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February 2, 2009


Congress is discussing one the most important pieces of legislation in American history, but the president apparently considers concerns over a $825 billion measure just more childish things to be put away.

Washington Times - President Obama Saturday morning called on the Senate to quickly pass his more than $825 billion economic stimulus plan, saying Americans "have little patience" for political bickering and noting that while the bill isn't perfect, it can jumpstart job creation. . . "I will continue working with both parties so that the strongest possible bill gets to my desk. With the stakes so high we simply cannot afford the same old gridlock and partisan posturing in Washington," he said.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many of the complaints about the bill pertain to relatively tiny amounts that sound huge, taken out of the context of the size of this bill.

That is, a $400 million dollar budget for this or that budget priority sounds huge, but it represents only a miniscule difference of .00048ths of the total. Anything below this figure is, of course, of still smaller consequence.

Some of the complaints are over $20 to $100 million dollar budget line items, and those are de minimus rounding errors out in the 8th decimal place, so to speak.

So, it IS childish for critics to seek out and ridicule as horribly unaffordable such amounts of spending, and to claim that is the reason they cannot back this spending bill.


February 2, 2009 11:21 PM  

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