- The Washington Times - Friday, January 30, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

President Obama said he would listen to any Republican suggestion on the economy. He kept his word and listened. Then he reminded the presenters that he had won in November, and that trumps their offerings.

This was evident when the Jan. 28 House vote on the $819 billion stimulus package for which he had lobbied was 224-188, with all 177 Republicans voting no. The media said the bill passed after a “sharply partisan debate.”

What they failed to remind the public of is that there was a partisan vote to pass but a nonpartisan vote against the bill when 11 courageous Democrats voted no.

The list telling the public what is in the bill for them is lengthy, but there is nothing for struggling retired seniors who saw their life savings erode. It was more important to pay back ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) for getting Mr. Obama elected.

As I predicted when Congress voted to bail out the auto industry, other industries are putting out their hands. I said the states would follow, with education the driver to pay back the unions.

This is a pure Democratic blunder. Bet I know the color of the states that will get all the money earmarked for infrastructure repairs and transportation. The color is blue.

BOB BREWSTER

Cocoa, Fla.


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