President Obama has a huge package. He’s trying to use it to stimulate the country, but Republicans like Mitch McConnell, John McCain, John Boehner and Michael Steele are being coy. They’re flirting with the President, inviting him to the House and having drinks with him, but they don’t really want to play ball. Coquettish is, I believe, the term. Meanwhile, the President’s stimulus package is being rammed through the House, and massaged through the Senate, all so that we, the American people, can feel relief.
It’s a dirty job, but somebody has to do it.
I don’t blame Congress for being skittish. The last president and his treasury secretary pretty much hit it and quit it, begging and pleading for just a little belief, getting half of what they asked for, and then leaving the rest of us gasping for breath, no closer to satisfaction, feeling used and still wondering what happened.
But this President wants more interaction, is buying Congress dinner and wanting to watch Sunday afternoon sports, before getting down to business. He’s actually looking us in the eyes, and holding our hands as we walk down the hallway to the Lincoln Bedroom. It’s natural to be nervous. You know the rumor about black men, and we’ve already seen the size of this package that we’re getting.
But even though it may hurt a little at the beginning, it’s gonna feel so good once we get going. And when the stimulus goes flooding into the country, putting people back to work, putting money into the economy, making frigid credit markets a little looser, a little warmer, a little friendlier to the average citizen, we can all lay back and sigh.
Then we can do it all over again.