Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Economic Realities vs. Republican Nonsense

Josh at TPM points to recent polls which show Americans have enormous confidence in the economic plans projected by President Obama, and very few who think Republicans have a clue as to how to proceed. Josh features the video below --

Now compare those comments to the outrageous nonsense put forth by Senate Republican Jim DeMint that this stimulus package is all about banning the Bible:

Or how about Tennessee's own Senator Bob Corker, who wants to wait and see just how lousy and disastrous the national economy can become before taking action to change directions:

I know there are many people in this country that believe we have trillions of dollars of losses still left in our financial system before we hit bottom, and I think that everybody realizes that as housing continues to drop, it is not just hurting our economy directly, it is also dragging our financial systems down.

Again, I appreciate those folks who are trying to work together to make this bill, which is a disaster in my opinion, slightly better. But, I wonder if it wouldn't make more sense for us as a country to just wait for a week or two to hear the rest of the administration's plans as it relates to solving this problem.

"Let's ask the administration to come forth and talk to us about the price tag of dealing appropriately with the credit markets, with housing, and with maybe some directed spending on infrastructure or something that is not programmatic and doesn't disrupt the way that state government is run."

Since Sen. Corker already has earned his millions, his advice to the rest of us is to just try and hang on until he thinks the president asks him in a nice way if he has any ideas of use to America.

Then there is the hypocrisy of Senator Lamar Alexander. His 'press release' page at his website hails federal dollars being spent on a grant for a Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Grant Funding for Tennessee Firemen, Requesting Emergency Aid for Disaster Declarations in seven TN counties, a million dollars for Memphis Fire Department Services --- however, the stimulus package which would bring billions to Tennessee for school construction and repairs, science research and development, and much, much more are all part of a Giant Job Killer.

Apparently, he needs some kind of assurance he'll get a good photo of himself in the local media before he'll actually consider taking action on the economy when it is most needed.

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