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Monday Morning Quarterbacks: Monday, March 2, 2009

Oklahoman Modified: March 2, 2009 at 4:15 am •  Published: March 2, 2009
West meets East
Japan tried 10 stimulus packages in the 1990s, and syndicated columnist Paul Greenberg writes they did nothing to help unemployment or the country’s national economy. Greenberg compares Japan’s failed efforts at subsidizing banks and industries to what is going on now in the United States, and calls a "super-sized mistake” Washington’s efforts to keep the American automakers afloat. "These corporate leviathans are a money hole. The only thing sure about the next bailout is that still another will be demanded.” Keep up the corporate welfare, he predicts, and the West may find itself mirroring the 1990s failure of the East.

Crushing choice
President Barack Obama may have to buck members of his own party to live up to his televised vow to reform education. The Wall Street Journal pointed out in a recent editorial that Democrats in Congress want to "crush” the nation’s only federally funded school voucher program that allows 1,700 poor Washington, D.C., children to attend private schools. Obama spoke favorably of charter schools and opportunities for children. He’ll soon get a chance to either back up his words or close the door of opportunity in the face of those D.C. children.

Cluck, cluck, cluck
Talk about laying an egg! Tom Bevan at writes that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal bombed last week in delivering the Republican response to President Obama’s speech to Congress. "He didn’t look relaxed, powerful or commanding, and his delivery was so poor and sing-song like that it came across almost cartoonish,” Bevan writes. "That tells you not only how difficult those rebuttal speeches are, but also just how much of a skill public speaking is and how much Jindal needs to improve his skills if he has aspirations for higher office.”

Gaffe track
Joe Biden is at it again: shooting from the lip. Leon H. Wolf at comments on Biden’s most recent gaffe — trying to needle Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Asked by an interviewer about Jindal’s drawing a distinction between the way Republicans and Democrats view the economy, Biden scoffed at what Jindal might do about the recession, saying Louisiana was losing 400 jobs a day.