Yes, we’re back with an installment of “Why Republicans are Pussies”. I like to challenge assumptions. That’s what this is all about. Republicans have this self-image fo the lone and strong cowboy, riding the plains, a strong and silent drifter. Underneath all of that leather and blather lies a deep dark secret, women’s panties and a weak and simpering child that will throw a tantrum if they dont’ get their way. Here’s another reason Republicans have their panties in a bunch.
I’ve said it before in this blog, what should Republicans do now? Get involved. Here was their first test, and they blew it. It is clear that Democrats see the way out of the recession as spending on projects that will creat jobs. They are Democrats, and that is their way. On the other hand, they are holding their line on taxes, unless you’re rich and if you are, well shit on you.
President Obama reached out for support on the bill in the House, and not a single Republican Representative voted for it. This was, in fact, reason #1 why Republicans are pussies. Now, The Democrats have tried to reach a compromise on the bill in the Senate, and the Republicans have spent most of their time misquoting economists in the media, sticking to their failed policies, and ignoring the Democrats as they crafted a more Republican friendly version of the bill.
Let’s see. Less than four percent of Republicans participated in the bill. Given that there are 41 Republican Senators, and less than four percent participated, let’s see some quick math tells me that 1.64 Republicans were able to man up and talk to their rivals. The rest bitched and moaned to the press, pointed their fingers, shouted, played politic and ignored the crisis that is going on in the country. Pussies.
The big argument Republicans are trying to make is that tax cuts will generate jobs faster, but even Christina Romer, the author of the study they quote, says that spending has a greater multiplier effect. Check this article which supports this with a nice closing paragraph:
As Reagan advisor Martin Feldstein wrote, “While good tax policy can contribute to ending the recession, the heavy lifting will have to be done by increased government spending.” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Economy.com recently explained why: though tax cuts act more quickly, they “do not have the same economic bang for the buck as increased government spending, as households will save some of the tax cuts or use them to repay debt, and purchase imported goods.”
This whole move does not look out for Americans, and does not consider the most relevant available studies. They are clinging to an ideal to appear strong in a time of weakness for their supporters rather than joining the national debate. Pussies.
Only a party of pussies would ignore the invitation to compromise and then whine about not being in on the bill.
“As we look through it, many of the things that were criticized before appear to still be there,” said minority whip Jon Kyl.
Only a pussy would whine because he didn’t get EVERYTHING he wanted. The only pussy exemption is the one guy who sat down to trim some of this bill to be more palatable to teh small government-types out there. I’m holding exemption cards for any Republicans that vote for the bill, but I’m not expecting to use them.