Lots of ink and electrons today for Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio, the only member of the House to switch from voting yes on the stimulus bill to voting no on the second go-around.
As DeFazio told my colleague Charles Pope, the bill is simply too larded with tax cuts – as opposed to infrastructure spending – for him to accept the final version.
What DeFazio means is that you and I, being ordinary people, are too stupid to know what to do with the money. He would like the money to go through his committee so that he can control who benefits. With DeFazio that means Lobbyists and Unions. Since with 60% of his funding coming from out-of-state sources, that doesn’t even mean Oregon Lobbyists and Unions.
With DeFazio, if you’re not kicking some of your paycheck back to the Union, which in turn finds its way into his campaign coffers, you don’t matter.
Voting against it will also give him an out when it blows up.
That’s DeFazio. He’s a “maverick,” meaning that he’ll do his best to pretend to be on your side, no matter what side that is.