Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Getting off the Blocks

Good for you, Dems. Seems that instead of hunkering down and making cuts to the stimulus/recovery funds, Democrats are reacting to winger negativism by adding real benefits to the public. It was evident over eight years of carrying out right wing economics that they don't work. The mogul hordes took the money and ran. We have a mess to clean up, and the retards on the right want to make more messes.

I was just listening to Rep. Jim McGovern on Washington Journal, pointing out that while they can't guarantee all the projects will work, sitting on our rear ends in the face of economic meltdown certainly won't work. Jobs will be created, and with jobs we create consumers, for this consumer economy.

Top Democrats plan to add a big increase in highway and mass transit funding to President Barack Obama's economic recovery program Tuesday, even as others in the president's party hope to rein in the plan's almost $1 trillion cost to taxpayers.

A move by Patty Murray, D-Wash., to add $25 billion in infrastructure projects is first in line as the Senate begins thrashing through dozens of proposed changes to the sprawling $885 billion measure.

Murray's plan would increase the money in the bill for highway projects by almost 50 percent, to $40 billion, reflecting complaints from lawmakers in both parties that Obama's plan doesn't do enough to relieve a backlog of unfinished projects. Mass transit programs would get a $5 billion boost, while water projects would get $7 billion more.

Republicans, for their part, readied a plan to lower mortgage costs to try to jolt the housing market out of its slump.
Nineteen Democratic and Republican governors, meanwhile, cited frozen credit markets and rising unemployment in urging lawmakers to resolve their differences and asking Obama to sign the bill as soon as it reaches his desk. The governors said the money it provides for public education, health care and rebuilding the nation's infrastructure will create and preserve jobs while making a sound investment in the country's long-term economic interests.

"While we all believe in the importance of free markets, we believe that the markets today need stimulating," the governors told Obama in a letter dated Monday. Among the signers are Democrats Deval Patrick of Massachusetts and Tim Kaine of Virginia, and Republicans Arnold Schwarzenegger of California and Charlie Crist of Florida.

It makes no sense to continue blocking economic recovery, a prospect that has become clear after the retards on the right voted against it in the House. The party of nope has a lot to apologize for, though in reality we don't expect it ever will. In the meantime, the Democrats are right to walk right over them. The country is in great need of activism, now. It's time to lead, follow or get out of the way. Exactly that is happening. Public representatives with any smarts are putting their backs into the recovery, not turning those backs.

The difference between the two parties has never been so clear. One works for the country, the other works against it.


Just sent an email to Senators Cornyn and Hutchison, hoping you all will join in and contact your senators, and mine are worse than yours.

The email;

Please support the public interest by voting for the recovery package with emphasis on public works. My parent both worked in a CCC camp after graduating from LSU with masters' degrees, and you will note in today's Dallas Morning News an excellent article on the WPA program benefits to that city.

The financial industries that destroyed the economy cannot be given the job of building it back up.

Eight years of cutting taxes hasn't worked. We need to put jobs and salaries back into U.S. workers' hands so that they can be the solid base the economy needs.

Thank you.

from Ruth

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