Get Off the Campaign Trail, Mr. President

With a large majority in Congress, Obama doesn't need to campaign for the so-called "stimulus package." What he wants is not more Democratic votes (though he must be embarrassed that some conservative Democrats like Rep. Heath Shuler of North Carolina oppose the bill).

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He wants and needs Republican votes so when the plan fails to stimulate -- and further burdens the economy -- and drives down the value of American's retirement savings even more, he can claim bipartisan failure.

Is this any way to run a country? I don't think so.

Get off the campaign trail, Mr. President. Stop using the TelePrompter and start telling us what is actually in the bill -- if you know.

And please tell us whether John Smith, who lost his job, will get it back if your bill (which was actually written by Nancy Pelosi and her staff and the unions) passes. We want specifics and we're not getting them. This is too much money to believe you when you say "trust me." No politician is worth that kind of trust.

Cal Thomas is America's most widely syndicated op-ed columnist. His latest book is "What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America". Readers may email Cal Thomas at tcaeditors@tribune.com.