I’m not pleased with Congressional Democrats. If you have been reading my blog you know I’ve been railing at the hypocrisy and obstructionism of the House Republicans with regard to their obstruction of the Stimulus Bill. But as I started to learn more of the details, I began to realize that Pelosi and crew have managed to put us in a position where Republicans appear to be winning the spin game by “claiming” to be safeguarding the tax payers. How, in God’s name, could House Republicans manage to make themselves appear to be fiscally responsible while unanimously voting against a Bill we obviously need? Especially when America is losing over 100,000 jobs a week? How did the Democrats allow Republicans to have any kind of wiggle room when it’s the Republicans who created the problem and offer no solutions?
By loading up the Bill with Democrat-only pork, the House Democrats may have rescued defeat from the jaws of victory. When Republicans started to point at millions for condoms and subsidies for over-budget Hollywood movies, the Bill became a pork-barrel instead of a job stimulus. Democrats should have sectioned the bill into infrastructure, investment in new industries, and preservation of existing jobs. And then, justified each expenditure. Republicans would have had a much harder time attacking increasing Medicare funding to States to preserve health care services (and jobs) if they didn’t have money for condoms to belittle.
Now, if Obama wants a bipartisan bill he has to alter it. The Republicans will then claim more concessions and a political victory. After what the House Republicans did (i.e. get concessions and then vote unanimously against the Bill), some people argue “screw them”, take out the concessions and ram the Bill through. That’s old school. I guess the name of the game is triangulation. Republicans praise the President for trying to be bi-partisan and “claim” that they are trying to help him. Maybe Obama is playing a smart game in the Senate by cutting House pork but holding the line on Republican tax breaks. Cut the pork, but don’t give them anything significant. Now, Mr. President… that would be smart.