Obama's stimulus package is on track to pass before the Presidents Day recess in mid-February. But it is increasingly doubtful that he will pick up the 80 Senate votes he had hoped to win in the first major legislative test of his presidency. Instead, the bill is likely to pass on the strength of the Democrats' majority.Now is the time to tell the GOP to go to hell and take his Congressional majorities and run with them. A huge number of people have worked to get the adults in charge once again and now is the time to make all that hard work pay off. All the experts say that tax cuts won't do the job and the evidence is already there to prove it. The GOP tried it and it has now put us where we are today. Massive government spending on the order of a trillion dollars is what is needed if we are not to slide into a major depression.
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said Wednesday that prospects for bipartisanship in the stimulus debate rapidly were eroding.
"The air is coming out of that balloon," Thune said. "To attract Republicans, they lose Democrats. It is a very difficult needle to thread. They are discovering that the goal [of an 80-vote majority] is unrealistic. He got so much push-back from his own people."
House Republican leaders have set up a working group to draft their own stimulus proposal focusing on permanent, across-the-board tax relief. And the Republican Study Committee, a group of about 100 conservative House Republicans, unveiled a bill Wednesday that contains a series of tax cuts, including reducing all personal income tax rates by 5% and cutting the corporate tax rate from 35% to 25%.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Surprise! Surprise! As Gomer would say. Guess what? Obama's idea of getting any Republican Senators to support his stimulus plan is a pipe dream. The idea that the GOP really cares about what happens to the nation is once again proven to be a joke. Seriously, the GOP only has one goal and that is to see the Obama presidency fail. They do not care that in order to have it fail the nation will have to fail as well. This should be a learning experience for Obama. Never, ever trust the GOP to do the right thing when it comes to the American people: