Early 2009 was a heady time in Washington. Big plans were hatched. Optimism ran high. The future looked bright, even while recession ravaged the country. Our new president’s inaugural addressed promised great things. The word “Republican” was not used once in that speech, and Mr.
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.