Republicans and the stimulus package

With Barack Obama’s signing of the stimulus package today in Denver, it’ll be interesting to see how Republican leadership in Congress talks about the legislation, not to mention its inevitable follow-ups.

I know I’m hardly the only person who’s making this point, but I need to get it off my chest.  Republicans who claim that Obama made no effort to cross the aisle in crafting the package are, simply put, lying.  Baldly.  Shamelessly.  Unquestionably.  He asked for their input.  They gave it to him.  He included in the legislation a nonsensically huge round of tax cuts (by some accounts the largest single tax cut in US history) in order to appease them.  He allowed centrist (whatever that means) Democrats to shave off some of the most significant items in the bill.  He included some bones (maybe even pork bones) in order to get some support from Republican legislators.

And all for nought.  Three Republicans, all in the Senate, voted for it.  Not a single Congressional Republican, even those who trumpeted their own success at getting their own agenda items into the bill.

Apparently, Republican party leadership has failed to recognize two important things.  First, US citizens prefer Obama’s economic philosophies and policies to yours, which is why we voted for him.  Second, we prefer his policies to yours because your tax-breaks-for-the-rich-f*ck-everybody-else policies have been abject disasters for which most of the rest of the world will be paying the price for decades to come.

You lost not because white guilt drove lots of Americans to vote for a black man.  You lost because everything you stand for is wrong for the huge majority of the citizenry, and more and more people are figuring that out every day.  There’s nothing complicated about it, and neither is this simply ideological ranting.  You had your way for the most of the last 30 years, and you’ve led us into disaster after disaster.  It’s your right to argue for whatever positions you want, but don’t you dare accuse Barack Obama or anybody else of being “ideological” as if you weren’t.  It’s just a lie, and we’re all sick of it.

2 Responses to Republicans and the stimulus package

  1. Tom Awtry says:

    For me its unbelievable when this issue was before our legislative branch of government, referring to the temporarily controlling factions within the GOP; and why would the GOP “only” agree to a bipartisan stimulus bill if it was “one-half” authored by them. Are these folks ready for the fruit juice farm or what? Do they understand the meaning of the word “compromise?”

    Isn’t this why, we in America we go through the trouble of having elections; to see who more or less, which “party” controls the mandates presented before our “elected” congress?

  2. sethkahn says:

    Tom, I agree with your point, but I was trying to stay out of the “our party won, you deal with it” kind of argument. My point, for now, is simply that the Republicans are lying about their exclusion from the process.

    I want this on the record now because you know perfectly well in two years that Republican candidates from districts where the stimulus has worked are going to be touting their influence in its passage.

    Can’t let ’em do it. Wouldn’t be prudent.

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