Monday, February 09, 2009
A President is measured less by his words than by his action. To Obama's credit, he understands that. As a result, he is willing to look more partisan than he wanted to be in order to get stimulus legislation through Congress. Whether it is the right bill or misdirected is another question. Republicans say it is stuffed with useless spending. Apparently a great number of citizens think the same way. Obama sees an emergency and the need for movement. Ultimately, it looks as if Obama will prevail, but he will need to muscle the program through. That is not surprising. There is rarely a piece of significant legislation that doesn't result in backroom dealing.