"Change" my ass. The Dems aren't even in control yet and their true colors are already starting to show:
Tested before taking power, President-elect Barack Obama privately delivered a pre-inauguration veto threat to fellow Democrats on Tuesday, saying they would not deny him use of the remaining $350 billion in federal bailout funds.Put aside the quick fix for a minute. If Barack really wants a vote of confidence in his first 100 days as Prez, how about BO taking some time to consider making a clean sweep of the Senate Banking and House Financial Services committees, whose co-heads, Barney Frank and Christopher Dodd, were the chief architects of this financial mess we're in? Now that'd be some "change" I'd like to see.
Obama coupled his threat with a promise to revise elements of the original bailout program that have drawn widespread criticism, pledging that billions will go toward helping homeowners facing foreclosure. Several Democrats said his commitments, to be made in writing, would be enough to prevent an embarrassing pre-inauguration drubbing for the president-elect when the Senate votes this week.
"This will be the first vote that President-elect Obama is asking us for. I'll be shocked and I'll be really disappointed if he doesn't get it," said Sen. Joseph Lieberman, an independent Democrat from Connecticut.
"This is a new beginning."
Behind closed doors, Obama also urged lawmakers to act quickly on the massive economic stimulus measure that his aides have been negotiating with congressional officials. The legislation will blend federal spending with tax cuts, and could reach $1 trillion in size, a measure of the nation's economic woes.