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Framing The Economy Debate

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What's going on with the stimulus package? At a time when it is obvious to anyone with a pulse and a television that the US economy is in shambles, why in the world is Obama having a problem getting traction for his recovery plan?

Perhaps we're distracted by the Daschle debacle (which actually just paves the way for the more sensible choice, Dr. Howard Dean . . . but I digress), but this seems a no-brainer.

The US economy has been hit with the double-whammy of eight years of Bush Crime Family trickle-to-the-CEO's economics and perpetual war for perpetual war-profiteering. Why is anyone missing the recovery message? Hello . . . . America, are you listening? Or are you just listening to Rush?

Jeanne Cummings writing for Politico put it this way in her excellent article today:

"At this crucial juncture in the push to pass an economic recovery package, President Barack Obama finds himself in the most unlikely of places: He is losing the message war. Despite Obama's sky-high personal approval ratings, polls show support has declined for his stimulus bill since Republicans and their conservative talk-radio allies began railing against what they labeled as pork barrel spending within it . . .The anxiety over lost momentum seemed almost palpable this week as the president in television interviews voiced frustration with his White House's progress and the way his recovery program was being demonized as a Democratic spending frenzy. In Obama's own words in an NBC interview, it's his job to 'get this thing back on track.'"

For the sake our economic survival, let's hope that happens soon.
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Kathy never expected a career in radio as a talk show producer. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Kathy was completing her nursing degree when in 2001 - in an emergency - she was asked to fill in as the producer of Mike's program. Within a few (more...)
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