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Many Who Opposed Stimulus Now Seek Stimulus Funds

Many politicians who voted against President Obama’s helpful stimulus program have requested stimulus funds for the people they represent.

From the Washington Post

“Rep. Pete Sessions, the firebrand conservative from Texas, has relentlessly assailed the Democratic stimulus efforts as a package of wasteful “trillion-dollar spending sprees” that was “more about stimulating the government and rewarding political allies than growing the economy and creating jobs.” But that didn’t stop the Republican lawmaker from seeking stimulus money behind the scenes for the Dallas suburb of Carrollton after the GOP campaign against the 2009 stimulus law quieted down. Sessions wrote Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in February urging him to give “full and fair consideration” to the affluent city’s request for $81 million for a rail project, according to a copy of the letter obtained by the Center for Public Integrity. His letter suggested that the project would create jobs, undercutting his public arguments against the stimulus.”

From the same article

“Sessions was hardly alone. Scores of Republicans and conservative Democrats who voted against the stimulus law subsequently wrote letters seeking funds. They include tea party favorites such as freshman Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), as well as Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), former presidential candidates.”

None of this will surprise anybody.

Government has got to part of our recovery from this terrible recession. Anger at immigrants, Muslims and the President will be a cold comfort when you need a job, disaster relief , health care, or social security.

Government is part of what makes a society a decent place to live.

Based on those we see seeking stimulus funds, it seems that many on the right realize this to be the case no matter what they tell their supporters.

October 19, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Recount! Ted Kennedy Beats Scott Brown

Not long ago, all we heard about is how Scott Brown winning the Senate election in Massachusetts to replace Ted Kennedy meant that Mr. Kennedy’s hope of health care for all was finished.

Well—There has been a recount in this matter. The House had passed the health care bill and it appears that Mr. Kennedy had gotten the better of Mr. Brown.

March 22, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

Scott Brown Takes Oath—Many Fights Ahead

Republican Scott Brown of Massachusetts took the oath of office today to become a U.S. Senator.

Above you see the swearing-in being conducted by Vice President Joe Biden.

You win and you lose some. There are many fights ahead.

President Obama and the Democratic leadership of Congress say they are going ahead with the Health Reform Bill that will extend care to most Americans and prohibit denial of coverage for pre-existing conditions.  I believe that they will move ahead and that they will be successful.

I’m glad for the democracy we have in this country that elected Senator Brown. I also hope he will be defeated the next time he is on the ballot.

I’m glad for the fights ahead and I’m glad that progress can be made even after setbacks.

February 4, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment