They were against all that wild spending before they were for it. Not a single house Republican voted for the stimulus bill and only three Republican Senators did. “It was a vehicle for pet projects,” “loaded with wasteful deficit spending.”
Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
But now, passed into law without their help and with their vociferous damnation, it’s “a victory for the Alaska Native contracting program and other Alaska small business owners” (Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska), and it will “help provide needy families affordable housing.” (Rep. Kit Bond R-Missouri). The recent convert to Euro-socialism, Lindsay Graham, says that he’s “all for infrastructure spending” and “for signing people up for Medicaid,” both of which are in the bill.
The slithy toves are gyring and gimbling in the wabe. Because all that money is…well, it’s going to help their constituents. It’s going to create (or preserve) jobs and the anti-statist GOP wants you to know that even though they hate socialism, they are still committed to making sure you know that they will embrace this grand venture into statist economic policy by spending all that communist money.
GOP opposition to this bill was never about what was in it. Because it has tax cuts, infrastructure projects and money for state governments sinking under the weight of collapsed revenue, it could even preserve some of their jobs come the next election. No, the GOP hated it because even though the final bill was nearly Clintonian in its sell-out of Democratic interests, its passage would hand the new President a victory they just could not abide.
“You have absolutely no reason, none, to trust our word or our actions at this point.” Of course, I, being a good and charitable Christian, would never say such a thing about the Republicans. Those were the words of their own party chair to their radio cheerleader Glenn Beck.
Or as Lewis Caroll rendered it: “O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
Beware the Jabberwocky.