Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The stimulus passes without any GOP support

A little surprising, actually. I figured the GOP would lose a few votes. I guess moderate Republicans (the three or so left) are on board with the "No Future" Boehner Brigade. Then again, the idea that there are actual "moderate Republicans" might well be a myth: those that aren't wingnuts live in constant fear of being primaried of those who are. I suppose now is not the best time to become a Maverick.

The only objection I have to this whole charade was the show that Republicans put on. Okay, so if you oppose Keynesian stimulus, just say so. Just say you oppose spending. Perfectly valid viewpoint, just not a terribly compelling one after eight years of GOP fiscal profligacy. But don't come up with a bunch of bullshit about birth control as the reason why you're opposing the bill. Then again, this assumes congressional Republicans are willing to negotiate in good faith. Not the best assumption.

The Man, The Myth, The Bio

East Bay, California, United States
Problem: I have lots of opinions on politics and culture that I need to vent. If I do not do this I will wind up muttering to myself, and that's only like one or two steps away from being a hobo. Solution: I write two blogs. A political blog that has some evident sympathies (pro-Obama, mostly liberal though I dissent on some issues, like guns and trade) and a culture blog that does, well, cultural essays in a more long-form manner. My particular thing is taking overrated things (movies, mostly, but other things too) down a peg and putting underrated things up a peg. I'm sort of the court of last resort, and I tend to focus on more obscure cultural phenomena.