Yesterday’s block vote by House Republicans against the economic stimulus package should have come as no surprise, I guess. Because this bill requires a simple majority, they were in a win-win situation. Having gone on record as opposing the whole package, they can’t be blamed for any part of it that doesn’t work. On the other hand, if miracles occur and the economy turns around in short order, they can’t be blamed for blocking progress, either.
Hats off to the Republicans.
As a busy listener tuning in to occasional news reports, I can list a few things the GOP, in general, doesn’t like: funding for arts, education, and public works projects, to name a few. Without getting into questions of why employment of artists and curators, teachers’ aids and city planners don’t seem to be of particular value to Republicans, I’d like to hear more about specific stimulus projects they would like to see.