Wednesday, the 111th Congress burdened future generations of Americans with the passage of an embarrassingly non-stimulative “stimulus” bill. The final tally was a strictly partisan 244 yeas to 188 nays. Not a single Republican voted in favor of this behemouth, thankfully.
More telling, however, is the way in which the supposedly moderate and fiscally responsible “Blue Dog Coalition” of Democrats almost completely caved. These representatives who were elected as middle-of-the-road moderates from mostly conservative districts boast on their Website as having “the goal of representing the center of the House of Representatives and appealing to the mainstream values of the American public.” Really?
Their votes on Wednesday? Of the 43 current members of the coalition (their roster lists 47 members, but four of them no longer serve in the House), a scant 6 voted against the pork-laden shame. Six. Of 43, six.
Those six (along with the 5 non-Blue Dog Democrats who also voted nay) deserve our congratulations and thanks as taxpayers for joining with their Republican colleagues in taking a stand against government waste and for real stimulus through responsible spending and tax relief for all Americans.
Those Blue Dogs who stood up to Peosi and BHO are:
Allen Boyd, FL-2
Jim Cooper, TN-5
Brad Ellsworth, IN-8
Collin Peterson, MN-7
Heath Shuler, NC-11
Gene Taylor, MS-4
-Colorado Patriot (Nick), From HQ