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the money saved for col­lege went, our mat­tresses? Do they think the great mid­dle class banks at the First Na­tional Bank of Sealy and only the wealth­i­est traf­fic in the Stan­dard & Poor’s 500?’ ”

Mr. Cramer added: “I am al­ways glad to have any al­lies and de­fend­ers [on the right], but I do fa­vor al­most all of Obama’s agenda, right down to hav­ing the rich pay more of their freight in this great coun­try. It’s just not the right time. We need to de­clare a war on un­em­ploy­ment and solve it be­fore we let it get out of hand. We need to stop house-price de­pre­ci­a­tion.

“Nei­ther the pork-laden stim­u­lus plan nor the con­fus­ing mort­gage pro­posal put for­ward by Obama will de­feat ei­ther en­emy. When Obama trounces both un­em­ploy­ment and house-price de­pre­ci­a­tion, he will have the power to en­act any­thing he wants. But all the ini­tia­tives he wants to rush, like tax hikes, changes in health care, tin­ker­ing with the mort­gage de­duc­tion — good grief, right now in the midst of the worst hous­ing down­turn ever — and the tough cap-and-trade rules, will de­rail any chance we have of turn­ing this econ­omy around. In­stead, they put the Sec­ond Great De­pres­sion smack on the na­tion’s ta­ble.” near his home? No, nei­ther can I. Nor can I imag­ine the out­cry from the Democrats had the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion done such a thing.” “For the sec­ond time in as many months, Repub­li­cans in Congress have man­aged to slow down a ma­jor ap­pro­pri­a­tions bill with hor­ror sto­ries about tan­gen­tial spending,” Bruce Reed writes at

“Dur­ing the stim­u­lus de­bate, when Repub­li­cans on the talk shows started scor­ing points against pro­vi­sions to spruce up the Mall and fund con­tra­cep­tives, the White House forced House leaders to drop any­thing that wasn’t ca­ble-ready. Now Se­nate leaders are scram­bling to pass last year’s om­nibus bill, which con­tains thou­sands of bi­par­ti­san earmarks that sound aw­fully silly,” said Mr. Reed, pres­i­dent of the Demo­cratic Lead­er­ship Coun­cil.

“In the end, Democrats will prob­a­bly find the votes to break a fil­i­buster on the om­nibus. Most se­na­tors fa­vor the bill, many of the earmarks were added by Repub­li­can mem­bers, and ap­pro­pri­a­tion knows no party. But the longer th­ese floor fights drag on, the clearer it be­comes that Repub­li­cans will suc­ceed in one ob­jec­tive: mak­ing a dis­pro­por­tion­ate amount of con­gres­sional spending sound silly.

“Hon­ey­bee fac­to­ries, Mor­mon cricket con­trol, beaver man­age­ment — not much dig­nity re­mains af­ter both Dana Mil­bank and Mau­reen Dowd de­vote their col­umns to the pork on John McCain’s Twit­ter. While some pet projects may be ev­ery bit as rea­son­able as their de­fend­ers main­tain, ar­gu­ments are not won on de­fense.

“So far, th­ese at­tacks don’t seem to have done the GOP much good, apart from lift­ing con­ser­va­tive spir­its and unit­ing con­gres­sional ranks. But Democrats ig­nore them at our peril — which is why the White House moved so quickly to ex­cise dis­trac­tions from the stim­u­lus. To turn the econ­omy around, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment needs to make some sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ments, and Pres­i­dent Obama can’t let pub­lic con­fi­dence be rat­tled by in­signif­i­cant ones.”

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