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January 28, 2009

House Republicans Grow Some Cajones

by 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 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.

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  1. So the House Republicans voted right on 2 of the last 3 big issues – NO! on TARP 1.0 and NO! on STIMULUS 1.0.

    If only they hadn’t inexplicably voted for TARP 1.1 supported by an unpopular lame duck President – opposed by their presidential candidate, the American people and common sense.

    Lets see how they proceed from here.

    Comment by persnickety curmudgeon — January 28, 2009 @ 10:16 pm
  2. I might not be thinking of the same bill, but wasn’t TARP 1.1 supported by their candidate?

    I also think many American people had caved by TARP 1.1 after seeing a stock market drop, and succumbed to media panic inducement and calls for more kerosene to put out the fire. Citizens, in turn, pushed legislators in the other direction to pass TARP 1.1.

    Of course, $150 billion of extra pork grease also helped it slide right in.

    But I wholeheartedly agree about opposition by common sense.

    Comment by Akston — January 29, 2009 @ 7:47 am
  3. Yes – Republicans did cave on TARP 1.1 – that is the one I was unhappy with myself for exactly the reasons you state Akston.At least in my hme state of Michigan as bizarre as it is politically and economically these days I think most people were vehemently against the TARP both time as were several Republican Reps and one Democratic Senator.

    Comment by persncikety curmudgeon — January 29, 2009 @ 8:13 am
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