Obama Talks Stimulus, Transparency, Accountability
Already, Republicans who didn’t vote for the bill are praising pieces of it…
Rep. John Mica was gushing after the House of Representatives voted Friday to pass the big stimulus plan.
“I applaud President Obama’s recognition that high-speed rail should be part of America’s future,” the Florida Republican beamed in a press release.
Yet Mica had just joined every other GOP House member in voting against the $787.2 billion economic recovery plan…. Mica wasn’t alone in touting what he saw as the bill’s virtues.
What’s more, Arlen Specter tells Huff Post that a “sizable number” of Republicans wanted to vote for it, but didn’t think it was in their best interests…
“When I came back to the cloak room after coming to the agreement a week ago today,” said Specter, “one of my colleagues said, ‘Arlen, I’m proud of you.’ My Republican colleague said, ‘Arlen, I’m proud of you.’ I said, ‘Are you going to vote with me?’ And he said, ‘No, I might have a primary.’ And I said, ‘Well, you know very well I’m going to have a primary.'”
Do I care that Republicans who voted against it were actually in favor of it? Sure, but I understand that this is still politics and things aren’t going to change overnight.
However, I hope those who realize the value of doing something like this will eventually say as much publicly when it starts paying dividends for our economy and long term strategic goals.
We shall see…