Friday, February 20, 2009

GOP: Still not getting it would think that the GOP would have realized by now that pandering to the religious right will get them no where. When you've run the country into the ground, the majority of people stop caring about whether or not you go the same church as they do, they just want to keep their house.

But, Republicans seem to continue to not get that fact. Case in point, recently, in voicing his opposition to the stimulus package, Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stated:

"If you started the day Jesus Christ was born and spent $1 million every day
since then, you still wouldn't have spent $1 trillion."

What does that have to do with anything? Nothing. It's just a chance for McConnell to bring up Jesus so hopefully any christian who hears it will assume McConnell is just and righteous in his opposition to the stimulus. You know, instead of him having to offer up a legitimate alternatives (and cuts don't do it. Just ask any economist). the choir to whom McConnell was preaching is joining in his chorus. The American Issues Project is putting this nonsensical attack on the stimulus on tv. Let it not be said that no idea is too stupid to inspire in this country.


Cheesefrog said...

Or maybe it's not a covert religious message at all but just an analogy that he thought people might be able to relate to since, believe in JC or not, most folks probably have a grasp on the whole BC/AD timeline thing.

I did get a chance to ask an economist about the tax cut thing, and he told me that tax cuts were a lot better for the economy than dog parks, atv trails, habitat restoration, Filipino veteran compensation, and all the other garbage in the law.

pluvlaw said...

I think its a cheap, shameless way to whore yourself to the religious right. But after coming of age during the Jerry Falwell and Jim Baker eras, I find myself always looking for the whores when the religious right is around...

It is always easy to look at a particular earmark, pick it out, and wonder what the hell it is for. By no means am I saying there is not unneeded spending in a bill like this, but you can't look at certain items in a vacuum. The point of some this stimulus bill spending is to take burdens off of the states. Now there's a philosophical argument that the G shouldn't be doing that, but there are also arguments that easing those burdens can stimulate the economy by letting states spend money on other items.