allies shouldn’t be part of the nation’s priorities. Neither should spending unprecedented amounts of money on dubious public works projects.

Rather than strengthening this bill, the best move would be to start over & get it right.

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Cross-posted at California Conservative

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