Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Guard Can Die, But Can Not Yield

The GOP holds together in the House:

In contrast to the House, where Republicans complain that the $819 billion economic recovery package has been drafted without their input, the Senate is ramping up for a more open process. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed on Wednesday by a vote of 244 to 188, with no Republican support. Eight Democrats voted with 177 Republicans to oppose the bill.

I suppose it would too much to hope that Senate Republicans could also form a united front, especially when Obama appears so willing to work with them:

In response to Senate GOP concerns, the president urged cutting some of the more controversial provisions, including $200 million to resod the National Mall and increased payments for contraceptives in Medicare.

Ladies and gentlemen the era of bipartisanship love and understanding has finally arrived!

Sure, Obama wants to spend close to a trillion dollars on highly dubious stimulus projects--most of which are nothing more than sops to various Democratic constituencies--but he's willing to dig deep and give up some new grass and condoms. Who says compromise isn't possible?

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