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Republicans Warn Against Overspending on Stimulus
The Wall Street Journal ^ | 2008-12-30 | Naftali Bendavid

Posted on 12/30/2008 6:38:32 AM PST by rabscuttle385

WASHINGTON -- Top Republican lawmakers are positioning themselves for battle over President-elect Barack Obama's economic recovery plan, signaling Monday that they will cast themselves as guardians against excessive spending rather than outright opponents of the Democrats' stimulus package.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) in a statement Monday supported the idea of using federal spending to boost the economy. But he warned that the price tag, which could approach $800 billion over two years, shouldn't become an excuse for funding undeserving projects.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bailout; bho2008; boehner; boneheadedidiots; bushsfailure; economy; gop; govwatch; mcconnell; obamatransitionfile; rino; socialism; stimulus
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Republicans also see an opportunity to recast themselves as the fiscally sensible party -- a label that was damaged during several years of high spending when the GOP controlled the White House and Congress.

McConnell and Boehner are RINOs.

1 posted on 12/30/2008 6:38:32 AM PST by rabscuttle385
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To: rabscuttle385

Purge the party of RINO’s NOW!


2 posted on 12/30/2008 6:41:47 AM PST by stockpirate (Obama's COLB issue, where's Rush, Laura, Sean, Mark, Malkin & Ann?)
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To: rabscuttle385

Sadly, its going to take a long, long time for the GOP to regain credibility on spending issues after the record of Lyndon Baines Bush and the Compassionate Conservative GOP Congress from the first six years of Bush’s term. I don’t think they realize how badly their spending binge has hurt the GOP. Basically, the GOP threw one of its main pillars out the window for a political gain that never came (Bush and that “genius” Rove thought that the Bush spending programs would permanently realign the voters—what a laugh). This is going to be seen as political opportunism, especially when led by McConnell and Boehner who were in charge during the GOP spending binge.


3 posted on 12/30/2008 6:43:05 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: rabscuttle385

Woooooo!

Republicans warn YET AGAIN!

I’ll bet that REALLY scares the democrats into acting responsibly ... NOT!


4 posted on 12/30/2008 6:43:20 AM PST by Mr. Jazzy (Happy 233rd Birthday, USMC!!!)
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To: All

Where’s Bush??????


5 posted on 12/30/2008 6:47:55 AM PST by Doofer
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To: rabscuttle385
About DAMN time they started to act like Conservative Republicans.

They have acted like RINO's for much too long.

6 posted on 12/30/2008 6:58:54 AM PST by Dustbunny (Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. The Gipper)
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To: Doofer

“Where’s Bush??????”

Too funny. He’s out and about spending money and enlarging government and increasing socialism throughout the land.

Bush has never seen a socialist program he didn’t like.

Compassionate conservatism 1984 doublespeak for Republican socialism.


7 posted on 12/30/2008 6:59:42 AM PST by stockpirate (Obama's COLB issue, where's Rush, Laura, Sean, Mark, Malkin & Ann?)
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To: rabscuttle385

Come on guys, get with the program. Everyone, at least 52%, knows that real wealth comes from the printing press.


8 posted on 12/30/2008 7:16:37 AM PST by depressed in 06 (Dope in chains, the Chicago way.)
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To: rabscuttle385

What a bunch of P*ssies. In 1993 we fought against a much smaller stimulus, only lost by one vote, and took over congress the following year. And these wimps “warn against spending too much”. We’re doomed.


9 posted on 12/30/2008 7:20:10 AM PST by Ron Jeremy (sonic)
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To: rabscuttle385

Pardon my ignorance, what does FTA stand for?


10 posted on 12/30/2008 7:21:53 AM PST by Las Vegas Ron (The tree of liberty is getting mighty dry)
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To: rabscuttle385

Having agreed to the principle of stimulus previously, on what basis can Republicans complain if the Democrats just do it better?

You can’t be sort-of-pro-stimulus. Either Keynes was right, or he was wrong. Economists generally believe he was wrong.

When the Rs went with the Ds several times on “stimulus” and “bailouts”, they set a precedent that cannot be easily undone.

For example, having blown hundreds of billions on bankers, do you really think the Ds won’t get their way with hundreds of billions for “the health of the children” aka Nationalized Healthcare? Of course they’ll get it. That’s a logical argument, sprung from the root of Republican’s original unwillingness to adhere to principle.

Once you’ve scr*wed the boy, you can hardly reclaim your virginity.


12 posted on 12/30/2008 7:28:03 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Women were treated like livestock by Mohammad, so Allah must want women treated like cows forever.)
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To: rabscuttle385

Well, Bush gave me and my wife $1280 tax exempt dollars last April. Let’s see Obama top that.


13 posted on 12/30/2008 7:28:35 AM PST by NaughtiusMaximus (You'll shoot your eye out , kid! Merry Christmas!)
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To: NaughtiusMaximus

I got 16 bucks. 4 gallons at the time.


14 posted on 12/30/2008 7:34:15 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Women were treated like livestock by Mohammad, so Allah must want women treated like cows forever.)
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To: rabscuttle385
Oh, NOW McConnell and Boehner start acting like Conservatives with a backbone. Where the hell were they during the last six years?
15 posted on 12/30/2008 7:34:49 AM PST by 84rules ( Ooh-Rah! Semper Fi!)
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To: Las Vegas Ron

FTA = From The Article


16 posted on 12/30/2008 7:36:32 AM PST by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" —Patrick Henry)
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To: rabscuttle385
Amen to that!

Both will side with dimocRATS and the "O" to spend our tax dollars giving to crooked banks, companies and unions against conservatives.

We need to be rid of them as "leaders" of the Republican Party or we shall continue to lose what little confidence conservatives have left in the party, much less the vast Americans who stayed home or voted for hope and change. What many thought they were voting for was change from bailouts and slim hope at holding on to their jobs and savings against big-spending Republicans!

17 posted on 12/30/2008 7:42:13 AM PST by zerosix (native sunflower)
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To: rabscuttle385
Thank you!

I've look and looked and could never find it. And of course, it was too obvious

18 posted on 12/30/2008 7:57:59 AM PST by Las Vegas Ron (The tree of liberty is getting mighty dry)
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To: rabscuttle385
Top Republican lawmakers are positioning themselves for battle over President-elect Barack Obama's economic recovery plan, signaling Monday that they will cast themselves as guardians against excessive spending rather than outright opponents of the Democrats' stimulus package.

Top Whig v2.0 lawmakers are positioning themselves for battle over President-elect Barack Obama's economic recovery plan, signaling Monday that they will cast themselves as guardians against mega-over-the-top-excessive spending by trying to limit it to their plans of merely over-the-top-excessive spending.

Feh!

19 posted on 12/30/2008 8:29:44 AM PST by KarlInOhio (11/4: The revolutionary socialists beat the Fabian ones. Where can we find a capitalist party?)
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To: Uncle Miltie

Hey, you beat me! I got $32. Believe me, it was REALLY stimulating...


20 posted on 12/30/2008 8:42:55 AM PST by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: Dustbunny
>>cast themselves as guardians against excessive spending “

I just had to belly laugh at this comment!!!

It's too late. The excessive spending has already and is now occurring.

Very few Republicans voted against this monstrosity...very few.

I am proud to say however, the Texans were among the few.

21 posted on 12/30/2008 9:07:43 AM PST by servantboy777
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To: Uncle Miltie
For example, having blown hundreds of billions on bankers, do you really think the Ds won’t get their way with hundreds of billions for “the health of the children” aka Nationalized Healthcare?

Exactly. I certain important ways, GWB has prepared Obama's path.

22 posted on 12/30/2008 9:53:29 AM PST by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (I want to "Buy American" but the only things for sale made in the USA are politicians)
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To: rabscuttle385
Republicans Warn Against Overspending on Stimulus

Sorry, too late to stop "Overspending on Stimulus," unless they have a time machine.

23 posted on 12/30/2008 9:59:01 AM PST by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (I want to "Buy American" but the only things for sale made in the USA are politicians)
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To: rabscuttle385

A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence:

* From bondage to spiritual faith;
* From spiritual faith to great courage;
* From courage to liberty;
* From liberty to abundance;
* From abundance to complacency;
* From complacency to apathy;
* From apathy to dependence;
* From dependence back into bondage.


24 posted on 12/30/2008 10:14:42 AM PST by MD_Willington_1976
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