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Economic Stimulus Bill Passes Senate In Wake Of Excellent Obama TV Appeal

In the wake of an excellent, hour long, stern and urgent nationally televised address and press conference by President Obama, the senate wisely passed their own version of the economic stimulus bill by a lopsided vote of 61 to 37. It was however deeply disappointing that no more than just three Republican senators were not swayed by the message of the president which was well reasoned and pragmatic and should have appealed to all reasonable lawmakers.

It was also very disappointing that John McCain who wanted so badly to be president only a few months earlier would not come on-board and support board principles such as funding veterans hospital construction, highway repairs, improved schools or other reasonable goals for a decent society. For years, the extremists in his party had accused John McCain of being a RINO(a Republican in name only), but in reality he has proven himself nearly as extreme and nonsensical as they often are, picking silly fights on issues that really shouldn't matter much. A wise warrior always picks their fights. This was a poor war for McCain to decide to champion. His sad decline in American politics now almost reads like a Shakespearean tragedy, where now he's less the once beloved war hero, than just the wrong guy on too many issues, too much of the time.

What 61 senators, including just three Republicans proved was that they listen to the public concerns about lost jobs, closing businesses, home foreclosures and other bad news and are willing to take action of some sort. But for the other 37 senators, it just doesn't make sense that they could not find enough common ground to rally behind in defense of the seriousness of this economic downturn to come on-board.

What voters will probably most remember when they look back at this issue during the 2010 midterm elections is that some senators stepped up to the plate and took action and at least tried something bold that they sincerely believed might help the unemployed, those possibly facing foreclosure, or a business that might otherwise fail. But most Republican lawmakers only put their heads in the sand, ignored the suffering of the public, failed to act, and ignored the problem, failing to offer constructive input into shaping a broad bill with a big consensus that should have passed the senate with a clear 100 to 0 vote.

Fortunately most senators heeded the president's call to act. And foreign nations around the world such as China, Japan, Britain, Germany & the EU as a whole are looking to the U.S. for this leadership to pass some economic stimulus legislation as many other nations have already done. America is considered the leader around the world, and many governments expect America to lead on this economic issue. The president and the senate have now done that. Now it is up to congress to resolve the differences, pass the bill, get it signed into into law, and immediately start pumping some fresh life into the economy.

Certainly the ailing economy will need far more than just this one piece of job producing and infrastructure creating legislation. But even the residents of the districts where their Republican representatives voted against this bill will see jobs saved or new projects creating new jobs started. So even these voters will not suffer at the hands of their representatives poor decisions to vote against this important piece of recovery legislation. That is good, because all Americans deserve to prosper and do well regardless of their political beliefs. Economic recovery deserves to come to all people.

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wow that was a load of BS, paul. usually your propaganda posts don't sound quite so stiff. i hate to be the one to break it to you, but just because the republicans don't agree with the piece of crap porkulus bill does not mean they don't think there are problems that need addressing. only that they don't think the bill in it's current form is the right thing to do. and guess what, it's not.

it's poor debating when your argument is that if i don't agree with you, then i must not care. it's also fun how the argument is never about what specifically in the bill will help the economy. obama and the dems are always just "pass this or else"

which party is the party of fear again?

Lee Ward:

The Republicans set a new low on this issue. As the 2010 election approaches they'll clean up their act - but they are so damned desperate to maintain a voice in today's politics that they are doing anything to make noise.

Fortunately, the American public voted their sorry, lying asses out of power, and aside from noise they accomplished nothing.

Robert Foster:

Lee, where have you been? Talk about lying asses, The tall black guy you voted in for President is the Head Liar, followed by Polesi, Reid and all the other Democrats that cooked up this mess. Remember Chris Dodd and Barney Frank saying Fannie and Freddie were in good shape? They lied. Remember when the dems softened their view on offshore drilling. They Lied Now the Democrats just reversed the Bush offshore drilling plan, slipped nationalized health care into this "Stimulus" bill, gave 4 billion dollars to Acorn, and who knows what else. Your lying president is out on the stump putting fear into the people so he and the dems can complete their plans to re-make this country into a European Socialist nation. Talk about lies, just name one of these talking bastards and I guarantee you if his lips are moving he is lying. And people like you are buying it hook line and sinker.
Obama the beloved, the most merciful, the savior...Makes me want to throwup. Robert

It was an excellent appeal, swaying exactly the same number of Republicans to vote "aye" as did so on cloture before the newser.

When it comes to things which cannot be quantified - like an excellent news conference or 4 million jobs saved - Obama is all aces.

Doubting Thomas:

Well, the Dems just tossed out $1.7 tril and 160k jobs...


That should help the economy, don't you think?

Lee Ward:

I doubt that, Thomas - and apparently you didn't read the article you linked to - or are suffering from ODS so badly it's clouding your reading comprehensions skillz.

The plan was set aside for more study, not torpedoed.

"To establish an orderly process that allows us to make wise decisions based on sound information, we need to set aside" the plan "and create our own timeline," Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced in a statement.

Alleging that the Bush administration "had torpedoed" offshore renewable energy in favor of oil and natural gas, Salazar said he was extending the public comment period by 6 months.

But the knee-jerk, over-the-top over reaction theatrics of the Republicans are all they have left in this world. Squeal like a stuck pig and pray they aren't fact-checked.

Write another check to the RNC, Thomas - that's what this show is all about - fleecing the rubes from their hard-earned cash so the Repubbies can try to buy their way back into power.


and if you think they're ever going to actually review that plan, lee, i've got a bridge to sell you. this is just typical political fare. sending something to review is the code phrase for kill it quietly

Lee Ward:

"they"? "them"?

Still clinging to the old days, eh ke?

Times have changed - Republicans will just never admit it - THAT hasn't changed. Repubbies seem to need to hang onto the fear mongering that got them and kept them in power from 200-2008 as it is the only weapon they have against logic, compassion, and intelligence... and it is so effective at getting those scared, terrorized conservatives to write more checks.

"BOOGEYMAN Demos and their bomb throwing pals are gonna steal your paychecks and rape your daughters!! "

That was McCain's mantra...


yes "they" and "them". the democrats in power in washington. i thought you could follow the thread of the conversation. evidently not.

i fully expect that the liberal democratic leadership will bury any attempt to rationally examine the off shore drilling policy. is that clear enough for you?

times are always changing, lee. everybody knows that. the questions that arise are: is this good change or bad change? how do i adapt to the changing circumstances? or should i fight it?

in answer to the first, this is bad change. and it needs to be questioned and fought.

and who's the party of fear? it's the democrats who are braying the "pass the stimulus bill NOW, or all will fall to doom"

as far as logic, compassion, and intelligence, if the democrats had EVER shown any of it, then maybe the republicans would have the need for some kind of weapon.

and dude, yes, demos have bomb throwing pals and are going to steal our paychecks. that's been true for a long long time. it's not fear mongering to point out the agenda and tactics of your opponents.

but where the hell did you come up with the "rape your daughters" bit? or is that more fear mongering from the demos?

Doubting Thomas:

But I thought the thing was that 'shovel-ready' (or 'drill ready', in this case) programs were desperately wanted! In this case, the government would GET money from the outset - from leases and then from royalties. And it'd put people to work in well-paying, TAX-paying jobs, not to mention giving the oil-industry machinery makers a boost - getting MORE taxes.

So what do they do? Put it on 'hold' for 6 months. Which will stretch longer - and longer... and eventually be shelved completely. After all, it'll 'take 10 years to get any oil' from more drilling - so why even start?!

Yeah, it's really important to get those people to work, right?


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