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Influencing Obama - It's Possible!

herb the verb's picture

Just ask Steny Hoyer and his Blue Dogs.

"Conservatives in the congressional Blue Dog Coalition were among the first Democrats to applaud his calls for fiscal discipline.

Tennessee Rep. Jim Cooper (D), an outspoken budget hawk, congratulated Obama for “making good on his campaign promise to change the way Washington does business by reforming the budget process and cutting wasteful spending.

“He has my full support in this effort,” Cooper continued.

“Streamlining the federal budget and eliminating wasteful spending,” said South Dakota Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, “will jump-start efforts to restore fiscal responsibility and accountability to the federal government.”

Their adulation isn’t an accident. Both as candidate and president-elect, Obama and his advisers have reached out to fiscally conservative Democrats such as Cooper.

A group of Blue Dog leaders met last week with Obama economic adviser Jason Furman in the office of House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.).

Their discussion was very general, according to one participant, focusing on the broader aspects of budget reform rather than specific proposals.

But the members present expressed a willingness to sacrifice their balanced-budget demands in the short term for some assurances over the long haul that Obama will tackle federal spending.

The group is scheduled to hold another session with Furman early next month to discuss more specific proposals."

So now that the Blue Dogs are finding out what they get, what do we get?

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DCblogger's picture
Submitted by DCblogger on

someone needs to remind Steny that it is because of him that we are borrowing $8 billion a year from the Chinese to shred our constitution.

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Submitted by amberglow on

he was always more timid and tepid on the policies that would be costly--and always emphasized tax cuts over everything else and made that more of a priority---which automatically reduces the amount of money to spend.

and i don't remember him ever really pushing anything expensive that wasn't already "pre-approved" by the Village and Republicans--and Blue Dogs too. Massive spending on the military, and more recently on Wall St bailouts, etc. And for things like healthcare, he always stayed vague on how much they would cost and how big they'd really be, and then immediately changed the subject to where he would cut in order to spend, etc.