WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama's spokesman is defending the sharper tone Obama is taking to push his economic stimulus plan through Congress.Uh, Mr. President? The Democrats enjoy wide majorities in both Houses, your "stimulus" bill should pass handily. So why are you yelling at the Republicans? When this leviathan bill, which provides nearly a trillion bucks for such stimulating measures as "neighborhood stabilization," smoking cessation, anti-obesity programs, rubbers-on-demand for horny teenagers, insurance for beekeepers, the "greening" of Federal office buildings and a brand-new government entity to be known known as the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research, just to name a few, passes, why would you, Nancy and Harry want to share even a smidgen of the myriad thanks of a grateful nation with those wretched, mean-spirited Republicans?
Obama sharpened his rhetoric while addressing House Democrats in Virginia on Thursday. He appeared to be sending a message to Republicans as he warned against turning back to the policies of the last eight years and insisted that voters chose a new course in November.
I mean, Mr. President, there's no possible reason the Democrats would want to share responsibility for this bill with the Republicans, is there?
UPDATE: Apparently a supermajority, 60 votes, will be required for the stimulation plan to pass in the Senate because (and you're not going to believe this) it will raise the federal deficit. Yikes! Who knew? That means two Republican votes will be needed, which should provide comfort for the Democrats should the thing pass and the economy continues to tank, as it surely will. Democratic legislators will be able to insist to their angry constituents the bloated, gold-plated excrescence was "bi-partisan," thus blame cannot be laid at their feet alone.