Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Change Has Arrived: A Very Divided House of Representatives Approves Multi-Billion Dollar Spending Measure

[Sarcasm Alert]
Washington, DC is changing rapidly. The city already set a milestone by hosting the "historic" inauguration, and today, Washingtonians finally had a taste of a "real" winter, as snow, ice and sleet blanketed the Beltway.

But the transformation in Congress provides the most dramatic evidence of a new era. Today, members of the House of Representatives forcefully demonstrated that they have discarded "business as usual" when they approved a multi-billion dollar increase in government spending along strict partisan lines.

I have never witnessed anything like this before. First the Senate ushered in change by bickering over the appointment of Senator Roland Burris. Now, the parties cannot even remotely agree on the stimulus package which many experts argue could help the sluggish economy. Great work!


The Intellectual Redneck said...

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.

Ken Ballweg said...

I suspect that holding onto this level of partisanship will ultimately cost the GOP more than they can imagine. Either by exposing themselves to the charge of being indifferent to the needs of the country, or by having the Dems decide there is no point in trying to include them and totally marginalizing them. Which I think would not be in the country's best interest. We really do need a "loyal opposition" to help keep from sliding into the abuses that go with power being concentrated with a single party.

Like Citi buying a 50 mil jet while taking a bailout, it really reflects a total inability to grasp the likelihood that the meltdown will reach Depression standards and there will be no room for the business as usual crowd.

For years the conservatives have been able to get regressive tax breaks by making the working class believe that all tax cuts are "good"; i.e. it's not an inheritance tax its a "death tax". When the "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore." mood gains momentum, I bet congress could introduce a bill openly labeled "The Bastard Banker's Tax" and have the public totally support it.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Ken - very astute. I know that as liberals, we do not win any "points" for saying that we need an opposition party while we are the control party. But I actually think it helps too. Democrats, just like Republicans, place party interests over principles, and when that happens, sometimes the opposition provide a reasonable check. I am not sure this is how the GOP will operate, but if the economy is still in the toilet when the midterm elections come around, Republicans will have a good narrative for "more change."

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