Monday, February 2, 2009

Barney Frank points out a troubling point for GOP opponents of the stimulus package

Steve Benen has a post up about Barney Frank's appearance on This Week yesterday. After pointing out how silly Jim DeMint is for not understanding a "stimulus plan" is by definition a spending bill when done by the government, he details how Frank fought back against the GOP's opposition to the bill:
"The largest spending bill in history is going to turn out to be the one in
Iraq. If we're going to talk about spending, I have a problem when we leave out
that extraordinary expensive, damaging war in Iraq, which has caused much more
harm than good in my judgment. I don't understand from my conservative friends,
building a road, building a school, helping to get health care, that's wasteful
spending. But that war in Iraq, that's going to cost us over a trillion dollars,
yeah, I wish we hadn't done that we would have been in a lot better shape

George Stephanopoulos intervened, hoping to change the subject, saying
the war issue is a subject for "a whole other show." Frank drove the point home:
"No, it's isn't. That's the problem. The problem is we look at spending and say
don't spend on highways or health care. Let's builds weapons to defeat the
Soviet Union when we don't need them. Let's have hundreds of billions of dollars
going to the military without a check. Unless everything is on the table, then
you are going to have a disproportionate hit in some places."
It's a good point and one the GOP opposition is trying like hell to ignore. But I don't think the majority of Americans are going to forget that the economy went to hell under their watch and under their unbridled spending and expansion of government. If they were smart, they would be doing mea culpas and explaining to the American public why they were just now changing their tune.

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