So I was reading the Rott today and I stumbled across the following:
Russian Prime Minister Vladamir Putin has said the US should take a lesson from the pages of Russian history and not exercise “excessive intervention in economic activity and blind faith in the state’s omnipotence”.
“In the 20th century, the Soviet Union made the state’s role absolute,” Putin said during a speech at the opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “In the long run, this made the Soviet economy totally uncompetitive. This lesson cost us dearly. I am sure nobody wants to see it repeated.”
Uh, what? What kind of bizarro world is this when we have former KGB head Vladamir Putin warning us that we’re getting a little “too socialist?!” How much worse can this “Obamination” get?
Wait, don’t answer that, Mr. Obama. Please?
This ain’t good. France has rejected an “Obama-style” stimulus plan as being too socialist. Yeah, that France.
LYON: Prime Minister François Fillon on Monday rejected demands that the French government seek to stimulate consumer spending, rather than follow his plan to stimulate corporate and infrastructure investment, to lift France out of its economic slump.
“It would be irresponsible to chose another policy, which would increase our country’s indebtedness without having more infrastructure and increased competitiveness in the end,” Fillon said in a speech in Lyon.
More than 1.1 million people took to the streets across France last Thursday, according to the Interior Ministry, with unions putting the number of protesters at 2.5 million, to call on President Nicolas Sarkozy to stop cutting government jobs, increase the minimum wage and spend more on households as the economy enters its first recession since 1993.
Opponents of the government have been calling for an “Obama-style” stimulus plan, one that puts money directly into the pockets of working people.
This is gonna be a long four years, isn’t it?
From the new White House Dot Gov:
End Deceptive Voting Practices: President Obama will sign into law his legislation that establishes harsh penalties for those who have engaged in voter fraud and provides voters who have been misinformed with accurate and full information so they can vote.
Heh. Obama in October 2008 on allegations of voter registration fraud: “there’s been fraud perpetrated probably on ACORN if they paid these individuals and they actually didn’t do registrations… this is another one of these distractions that gets stirred up in the course of a campaign.”
Hopey. Changey. Come on man, it’s your first day, don’t mess it up already.