By Bob L. If its not giving them selves special money to get Democrats to pass their programs that people don’t want, now they are bribing the Republicans to get on board so they can make it look bad for the them. Obama and the Democrats will do any thing to get this garbage passed knowing that it is going to raise the deficit more, it just shows that they don’t care what happens to this Country.
Does any of this sound like they went in to office to protect this Country and the CONSTITUTION, NO, it sounds like I am a DEMOCRAT and you are a REPUBLICAN and vice versa, once they are elected there should be one Governmental body not TWO not THREE, but ONE, and ONE body ONLY.
They were not elected to be two parties, they were elected to protect the CONSTITUTION, and they were elected to serve and keep this country FREE and Prosperous, it is not their Country, it belongs to every Legal American Citizen and any one who becomes legal to stay in this Country, LEGALLY.
By JAKE SHERMAN & MARTIN KADY II
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is getting her hands dirty.
In a rare rebuke from the speaker, Pelosi is taking direct aim at individual Republicans, hinting at hypocrisy in their opposition to the stimulus package, saying it provided hundreds of thousands of their constituents tax cuts.
Pelosi, in an e-mail from spokesman Nadeam Elshami, pointed out Thursday that the legislation gave 282,000 of Minority Whip Eric Cantor’s constituents tax cuts, in addition to providing tax breaks to Republican Reps. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, Scott Garrett of New Jersey and Tom Rooney of Florida.
The Pelosi offensive is part of a coordinated effort between the White House, the Democratic National Committee and congressional Democrats, who say they’re tired of being on the defensive on the stimulus. Pelosi’s office will follow up in the coming days by releasing reports from economists, will put forward experts in various sectors to talk about jobs created, and will continue to show which Republican districts they believe benefited from the stimulus.
“We’re coordinating on all cylinders now — we’re not going to let up,” a Democratic aide said.
The straightforward, personalized attack is not normally the style of Pelosi — who prefers policy-driven debate rather than taking direct aim at individual lawmakers.
“On the day that GOP Whip Eric Cantor and other Republicans are planning to discuss the Recovery Act at the Heritage Foundation, it’s only fair to remind them that hundreds of thousands of families in their districts are benefiting from the largest and fastest middle-class tax cut in American history,” Elshami’s e-mail said.
Pelosi on Wednesday pointed out that Republicans have been to “ribbon cuttings” related to stimulus projects.
Cantor made no apologies for touting projects partially funded by the stimulus and said that Democrats are reverting to “the kind of politics I think that has turned America off.” Garrett said Democrats have accepted the Bush-era tax cuts although many voted against them.
“Many of us have worked very hard to try and promote the interest of our districts and when there is some connection between expenditures in a $860 billion bill that also match projects and issues we’ve been working on for eight, nine years, doesn’t make any sense that you should no longer be for that project,” Cantor said.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee this afternoon was planning to keep the rhetoric going, emailing an attack titled “Will House Republicans’ Two Faced Hypocrisy on Recovery Act Be Brought up at C-PAC Conference?” The email lists 75 Republican House members who attempted to get stimulus money.
Pelosi’s offensive will only serve to escalate the increasingly vicious back and forth between the two parties about the affect of the stimulus. Both parties have released web ads on the stimulus — the Democratic version soars with hopeful music about job creation and the Republican version mocks the stimulus.
On Thursday morning, top House Republicans — led by Cantor — held a stimulus forum at the Heritage Foundation, titled “1 Year, $862 Billion Spent, 3.6 Million Jobs Lost.”
Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.), who spoke at the event Thursday morning, fired back at the speaker and said that “only in Washington” would the stimulus plan be purported to cut taxes.
“I have not met, honest to God, one person in my district who would call the stimulus plan a tax cutting plan – not one,” Rooney said at the Heritage event, which was broadcast online. “If any of you out there or in this room conceptualize the stimulus plan and all the expenditures therein as a tax cutting plan, I’d love to buy you lunch today because I’ve never heard it before.”
Cantor’s office has been particularly vituperative, sending out a half-dozen attack e-mails within 24 hours ripping the stimulus, Democrats and the White House. The subject lines range from “The DNC is a joke” to “Memo to the White House” with 12 bullet points about wasteful stimulus projects. One e-mail from Cantor press secretary Brad Dayspring listed 43 entry dates under the title “Timeline of the Democrats’ Failed Stimulus.”
“While we commend you on the diversionary tactics that you attempted to deploy, the fact remains that your stimulus program has wasted billions of taxpayer dollars on pork, passed on tremendous debt to young Americans who will be forced to pay your tab, and has utterly failed to get Americans back to work in any meaningful way,” Cantor’s office wrote, in its mock memo to White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) too slammed the stimulus, issuing a 37-page report detailing its perceived shortcomings, failures and wasteful spending projects.
Capito joined the chorus.
“Eric says it’s a failure, I join in that rhetoric,” she said.
The heated rhetoric over the stimulus comes as Democrats struggle to coalesce around a new jobs bill. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has introduced a scaled back jobs bill — after ditching an $85 billion bipartisan proposal — but he lacks the votes to cut off debate. So Reid has been negotiating with Republicans, including Massachusetts GOP Sen. Scott Brown, to try to reach 60 votes by Monday.
All of this comes against the backdrop of another bad poll on the economy. A CNN/Opinion Research poll conducted earlier this week shows 44 percent of Americans believe the economy is “very poor,” the worst level since the economy bottomed out last March.