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January 28, 2009

Not One Republican Voted For Stimulus

-- by Dave Johnson

The stimulus bill passed the House but not one Republican voted for it.

Repeat: every single Republican voted against the stimulus bill.

The Democrats pre-compromised on the bill, added business tax cuts that won't stimulate the economy, threw out lots of infrastructure projects, mass transit and others, threw birth control for poor women out, got rid of health efforts to fight STDs, and lots of other nonsense, trading all of that for NOTHING.

They threw good stuff out of the bill without first securing one single Republican vote. Shame on them.

Update - I'm angry and I am going to rant. (It's what I do best.) So who were they were negotiating WITH when they threw out infrastructure, mass transit, birth control for poor women and other important things? It's like someone was just reacting to Drudge Report headlines. When I have been in negotiations I would say, "OK, I can give you that, but if I do, then what do I get in return?" You start with a bill that has in it more than you want or expect to get. Then you throw things out in exchange for a promise to vote for it. Otherwise what is the point of making the bill worse?

Posted by Dave Johnson at January 28, 2009 4:07 PM


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