The Dernogalizer

February 9, 2009

Perspective on Stimulus Debate

Filed under: MD Politics — Matt Dernoga @ 12:19 pm
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Let it Rain!

Let it Rain!

So I know the stimulus bill is likely to squeak by the US Senate soon since 3 Republicans have decided to cross party lines because of 100 billion dollars of cuts.  However, I just have to add my thoughts to the mess that is taking place in Washington.  I’m going to do it in a 1,2,3 fashion to try and lay out what what I’m thinking.

1.  The world’s leading economists have said that there needs to be a massive stimulus spending bill of around or over 1 trillion dollars.

2.  Barack Obama has been saying since he was elected that he is going to want to pass a giant stimulus spending bill.

3.  Barack Obama reaches across to Republicans in the opening weeks on the stimulus bill, welcoming ideas.  Republican majority leaders appear outside on the white house lawn saying that are impressed with him extending his hand, and are willing to work with him.

TIMEOUT… this point, is there anyone out there that thinks there isn’t going to be a bill with a lot of government spending?

4.  The Democrats and Obama compromise with Republicans and make the bill about 60% spending and 40% tax cuts.  Republicans LOVE tax cuts.  Democrats..not so much.  I would see this as a big “reach across the isle” and “here’s enough tax cuts to appease you” gesture.

5.  Republicans seem to think that THEY WON THE ELECTION, and that THEY CONTROL THE CONGRESS.  They suddenly complain out of nowhere that there is spending(shocker!) in the bill.

6.  Republicans offer ridiculous amendments that make the bill 0% spending and 100% tax cuts.  Democrats say no.  Republicans cry out that the crazy liberal democrats are refusing to be bi-partisan, that Obama is failing to live up to his promise to reach across the isle, and that this spending bill will not stimulate the economy.

7.  They all vote against the bill in the House.  Just about all are opposed in the Senate.

Hello?  You are not in the majority.  The “my way or the highway” approach is completely idiotic.

Sorry, but the fact that anyone out there is buying the crap these guys are shoveling is ridiculous.  They like to cite small dumb projects that are in the stimulus bill that cost a few million dollars here and there, which really I agree shouldn’t be in the bill.  Whoever is adding these small stupid projects onto the bill should have to explain themselves on prime-time.  However, the fact remains that these small stupid projects don’t add up to more than 1% of the entire stimulus bill.  Quit nitpicking for crying out loud.  Quit being anti-investment.  Quit proving time and time again you don’t have a clue about the economy.  Pass the damn stimulus bill.

If you really think EVERYTHING in the bill is wasteful, then how about you volunteer that your district won’t take a dime from the stimulus bill since it won’t have any benefit.  That will cut the spending side of things real fast.



  1. Recently President Obama made a comment to members of his staff, after he had only been in office for only ten days; he said he was betting his whole political future and Presidency on his proposed Economic Stimulus Package, now before the senate. A very true statement, but considering the consequential failure that could result if Americans went a trillion dollars in the hole without any results to show for it; President Obama’s presidency would mean very little to us.

    Comment by Tom Awtry — February 9, 2009 @ 12:28 pm | Reply

  2. I like the post on the link you gave me

    Comment by Matt Dernoga — February 9, 2009 @ 12:51 pm | Reply

  3. WHO are the three Republicans. Pls post them with links!

    Comment by ahrcanum — February 9, 2009 @ 9:07 pm | Reply

  4. “As a result, Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania broke ranks to cast their votes to advance the bill.”

    They voted for cloture on the filibuster at 5:30 pm

    Heres a link:

    Comment by Matt Dernoga — February 9, 2009 @ 11:05 pm | Reply

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