Yesterday, in a 244-to-188 vote, the House approved an $819 billion economic recovery plan written by House Democrats and supported by President Obama. Despite Obama’s aggressive outreach efforts, the entire Republican caucus, along with 11 Democrats, voted against the plan. Afraid of crossing Obama’s high approval ratings, conservatives are claiming that they are enthusiastic to work with him. “We’ve made it clear that we will continue to work with the president to develop a plan that will work,” said House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), who led his caucus in opposition to Obama’s plan. “We just don’t think it’s going to work.” Instead, Boehner and his colleagues pushed for a return to Bushonomics. “We have said let’s do tax cuts, let’s let the American people make the decisions on how they’ll spend the money,” said Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-AL), on CNBC earlier this week.”That will stimulate the economy more than bringing all that money to Washington and then distributing it out in all sorts of government programs.” The alternative proposed by House Republicans yesterday, which was defeated 266-170, was composed almost entirely of tax cuts. “These are the same people who told us the Bush tax cuts were going to lead to nirvana,” said Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) in response to the conservative focus on tax cuts. On MSNBC yesterday, one of the most prominent proponents of the tax-cut-only approach, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), complained that the Democrats’ recovery plan would take “America in a new direction.” Though conservatives might be happy to be free from the “burden” of President Bush, they still seem to be longing for his failed economic policies.
From The Progress Report