I know I've been a hysterical scaremonger over the stimulus bill, so let me be an adult about this and admit that I've been completely wrong about the whole thing:
Handing President Barack Obama a key legislative victory, negotiators from the House and Senate reached an agreement on a $789 billion economic stimulus plan, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday.
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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said the plan would put Americans back to work in a fiscally responsible way by spending less than a House-passed bill proposed and putting more people back to work than the Senate-approved bill would have.
And I thought they were going to approve something in the $800 billion-plus range. I should have realized that with thoughtful, responsible Republicans like Collins and Olympia Snow and Arlan Specter, Congress would get the figure down to a fiscally responsible $789 billion. That's a mere 94 percent of the original Senate plan -- what brave little budget hawks they are!