Sooner Blue

Mostly politics, a few current events, a squirt of seltzer down yer pants .. a little blog for my rambles and rants.

2009/2/12

Country First my Aunt Fanny

@ 08:08 AM (66 months, 15 days ago)

Republicans had such a hissy fit and fought until they had a number of provisions inserted in the stimulus bill...then voted against it en masse...then took to the air waves pleased as punch with themselves.
 
From nytimes.com: "WASHINGTON — House and Senate leaders on Wednesday struck a deal on a $789 billion economic stimulus bill after little more than 24 hours of rapid-fire negotiations with the Obama administration, clearing the way for final Congressional action later this week.
 
The package of spending increases and tax relief, intended to spur an economic recovery and create jobs by putting money back in the pockets of consumers and companies, ended up smaller than either the House or Senate had proposed.
Many Democrats would have preferred a larger bill, but agreed to pare back, including cuts to favored education and health programs, to win three crucial Republican votes in the Senate. [..]"
 
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/12/us/politics/12stimulus.html
 
Three votes. The bill was loaded with tax cuts designed to make Republicans happy, then a lot of other things were removed that offended their delicate sensibilities...and they were able to provide a whopping three votes. Three. Votes. The entire Republican party, in both houses, voted overwhelmingly against tax cuts for the middle class because it was beneficial to them politically. Country first...yeah.
 
Republicans DOUBLED the deficit from $5 trillion to $10 trillion in 8 short years...yet now they want to pretend they believe in balanced budgets and fiscal responsibility? You have to laugh.
 
When Republicans controlled Congress they would strip bills of all Democrat-friendly provisions. It was okay then...but it's a Constitutional crisis now that the shoe is on the other foot.
 
You reap what you sow. The GOP ran Congress with unbridled arrogance for six years...funny how much that sucks when you find yourself in the minority.
 
They'll bitch all the way, these Republicans, but eventually they'll get in line...because they'll remember that it's easier to sabotage legislation when you’re not on the outside looking in.