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Scott Brown & Four Other Republicans Help Pass Stimulus 2: Sorry, "Jobs Bill"
RFFM.org ^ | Feb. 23, 2010 | Daniel T. Zanoza

Posted on 02/23/2010 7:25:40 AM PST by Daniel T. Zanoza

I am not an economist and I don't play one on TV, but something strange went on in the U.S. Senate yesterday. The legislative body passed a $15 billion "jobs bill" by a vote of 62 to 30. Eight Senators did not vote. [See: http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=2&vote=00023] Lawmakers included provisions within the legislation, supposedly designed to encourage small business owners to increase hiring. Of course, the bill might help small business owners--until Congress rams through Mr. Barack Obama's massive health care reform plan that will penalize small business entrepreneurs and help lead to more unemployment across America. By the way, one of the provisions in the "jobs bill" put another hit on Social Security, but who's counting?

Scott Brown of Massachusetts was one of five who broke ranks with Republicans. It didn't take long for the newly elected Senator to fall off the wagon of fiscal responsibility. Brown was joined by GOP comrades in arms retiring Senators George Voinovich of Ohio and Kit Bond of Missouri and the liberal Bobbsey Twins from Maine, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe.

Democrat Ben Nelson of Nebraska, who voted no, obviously has seen the light since his now infamous Nebraska cornhusker kickback vote on health care reform. Nelson has been under withering fire in his home state. Therefore, knowing the U.S. Senate, a deal must have been cut to exclude him from voting yes on a bill that would put America in greater debt.

The original "jobs bill" totaled $85 billion before Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid trimmed the bill down to a mere $15 billion. But hey, what's $15 billion when the U.S. deficit is running in the trillions?

Now here's a question I have. Under the George Bush administration, nearly $1 trillion was given to Wall Street banking and insurance firms to bail them out because they were "too big to fail." TARP, in reality, provided a financial windfall for Wall Street types who could then send lobbyists back to Washington, D.C. to help fill the wallets and pocketbooks of Congress.

But here's the part I don't understand. The banks have paid back the U.S. government over $500 billion of the original TARP bail out money. Some say Obama is planning to use some of this cash in a slush fund to help elect Democrats in November. However, I won't be that cynical.

Also, there is roughly $500 billion which has not been spent from Obama's first stimulus package. Even though only 6% of Americans believe the stimulus package really created permanent jobs, the fact remains if you combine the money paid back to the U.S. government from the TARP bail out with the $500 billion remaining in unspent stimulus money, that adds up to $1 trillion, doesn't it?

Here's another foolish question: Couldn't that trillion bucks be used to pay down the debt that is strangling America and we could have peeled $15 billion out of it to apply towards the so-called "jobs bill" which passed in a parliamentary vote in the U.S. Senate on Monday, Feb. 22nd.

I guess I just don't get it. And I don't understand how Scott Brown, you remember him, the 41st vote to stop health care, has lost his way so quickly. But he did say he wasn't the 41st vote, after the election was over...every Republican Senator represented the 41st vote. So I guess we can now call Brown the 62nd vote which helped put America more in debt.

So hold your applause, sports fans. Scott Brown just might not be what we thought he was. But, heck, he's a member of Congress, so what's new?


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: deficit; jobsbill; scottbrown; tarp

1 posted on 02/23/2010 7:25:40 AM PST by Daniel T. Zanoza
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To: Daniel T. Zanoza

It isn’t over, it hasn’t passed yet, they just voted to end debate. It still faces the full vote.


2 posted on 02/23/2010 7:26:47 AM PST by mnehring
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To: mnehring

The cloture vote is all that matters


3 posted on 02/23/2010 7:28:49 AM PST by achilles2000 (Shouting "fire" in a burning building is doing everyone a favor...whether they like it or not)
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To: achilles2000

The final vote is all that matters. That is what moves it forward to law. It can still be killed even if the cloture vote passes.


4 posted on 02/23/2010 7:31:08 AM PST by mnehring
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To: Daniel T. Zanoza

SCOTT BROWN, 2012.............../s


5 posted on 02/23/2010 7:35:24 AM PST by Kimberly GG (PALIN SUPPORTS PATH TO CITIZENSHIP AMNESTY and PROGRESSIVE RHINO MCCAIN.)
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To: Kimberly GG

What because he won ONE election? And he voted with the other side?


6 posted on 02/23/2010 7:36:45 AM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: Daniel T. Zanoza

He joined the girls, snowe, voinovich, and collins.

Even Nebraska’s Nelson voted NO


7 posted on 02/23/2010 7:37:03 AM PST by Carley
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To: mnehring

I hope so. Why waste another 15 Billion dollars.


8 posted on 02/23/2010 7:38:01 AM PST by Ablesinner
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To: Daniel T. Zanoza
"Scott Brown & Four Other Republicans Help Pass Stimulus 2: Sorry, "Jobs Bill""

We've been duped with a Trojan Horse...er...a Trojan RINO, I should say.


9 posted on 02/23/2010 7:38:16 AM PST by FrankR (Those of us who love AMERICA far outnumber those who love obama - your choice.)
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To: mnehring

With the huge D majority, all that matters is the cloture vote. R’s can’t stop it now...the RINOs have done it again.


10 posted on 02/23/2010 7:38:22 AM PST by achilles2000 (Shouting "fire" in a burning building is doing everyone a favor...whether they like it or not)
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To: Daniel T. Zanoza

Scott Brown, YOU LIE!


11 posted on 02/23/2010 7:38:40 AM PST by bmwcyle (Free the Navy Seals)
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To: achilles2000

It depends on if all the Dems vote with the party. There is still a chance to kill it.


12 posted on 02/23/2010 7:39:02 AM PST by mnehring
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To: Daniel T. Zanoza

Scott Brown just might not be what we thought he was.


I’ll bite. Just what did you think he was?


13 posted on 02/23/2010 7:39:14 AM PST by deport (TEXAS PRIMARY -- EARLY VOTING FEB 16 - 26..... Vote today.)
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To: 70th Division

I was being sarcastic, were you?


14 posted on 02/23/2010 7:40:44 AM PST by Kimberly GG (PALIN SUPPORTS PATH TO CITIZENSHIP AMNESTY and PROGRESSIVE RHINO MCCAIN.)
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To: Daniel T. Zanoza

Anyone who thinks Scott Brown is going to be a reliable conservative vote is mistaken. He didn’t campaign that way, and he won’t serve that way. He’s not Martha Coakley, and his election probably saved us from socialized health care. That’s the victory we won. Massachusetts didn’t elect the next Reagan, though.

These days, I’m just happy when congressional spending bills have the word “billion” rather than “trillion.”


15 posted on 02/23/2010 7:41:14 AM PST by Our man in washington (What do Martha Coakley and Mary Jo Kopechne have in common? They thought Kennedy's seat was safe.)
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To: mnehring

A chance... A snowball’s chance. Reid can control at least 50 votes - remember he has plugs Biden to put it across. But, it won’t be that close.


16 posted on 02/23/2010 7:43:52 AM PST by achilles2000 (Shouting "fire" in a burning building is doing everyone a favor...whether they like it or not)
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To: Daniel T. Zanoza

I don’t understand why people are apoplectic about Brown’s vote on this bill. What were you expecting from a NE conservative?


17 posted on 02/23/2010 7:45:46 AM PST by Trust but Verify
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To: Daniel T. Zanoza
How many"jobs" will this bill create in Sen. Browns district?

What's the unemployment rate in Sen. Brown's district?

Is his district located in a typically conservative area of the country?

Does the constituents of that area of the country have a history of sending conservatives or lock step liberals to the Senate?

18 posted on 02/23/2010 7:53:21 AM PST by gitmogrunt (The stupidity of Liberal's never ceases to amaze me.)
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To: mnehring

Do you believe in evolution to? Your faith is rare indeed?


19 posted on 02/23/2010 7:56:40 AM PST by Conservative9
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To: Trust but Verify
What were you expecting from a NE conservative?

Well asked and good point.

20 posted on 02/23/2010 7:57:00 AM PST by writer33 (Rush Limbaugh Is "The Passion" of Conservatism And Pretty Good At That Radio Thingy)
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To: Trust but Verify

Ouch, truth hurts.


21 posted on 02/23/2010 7:58:22 AM PST by Conservative9
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To: Conservative9

I don’t give up just because of a cloture vote.. fight to the end. Your lack of faith is disturbing. It has happened before (amnesty).


22 posted on 02/23/2010 7:59:45 AM PST by mnehring
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To: Daniel T. Zanoza

I will have to say it’s not a good debut for Brown. Here’s his first chance to show he belong with fiscal conservatives, and he votes for a spending bill. This after the failure of the other stimulus bills.


23 posted on 02/23/2010 8:09:18 AM PST by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: gitmogrunt
Sen. Brown in his own words:

"I came to Washington to be an independent voice, to put politics aside and to do everything in my power to help create jobs for Massachusetts families," said Brown. "This Senate jobs bill is not perfect ... but I voted for it because it contains measures that will help put people back to work."

24 posted on 02/23/2010 8:23:10 AM PST by gitmogrunt (The stupidity of Liberal's never ceases to amaze me.)
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To: Daniel T. Zanoza

Another RINO in the Senate. What a shock. Looks like Brown will be a one termer, as he’ll be driving people who voted for him to fight Hussein, absolutely nuts.


25 posted on 02/23/2010 8:34:12 AM PST by Oldpuppymax
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To: Daniel T. Zanoza
The spiral continues down to socialism---Both the Dems and the Repubs are headed in the same direction. This is what gives people a yearning for "third" parties.
26 posted on 02/23/2010 8:55:58 AM PST by John Leland 1789 (Grateful)
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To: Kimberly GG

YUP! LOL He is still better than Teddy. And Teddy has been sober for two months now.


27 posted on 02/23/2010 9:32:13 AM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: Our man in washington

Yes, Scott Brown is a moderate.
So was Norm Coleman... but with Al Franken being hte 60th vote, I really missed Norm Coleman in 2009.


28 posted on 02/23/2010 9:36:40 AM PST by WOSG (OPERATION RESTORE AMERICAN FREEDOM - NOVEMBER, 2010 - DO YOUR PART!)
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