The house passed its version of President Obama's stimulus bill this week. Without a single Republican vote.
Republicans complained that it was too much spending and not enough tax cuts.
They even proposed an alternative program. It was composed completely of tax cuts.
There are a number of studies out there that show that direct spending on things like unemployment insurance extensions and infrastructure projects are far more effective at spurring economic growth and creating jobs than tax cuts.
There are also studies that show that tax cuts not accompanied by spending cuts do little to spur short term economic growth, never pay for themselves, and because of the impact of the long term debt they create, do not spur long term economic growth.
Yet the Republican Caucus, despite its constant complaints about Bi-Partisanship, proposed a bill composed entirely of tax cuts.
They have no ideas and little influence. All they have left is to be obstructionist, to try and get in the way of progress.
It is gratifying to me to see them implode like this. They are rapidly becoming a small regional party. Their famous Southern Strategy has come full circle.
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