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Tired of the mantra

Posted: February 26, 2009 11:11 p.m.
Updated: February 27, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
I am so tired of reading political commentary in The Signal scolding Republicans because, excuse the mantra, "not one Republican in the House voted for the bill."

While repeating this mantra in an effort to cry partisanship, of course only on the Republican side of the aisle, they forget to mention that not one Democrat voted against the bill in the Senate (they even brought in Ted Kennedy, as sick as he is, to cast a vote) and only 11 Democrats voted against the bill in the House.

On a percentage basis, more Republicans crossed party lines in congress (3 percent) than Democrats (2.5 percent).

Could this be partisanship from the other side of the aisle? Funny, I never hear the Republicans crying foul but there is always a never-ending vitriol coming from the Democrats including name-calling and the insistence that "other" ideas are counter productive and possibly anti-American.

We are not nattering nabobs as Mr. Buck said in his article (The Signal, Feb. 10). We, including Fox News, O'Reilly and the rest should indeed have a voice.

According to CNBC news only 12 percent of the stimulus package actually can provide jobs and of that figure only 6 percent will provide jobs in the first 18 months.

Isn't it possible that there was an honest disagreement on the emphasis of the bill? Inclusions that have no immediate impact on our economy could possibly have been brought out later after our economy stabilizes.

Have we digressed to the point that the Democrats are advocating one-party rule, and if you have any other idea or thought you are a sap or a hockey parent?

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