Yesterday Began the Rebirth of the Republican Party
Yesterday all 177 Republican members (and 11 Democrats) of the House of Representatives voted against the Obama stimulus bill, which might also be called the “black reparations bill”, or the “transfer of wealth from whites to blacks bill”, or, more politely, the “pork for Democrats bill”. Obama carried the day, but it is hoped that he won a battle and lost the war. Over the next year or two or three, the size of this bill and its contents (and eventually its failure) provides plenty of fodder for Republicans and for the few, fair-minded journalists who are left – to point out just what Obama meant with the words, “hope and change”.
January 08, 2009 Robert Reich Blog (Excerpt)
The Stimulus: How to Create Jobs Without Them All Going to Skilled Professionals and White Male Construction Workers
“The stimulus plan will create jobs repairing and upgrading the nation's roads, bridges, ports, levees, water and sewage system, public-transit systems, electricity grid, and schools. And it will kick-start alternative, non-fossil based sources of energy (wind, solar, geothermal, and so on); new health-care information systems; and universal broadband Internet access...
And if construction jobs go mainly to white males who already dominate the construction trades, many people who need jobs the most -- women, minorities, and the poor and long-term unemployed -- will be shut out."
Robert Reich is a prominent Obama advisor and former Sec. of Labor under Clinton.
GOP holds the line: 244-188. This crap sandwich is all yours, Dems
By Michelle Malkin January 28, 2009 MichelleMalkin.com
Own it. Embrace it. Swallow it. The House version of the $1.1 trillion Generational Theft Act of 2009 is all the Democrats’ doing now.
Not one Republican voted for it. (1 Republican had to leave early).
177 Republicans and 11 Democrats opposed.
No bending over today.
Finally. A party of opposition worth its name.
And now… on to the squishes in the Senate.
Savor this while you can.
Kudos to the GOP leadership for showing some spine. More, please.
PowerLine.com January 28, 2009
Congratulations to the House Republicans: all 177 voted against the Democrats' pork-fest bill. Eleven Democrats joined the Republicans in rejecting Nancy Pelosi's fiscal insanity, which, the Congressional Budget Office confirmed yesterday, would actually cost $1.1 trillion.
The Republicans put together their own stimulus package; they say that, using Christina Romer's methodology--she will be the Chairman of Obama's Council of Economic Advisers--their program will create 6.2 million jobs.
Whether that's right or not, the Republicans' plan, unlike the Democrats', was actually geared to job creation. Here are a few highlights. The Republican proposal would:
* Reduce the lowest individual tax rates from 15 percent to 10 percent and from 10 percent to five percent.
* Allow small businesses a tax deduction up to 20 percent of income.
* Finance a $7,500 credit for home-buyers who put down at least 5 percent.
* Expand Net Operating Loss carryback rules to give companies that have been profitable in the past but are now losing money prompt infusions of cash.
* Provide an above-the-line tax deduction for private health insurance to equalize tax treatment between those who have employer-sponsored health plans and those who don't.
For the Republicans, this vote is an important first step toward reclaiming the mantle of small(er) government and fiscal responsibility.