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House Republicans Unite Against “Stimulus”

With the House vote on the near-trillion dollar Democratic “stimulus” package, the Republican Party has  once again (finally!) become the party of fiscal discipline. House Republicans don’t seem to have been swayed by the president’s charm offensive.  Not a single Republican voted for this budget boondoggle. Eleven Democrats joined them in voted “No.”

But to no avail.  It passed by a comfortable margin.  Guess Ethel really was singing the Democrats’ song.

While appreciating the time President Obama took to come to Capitol Hill to lobby House and Senate Republicans, GOP leaders still have concerns about the cost of the profligate package. According to the Washington Post:

House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said, “The bill that’s on the floor of the House as we speak we don’t think will work and, frankly, are disappointed in the product that we see, a lot of wasteful spending that won’t create jobs and won’t help preserve jobs in America.”

Kudos to Boehner for calling it like it is and for holding the GOP caucus together.

By standing firm against this package, Republicans finally stood for something. Increased government spending won’t fix the economy. It didn’t work for Herbert Hoover. Nor did it work for FDR or for Jimmy Carter.

Let’s hope that the Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell can hold his caucus together to filibuster the stimulus. The longer it takes Democrats to pass the “stimulus,” the more time people will have to see that it contains billions of dollars for to Democratic constituencies and interest groups.  They’ll ask their representatives whey we are increasing government spending when the federal government is running record deficits.

Even the AP notes that the package includes a tax cut for those who don’t pay taxes: “The centerpiece tax cut calls for a $500 break for single workers and $1,000 for couples, including those who don’t earn enough to owe federal income taxes.” Emphasis added.

House Republicans may have shown some spine today, but their Senate colleagues appear to be wavering. Six of the eight Republicans on the Judiciary Committee voted to confirm Eric Holder for Attorney General despite his troubling record as Deputy Attorney General.

Tammy Tells Bush-Hating Liberals to Move On

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 3:38 am - January 28, 2009.
Filed under: Blogress Divas,Bush-hatred

Bush is Gone, but Bush-Hatred Lingers.

Endora-award winning blogess Tammy Bruce doesn’t mince words when taking to task those Democrats who want to prosecute the former president for war crimes.

Talking about those still obsessed with the former president even though he’s gone, Tammy says, “these are individuals who are obsessed and paranoid about the [former] president. . . ”

This seems to be the week when smart women don’t mince their words.

(H/t Gateway Pundit).

Ethel Anticipated Barack Obama and Today’s Democrats

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 3:18 am - January 28, 2009.
Filed under: Big Government Follies,Divas,Economy

Imagine that George Sanders is not playing Cosmo Constantine, but Democratic interest groups (though to truly play the part, he’d have to have his hat out).  And as only she can do, Ethel plays the Democratic president and Congress all rolled into one.

The “money” segment begins at 1:50.

Except of course, if Sanders were playing those interest groups, he wouldn’t react as he does to her song.

Still, it seems this late great Republican sang what should become the theme song for the Obama Democrats.

Did Sugar Cookies Cure my Headache?

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 2:55 am - January 28, 2009.
Filed under: Health & medical,Random Thoughts

For the better part of Tuesday, I was suffering a mild headache, but didn’t want to take a Tylenol because I’d read that the less frequently you take analgesics, the more quickly your body fights pain on its own.

Well, the pain lingered all day, without incapacitating me. When I drove downtown to have dinner with a friend, he gave me a box of cookies that I had left in a grocery bag with chips I had given him.

Even after a delicious home-cooked meal, the headache would not go away. So, on a whim (or a craving?) and against my better judgment, I dove into those sugar cookies. With each bite, my headache eased. I made it home without taking a Tylenol.

So, now I’m wondering if I’ve discovered a new method of treating headaches.

But, will eating sugar cookies make my body respond more quickly to headaches? Or will it make me crave such sweet treats all the more?

Ethel was a Republican!

Confirmed via the Kellow biography that Ethel Merman did indeed sing at the Gipper’s inaugural so that must be the source of the clip I linked on her birthday.  He and Nancy sent her a telegram to mark her seventy-fifth birthday.

According to John Kenrcik this “lifelong Republican. . .  was a frequent guest at the White House during the Eisenhower administration.

This sure makes up for Barbra’s politics.