The $787 billion dollar stimulus bill has passed the House with zero support from Republicans and seven Democrats opposing it.
Is it just me, or is anyone else wondering why the Republicans didn’t all oppose the original stimulus that Bush put forth? I, for one, think both bills were (are) bad news. I just can’t help but be frustrated that the republicans didn’t take a hard stand against the spending-gone-wild sooner!
Had they made a stink earlier and against their “own” President, they would have a lot more credibility now. As it stands, they end up looking partisan for the sake of being partisan. Of course, I don’t want to belittle the good work that many House republicans did in standing up against the earlier bill. I’m glad they did. I’m just venting here.
This bill is even more money than the first. I thought that one was supposed to turn things around? I guess we’ve already forgotten that.
The AP reports:
Republicans pointed out a bevy of questionable spending items that made the final cut in House-Senate negotiations, including money to replace computers at federal agencies, inspect canals, and issue coupons for convertor boxes to help people watch TV when the changeover to digital signals occurs this summer.
Well, it’s good to know that in the midst of the economic crisis no one will be faced with a moment’s loss of TV. That would be a tragedy indeed. You think things are bad now, just think of the rioting we’d see of the must-see TV-starved masses!
We keep first things first, here in the good old US of A.