January 23, 2009

Crowley: Balance of power trying to find balance

Posted: 10:40 AM ET

by CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley

Democrats hold a strong majority in Congress, but with power comes a power struggle, and a potential headache for President Obama.

Just two days into his term, the president is already facing pushback from leaders of his own party.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have made it clear - it's not their job to answer to Obama.

To a certain degree, the president-Congress tension is simply politics at play - something that happens every time a new president comes in.

But this time, the Democrats have even more power than they did before the election, meaning Pelosi and ReidĀ both have huge majorities in their respective houses.

(READ the rest of Crowley's commentary HERE)

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Eric   January 23rd, 2009 12:20 pm ET

I think Pelosi and Reid need to be replaced off there high horse and get somebody in there that cares about the people of this country instead of their power trip!!

Vincent Nizzardi   January 23rd, 2009 1:02 pm ET

Larry-Baby, with that stupid smerk on harry reid's face, and that ever turned up nose, nasty attitude of Pelosi, I can't help believe America has not yet fallen low enough, to warrent full and transparnent communication, and cooperation between the Democrats, and Republican parties. Even at a time such as this, it appears business, stone-walling, behind the door dealings, lobbying, and Earmarks, will continue, along with all the Money grabbing. Yes, the Democrats have finally wrestled power away from the Republicans, and they intend to put their revenge before the welfare of America, and our people.
We Americans are demanding our Government work together, in a bipartisan way, in everything they do, or I predict we will reach a boiling point, which will result in marching on Washington, civil disobiedence, and possibly a full blown revolution by the citizens.
We are watching everything being done in Washington, and can't accept more of the same.I strongly suggest that honesty, integrity, and Transparency become an everyday approach for our elected officials .

concered/Denver Colorado   January 23rd, 2009 2:40 pm ET

Well when the house was majority repubulican ..both Bush's left with a large debit maybe this will be a good thing like with Clinton ...whom left us with money it looks as though the democrates balance the budget a lot better than the repubulicnas do

Cris   January 23rd, 2009 3:01 pm ET


PELOSI and REID– go back to college and take ECONOMICS 101.


PRESIDENT OBAMA correctly assessed our situation and recognizes that repealing the Tax Cut will only add prolong our crisis.


Cris   January 23rd, 2009 8:07 pm ET

The more Pelosi and her ignorant ego-maniacs push to Repeal the Tax Cuts– the more we are being driven into The Great Depression – Part II.

Protectionism and Tax Increases = The Great Depression of the 1930's!!!

Pelosi's push to Repeal the Tax Cuts and Implement Tax Hikes for the Middle Class and Small Businesses will worsen –not help– our economic crisis!!!

It's not just historic Econ 101, it's common sense: if my taxes are increased in a time of economic crisis, the more I will save and not spend on ANYTHING. If the Government is taking more out of Americans' paychecks, the more we will cut out expenses/ spending –the more Americans will SAVE.

Our economy will not grow when everyone continues to save and not spend on anything.

Pelosi with her Tax Hikes and Geithner– another incompetent who is also dishonest w/ troubling character flaws– will both ensure America's Great Depression – Part II.

Get ready America, it's gonna be a really bumpy ride.

Let's be sure to vote-in some really genuine political leaders who care about Americans –new, young, fresh leaders who are able to capably execute meaningfully effective policies. SPREAD THE WORD!

yellow dog peace maker   January 23rd, 2009 10:18 pm ET

everyone both Dem & Rep's need to quit the "games" and take care of the business of fixing the economy and ending the war and do what is neccesary – no matter how painful – to bring the U.S. back from the brink and get the economy back to somewhere toward being managable if at all possible – just don't keep lying to the American Voters and people – we are tired of being jerked around at our expense!! and all the while you need to keep us voters informed – no more shell games – we want to know what you are doing and why you are doing it. we are not stupid – and we don't like being patronized!

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