Monday, February 2, 2009

Senate Republicans Need a Swift Kick

Last week the House of Representatives took a vote on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and 177 Republicans and 11 Democrats voted against that horrible spend-fest that Pelosi practically wrote all by herself. The House Republicans were unanimous in their statement against the bill and while it still passed, their statement was heard loud and clear. NO. MORE. WASTEFUL. SPENDING.

But, sadly, the bill now sits in the Senate, waiting for debate later this week. And that is where the problem truly lies. The Senate Republicans are a softer bunch, and tend to wobble more easily than their House counterparts. One would think that getting 177 people to agree would be more difficult than getting 41 people to agree, but of course, this is not the case. House Minority Leader John Boehner and Minority Whip Eric Cantor seem to have a better grasp of leadership than Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell does. This is a problem. Weak-willed Republicans like Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe from Maine, Arlen Specter, or Lindsey Graham pose the threat that they might vote for this giant earmark. Mitch McConnell has shown poor leadership already in 2009 and this bill is not the time for him to continue the trend. Contact your Senators, especially those Republicans that need a little...'inspiration', and let them know why this thing needs to be defeated. No revisions, no compromises...this thing needs to simply go away. If all Republicans vote 'no' then this bill dies. Show some spine Republicans.....kill this thing and get it over with.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This bill will pass regardless who on the Republican side is for or against it. This would be an excellent opportinuty for the Senate Republicans to take a stand without fear of it actually affecting anything (since why else wouldn't they vote for it but to avoid making waves). But you're right... they won't do so and the swift kick you're talking about is a swift kick right out of office when their seat comes up.