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Looking For Republican Moderates Like Looking For Bigfoot

There has been a lot of comment on the small to non-existent number of Republicans who voted in favor of the stimulus bill.  No Republicans supported the bill in the House and only three in the Senate. My own take has been that most of these Republicans just don’t  favor a large role, or any role, for government in the economy. If they vote yes on this they are pretty much giving up the farm.

Also, how can we expect so-called Republican  moderates to vote for the bill when so many have been targeted and defeated in the last two election cycles?  There are hardly any of these people left. In New England, other places in the northeast, Maryland,and the upper midwest, less conservative Republicans in the House have been knocked out  by Democrats. These moderates took a beating in both 2006 and 2008.

They were targeted because they served in areas where Democrats felt they could win. To the extent that these Republicans remain, what’s to be gained by voting yes on the stimulus? They will still be targeted. Senator Arlen Specter will not get a free ride from Democrats if he runs for reelection in Pennsylvania in 2010.

In looking for Republican votes for the stimulus, we’re looking for people who for the most part no longer in Congress. They are no longer in Congress because Democrats knocked them out of Congress. You’d have a better chance of finding Bigfoot. (Actual Bigfoot photo above.)

February 13, 2009 - Posted by | Politics | , , ,

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  1. Who is Representing Taxpaying Hardworking TEXANS? NO ONE!

    America in crisis and 80% of Americans supporting President Obama’s Jobs and Stimulus Bill and millions of Texans who supported this legislation had absolutely NO support.

    Senators Kay Hutchison and John Cornyn along with U. S. Representatives from Texas voted against helping average Texans when they opposed the bailout; they opposed helping Texans who are hurting and who are in trouble. Their actions are the epitome of irresponsibility:

    • Increase and save 3 to 4 Million Jobs in America – Cornyn voted No, Hutchison voted No
    • Increase funding for Texas Schools – Cornyn voted No, Hutchison voted No
    • Increase repairs on Texas schools – Cornyn voted No, Hutchison voted No
    • Extend unemployment benefits for Texans – Cornyn voted No, Hutchison voted No
    • Extend unemployment health care for Texans – Cornyn voted No, Hutchison voted No
    • Extend food stamp program for Texans – Cornyn voted No, Hutchison voted No
    • Cap Wall Street CEO Bonuses to $500k – Cornyn voted No, Hutchison voted No
    • Increase Research for Diseases – Cornyn voted No, Hutchison voted No
    • Provide tax credit on new car purchases for Texans – Cornyn voted No, Hutchison voted No
    • Provide tax breaks to Texas workers who pay social security taxes – Cornyn voted No, Hutchison voted No
    • Provide tax cuts to Middle and Poor Texans – Cornyn voted No, Hutchison voted No
    • Provide tax cuts to Texas small businesses – Cornyn voted No, Hutchison voted No

    Senator Kay Hutchison and John Cornyn were not alone. Republican Representatives representing Texas in Congress also voted exactly the same as did Hutchison and Cornyn. Louie Gohmert, Ted Poe, Sam Johnson, Ralph Hall, Jeb Hensarling, Joe Barton, John Culberson, Kevin Brady, Michael McCaul, Michael Conaway, Kay Granger, Mac Thornberry, Ron Paul, Randy Neugebauer, Lamar Smith, Pete Olson, Kenny Marchant, Michael Burgess, John Carter and Pete Sessions all voted against the will of America and the will of millions of Texans.

    Will Texans ever elect responsible, intelligent, smart men and women who possess basic common sense in helping hardworking Americans and Texans who face an almost ‘depression’ like recession to meet their basic needs for jobs, health care and education? These Senators and many of these Representatives had no problem sending hundreds of billions of Texas’ taxpayer money to rebuild Iraq, or bailout greedy Wall Street CEOs with hundreds more billions to corporate financial institutions. They did not think twice about giving the wealthiest Americans and big oil companies HUGE tax cuts while average Texans had to make up the difference.

    Will Texans ever elect someone to represent ALL Texans and intelligent leaders who can play nice in the sand box, learn how to compromise, give and take, and support average, hardworking, taxpaying Texans above their political agendas? Whether we are Republicans, Democrats, Independents or unaffiliated, life is about making the right choices to support our families, our children, our state and our country. Common sense should be the conscience of Texas Politicians, but that quality was long left on their playground as they chose bullying over humanity, money over common sense and politics over the will of the people.

    Comment by TexasCowboy | February 13, 2009


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