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Opening Arguments

Rescue me

Rep. Mike Pence, who has stayed about as true to conservative principles as anyone in washington, is dropping by later today. Maybe I'll ask him about this:

Republicans are preparing to pounce on any wasteful spending in the $787 billion stimulus package as they refocus their criticisms of a measure whose success could hurt their 2010 election prospects.

[. . .]

House Republicans are setting up "a stimulus-watch program" that will allow watchdog groups and private citizens to report findings as contractors and agencies start spending billions of dollars on roads, schools, renewable energy projects and other initiatives, said House Republican Whip Eric Cantor.

I dunno. This seems like a big waste of time to me. Of course there will be fraud and abuse and wasteful spending, billions and billions of dollars worth. But no one will care. And by the time that is found out, another trillion or two will have been dedicated to even more visionary schemes disguised as one form of rescue or another.

Does it sound like all of this has pushed me into a d


Bob G.
Thu, 02/19/2009 - 12:01pm

I hear 'ya there,Leo...
Like watching scores of "houses of cards" falling about us.

But we can take a little solace in KNOWING that a LARGE part of all this COULD have been prevented (and SHOULD have).

Looks like the only way to halt this mass "exodus" off the nearest cliff is ONE LEMMING AT A TIME.

Thu, 02/19/2009 - 2:33pm

Too bad Pence didn't think of setting up an Iraq waste watch program when he was over in that "just like Indiana" market in Baghdad.

Michael B-P
Thu, 02/19/2009 - 3:51pm

What a load! The previously money-inebriated Republican foxes now want to cluck at the Democrat chickens! Orthrus unleashed!


Why won't they listen to the distinguished gentleman from Texas?

tim zank
Thu, 02/19/2009 - 9:37pm

Doug, I agree, it IS too bad Pence didn't set up an Iraq "waste-watch" program, but I certainly don't think that's a valid reason to ask him NOT to try to stop the current version of our government from wasting money, do you?

I would think no matter what party one's affiliated with, one would want anybody and everybody to watch closely over all that money.

Nice Republican drive-by though.

Since old quotes are the "jab" of the day :