Obama Looking for Republican Cover

by Sal on January 27, 2009

in Economy,Politics

Barack Obama is looking for Republican Cover regarding his stimulus package, by meeting with Republicans today on Capital Hill.  He is hoping to convince them to support his $850+ billion stimulus package, thinking that he would placate them by removing the contraception-funding provisions.  What he forgets is that the contraceptive funding is only one example of what most Republicans consider a package laden with wasteful spending (funding for Acorn is another example, but far from the only one) that will have limited or no positive effect on the economy;  in fact, it will likely have a negative effect.

What Republicans object to is not one single provision or another, but the direction of the bill towards Keynesian spending rather than supply-side tax cuts, which have been proven to work time and time again.  There is no upside for Republicans to go along with the Obama plan.  If they do, and it is (by some non-explained twist of economic fate) successful, then Obama and the Democrats take the credit.  If they do, and it is (as expected) a dismal failure, then the Republicans cannot point fingers at the Democrats, as they were complicit in its passing (in a similar manner as the bailout fiasco).

If the Republicans take a stand, and the package does have positive impact, they are no worse off than they would have been if they had signed on to the bill.  However, if they oppose the plan now, offer their own supply-side alternative, and the bill goes south, the Republicans stand to gain by defeating Obama and the Democrats in upcoming elections.

There is also the rumor out there that Obama is having trouble rallying blue-dog Democrats to the bill, as they are concerned about the cost of the bill and the budget deficit.  Republicans need to take a stand against this bill and not give Obama the political cover he is seeking.  At the same time, it could be a good opportunity, according to Patrick Ruffini, to form alliances with these blue-dog Democrats that could prove useful in stopping some other far-left policies.  This bill should be solely owned by the Democrats, and Republicans shouldn’t touch it with a 100-foot pole.  Thankfully, House Minority Leader John Boehener (R-OH) and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) have told the Republican Caucus not to vote for the bill as it currently stands.  I hope that not too many GOP members cave.

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Mike January 27, 2009 at 2:19 pm

This bill won’t be defeated in the House of Representatives, but there is a golden opportunity to have more “no” votes than there are Republicans. That could go a long way in showing the country that not everyone is on board with the government sticking its nose into every aspect of our lives.

The question is, has anyone found the GOP spine?


Kristy January 27, 2009 at 2:57 pm

@Mike – I don’t think the GOP has a spine. IF they did, we might not have Obama as our President. There are many Democrat scandals that could have brought many of the RATS down. Several of them should go to prison. It would have given John Q and Jane Public a chance to see the real Democrat Party but rather than face an uncomfortable situation many Republicans chose to look the other way and let the Democrats get away with scandal after scandal.

One of two things happened. Either the GOP has stuffed their own wallets or they are just cowards. I think there are some who have used their position to stuff their wallets, but most of them, are just cowards.


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