When the UK’s Prime Minister has had his fill of being pilloried for the budget cuts announced last week, we should offer him a job. This country needs someone with the courage to do more than shift priorities to give the appearance of cutting spending.
Now, you would have thought that given the crisis, when we got to Washington Democrats and Republicans would come together, we’d put politics aside and deal with this once-in-a-generation challenge. 
President Barack Obama, October 22, 2010
With the possible exception of the aftermath of September 11th, it is very difficult to remember a national crisis where the solution took precedence over partisanship.
We were very proud with the Recovery Act, we insisted on the Davis Bacon prevailing wage. We won that fight early on. 
Voters are subjected to a lot of disingenuous talk about wasteful government spending. We are promised that lost dollars will be reclaimed through better federal scrutiny, to be used later to pay for “already paid for” spending bills Congress has resorted to in the face of dwindling tax receipts.
Chris Dodd is not seeking reelection, but he is not through with us just yet. If President Obama has his way, the senator’s legacy will include an expensive new entry on Washington’s list of handouts to organized labor.
Mr. Obama’s newest election year sop to the unemployed is a $50 billion scheme to fund public works projects with an infrastructure bank.
Despite the job loss resulting from the forced shutdown of General Motors and Chrysler dealerships, the auto industry bailout is still a focus of the president’s self-congratulatory stump speeches:
Now, the worse thing about it is that if we had done nothing, not only were your jobs gone, but supplier jobs were gone and dealership jobs were gone, and the communities that depend on them would have been wiped out.
While it is true that automakers have been temporarily rescued by TARP funds, 2,243 auto dealerships were sacrificed to the process.* A July 2010 TARP Special Inspector General’s report detailed the decisions and missteps made by the individuals behind the dealer terminations.