13 Feb 2009 The Left is Afraid of America – the Rush to Vote on the Stimulus is the Proof
Rep. Jerrry Lewis (R-CA) just spoke on the House floor to say that the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office had just scored the so-called stimulus bill, releasing its report a few minutes past noon (a little more than an hour ago).
Lewis reports that the CBO says less than half the spending in this bill will occur over the next two years, and 11 percent of it will occur this year.
Given these numbers, how can it possibly be imperative to our economic recovery (to avoid a “permanent recession,” in President Obama’s infamous phrase, as if such a thing is even possible) for the Congress to vote on all of this spending immediately? Unless something nefarious is going on, at the very least, even those who believe this bill is needed for stimulus purposes should be willing to defer debate and passage of three-quarters or more of the spending in this legislation so legislators can read and refine it.
But they aren’t. Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and the others who lead the left in our nation’s capitol are unwilling to wait — even to wait 48 hours as the House of Representatives unanimously urged — because they are afraid. Afraid of permanent recession? No, they are afraid the American people will find out what’s in this bill.