…how about rolling over, as well?
Senate Democrats reached an agreement with Republican moderates on Friday to pare a huge economic recovery measure, clearing the way for approval of a package that President Obama said was urgently needed in light of mounting job losses.
The deal, announced on the Senate floor, was a result of two days of tense negotiations and political theater. Mr. Obama dispatched his chief of staff to Capitol Hill to help conclude the talks and reassure senators in his own party, and he called three key Republicans to applaud them for their patriotism.
So, by inference, those Republican and blue dog Democrats that haven’t played ball are… unpatriotic?
If not wanting to saddle future generations with a plan that will drown them in a tsunami of debt and will misallocate resources so as to only prolong the recession and which is merely a make-work program that is part political pay-off and an investment in the future (for more votes)… if opposing that is unpatriotic, then consider us the most treasonous, vile, and treacherous of sorts. We'll wear it proudly.
P.S. By the way, the 3 patriotic Senators…? Wait for it…. Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins and Arlen Specter. No freakin’ way, right?
The short answer: to appease the centrists, a plan that was already too small and too focused on ineffective tax cuts has been made significantly smaller, and even more focused on tax cuts.
That from the NYT's government-for-government's sake savant, Paul Krugman who argues that the original $825 Billion plan should have been bigger by at least 50%. Amazing.
Well, why stop there? If $825 Bil won't do the trick and we need at least a 1.2-1.3 T plan to make it barely functional, then it stands to reason, by Krugman's logic, what we really need to get this baby ripping and to make all our problems take flight and disappear forever is a 2, 3, 4 Trillion dollar plan. Yaaaaaaay!