House Republicans Grow Some Cajonesby Stephen Gordon
The big news isn’t the stimulus package just passed the House, but that Obama’s “bid to woo Republicans failed to convince even a single GOP member to join Democrats to back the bill.”
“I can also promise that my administration will administer this recovery plan with a level of transparency and accountability never before seen in Washington,” said Obama in a statement from the White House. ” Once it is passed, every American will be able to go the website recovery.gov and see how and where their money is being spent.”
I’ll not hold my breath on the transparency, as we still have no idea where a good chunk of money from the previous bailout went.
While I’m sure a handful of Republicans opposed the bill on principle, it’s at least refreshing for it to be politically expedient for the rest of them to cast a “no” vote on one of the worst fiscal bills of my lifetime. Unfortunately, it seems the only way to get the GOP to pretend to be responsible stewards of our tax dollars is for the Democrats to be in control.
This bill can’t be considered a bipartisan bill with no Republican support (and 11 Democrats voted against it, too). It’s your political hot potato now, Democrats.