Skip to comments.[Vermont] GOP Governor Bucks Party to Back Obama's Stimulus
Posted on 02/02/2009 10:06:16 AM PST by freespirited
President Obama welcomed the rare Republican supporter of his economic stimulus bill today when Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas arrived in the capital to lobby GOP senators to vote for it.
The Senate Republicans are prepared to fight the current package.Douglas, who is vice chairman of the National Governors Association, is bucking his party over Obama's massive economic bailout plan.
In a brief photo op with Douglas, Obama said, "What we can't do is let very modest differences get in the way of the overall package moving forward quickly."
Douglas sat next to Obama in the Oval Office and said, "If I were writing it, it might look at little different. But the essence of a recovery package is essential to get the nation's economy moving."
Debate on the Senate version of the bill, which could total $900 billion, is scheduled to begin this evening, and Obama said he believes that with changes, the bill will receive significant Republican support.
To sweeten the deal, Obama said that he would set up a board to keep track of how the stimulus money is spent.
"One of the things we're going to do is put together an independent board on the recovery package that actually looks at these programs and the money before it goes out the door," the president told NBC News Sunday during a sitdown before the Super Bowl. His remarks were released today.
Obama wouldn't comment on reports that his administration is considering creating a bank to buy up the toxic debts that are weighing down banks' balance sheets.
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They should name it the First National Bank of the Democrat Party.
Another reason “why” RINOs should be politically hunted to extinction ...
Indeed, my friend, indeed.
“If I were writing it, it might look at little different. But the essence of a recovery package is essential to get the nation’s economy moving.”
In other words, “Don´t blame me if this doesn´t work, but I´ll take credit if it does.”
“Very modest differences”?
“What we can’t do is let very modest differences get in the way of the overall package moving forward quickly.”
The democrats are trying to make it sound like republicans have only small problems with the stimulus bill and thus we should just pass it and not worry about the small differences. Republicans need to say the entire thing is a turd and needs to be redrafted.
Either that or you are just an ignoramus who cannot spell properly.
There are no “Repukians”
“Republicans need to say the entire thing is a turd and needs to be redrafted.”
Yes they do ... because it is true.
Another RINO who flunked Econ 101.
Very modest differences?
I´m not catching your reference.
"In a brief photo op with Douglas, Obama said, "What we can't do is let very modest differences get in the way of the overall package moving forward quickly."
Is there any significance to that person including you in the "To" section? I'm new here, so I'm uncertain as to the sgnificance of its action.
In the wonderful tradition of Jumpin’ Jim Jeffords. The only way a Republican can prosper in VT is to be the biggest RINO there is. Another one to put on our hit list.
You are lying about me. You couldn’t even spell his name right and now you call him a sellout. But he is against the bill. In interviews Sundays, Sen McConnell was clearly against the mis-named ‘stimulus’ pork barrel bill. Via Foxnews:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he “can’t believe that the president isn’t embarrassed about” the stimulus packages.
He also predicted the trillion dollar boondoggle will fail:
One more thing, newbie: Stop insulting people personally.
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Knock off the personal attacks. You can debate the issue but don’t make it personal. We expect some sort of civility here.
Uhh, my last post was to FreemanN, had no attacks, simply pointed out that while I agreed w/his aims, I doubtede he’d be able to get it to fly.
Why was that one scrubbed?
Over the weekend, you see, Sen. McConnell gave the GOP radio address. The subject was the stimulus. Generational Theft Act, Crap Sandwich Supreme, Porkulus, Spendulus, Debt Stimulus Plan. Pick your name. Its all B.S. And Americans know it. Senate debate begins today at 2pm Eastern. On the heels of the House Republicans unanimous rejection of the Obama/Democrats Big Government package and shifting public opinion against the plan, you might think the Senate GOP minority leader would get a clue: Big Government = Bad Idea. But nooooo. Sen. McConnell knows how to extinguish any fledgling flame of enthusiasm among grass-roots activists who were starting to think the Republican Party was returning to its fiscal conservative principles. Fuhgeddaboudit, people. Sen. McConnells grand idea to fix the stimulus is to create new, government-backed mortgages.I did not lie about you, WOSG, and MCConnell hasn't learned anything: http://michellemalkin.com/2009/01/08/flashback-ucla-study-on-fdrs-growth-stifling-policies/
Roosevelts role in lifting the nation out of the Great Depression has been so revered that Time magazine readers cited it in 1999 when naming him the 20th centurys second-most influential figure. This is exciting and valuable research, said Robert E. Lucas Jr., the 1995 Nobel Laureate in economics, and the John Dewey Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. The prevention and cure of depressions is a central mission of macroeconomics, and if we cant understand what happened in the 1930s, how can we be sure it wont happen again? The fact that the Depression dragged on for years convinced generations of economists and policy-makers that capitalism could not be trusted to recover from depressions and that significant government intervention was required to achieve good outcomes, Cole said. Ironically, our work shows that the recovery would have been very rapid had the government not intervened.
Neither ones I pulled, 25 or 26 where to FreemanN. They where both personal attacks on another member. Knock it off.
Jim, you are wrong on this one, even though your 2009 re-election may depend on the passage of this bogus pork barrel stimulus bill.
Spell check is your fren'.
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