Friday, January 9, 2009

Cantor implies Obama is using fear

Without specifically-linking the dread adjective:

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who is in charge of a working group on the economic plan, said that while he takes Obama at his word that he wants Republican input into any legislation, he has seen fear used as a tactic to force Congress’s hands.

“There’s no question that fear is a tool to be used to drive an agenda through the House or the Senate,” Cantor told The Hill.

Cantor stressed that he and other Republicans have a lot of concerns “over the staggering amount of spending [Obama’s] proposing,” and they are looking to avoid being pushed into quick action without full consideration of any proposal that contains so much spending.

"Certainly, in any legislative environment the executive branch or the president-elect would think it beneficial to create urgency to ensure that a bill would pass. I do, however, think we have to get it right,” he said.

(Ea.) And how do you create urgency?