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Stimulus Bill Passes House; CNN Interviews Congressman Jared Polis


CNN interviewed freshman Congressman Jared Polis this afternoon before the House voted to pass President Obama's economic stimulus package. The bill received no Republican support:

"The vote was 246 to 183, reflecting the Democrats’ considerable majority in the House and the Republicans’ deep dissatisfaction with the measure, whose estimated price tag has fluctuated daily and was finally placed at $787 billion on Friday. Not a single Republican voted in favor of the bill. The Senate was expected to vote on the final legislation Friday evening, clearing the way for the paperwork to go to President Obama, who is eager to sign the measure."

Polis quashes suggestions by Republicans like John Boehner that nobody had time to read the bill.

Said Polis: "When you hear people talking about not reading it it's a little misleading. We've had most of this bill for weeks, so we've been following this through the process. The only pieces that we had to look at were ones that were changed in the final conference report...Most of the bill, probably 90% of the bill is what we passed a couple weeks ago."

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  1. Ever notice how RB is only too happy to spend the better part of a day or two fouling Andy's blog with his irrational Republican lies, posting his tired Fox/Drudge/Limbaugh talking point again and again and again, but then when he gets called on it, and whatever ridiculous claims or arguments he's been posting get thoroughly debunked by other commenters here, he just disappears in a burst of sulfurous smoke? Not another word from him in this thread. But next thing you know, there he is responding to one of Andy's posts above, expansively blathering on about something earth-shattering like how the shade of Suze Orman's jacket really brings out the fire in her eyes.

    No acknowledgment from RB that he's, as usual, full of shit, and that he's been mindlessly spewing lies on here for hours on end.

    I guess I expect most Republicans to be liars, and RB is certainly typical, but does he also have to be such a goddamn coward?

    Posted by: 24play | Feb 16, 2009 12:06:19 AM

  2. AMEN 24PLAY. I notice a lot of individuals who play "devil's advocate" on Towleroad tend to vacate the topic when called out on the misinformation they spread. Interesting that some of them have very similar talking points and even language in their writing. Makes you wonder if someone is trolling and posting under different names.

    Posted by: CJ | Feb 16, 2009 1:03:19 AM

  3. Could someone explain to me how cutting education funding--which is already paid for on credit--and increasing tax cuts is a step forward? Isn't this cut MORE than erased in deficit spending to make up for those new tax cuts?

    Also, could someone explain to me specifically how the AMT tax cut expenditure is going to stimulate the economy?

    And why is healthcare to the poor being cut along with state and local aid? What kind of a stimulus is this?

    And who's to blame for this complete and total lack of understanding about basic economics? Who's to blame for republicans crying for tax cuts when most of our extant infrastructure are being floated on credit? In this case, the senate, it seems...and specifically, senate moderates.

    Posted by: TANK | Feb 16, 2009 1:38:24 AM

  4. Ain't it the truth, 24PLAY. The Republicans arrive only when the posts involve $/tax cuts and/or to regurgitate right wing Rush/FOX talking points. Then they vanish like so many trolls under the bridge (remember some of the pre-election trolls; we need a Where Are They Now? special for them) . . . other gay issues--like, say, civil rights--don't particularly concern them because they include us crazy liberals. If they weren't gay themselves they'd probably be first in line spouting anti-gay rhetoric.

    Posted by: Ernie | Feb 16, 2009 11:37:23 AM

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