I didn’t intend for the past couple weeks to be All Stimulus, All the Time around here. I’d much rather be talking about other things. I swear, though, there’s so much wrong with what has been happening that I can’t help but stumble over some new bit of wrongness that I feel is worth passing along to you.
For instance, there’s the matter of the actual voting on the bill. Speaker Pelosi has scheduled the vote to happen today, but Republicans raised an objection. It seems they have this crazy idea that they should actually have a copy of the bill to read before they vote on it. Further, they madly insisted that they be given time to read the 1,434-page beast before they vote.
Clearly, the obstructionists are on the march, huh?
So there won’t be a vote until tomorrow, though Pelosi hasn’t given an official reason for the delay. Note that Republicans still don’t have a copy of the bill and even if they did, no same person could claim that 24 hours is enough time to read the bill and digest the contents. This, by the way, is not a concern for Democrats. According to National Journal, Democrats said that “Republicans didn’t need to see the bill anyway, since none of them voted for the stimulus when it moved through the House the first time and would probably stand in opposition.”
So now there’s a new Pelosi rule that you can’t even read a copy of legislation unless you agree beforehand to vote for it. Nice, huh?
There’s also the matter of whether the stimulus will do any good at all or not. Nick Gillespie, looking back on other recessions, says that we should break out the bubbly soon since most recession-ending legislation doesn’t happen until the recession is pretty much over already.
And you’ll also be pleased to know that Demcorats believe that undoing the welfare reforms passed in the 1990s is a key to stimulating the economy. Those welfare reforms have been wildly successful in getting people off of welfare, back to work, and well on the road to self-sufficiency. I’m not sure how giving people a greater incentive to go on old-school giveaway welfare programs is going to help our economy. They’ll sure help the Democrats running those programs, though.
UPDATE: Linked by Ed Driscoll. Thanks, Ed!
Category: The Economy and Your Money