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"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." - John 8:32
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Author:  Michael J. Gaynor
Bio: Michael J. Gaynor
Date:  February 4, 2009
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Obama "Stimulus" Plan Fails Reagan "Trust, But Verify" Test

Will New York's senior Senator, Chuck Schumer, tell President Obama that the United States Senate was designed to be "a cooling saucer" and remind him that he ran on truth and transparency and therefore the public actually expects truth and transparency instead of a trillion dollar trick that will reward special interests and wreck the American economy instead of restore it?

It definitely requires audacity to promote President Obama's Trillion Dollar Trick as a "stimulus" for American's now challenged economy.

But, I hope, audacity is not an acceptable substitute for truth and transparency.

The great Ronald Reagan wisely warned, with respect to the Soviet Union, to "trust, but verify."

That sage advice should be applied to President Obama so-called "stimulus" plan.

President Obama calmly calling his plan a stimulus plan does not make it one.

It IS a spending plan, to be sure.

But it is NOT really designed to stimulate the economy.

And the bill that passed the House was a partisan bill, with only Democrats voting for it while the opposition was bi-partisan.

The Obama "stimulus" plan IS designed to redistribute income and wealth and to payoff the special interest groups that backed then presidential candidate Obama and leftist Congressional Democrats, including the corrupt Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).

"Joe the Plumber" was right about the socialist nature of Obama economic policy.

And socialism doesn't bring about prosperity.

Ironically, ACORN and its Democrat Congressional allies both generated the financial crisis by forcing bad loans and blocking the oversight that both former President George W. Bush and former Republican presidential candidate John McCain sought from the then Democrat-controlled Congress and benefited by it with the election of President Obama and even larger Democrat majorities in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The liberal media establishment was shamelessly complicit in that. It effectively supported Obama and other Democrats instead of investigating objectively and reporting the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, regardless of the political consequences of doing so.

Amazingly, with the public against the misnamed "stimulus bill," Obama is becoming Beggar-in-Chief, using his media allies to beg for swift passage, lest the true nature of the bill become fully appreciated and even a Democrat-controlled Congress cannot pass it.

Will New York's senior Senator, Chuck Schumer, tell President Obama that the United States Senate was designed to be "a cooling saucer" and remind him that he ran on truth and transparency and therefore the public actually expects truth and transparency instead of a trillion dollar trick that will reward special interests and wreck the American economy instead of restore it?

Don't count on it!

It's up to the people to tell their Senators and Representatives what they should and should not do.

Michael J. Gaynor

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Biography - Michael J. Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.

Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.

The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.

Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.

Gaynor's email address is gaynormike@aol.com.


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