Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Stimulus Bill Passes House

Just watched the House vote on final passage of the stimulus bill on C-Span. The final count was 244-188. 12 Democrats voted against it, while no Republicans voted for it.

I understand what the President is trying to do by bringing the GOP along on this, but it seems like he wasted a lot of time on them for little benefit. Maybe he could try to shame them into cooperation by saying "Hey, I tried to work with the GOP but they didn't want to work with me." It probably wouldn't work, though. I think the President is just going to have to realize that Congressional Republicans are just insane and that he should ignore them.


The Intellectual Redneck

You think Obam is wasting time on Republicans? He can't get this bill past the Senate if all Republicans stand against it. Remember the filibuster.

Stimulus bill moves us closer to nationalized health care and rationing

The House of Representatives approved an $819 billion economic stimulus package Wednesday. The party line vote was a blow to Barack Obama's alleged desire for bipartisanship. All the Republicans and 11 democrats voted against the bill. One thing in the bill that went mostly unnoticed was a new bureaucracy called the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research.


He'd only need one GOP Senator to break a filibuster. I t wouldn't be that difficult to to get one of the few moderates (ie Snowe, Collins) to flip. Or you lean on Republican Senators in states that Obama won. Besides, even if they somehow all managed to stick together, public opinion is greatly in favor of a stimulus package. It would be very easy to paint the GOP with an obstructionist brush. The GOP wouldn't be able to stand long if it was widely believed that they were preventing an economic recovery.

The election showed that the American people want Obama to carry out his economic policies. As the President said, "I won"

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