The newly inaugurated President of the United States declared a national crisis. He wanted an economic stimulus and he wanted it fast.
His mantra was jobs.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was ready with every hunk of junk pork spending that no Congress before had ever seen fit to pass.
She assembled a group of her Democratic staff and Representatives and put together a one-way Democrat spending bill — not a stimulus.
And she totally ignored the president’s pledge for bipartisanship.
House Minority Leader John Boehner and Republicans were completely shut out; their inputs ignored or overruled.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer speak to reporters after a bi-partisan meeting with President Barack Obama and leading Republicans at the White House, January 23, 2009.(Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
When the House prepared to vote on the stimulus, Boehner expressed “disappointment.” He said it included a “lot of wasteful spending that won’t create jobs.”
“Saying ‘we won’ and excluding Republican input is not the way to start,” Republican Senator John McCain said of the “bipartisanship” within the current stimulus bill.
The Speaker of the House also participated in a conspiracy that resulted in the failure of the stimulus to be properly understood. It was not even available in the Internet in time to be publically read before the House vote.
Democratic House Member Jim Cooper from Tennessee said, “If members actually had to read the bills and figure out whether they are any good or not. We’re just told how to vote. We’re treated like mushrooms most of the time.”
“We’ll be glad to sit down with the White House any time,” McCain said. “We’re in a national crisis.”
Thank goodness for the Senators.
Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) said today, “It doesn’t treat the disease; just the symptoms.”
He’s a doctor.
Coburn also said of the stimulus bill, “I don’t think the president has read it.”
Coburn said the stimulus will probably pass “but it won’t work, it won’t be successful.”
Now some 43% of the voters say the stimulus is wrong; and only 37% of those polled like it.
At this point McCain says, “no bill is better than this bill.”
He and other Republicans have an alternative to the House stimulus that they have already discussed with President Obama.
We pray President Obama has the good sense to work with McCain and others to make an acceptable stimulus — something he has always pledged to do.
And we hope President Obama has learned a lesson about Nancy Pelosi and her House Democrats.