Are there any brave Republicans in the House?
January 28, 2009
Today the House voted to pass Obama’s economic stimulus plan. Each and every Republican voted against it. How bad could it be? Sure there was some pork. One could assert some of it smacked of socialism. But really, 100% marching in lock-step? At least ten or twelve Democrats had the courage to vote against it, presumably on principle.
I can see an insecure freshman representative knuckling under. After all, the leadership controls committee assignments and perks. But most of the representatives have some seniority.
Not a single one of them broke with the party and said that while not perfect, and what bill is, he or she felt that it was important to get the economy going and ne or she wanted to demonstrate bipartisan support for a bill that everyone knew would pass anyway.
I’m not saying that the Democrats didn’t vote the party line when they were in the minority. But on many of this bills there were clear ideological differences and not the urgency the country faces on getting this bill back to the president’s desk as soon as possible.
How is it possible that this bill goes so against Republican Party principles that all 178 members of the House of Representatives voted against it?
That’s 178 congressional districts, that’s a lot of Americans who are hurting because of the economic crisis.
I want to hear what their better idea for these Americans besides the latest retreaded Republican mantra of their plan bringing twice as many new jobs at half the price.
That sounds a bit like a filet mignon on every grill at hamburger prices.
Otherwise known as the same old trickle down economics where the rich get richer and the poor, well, they get scrapple.