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Today House Republicans Are Set To Approve Barack Obama’s Latest Stimulus Plan
http://www.redstate.com/erick/2012/02/14/today-house-republicans-are-set-to-approve-barack-obamas-la ^ | 2/14/2012 | Erick Erickson

Posted on 02/14/2012 5:48:04 AM PST by IbJensen

It is sad that we have gotten here, but House Republicans, including conservative stalwarts like Jim Jordan of Ohio, are set to pass Barack Obama’s latest stimulus plan. Except they are calling it John Boehner’s “Highway Bill.” Consider, however that Barack Obama’s budget, unveiled yesterday, calls for much of the same infrastructure spending the House Republicans want.

There is a reason the Heritage Action for America, Club for Growth, Competitive Enterprise Institute, and other conservative organizations are opposed to this spending spree. It is not conservative. It should not be Republican. It is Barack Obama style spending. Call your Congressman today at 202-224-3121 and tell him to oppose H.R. 7, the American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act.

Last week, when I pointed this out, I handed the front page over to Brendan Buck, Speaker Boehner’s Press Secretary, to rebut my claims. I would say he more than proved that this is, in fact, Barack Obama’s latest stimulus scheme hiding behind John Boehner’s name.

Consider first that this highway bill “expands domestic energy production and puts in place a long-term plan for America’s infrastructure that is controlled by the states and completely paid for –without raising the gas tax.” Why would a highway bill focus on energy production? Well, first because it is called a sweetener designed to woo conservatives to vote for it. Second because “the gas tax does not generate enough revenue to meet all the infrastructure needs in America.”

There you have it. Instead of opening up American land to energy production and using that energy production to pay down the national debt, we will instead jack up highway spending, bankrupt the highway trust fund as a result, and then use the energy taxes to offset the project funding. Oh, and even better, the House GOP has an accounting “score” that claims they won’t bankrupt the Highway Trust Fund. How’s that? Well, just like how Democrats took all the major budget busting provisions out of Obamacare and put them in separate legislation so it looked like Obamacare actually decreased the deficit, House Republicans have decided to take mass transit funding and pay for it out of the general fund of taxpayer dollars instead of paying for it out of the Highway Trust Fund. So it makes it look like the Highway Trust Fund won’t go bankrupt!

Accounting gimmicks — they’re not just for socializing the American healthcare industry any more.

This is the key. As noted in the rebuttal to my original claims, “the gas tax does not generate enough revenue to meet all the infrastructure needs in America.” But rewind the clock to just last July when Congressman John Mica (R-FL HAFA Score 66%) passed a highway spending bill out of his committee that spent no more than what the gas tax raised. In other words, House Republicans have taken us from being able to spend as much as the gas tax raised to bankrupting the Highway Trust Fund and requiring domestic energy production fees to offset the spending binge.

This is what smaller government looks like to House Republicans.

Even worse, in the rebuttal we learn “Currently, only about two-thirds of federal highway dollars go back to the states for them to control. Under this bill, it will be 93%. What’s more, for the first time in three decades, ALL of the gas tax revenue – the user fee paid by every motorist on the highways – will go to core highway programs.”

The first question is if we can get to 93%, why not 100% and get Congress out of the business of dictating local and state highway projects? But more so, note that all of the gas tax revenue will go to core highway programs. All of it. And Congress will keep spending beyond all the gas tax revenue.

This is madness. This is Barack Obama style stimuli and Barack Obama style accounting. It reminds me of the unemployment chart showing where unemployment would be with and without Barack Obama’s stimulus plan. After the plan passed, unemployment was even higher than Obama said it would get without his stimulus plan.

The House Republicans are relying on five year estimates of revenues generated from energy production to hide just how bankrupt they will leave the Highway Trust Fund with this spending binge. And in five years, none of us will be surprised when reality comes in less than the estimates.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Government
KEYWORDS: obozo; republicrats; sourcetitlenoturl; stupidparty; timeforthirdparty
I find it VERY ironic, that while we’re urged to NOT drive (or drive w/ something called “The Leaf”) we are STILL expected to have our tax money fund a HIGHWAY BILL! Pleeezzzeeee!

Romney- firmly against it until general election, where he’ll reveal he was firmly in favor of it all along.

Santorum-favors it as long as all workers used have only been married once and have never used condoms.

Newt-against it because he’s not an insincere, big gov’t hack.

“Call your Congressman today at 202-224-3121 and tell him to oppose H.R. 7, the American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act.”

1 posted on 02/14/2012 5:48:16 AM PST by IbJensen
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To: IbJensen

WTF is going on with Boehner?

Does someone from the DNC have audio and video of him in a closet wearing only his socks or something?


2 posted on 02/14/2012 5:49:58 AM PST by silverleaf (Funny how all the people who are for abortion are already born)
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To: silverleaf
WTF is going on with Boehner?

Boehner and McConnell both have the same problem -- they keep trying to do things to get the Dems to like them, because they want to play with the popular kids. That has been a inherent problem with Republicans for decades. They placate. They give in. They come up with plans and legislation to help the Democratic President. But, when all is said and done, the Dems still don't like them and won't let them play with the popular kids.


3 posted on 02/14/2012 5:58:03 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: IbJensen

All of these dolts think government spending is good for the economy.

Fools, the lot of them


4 posted on 02/14/2012 6:01:23 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: silverleaf

Boner is a nicotine crazed, crying idiot!

I just finished contacting my congressman and asked him not to support the Highway to Hell bill.

They may have a photo of him french-kissing a poodle.


5 posted on 02/14/2012 6:03:12 AM PST by IbJensen ("The heart of the wise inclines to the right")
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To: TomGuy

More like the nerds trying to ingratiate themselves with the bullies

Strong the nerd force is with the GOP leadership


6 posted on 02/14/2012 6:06:52 AM PST by silverleaf (Funny how all the people who are for abortion are already born)
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To: GeronL; All

Fire every single one of them...

We are not going to be able to pull out of this nose dive...


7 posted on 02/14/2012 6:11:10 AM PST by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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To: IbJensen

Boehner is doing a perfectly suckey-suck-suck job at blocking the expansionist policies of the Left.
This bill needs to be opposed not compromised on.


8 posted on 02/14/2012 6:13:19 AM PST by BuffaloJack (Defeat Obama. End Obama's War On Freedom.)
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To: IbJensen; All

Pete Olsen’s office called, told them their re-election depends upon what they do on this bill...

Same went for my Dad’s congressman Jeb Hensarling...

I suggest a we binge call these idgits and let them have both barrels...

No need to be nice or cordule anymore...This is getting rediculous...

And to think they thought we were not going to notice!!!???!!!

I thought this damn thing was still stuck in committee for at least another week or so...


9 posted on 02/14/2012 6:21:48 AM PST by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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To: IbJensen
Business as usual. They talk the talk that they know we want to hear, but when it takes tough choices where somebody will have to do with less free stuff for a while, the outrage is deafening.

And,......since it is an election year,.......Obama is bowed to again. Although, it is possible that the public rage from out side may make them think twice.

This is no small matter for investors. This will not only raise everybody’s taxes, it will raise annual taxes on stock dividends from the 20% Obama raised them to this year, to 40%.......That's correct, 40%! (This “budget” is THE largest tax increase in history, even bigger than the one Clinton passed.)

10 posted on 02/14/2012 6:22:21 AM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: BuffaloJack
Boehner is doing a perfectly suckey-suck-suck job at blocking the expansionist policies of the Left.

Boehner cried the day he was sworn in as Speaker.

Boehner has made the rest of us cry since then.
11 posted on 02/14/2012 6:31:01 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: IbJensen

Boehner needs to go, he’s ineffective and as useless as teats on a boar hog.

I am disgusted with the man. He needs to retire to something he is good at—golf.


12 posted on 02/14/2012 6:32:57 AM PST by Irenic
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To: TomGuy

More likely is that deep down, they really do have the same political philosophy as their democrat counterparts.

That is why “R” is just a letter. Political philosophy counts.


13 posted on 02/14/2012 6:36:54 AM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: IbJensen
These people, and I am talking the Repubs that vote for this DO NOT GET THE MESSAGE. TURN THE OUT!

STOP THE SPENDING. CUT AGENCIES AND PROGRAMS!

We need to double down on 2012 and have an even LARGER TEA PARTY in November of 2012!

God help we the people wake up and do this. Turn all of these Vipers (DNC) and suck ups (RINOS) out and replace them with common sense, patriotic Americans. Send people to DC who are American statesmen and not self-ingratiating pols!

...and enact term limits, a balanced budget, secure borders, lower corporate taxes, a flat tax at low levels for citizens, domestic drilling and energy self-sufficiency, strong national defense, no socialized health care, no abortion funding, end Roe v Wade (with good Judegs appointments), revamping social security and medicare, get rid of the BATF and the onerous gun laws which infringe on citizen's 2nd amendment rights, etc., etc.

THE AMERICAN TEA PARTY

14 posted on 02/14/2012 6:50:38 AM PST by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: TomGuy

Good analogy. I have always looked at it as the Republicans are just playing the same game of tic-tac-toe with the Democrats that they always have. It is just a friendly little game where everyone knows the rules and no one really cares who wins. Ultimately it is just a wash, anyway.

The Democrats, however, started playing another game entirely — high stakes poker. The Republicans are still busy with their little x’s and o’s. The Democrats, meanwhile, have gone all in and are drawing to a full house.


15 posted on 02/14/2012 6:53:53 AM PST by FerociousRabbit
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To: TomGuy
Boehner and McConnell both have the same problem

Fear.

They are afraid that, if they cut spending, that the mob will hang them from lampposts.

I'm afraid they may be right.

16 posted on 02/14/2012 6:57:27 AM PST by Jim Noble ("The Germans: At your feet, or at your throat" - Winston Churchill)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
when it takes tough choices where somebody will have to do with less free stuff for a while, the outrage is deafening.

We may well be past the point that the whole voting thingy can work.

17 posted on 02/14/2012 6:58:43 AM PST by Jim Noble ("The Germans: At your feet, or at your throat" - Winston Churchill)
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To: Jim Noble
They are afraid that, if they cut spending, that the mob will hang them from lampposts.

They are afraid if they oppose anything, the Democrats will balk and a TAX INCREASE will cause the People to Vote Democratic.

A Tax Increase in two weeks would change the entire game.

18 posted on 02/14/2012 7:08:22 AM PST by sr4402
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To: Jeff Head
STOP THE SPENDING. CUT AGENCIES AND PROGRAMS!

Jeff, do you still believe that the actually-existing American electorate is capable of electing 218 Members of Congress, 60 Senators, and a President who would do those things and take the heat?

I don't believe that anymore.

I don't know where that takes us (except that it's a bad destination), but I do not see what is necessary happening without divine intervention, or a forcible change in our political system.

19 posted on 02/14/2012 7:12:12 AM PST by Jim Noble ("The Germans: At your feet, or at your throat" - Winston Churchill)
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To: sr4402
"A Tax Increase in two weeks would change the entire game.

Obama Seeks New Taxes on Rich A1

Front page of WSJ today.

20 posted on 02/14/2012 7:19:29 AM PST by yoe
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To: yoe
Obama Seeks New Taxes on Rich A1
Front page of WSJ today.

No, you don't get it. If nothing is done, in TWO WEEKS, the Social Security Income Taxes will go up and the Republicans will be blamed by the ObamaMedia.

21 posted on 02/14/2012 8:02:49 AM PST by sr4402
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To: IbJensen; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; stephenjohnbanker; DoughtyOne; calcowgirl; Gilbo_3; NFHale; ..

Geeze, remember these guys were going to repeal Obama-care, reform medicare and generally cut spending?
Now they are running scared, dancing to Obama’s tune.

It seems that if Pelosi was still Speaker much could be still blocked in the Senate now and Obama and Dems would be getting the blame instead of Republicans, who could vote NO instead of going along with Obama like they are now. What did we get?


22 posted on 02/14/2012 8:06:40 AM PST by sickoflibs (You MUST support the lesser of two RINOs or we all die!)
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To: silverleaf

“WTF is going on with Boehner?”

He is a holdover from the last Big Spending GOP Era.

I raised a ruckus about him after the midterm wins...we needed new blood and some Teaparty tannin in the House Leadership.

We need to boot the fake TP people like Haley out and start fresh. That includes new leadership.

Boehner is in the same crew that betrayed Gingrich...I don’t know what people expected.


23 posted on 02/14/2012 8:15:11 AM PST by rbmillerjr (Conservative Economic and National Security Commentary: econus.blogspot.com)
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To: sickoflibs
What did we get?

screwed...

more kabuki ???

SSDD...

leviathon...

another opportunity to realize that the mask is off, and that the founder anticipated everything we see today, and Jefferson urged us to force the servants to actually serve, rather than rule???

24 posted on 02/14/2012 8:28:43 AM PST by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: Jim Noble
After 2009 and the run up to 2010...yes I do believe it.

We can, and really simply must double down on 2010 in 2012.

If we do not, it will ultimately take us to a financial melt down, civil unrest, a resulting tyrnical government...and ultimately CW2, with all the hell and misery, death, destrruction, chaos, and risk that goes with it.

25 posted on 02/14/2012 8:32:33 AM PST by Jeff Head (Liberty is not free. Never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Gilbo_3; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; DoughtyOne; calcowgirl; Impy; Pan_Yans Wife; BufordP; ...

The mazing thing is that in 2009 and 2010 we had Republicans pretty much holding firm and opposing Obama, even the NE RINOs Collins, Snow and Brown voted no for much of Obama’s agenda.

But Republicans (most here) couldnt wait for congressional Republicans to score a big electoral win, a new day would dawn and Obama’s bill would all be repealed. So now instead of the almost universal opposition to Obama the ‘conservative’ Republican congress is being whipped into serving him over and over.


26 posted on 02/14/2012 8:41:33 AM PST by sickoflibs (You MUST support the lesser of two RINOs or we all die!)
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To: Gilbo_3; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; DoughtyOne; calcowgirl; Impy; Pan_Yans Wife; BufordP; ...

Look Gilb, maybe winning the house didnt work out as promised with House Republican majority now doing Obama’s bidding , compared to 2010 as minority when they opposed mostly everything, but just git a Republican POTUS in the WH and everything will get fixed, this time, not kidding, they are serious this time...it wont be another GWB either, they learned their lesson..


27 posted on 02/14/2012 8:49:00 AM PST by sickoflibs (You MUST support the lesser of two RINOs or we all die!)
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To: sickoflibs; All

Some of us have addressed the issue of the Republican Party coming to an end. When we have, others have scoffed and ridiculed. What they are addressing, and reasonably so, is the physical party itself. They can’t see the entity coming to an end. I do think that is coming unless drastic course corrects are made, but lets look at this a different way.

In real terms the Republican Party is not functioning today, in any real sense. Oh yes, it gets people elected to office, but it DOES NOT oppose Leftist policy and strike down Leftist legislation. It is not blunting Obama’s goals. It is rolling over on issue after issue.

You’re quite right, has the Republican House taken measures to strike down ObamaCare? No. Has it taken measures to strike down major tenets, to cripple the worst parts of it? Perhaps on an isolated point or two, but overall, not really. ObamaCare is lumbering towards implementation.

States, Insurance companies, the private sector business community, everyone is preparing for, and bracing for ObamaCare to be fully implemented.

The Unemployment extension is not opposed on the merits of it. At this point it is a fate accompli. They’re going to haggle over the exact details, but it’s going to be extended.

It’s gotten so bad that Obama has now openly stolen the issue of payroll tax reductions, and is berating and belittling Congress for not passing it already.

I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news folks, but for all intents and purposes, the Republican Party no longer functions. We may accidentally back into the Oval Office this year, but tell me we had a staunch Republican Conservative that was well polished and I’ll join others to laugh at you.

Look at the field of candidates we were presented with in a year when we had the best chance in fifty years to set up a situation where we could roll back Leftist legislation for the good of the nation.

We have very few leaders representing our views in Washington, D. C. The only entity in the nation that doesn’t know this, is the RNC.

We must have an alternative to the two Leftist political parties in Washington, D. C.

I am not advocating a third party bid for the White House here. It’s not time for that. It is time we woke up and faced what we need to do.


28 posted on 02/14/2012 8:53:45 AM PST by DoughtyOne (Abortion? No. Gov't heath care? No. Gore on warming? No. McCain on immigration? No.)
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To: IbJensen
My suggestion for a new symbol for the current Republican Party....

A tortured, twisted path to a total cave


29 posted on 02/14/2012 8:55:33 AM PST by sjmjax (Politicans are like bananas - they start out green, turn yellow, then rot.)
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To: DoughtyOne

“”Look at the field of candidates we were presented with in a year when we had the best chance in fifty years to set up a situation where we could roll back Leftist legislation for the good of the nation.

We have very few leaders representing our views in Washington, D. C. The only entity in the nation that doesn’t know this, is the RNC.””

Exactly!


30 posted on 02/14/2012 11:00:04 AM PST by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: sickoflibs

A proper right-wing party could conceivably wipe both of these enemy parties out!


31 posted on 02/14/2012 3:13:24 PM PST by IbJensen ("The heart of the wise inclines to the right")
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks sickoflibs.


32 posted on 02/14/2012 7:28:33 PM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: IbJensen; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; DoughtyOne; Gilbo_3; Impy; calcowgirl; org.whodat; dforest; ..
RE :”A proper right-wing party could conceivably wipe both of these enemy parties out!

That sounds like something I heard Rush say.

Decades ago I was a huge Rush fan but I sometimes really wonder what he is up to. Like most conservative cult heroes he benefits the most when Dems are in power, as long as he is not seen as helping them.

Late last year Rush was beating the drums for House Republicans to fight this FICA tax battle, saying that it must be paid for with spending cuts. Yet a year earlier during the fight to extend the Bush tax cuts he told listeners that Republicans should NEVER accept the idea that tax cuts must be paid for with spending cuts, because tax cuts they always pay for themselves.

This is exactly why Republicans trapped themselves on this issue. If all tax cuts really pay for themselves, then it makes perfect sense to take the SS money from general revenue, but that is coming from increasing the national debt anyway.

33 posted on 02/14/2012 8:18:00 PM PST by sickoflibs (You MUST support the lesser of two RINOs or we all die!)
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