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Ads target GOP senators who might block stimulus bill

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After the bill passed the House without Republican support, a series of ads and publicity campaigns will ask voters to contact GOP senators, enlisting their support.  This one’s directed toward Iowa‘s Chuck Grassley:

Tax cuts and smaller government won’t put people back to work, won’t create demand for manufactured or retail goods, won’t rebuild our nation’s infrastructure, won’t forestall home foreclosures, won’t return money to retirement portfolios, won’t help people get the education they need to care for their families.

Every economist that I’ve read sees stimulus as the best hope for stopping our economic free-fall.  Is this the time for ideological mantras —and partisan politics—or for taking our best shot, together?

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Written by Monte

January 29, 2009 at 2:40 pm

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  1. tk, I understand the basis for skepticism, and this won’t be pure as the driven snow. But some of it will be good, and could accomplish quite a lot.

    Roads and schools and unemployment insurance are, indeed, things we help with, and badly.


    February 4, 2009 at 2:49 pm

  2. Don’t kid yourself, this is all business as usual for Congress, they will get their money and the hell with the little people who play by the rules


    February 4, 2009 at 10:44 am

  3. If you believe that idle hands are the devils worktool then I would urge the United States Senate to pass the stimulus bill As soon as possible. How many more Americans will loose thier jobs before we pass the bill?? I DON’T think we can afford to find out. That’s my personal opinion. Speaking for MYSELF.

    David S.

    February 3, 2009 at 6:40 pm

  4. Paul Krugman, recent Nobel Prize winner in Economics, for instance.

    I know of no pork in this bill. There are some things that have been part of long-term Obama proposals that have been included – education spending, for instance – that may not be pure, immediate stimulus.

    But the bulk of the bill is outstanding, and I don’t hear solutions from any other quarter – only objections. Meanwhile, during the Bush years, the richest 400 Americans doubled their wealth while the middle class tanked. If more wealth (via tax cuts) to the rich really does trickle down, we should be enjoying it right about now. It’s given us disaster.

    Like David, I think this bill is our best shot, and I think it will change a bit in the Senate. Obama tried to work with the R’s, and they froze like deer in the headlights.


    January 30, 2009 at 9:23 pm

  5. I think the stimulus billl will put American workers back to work. What the GOp proposes is giving tax cuts to the rich. How well is that working Mr. Bush?? We need to do oinfrastructure repairs, like Bridges, roads, airports, libraries, schools, city public transport Green power, etc. The GOP PlAN is basicly to do nothing but the tried and failed policy of cuting taxes for the rich. It’s been done. NOW LETS TRY A DIFFERENT APPROOACH. I want to see JOB CREATION, AND INVESTMENT. NO MORE whining that it’ll cost a trillion dollars. IF WE VCOULD WHIZZ AWAY A TRILLION DOLLARS TO “DEMOCRATIZE IRAQ, WE CAN AFFFORD TO HELP AMERICAN WORKERS. OR DOES THE GOP STILL CARE ABOUT AMERICAN WORKE?RS.???THAT’S MY OPINION.

    David S.

    January 30, 2009 at 8:13 pm

  6. I don’t know what economists you read but a close look at this bill shows it to be the largest pork spending in US history and will have virtually no effect on stimulating our economy. This bill is a “pay back” to those many groups that support the democrat party. It IS time for partisan dogma to be put aside and unfortunately this bill does just the opposite.

    Ron Fick

    January 30, 2009 at 1:15 pm

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