Pretty solid piece by Steven Pearlstein in DougJ’s punching bag, the Washington Post:
Actually, what’s striking is that supposedly intelligent people are horrified at the thought that, during a deep recession, government might try to help the economy by buying up-to-date equipment for the people who protect us from epidemics and infectious diseases, by hiring people to repair environmental damage on federal lands and by contracting with private companies to make federal buildings more energy-efficient.
What really irks so many Republicans, of course, is that all the stimulus money isn’t being used to cut individual and business taxes, their cure-all for economic ailments, even though all the credible evidence is that tax cuts are only about half as stimulative as direct government spending.
You really should read the whole thing. By the way, Sen. Coburn is mentioned a couple of times, and of course he is apoplectic about the stimulus bill. As far as I am concerned, though, Coburn gets a pass- he is one of a handful of conservatives who actually was in a froth the past eight years while the Bush team was doubling the national debt.
As a side note, I do agree with the GOP on one thing- I don’t understand the rush. I understand the overall urgency of the situation, but I just don’t think passing it today versus next week or two weeks from now really matters in the grand scheme of things. Just get the bill right.