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Opening Arguments

Uncle Billy in charge

I'm so sorry I've been so negative about the stimulus package. If I'd known about the brilliant strategy being considered to implement it, I'd have been on board long ago:

President Obama has turned to his own vice president to oversee implementation of the $787 billion economic stimulus package, part of which will be available this week for state Medicaid programs. 

Obama announced his decision before the National Governors Association in Washington on Monday, saying Vice President Joe Biden will help ensure the distribution of the money is not just swift, "but also efficient and effective." 

"The fact that I'm asking my vice president to personally lead this effort shows how important it is for our country and future to get this right," he said.

With Biden in charge, what can possibly go wrong? As Nick Gillespie says, "The idea of Joe Biden . . .


Kevin Knuth
Mon, 02/23/2009 - 3:14pm

not as bad as turning over all national security concerns to Dick Cheney....

tim zank
Mon, 02/23/2009 - 7:05pm

Knuth..."not as bad as turning over all national security concerns to Dick Cheney

tim zank
Mon, 02/23/2009 - 7:22pm

Kevin, I almost forgot the "icing on the cake". The part about YOUR new administration adopting Cheney's policies on enemy combatants AND the "eavesdropping" fisa policy.

Hope-n-change baby.

heh heh heh....

Bob G.
Mon, 02/23/2009 - 7:27pm

I don't care what anyone says, Leo...the analogy to "Uncle Billy" is MARVELOUS!

(now, let's go and beat up Old Man Potter)


Kevin Knuth
Tue, 02/24/2009 - 9:44am


We won the war? Then why are we still bringing Americans home in body bags?

tim zank
Tue, 02/24/2009 - 9:59am

Kevin, I guess it's because your President/Messiah didn't follow through on his promise to withdraw our troops.

Michael B-P
Tue, 02/24/2009 - 10:39am

You and Kevin are both missing the pregnant implication of Bob's insightful comment: Cheney isn't Uncle Billy; he's the cyborg sans wheelchair sock-puppet-master version of Potter who outsourced his protection racket while punking the good citizens of Bedford Falls. George Bailey would never leave the money in Potter's charge . . . unless he thought Potter was Uncle Billy.

Kevin Knuth
Tue, 02/24/2009 - 6:47pm


Your President said "Mission Accomplished" in a much publicized election stunt while wearing a flight suit on May 1, 2003.

At that time, 140 US soldiers (husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters) had been killed.

During the rest of Bush's Presidency, we lost another 4,182.

Again- When did we win that war???

tim zank
Tue, 02/24/2009 - 8:09pm

Well Kev, the war was won when Saddam was removed. The stabilization has gone on since, and will for some time according to der leader B. Hussein Obama.

And as always, thanks for adding some "random gratuitous emotional filler" like clarifying that the soldiers were husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters, as opposed to say, cousins, aunts, uncles, neighbors dogs, etc. Jesus, are you practicing for a guest op/ed at The New York Times?

Maureen Dowd would be proud. Never just make a point, surround it with layers of crap, in case the point is invalid.

Andrew Jarosh
Wed, 02/25/2009 - 3:42pm

I thought the war was won when bin Laden was removed?
What TV channels were you guys watching on 9/11?

Michael B-P
Wed, 02/25/2009 - 4:16pm

Has anyone noticed that the longer Congress continues to acquiesce in military interventions without formal declarations of war, the more interminable the conflicts become? Has anyone noticed the curious inverse correspondence between the number of formally declared wars and the proliferation of federal programs characterized as "wars" which continue with no apparent end in sight?