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Massachusetts Liberal

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Saturday, January 03, 2009

Spare me the rhetoric

I'm so relieved to know the ever vigilant Republican leadership in Congress is ready to stand up to the Democratic plans to revive the economy with a stimulus bill.

Of course, these are the same vigilant Republican leaders who brought us the "Bridge to Nowhere" when they controlled the purse strings.

Ohio's John Boehner and Kentucky's Mitch McConnell are busy insisting they need a place at the table as the bill -- which could now escalate to $1 trillion. Of course, they represent the same Republican leadership that denied the same rights to Democrats -- and which would only advance bills out of the House if they had the backing of a majority of Republicans.

And of course these are the same Republicans who -- faced with the detritus of the economy they helped to ruin -- opted to block action on awful but necessary bailouts until they could exact their own special interest goals.

No one questions the need for vigilance in the allocating of another trillion dollars. The first chunk of federal largess has gone by and large to banks and other financial institutions without a lot of oversight. These are the same institutions that got us into the mess because of a lack of oversight from Republican administrative and congressional "leaders."

Both President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden have said earmarks won't fly -- and their reputations will be on the line if the legislation is porked up. A reasonable, bipartisan review of the bill is appropriate.

But the words reasonable and Republican don't seem to go together to well any more. It would be better if Boehner and McConnell offered to work cooperatively rather than draw lines in the sand.

After all, we saw in November what has happened to Republican lines.

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2 Comments:

Blogger lovable liberal said...

Republicans are ardently, repeatedly useless. Let those craven bastards draw all the lines they want, loudly and publicly. Then roll right over them and make them pay the price at the polls again in 2010.

January 03, 2009 11:05 AM  
Blogger tim said...

I always love how only Republicans can be two faced but this stimulus is right out of Bush's playbook more tax cuts and still more spending what ever happened to pay go at leat the house Repubs tried to stand up against the bailouts and were roasted turns out they were right they did not work and giving money to states is pork example big dig

January 07, 2009 10:10 AM  

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