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are even angrier than ever about special interests like predatory credit-card companies.
“Dodd’s problem is that Connecticut voters are also enraged at him. It started with the revelation that Dodd, the chairman of the Senate banking committee, had received two reduced-rate home loans from Countrywide, a troubled mortgage lender. Then there was Dodd’s decision to move to Iowa (and enroll his children in school there) during his hapless 2008 presidential campaign, which is not normally the best way to ingratiate yourself with the voters of Connecticut. Finally, when the frenzy over the AIG bonuses reached near-lynchmob levels, it turned out that Dodd (admittedly at the behest of the Obama administration) had written the amendment that had permitted the largesse with the federal government’s money.”
Mr. Shapiro added: “But Dodd’s greatest asset is that he has Obama (and his 71 percent statewide approval rating) on his side. The risk for Dodd, of course, is that popular presidents rarely are willing to dent their halos by backing hopeless causes. But as long as the veteran Connecticut senator continues to get a ‘special shout-out’ from Obama, Dodd is not dead.” more secure in knowing GM will stay in Detroit, a move paved by several conversations Bing and his administration had with several top White House officials in recent days.’
“We don’t know whether GM should stay in Detroit,” the Journal said. “But we do know that the location of a company’s headquarters is one of those decisions typically not made by people who are busy not running the company.” “At a time when the federal budget tops $3 trillion, it’s easy to see why some regard earmarks, which account for an estimated 1 percent of spending, as insignificant,” Eliza Newlin Carney writes at www.nationaljournal.com.
“But calls on Capitol Hill to rein in earmark spending may get increasingly hard to ignore. President Obama has asked Congress to restrain earmarks, and Democrats and Republicans alike are pushing bills, resolutions and investigations aimed at curbing abuses,” the writer said.
“Fanning the anti-earmark fires are scandals involving Rep. John Murtha, Pennsylvania Democrat. The chairman of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, Murtha is now associated with so many pay-toplay allegations that it’s getting hard to keep up. The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has even launched a Web site, ‘You Don’t Know Jack’ [www.crewsmostcorrupt.org/you-dont-knowjack], to help out.”