So, the idea seems to be that Washington Republicans are engaging in purely ideological shadowplay for the benefit, not of their constituents, but their party bosses. And the effect of this shadowplay will be to wipe out programs that have little appreciable effect on the cost of the stimulus, and that no one but Republican bosses would have bothered to complain about, except for the theatrical bellyaching.
Such programs include, again quoting Madden, "money for the National Endowment for the Arts, $1 billion for the 2010 Census, $600 million for the government to buy fuel-efficient cars."
Now, I don't know about you, but I am confused. Why is anyone in their right mind considering sacrificing programs that no one really opposes...
Wait a freakin' second there. The normal way of doing business in Congress was suspended because there were "emergency" provisions that, we were told, needed to be done as quickly as possible. Alright, how does funding the NEA, or the 2010 Census, or the government car fleet, or cleaning up the Mall, qualify for "emergency" funding exactly? Why should debate on those issues be curtailed in any way shape or form?
The truth is Democrats don't want to actually do the hard work of making the cases for this spending in the old fashioned way. The poor dears, it makes it hard to stick to their three day work week. Now, I'm not saying we shouldn't fund the 2010 Census, but I do think we should have some deliberation concerning the funding to make sure it is appropriate in terms of levels.
I know, I know...that's crazy talk.
Besides, who could question the "emergency" need for a water slide or a frisbee golf course?