Thursday, February 19, 2009

Credit where it isn't due

Paul Begala suggests that Republicans who didn't vote for the stimulus bill that recently passed should refuse its funds. I wouldn't go that far, but I do take issue with representatives who voted against the bill now taking credit for provisions of the bill that benefit their constituents.

People like Sen. Kit Bond of Missouri, who fought to get a provision added into the bill but in the end voted against it as a whole. A great way to win no matter what the outcome, if you ask me...but not exactly admirable.

You can't have it both ways; you can't oppose something then honestly believe and say you were responsible for the good things that come from it.

It will be interesting to see how Republicans will react should the stimulus bring us out of economic turmoil. Will they celebrate it, or stick to their principles and continue to insist that Reaganomics is the only way to go? Either way, you can bet on them not giving credit to those who actually voted for it in the first place.

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