Skip to comments.Flashback: Minnesota Republicans Blast Stimulus Bill["This is Fantasy Economics" Bachmann]
Posted on 10/10/2009 5:16:49 AM PDT by Son House
The House of Representatives is expected to vote Friday on the massive economic stimulus plan. All of the Republican members of Minnesota's Congressional delegation say they plan to vote against the bill.
St. Paul, Minn. The members of Congress who represent Minnesotans are spilt largely along party lines on the tax cuts and new spending in the $789 billion economic stimulus package.
Republicans John Kline, Michele Bachmann and Erik Paulsen plan to cast no votes.
"We hear about fantasy football games. This is fantasy economics," Bachmann said.
Bachmann, who represents the 6th District, said the plan spends far too much money, and she predicted future political problems for the Democrats who have been promoting passage of the stimulus.
"This is an enormous amount of money, and it's hard for me to look 20 to 25-year-olds in the eye and in good conscience say that this bill will be good to them," she said. "Because this will link them to certain high tax increases and punishing high tax rates for them on into the future."
Bachmann said the stimulus package is Democratic legislation that was not crafted with input from Republicans.
Rep. John Kline agrees. Like Bachmann, the 2nd District Republican said more could have been accomplished for a lot less money by targeting more tax cuts to small businesses and individuals.
"What we have is a stimulus bill which really doesn't provide the stimulus we need but provides an enormous amount of spending and government growth and debt which, frankly, you and I are not going to pay off," Kline said. "It's going to be our kids and grandkids."
The newest member of the Minnesota delegation, 3rd District Rep. Erik Paulsen, said he's not worried that voting against the plan will cost him support back in Minnesota.
"I am hearing overwhelmingly from my constituents that this is not the right plan," he said.
"I am hearing overwhelmingly from my constituents that this is not the right plan." - Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn.
Like Bachmann and Kline, Paulsen said the plan costs too much.
"I really do believe it is critical for Congress to pass a stimulus package," he said. "Unfortunately this plan has become much more of a spending plan rather than a stimulus plan."
1st District DFL Rep. Tim Walz said the bill is not perfect but is needed. Walz said he's lost patience with Republican criticism.
"I guess I'm a little frustrated," he said. "I see my colleagues trying to zero in on one tenth of 1 percent that they happen to not agree with and miss the fact that as we dawdle people are losing their livelihoods," he said.
Walz said tax cuts, along with research money in the bill, will help the people of his district. And Walz says it's critical that Congress passes the plan.
"What we're doing is addressing an economy that is as difficult as any that most of us have seen in our lifetime," he said. The numbers are staggering. The outlook is pretty bleak in the short-run. This piece of legislation is meant to be the life preserver to put us in the right direction."
Minnesota's only Senator, Democrat Amy Klobuchar said she's voting for the plan. Klobuchar said most of the people she's hearing from want something done. But she acknowleged the political risk of spending so much money.
"I know that there are some people that would rather not deal with this," she said. "I don't believe that we can anymore."
As for the Republican criticism that the package is more of a spending program than a stimulus, Klobuchar says the arguments are nothing new.
She says what is new, is the approach the stimulus plan takes. Klobuchar says it will help the country in the short and long-term.
"It seems to me that they're stuck in the past, and all we know is that the policies of the Bush administration that got us into this mess, I don't think anyone in this country wants those to be continued," she said. "What we're talking about here is a new way of moving our country forward and it's by creating jobs in areas that we need them."
President Obama had hoped to have more Republican support for the stimulus. Political observers say that would have given the Democrats political cover if the hundreds of billions of dollars of spending and tax cuts fail to turn the economy around.
So the Democrats’ idea of boosting the economy is to spend us further into massive debt. The bunch needs to sent home, and I pray that happens in 2010.
They love their chains too well to ever talk back to their party masters.
For decades, Congress and various presidents have propped up Social Security in order to prove conservatives in the 1940s wrong when they predicted its collapse....and that was before abortion killed over 50 million future taxpayers in the womb. Conservatives who voted against past government boondoggles will ultimately be proven correct, after the USA goes bankrupt.
If the government wanted to stimulate the economy...they might start by saving tax dollars going to public radio. Turn on their talk station and hear all about the benefits of socialism the One is going to give us.
Why stop at a billion dollars, why not make it a brazillion dollars? Then, thanks to inflation, those who still have a job, which would be everybody, could pay off their mortgage with just part of a pay check which would screw the bankers and Wall Street and make zero happy. Then the government will give out free MREs and beer and everybody will be happy and vote demonrat. The end (of a libtard fairy tale).
Well we are the state that elected Franken with ballots of people who couldn’t/shouldn’t vote
Not only that with ballots that just magically appeared in the truck of a Democrat’s car days after the election.
What’s scary is that Amy Kloubechar is the most popular politican in MN. Survey USA has Amy’s approval ratings in the low 60s. Meanwhile, Pawlenty’s approval rating is +45 / -52. I guess MN folks are tired of TPaw.
And our Mn Supreme Court of Democrat Judges now has their own personal Democrat rubber stamp in the Senate, thanks to that recount where counties that had more votes then register voters the Judges made official, and then got a award for their incompetence