Annnnd it's official, the House of Representatives approved a $787 billion stimulus plan this afternoon, sending it up to the Senate for a vote that could happen in just a few hours.
So did an outbreak of bipartisanship infect stonewalling Republicans at the eleventh hour? What do you think?
The vote was 246 to 183, reflecting the Democrats’ considerable majority in the House and the Republicans’ deep dissatisfaction with the measure, whose estimated price tag has fluctuated daily and was finally placed at $787 billion on Friday. Not a single Republican voted in favor of the bill.
Not one single solitary Republican. Not a one! Party line, consider yourself toed.
Listen, I'm not saying this stimulus bill is perfect. It probably isn't. Maybe, if I were master of the universe, I'd have set up some provisions differently. Or maybe I would have pushed the "Avert Economic Crisis" button sooner, or at least not wandered around chortling about how gol' darn confusing the economy is while streams of largely unregulated toxic securities were flooding our financial system, while people with zero income and even fewer assets were being handed adjustable-rate mortgages simply because they existed.
What I am saying is, if this plan creates so much as one job, one single solitary job in their districts, rest assured: Republicans will immediately start explaining that their categorical refusal to vote for the stimulus was, in actuality, a way of showing support for the stimulus.
Either that or they'll find a way to prove that not passing the stimulus would have created even more jobs than passing it did. Hell, maybe they're right! Maybe if we just sat still and didn't do anything the magic robots would come in their spaceships and save our economy for us, by giving us all lucrative jobs as professional ice cream tasters (benefits included).
I guess we'll just never know.
Tags: Economy, House of Representatives, Republicans, Stimulus