As Congress debates, while Rome burns, the level of rhetorical absurdity from congressional Republicans is really getting weird. One Republican (John Thune) spent a half hour talking about what would happen if you stacked, piled or wrapped the stimulus money around the world (he even had visual aids consisting of a 600 mile high stack of dollar bills and another that wrapped around the world dozens of times). They talk, we suffer. It’s bad enough that we have to listen to the same guys who got us in this mess of massive unemployment, record deficits and the verge of a depression (after unrestrained spending and tax breaks for millionaires) complain about… unrestrained spending (and no tax breaks for millionaires).
The rhetorical rubbish I like best is from the Republicans from Texas and South Carolina, who say they would rather not accept any of the money in their home states and go it alone. Sweet! I love that idea. Make sure that those Senators’ states don’t get a cent of stimulus money and explain to their unemployed constituents why they refused the money for jobs. In many counties of Texas and South Carolina the unemployment rate is over 10%.
Why not start a campaign of e-mailing every Republican every hour on the hour and give them an update of how many more Americans have lost their job since the last hour?