Just days after taking office vowing to end the political era of “petty grievances,” President Obama ran into mounting GOP opposition yesterday to an economic stimulus plan that he had hoped would receive broad bipartisan support.Republicans accused Democrats of abandoning the new president’s pledge, ignoring his call for bipartisan comity and shutting them out of the process by writing the $825 billion legislation. The first drafts of the plan would result in more spending on favored Democratic agenda items, such as federal funding of the arts, they said, but would do little to stimulate the ailing economy.
The GOP’s shrunken numbers, particularly in the Senate, will make it difficult for Republicans to stop the stimulus bill, but the growing GOP doubts mean that Obama’s first major initiative could be passed on a largely party-line vote — little different from the past 16 years of partisan sniping in the Clinton and Bush eras.
Well, what did they really expect?
When the Republicans were in charge the Democrats kept up a steady stream of blockages every way they could. Did they really expect the Republicans to just roll over?
Yeah, they probably did. Going on the record of the past two years, they’re probably justified.
But hopefully the Republicans can find enough backbone among them to oppose this laundry list of failed Democrat programs.
The media routinely condemned the Republicans during their control of Congress for not pursuing “bipartisanship” with the minority Democrats. I assumed (probably wrongly) that the same standards apply now that the Democrats are back in the majority.
Before you get real upset with the Republicans blocking legislation creating “jobs” you might find this interesting.
Yeah, that’s right. They don’t even know whether this bill will have any impact at all on the economy or job creation.
Yeah, I know that the Republicans spent like sailors on Soi Cowboy, but we fired them. Remember? Are we going to allow the new management to do the same thing to us? Who do we put in charge then?