Monday, February 9, 2009

Screw Bipartisanship, I Want To Save The Economy!

Paul Krugman writes:
What do you call someone who eliminates hundreds of thousands of American jobs, deprives millions of adequate health care and nutrition, undermines schools, but offers a $15,000 bonus to affluent people who flip their houses?

A proud centrist. For that is what the senators who ended up calling the tune on the stimulus bill just accomplished.

Even if the original Obama plan — around $800 billion in stimulus, with a substantial fraction of that total given over to ineffective tax cuts — had been enacted, it wouldn’t have been enough to fill the looming hole in the U.S. economy, which the Congressional Budget Office estimates will amount to $2.9 trillion over the next three years.

This is bipartisanship? It feels like being screwed to me. What good is getting the other side to agree, when the other side can't tell it's ass from a hole in the ground? What good is "centrism" when it still leaves you in that handbasket, heading straight for hell? And what do we need bipartisanship for, anyway? Didn't we win the election?

The Repugs today bragged that they patterned their resistance to the economic stimulus bill on the insurgency tactics of the Taliban, they've acknowledged in the last few weeks that they've been taking their marching orders from that fat fool Rush Limbaugh, and their adherence to the failed and discredited theory that tax cuts and supply-side economics can make a healthy economy, should be enough for any reasonable person to conclude that these jokers are in it only for themselves.

President Obama is speaking live in a few minutes. I think it's time for him to say again, as he did in his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, "ENOUGH!" Harry Reid should grow a pair, and dare the Republicans to filibuster a new bill, one that restores the educational aid and support for the states. It's time to call these Repug obstructionists out for what they are: assholes.

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