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GOP Stimulus Foes Draw Democratic Comments

Well, there's nothing quite as effective in firing up the Democrats' comment base as an article suggesting that the Republicans see long-term gains in opposing a stimulus package they don't think will work.

That's the thesis offered by Alec MacGillis and Perry Bacon Jr. Our Readers Who Comment and sound like Democrats ask clueless Republicans if they can remember what the election was about. Those who sound like Republicans clang alarms about a coming welfare state where the lazy wait for handouts from hard-working capitalists.

Rush Limbaugh is seen as leading the Republican charge and his anti-fan club has also been energized. WaPo is excoriated for even writing this story and several suggest that the entire stimulus conversation has been hijacked by House leftists.

Oh, and there are those folks who have lost their jobs or see that possibility coming at them.

We'll start with wvajim, the first in this string to express a view held by many in writing, "How about a little honesty, this should not be called stimulus. It's proper name is increase tax, spend, increase deficit and pork bill."

That came right after Jena1 stated another view held by many: "I hope the GOP loses more seats in 2010."

And RickBeagle asked, "Does this article sicken anyone besides me? These folks aren't thinking about the problems we have or the Americans impacted, but rather, they are gloating about their successes in ensuring any helpful efforts fail. On a moral level, how can you possibly think that this is acceptable?..."

But zjr78xva wrote, "After promising a non-ideological approach, Obama allowed the so-called stimulus package to be highjacked by rabid leftist ideologues in the House, and now he's stuck with it. He's changed precisely nothing about the way Washington does business, and in lieu of hope he's now peddling fear..."

fprotop said, "The GOP is for corporate and military industrial complex interests. Thats why its fine to spend 3 trillion on Iraq but not invest in America at home. Why would they? Theres no money to be made in domestic spending!..."

And rashomon wrote, "Putting Limbaugh forward as the face of the Republican party would be a huge favor to the Democrats. He even looks more and more like a stereotypical Republican plutocrat. How many chins does he have in that photo?"

j2hess added, "Anyone fool enough to follow Rush Limbaugh's lead deserves contempt; anyone who votes to put party before our economic health deserves defeat."

Itd345 said, "The GOP is clearly not interested in improving the economy. They would rather pout, whine, nag, and complain."

boscobobb wrote, "The Republican's seem to think that small business owners support their opposition to the stimulus plan. I would suggest they check again. EVERY small business owner with whom I meet has seen a drop in business that is worse than we've seen in over 35 years..."

NMP1 said, "Whatever "victory" the GOP scored it's only b/c the dishonest media helped them. Despite WaPo reporting just yesterday that even conservative economists now concede that the Stimulus Package is not only necessary but needs to pass swiftly, they are helping the GOP further the meme that it's not necessary or corrupt..."

tifoso1 wrote, "... When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my friends, is about the end of any nation."

nicekid said, "If Obama let's the GOP get away with obstruction through lack of coordinated and constant messaging, then he won't deserve a second term. The GOP's agenda should surprise no one--they are behaving consistently. What is surprising is the incompetent way in which the Obama administration respond to it..."

wardropper, one of our regulars, wrote, "And the reason we are waiting with baited breath to see what the Republicans think now would be . . . . ?"

And millerroberta, another of our regulars, said, "I am proud to be a Republican."

We'll close with outofhere, who wrote, "My husband lost his job 3 weeks ago. I sure wouldn't want our ability to pay for healthcare ($900/month) to get in the way of the GOP's all important 'tactical victory.' "

All comments on this article are here.

By Doug Feaver  |  February 9, 2009; 9:15 AM ET
Categories:  Bailout , Congress , Democrats , Economy Watch , Republicans  | Tags: Bailout, Congress, Economy Watch  
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If the Republicans had a strategy, they might have some standing to argue, a position to argue for. Instead, what Republicans bring to the table is blind, irrational faith that if we just step aside and do nothing, the economic system will magically, autonomously, right itself, despite all evidence to the contrary.

Evidence to the contrary includes a recent report from Congressman Kanjorski stating that the failure of Lehman Brothers triggered a run on money market accounts that forced the shutdown of the money markets, and the provision of FDIC insurance to money market accounts. Kanjorski reports that the global economic system, i.e., global capitalism itself, was less than 24 hours from total collapse.

The active engagement of the US government prevented the Lehman Brothers collapse from turning into global economic chaos, just barely. The situation is marginally less perilous now than then, but to think the status quo ante has been restored is folly of suicidal proportions.

We need a strategy. It doesn't have to be perfect, but the events of the past several months have proven that self-regulating markets are the stuff of fever-dreams, and do not occur in real life.

If the Republicans don't wake up and start dealing with reality as it is, rather than as they wish it were, they are likely to share the fate of market self-regulation.

Posted by: lonquest | February 11, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I am not naive enough to think that the current stimulus bill is perfect and I wish both sides would work together and get it passed. That said I see so much of the current GOP opposition to be based on political motives and "firing up their base". The commenter referencing the Iraq war had it spot on. How can the same Republicans who spent 3 trillion on an unecessary war and put it all on credit, seriously have a problem about spending one third of that amount trying to help folks at home. I cant get my head around that one.

Posted by: MarcMyWords | February 9, 2009 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Let us not talk about the stimulus package. Lets bash Republicans instead. That way the Democrat party can have carte blanc no questions allowed. Please poll us on the itemized details of this spending bill and see what America has to say. Anything short of that is a whitewash. Please, let us speak to the issue.

Posted by: MITCHS52 | February 9, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have demonstrated that their political ideology does not allow for effective governing, their economic ideology doesn't allow for effective governing. Their social ideology only allows Fear, Hatred and Division to paralyze governing.

Failed ideology is what got us into this mess.

Posted by: thebobbob | February 9, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

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