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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Don't show 'em the money

Here's a suggestion for the congressional Republicans who continue to insist that the $787 billion stimulus bill is a wasteful package of pork that will bring down the nation: don't take money and leave more for the rest of us.

Take for example, Indiana's Mike Spence. Citing the "sharp divide" between the Democrats and the "American people" Spence declared:
"This is a massive liberal spending bill being passed under the guise of stimulus," said Pence, chairman of the House Republican Conference. "President Obama talks about the tired ideas of the past. The ideas people are tired of is reckless federal spending.
"I'm sure the "industry-driven cities" in your district will be happy to forgo the aid. And I'm sure there is no federal aid offered to the farmers in your district.

Then there is Minority Leader John Boehner, who earnestly declares:
It appears that congressional Democrats have made a bad bill worse by reducing tax relief for working families to pay for more wasteful government spending.
Yep, Boehner definitely stood up for "working families" during his congressional service, families with the name of Abramoff, Thain and others who represented the feeding frenzy of Republican politics that has brought us to this precipice.

The Republican Party ought to seriously consider changing its symbol to the ostrich -- it stuck its collective head in the sand while the financial services industry gambled with our tax dollars, enriching themselves while offering reckless and exotic financial deals that have collapsed under their own weight.

The party has also ignored history. Look back over the last 30 years. Supply side economics -- aptly named voodoo economics by George H.W. Bush -- rang up huge deficits during the Reagan and Bush I years.

It was only during the Clinton era -- when Republicans once again marched lockstep in opposition -- did the federal budget recover. George W. Bush quickly squandered that surplus and launched us onto a road where no one -- from bankers to peanut processors -- were held responsible and taxpayers were left holding the bill.

My guess is we will see history repeat, although the Democratic recovery this time around will be slower and less robust simply because the ditch Republicans dug is that much deeper.

The biggest mistake Barack Obama has made in the stimulus bill process is attempting to live up to his promise of bipartisanship. Just look at the contempt of GOP "leaders" toward the three "defectors" -- Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine and Arlen Spector of Pennsylvania.

It's clear party loyalty is a more important GOP goal that the health of the American people.

So, by all means stand on principle Reps. Spence and Boehner and the rest of your GOP colleagues. Show us your moral commitment by rejecting aid targeted for your district.

That's a stand that is sure to generate the angry phone calls you're expecting Mr. Spence.

And oh yeah, stop this "sharp divide" between the party that won the White House and large majorities in the House and Senate. Your collective heads were buried so deep that you missed the election results.

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Anonymous Vermont Woodchuck said...

We'll give you those three RINO's. Specter's out in'10 whether he runs on not, Snowe and Collins, if they held their noses and sneezed, they couldn't blow off their hats.

Sure you can keep the money but you have to pay all the taxes required on this debt and we'll ship you all the wastrels feeding at the public trough. You put them to work and see how that sounds. Looks like the Country of Mexico is included.

Save some money for the Poobahs running the banks and of course Kennedy and Kerry. They'll have the lion's share before you get any.

February 14, 2009 11:45 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Thanks Woody but the sentiments would be easier to swallow if the country hadn't been run into the ground during the watch of your faves.

Your concerns about debt are coming after W. blew the inheritances of your children's children's children. And for what?

February 14, 2009 3:05 PM  

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