Thursday, January 29, 2009

Republicans Strike Back

It looks like House Republicans are finally starting to remember what a fiscal conservative is. The House Republicans didn't just say no, they said hell no to the Obama stimulus (read "pork") plan. Nary a single Republican vote was cast Obama's way and 11 Democrats voted against it. That still wasn't enough to stop passage of the bill but at least Republicans are standing up for the things they we put them in office for. For the first time in about a four years, I'm proud of Republicans for something they have done on the domestic policy front. Keep up the good work.

Maybe Obama and the Democrats in Congress will learn that "reaching out" and "bi-partisanship" actually requires making really real concessions to the other side of the fence instead of just paying lip service to the idea of unity and throwing a few trinkets the other way.

3 comments:

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

Wait, wait, wait. You mean that it is OK to disagree with a President and the majority party on crucial policy issues and be applauded for doing so?

After the last 8 years, I thought that the only people who opposed the President and Majority Party were un-American folks and obstructionist pinheads who only wanted the terrorists to win.

Strange how that changes, hunh? I'm sure the GOP will be called many things for opposing this stimulus, but "traitor" isn't one of them. I doubt many Republicans, when giving interviews about their votes on the stimulus, will be asked why they hate America. In fact, I'd bet there are going to be plenty of pundits who agree with the GOP on this.

Sorry the definition of "bi-partisan" hasn't come all the way back to concessions and negotiations just yet. I mean, after all the concessions and negotiations and inclusion the minority party was afforded between 1994 and 2006, I just don't know where all this unilateralism is coming from. < / sarcasm >

We'll just have to stick around in the "agree to disagree" section of bi-partisan cooperation for now.

Dante said...

Nobody is getting tagged a traitor for domestic policy issues.

"I doubt many Republicans, when giving interviews about their votes on the stimulus, will be asked why they hate America."

It's only been a day. Give it time. The ball is already rolling on that attack angle:

"Every Republican voted with Limbaugh — and against creating 4 million new American jobs."

The hate America argument is coming. It's just not there yet.

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

Slate has a fine explanation, this is all about politics instead of ideology, though they dovetail nicely for the GOP on this one. We'll see what happens in the coming weeks, especially if this bill gets sent back to the House for revisions...