And conservative lawmakers are grumbling about being "shut out" of the shaping of the stimulus package when overnight money set aside to fix crumbling schools and designed to give middle-class Americans a fighting chance against stagnant earnings for the last decade disappeared overnight.
I don't call that being shut out at all.
I call that wielding extraordinary power.
There is no debate to be had. It's over. The post-mortem has been performed and as the toxicology reports dribble to reveal that our economy has been sick for a long, long time. It was just a matter of time. Just a small matter of time before the drumbeat of tax cuts for the rich, tax cuts for the rich, tax cuts, tax cuts would pount this economy into into recession.
And the stimulus package comes out and they complain. Those who earmarked their way to secure seats in our Nation's heartland throwing chump change to their constituents while doling out the real money to agri-business, big oil, pharmaceuticals, and wall street.
So why do we still listen to them? They got us into this mess. True believers in their version of the free market, they still believe in their version of truth. They still believe that the economy will turn around on its own. They still believe that it was all a bad dream and things will pick up again if we just do nothing.
Well, they were wrong about that trickle-down economics thing. Dead wrong. Give tax breaks to the wealthiest five percent and they become wealthier while the middle class uses credit to fill the void where reasonable income growth should have been.
Don't do it. Don't listen to the supply-siders. They are wrong.
Spend, Baby, Spend!