The bill has got to be the biggest ripoff of the American people ever perpetrated. How the hell could Congress vote for a bill that, as Senator John Boehner (R- Ohio) put it, ”No one has read?”
Despite President Obama's claims that the bill needed to be passed with no further delay or the economic consequences would be dire, this was not so. Instead it was a ploy to keep Congress, and particularly the Republican members of Congress, from going over every line in the
To top it off, the Democrats had promised there would be no vote on the reconciled stimulus bill for 48 hours in order to give everyone, including the American public, a chance to make some small attempt to read it. But they lied, bringing the bill to a vote less than 24 hours after the joint House-Senate committee finished reconciling the differences between the House and Senate versions of the stimulus package.
But wait! There's more!
Apparently the Democratic leadership decide that Congressional Republicans weren't needed during the House-Senate conference that hashed out the differences between the two versions of the bill, keeping them out of the conference. So much for the much vaunted “bipartisanship” that was supposed to mark the Obama Administration. This “bipartisanship” ended up with every single Republican in the House voting against it (as did 7 Democrats). All but three Republicans voted against it in the Senate.
As I have stated before, bipartisanship in this Congress and this Administration can be defined thusly:
“Sit down, shut up, and vote the way we tell you to vote, you Republican pigs!”
As much as the Democrats have the upper hand and are maneuvering to cripple the Republican party for the next few generations by taking control of the Census, they may have overstepped themselves.
If this stimulus package fails to deliver, the Democrats won't be able to point to the GOP and lay the blame there. The Dems own this piece of crap legislation lock, stock, and barrel. Of course I have no doubt the Dems will try their darnedest to do just that should the economy remain in this state or, heaven forbid, get worse.
Where is John Galt when we need him?