So much for the new bipartisanship.
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed President Obama’s $819 billion economic stimulus bill pretty much along party lines, with the exception of 11 Democrats who voted against the plan.
The House Bill:
Stimulus: Some Loony Spending Requests in Obama Plan
By Ruben Navarrette
After the vote, Obama said he hoped to “continue to strengthen” the bill as it made its way through the Senate.
I’d settle for removing more of the ridiculous items that House Democrats slipped into the legislation to advance their sociopolitical agenda. Like $350 million for child care on military bases. Or $335 million to prevent sexually transmitted diseases.
In normal economic times, there might not be anything wrong with this. But these aren’t normal times. And these politically motivated giveaways do nothing to fight the recession.
Another such item, which was removed from the bill, was a plan to spend more than $200 million on birth control funding as a way of stimulating the economy.
Who could possibly defend such a thing? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi concocted an argument that was ridiculous and offensive. In fact, the argument was so bad that it might have single-handedly led to the demise of the funding, which some conservatives considered a giveaway to Planned Parenthood.