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January 29, 2009

Republicans Defiant, But House Passes Massive Stimulus Bill

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Republicans Defiant, But House Passes Massive Stimulus Bill


(Snipets from the article)

The vote was 244-188.

"We don't have a moment to spare," Obama declared at the White House as congressional allies hastened to do his bidding in the face of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

The vote sent the bill to the Senate, where debate is expected to begin as early as this week on a companion measure already taking shape. Democratic leaders have pledged to have legislation ready for Obama's signature by mid-February.

A mere eight days after Inauguration Day, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday's events heralded a new era. "The ship of state is difficult to turn," said the California Democrat. "But that is what we must do. That is what President Obama called us to do in his inaugural address."
"Another week that we delay is another 100,000 or more people unemployed. I don't think we want that on our consciences," said Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and one of the leading architects of the legislation.
Republicans said the bill was short on tax cuts and contained too much spending, much of it wasteful and unlikely to help laid-off Americans.
The party's leader, Rep. John Boehner of Ohio, said the measure "won't create many jobs, but it will create plenty of programs and projects through slow-moving government spending." A GOP alternative, comprised almost entirely of tax cuts, was defeated, 266-170, moments before the final vote.

On the final vote, the legislation drew overwhelming support among Democrats while all but a few Republicans opposed it. ........This is NOT TRUE! ` Wild Thing

Rep. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, sought to strip out all the spending from the legislation before final passage, arguing that the entire cost of the bill would merely add to soaring federal deficits. "Where are we going to get the money," he asked, but his attempt failed overwhelmingly, 302-134.
Obey had a ready retort. "They don't look like Herbert Hoover, I guess, but there are an awful lot of people in this chamber who think like Herbert Hoover," he said, referring to the president whose term is forever linked in history with the Great Depression.

House passes stimulus plan, but with no Republican votes

Politics AP

To their credit, not a single Republican supported the Obama bailout and social spending package. All 178 Republicans in the House of Representatives turned it down

The vote was 244 to 188. None of the House's 178 Republican members voted yes.

Despite a fresh plea for cooperation from President Barack Obama, who insisted that "we don't have a moment to spare," Republicans spurned the Democratic bill.

Most Republicans will oppose this bill for one reason: It won't work," said Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., the chairman of the House Republican Conference, which helps promote party policies.

"We're using our economic woes to grow government spending to epic and historic proportions," charged Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Calif.

Some of the spending will be "wasteful," said House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio. A plan to provide funds to help consumers convert to digital television "looks like a slush fund to me," he said.

Wild Thing's comment........

And 11 Dems voted against it, I bet Obama will be taking names. And I I want to thank the House Republicans for standing strong!! Boehner and Cantor should get a lot of credit. Unanimous opposition is outstanding.

The job of our conservative representatives now is to minimize the impact of the Obama Administration on our institutions and our individual liberties. The Democrats will try to strip them away, one by one. The fight for our nation has just begun.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Posted by Wild Thing at January 29, 2009 03:50 AM


Dear Wild Thing: I thought you might find this article (and web site) interesting. The article mentions the plans of Obama to support Federal Hate Crimes Legislation.
Obama has just started to expand government in our private homes and businesses.

Posted by: Eddy Burke at January 29, 2009 07:17 AM

Unfortunately for the forseeable future people in our district have no representative as Gillibrand is now a Senator. Just waiting for Patterson to call for a special election.
Bob A.

Posted by: Bob A at January 29, 2009 08:10 AM

Hi Eddy,
Thanks for posting the link. It's been a long time since I hit the Brussels Journal and had forgotten about it.
Bob A.

Posted by: Bob A at January 29, 2009 08:19 AM

Thanks Eddy for the link. The "Hate Crime" legislation is just another act by "O" and the Dems to take away our freedoms!!! By this legislation, it will become a crime to say anything about anyone, especially blacks and Muslims!!!!

I'm glad to see that the Republicans finally stuck together and voted unanimously against this bill. If this passes, this country is in deep deep trouble!!! Too bad the RNC can't get on board and be supportive of their own Party. I heard they came out and want Republicans to be more cooperative and diverse in their dealings with the Dems and "O". Screw that!!!! Time to dump the RNC current leadership (or lack thereof) and start over. They don't represent us any more.

Glad to see Mike Pence is in there fighting for us. He is about the only shining star for Indiana. I know - I'm biased!!! I'm a Hoosier!!!

Posted by: John at January 29, 2009 08:31 AM

Finally, the Repubs stand up - a little late but better late than never.
This Hate Crime thing is absurd! But leave it to the Dems to flock to another way to victimize people.

Posted by: yankeemom at January 29, 2009 09:31 AM

That's a good article. Thanks Eddy.

Yes, it's nice to see the Republicans acting as a unit of conservatives. Too bad they didn't do this in 2005.

Posted by: TomR at January 29, 2009 09:36 AM

Thanks Eddie. Glad to see the GOP Representatives standing up, but is it only because the house is engulfed in flames? It's a bit late to protest the arsonists when they let them into their homes. The wormies in the Senate will rubber stamp this nightmare.

Posted by: Jack at January 29, 2009 10:30 AM

yeah its a good thing the republicans finally grew some sort of a spine. At least only the dems pushed this through and they will have to now admit to responsibility for it. Especially when the economy does not respond to it.

As I write this the DJI is down over 200 points from yesterday. The stock market must be thrilled with this stimulus package. Even Tootsie Roll is down.

The hate crimes legislation is just another way of controlling our freedom of speech. Next, speaking out against the 'Usurpers' policies will be a hate crime.

When we wake up from this bad dream we will discover our Liberty has been stolen, too.

Posted by: Mark at January 29, 2009 10:32 AM

Frankly I'm not sure if anything will save us though I tend to think that what ever the government does spending wise will only prolong the recession and probably deep depression.

Check out this editorial. I think it's right on the money: TURNING JAPANESE - THE AUDACITY OF REALITY.

I think the best thing for us Americans to do is save and pay down debt. Invest in gold and silver. Hard gold and silver. not ETF's. Right now I see that Gold and Silver are trading at $895.50 and $12.09 but getting them at that price will be impossible.

The other thing I intend to do is grow a garden. If things don't get bad. Great. But if they do, I want to be prepared as best I can.

Posted by: Hal at January 29, 2009 12:24 PM

The House passed a massive Stimulus Ponzi Scheme Bill which will actually cost taxpayers almost $1.2 Trillion when borrowing interest is added in. Republicans should publicly demand that Obama and the Dems document a stimulus bill report card with a timetable of short term expected successful results such as "new" jobs over what timeframe, new and old home sales, bank loans to individuals, small businesses, and corporations, stock market increase, etc. If Obama and the Dems can't do that then what the f'n good is the bill that they are shoving down the throats of this and future generations?

Posted by: Les at January 29, 2009 03:33 PM

Last night O'Reilly said two things I agree with: if this blows up in his face, and if we get attacked again because of his PC mindset his Presidency is caput. I know Bill is a real schmuck a lot of the time but he did have a good point IMO.

Posted by: JohnE PFC U.S. Army at January 29, 2009 05:12 PM

Eddy, that is great, thank you so much. I never heard of the Brussels Journal before and I really appreciate it.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 29, 2009 06:10 PM

Bob A.,yes you have been having a lot of changes there. My brother in law lives in NY State but he is a total full blown Obama brained, Bush hating nightmare. Nicholas said he gave up on his brother of any hope of getting through to him this last election.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 29, 2009 06:13 PM

John, I am a huge fan of Mike Pence. I wish so much he was here in Florida.
I just heard on TV that the Republicans had a meeting again today to discuss how important it is to do more of this kind of thing and that they have to get back to what we the people want, back to the conservative base. I will see if I can find it and post about it tomorrow morning.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 29, 2009 06:17 PM

Yankeemom, your so right. The dems love to make people into victims and then big brother is suppposed to come in and save the day. AUGH!

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 29, 2009 06:19 PM

Tom, yes if they had done this in 2005 we would still be in the majority.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 29, 2009 06:21 PM

Jack yes and the fault for our party being in the minority lies at the feet of those that were elected and how they messed up big time when they had the chance before to be so very strong.

I pray every day they have learned but also that they see they are the ones to blame and they are the ones that have to do the fighting now to get back respect, their honor and to be back in the majority with us being happy about it.

Meanwhile this ride is the worst in my lifetime, watching all our freedoms going out the window and the attack on business like the dems are doing.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 29, 2009 06:29 PM

Mark, it really scares me, this hate crime stuff and their control to take our freedoms away.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 29, 2009 06:31 PM

Hal, you reminded me of something.
When I was a little girl, my Dad told me to always live where I could have a garden. Big or small but a garden. A place to grow things in case things got bad. He went on to tell me about WW11 and how people all over were doing that, here and in Europe.

So yes I sure do agree.

Thank you for the link too and information.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 29, 2009 06:35 PM

Les, perfect image for this.
The Congress and Obama have no intention of building or doing what they should, instead all this handout crap is all for big government like you said.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 29, 2009 06:38 PM

JohnE PFC U.S. Army, he is but I agree too that there are times when O'Reilly is right and I agree with him. I do like when he is making statements or a rant that I agree with because he can be very intense and really get his point across.

You are right when he said that I cheered him.

Posted by: Wild Thing at January 29, 2009 06:42 PM