The “Stimulus Bill” was passed with absolutely no GOP support yesterday.
Small consolations are going to be the only “Hope” left over for us, I fear.
Recently, in a discussion with my father, I forwarded the notion the Obama’s plan was to present a core idea surrounded by porky dross that could be pared away to, in comparison, make the original intent look more palatable.
Basically, if you have something that you want to sell for $200, start the haggling at $700. Who knows? You might be able to get $350 for it.
However, my father told me that in his experience, people tend to lend, or project, sinister intelligence upon those in charge who are doing something that they dislike. It is hard for us to accept a difficult explanation that yes, they really are that stupid.
He cited Occam’s Razor:
Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem
Or roughly, but more commonly, translated:
All other things being equal, the simplest solution is the best.
Two weeks ago, I firmly believed that Congress would pare down the “fat” to leave the core of Obama’s idea, thus allowing him to pass something that presented by itself would have received much derision and contempt from the Right, possibly even from some dissenters on the Left as well.
Nope. It got passed, in its totality, to squeals of delight from the Left.
God help us all.
I hope the Senate can do something to stall or kill it, but I am not going to engage in auto-asphyxiation…