Monday, February 9, 2009

600,000 Jobs For Pelosi To Save From Snowe And Nelson

Matt's been doing the Lord's work lately, pointing out how the Snowe/Nelson stimulus deletions rip out highly valuable stuff from the bill like school construction spending and aid to states, even as Snowe and Nelson praise those very things in their public comments.

I'd assume that Snowe and Nelson aren't driven by any principled opposition to school construction and such here. They're just trying to do the thing that maintains their moderate images. The optimistic take going forward is that they've accomplished that, and the image gains they've achieved won't be lost if their changes get undone in conference committee. So they don't have that much of an incentive to fight hard for the substance of the legislation.

If they don't, I hope Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrats call out the two Senators who took 600,000 jobs out of the stimulus package, in exactly those terms.


Anonymous said...

Our side has completely screwed this whole thing up from the beginning. Why are we calling this a stimulus bill? It should've been called "The American Jobs Creation Bill of 2009" or something from the get go.
Can we hire the people who name the Republican's shit? They are so much better at this kind of stuff.

I'm going to bed. Wake me when the Senate does something that won't drive me up a fucking wall.

Neil Sinhababu said...

It's actually called the "economic recovery act" or some such. Your point stands.

corvus said...

Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Plan? I seem to remember a "reinvestment" being slipped in there somewhere, probably to cover all those building for the future measures, like Pelle Grants and science funding.