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THIS WEEK: Top Democratic (sort of) Politicians of the Week
1) Don Williamson | For the last five years Don Williamson has been the mayor of Flint. Today he is unemployed. Before his resignation on Saturday, Williamson wasÂ a controversial public servant, even by Michigan standards, facing deficiet, City Council feuds, and rounds of layoffs. If you’re going to miss the 75-year-old multi-millionaire, don’t worry his hat is still in the ring for Governor in 2010. Oh, I cannot wait for that election!
2) Olympia Snowe & Susan Collins | Senators Snowe & Collings (D-ME) became our favorite “neighbors to the North” this week (wrestling the title from Bart Stupak’s co,d. Yooper hands) when they voted for Obama’s Economic Recovery Package. This brings the list of Republicans I like to three: Snowe, Collings, Specter and maybe John Lin on a good day.
3) Hillary Clinton | In her first trip abroad as Secretary of State, Hillary stopped by Indonesia, South Korea, and Japan where she presumably got the Finance Minister tanked. All in all, I’d say it was a good trip.
4. Roland Burris | The inevitable happened this week: Burris admitted toÂ solicit fund-raising money for Blagojevich. What’s most interesting is the Dems “deafening silence” about the entire issue. I’m assuming we’d all just like to forget he exists, until he ends up here, of course.
5) Barack Obama | Thirty days in and the man has his own sushi, a brand spankin’ new stimulus package, and a wife who’s cute enough to graze the cover of Vogue. Baller.
The new stimulus package making isn’t perfect.Â It’s not really even good.Â Education funding ought to be the backbone of any stimulus package lest the next generation will use the nice new roads to drive to the unemployment office.Â (I stole this quote from a fantastic op-ed by Thomas Friedman).Â Instead the new stimulus package focuses on tax-cuts which are known by every economist to be ineffective at stimulating the economy.Â Despite two consecutive overwhelming Democratic victories, this bill chock full of bad Republican ideas.Â I sympathize with Nathaniel’s anger.Â (more…)