As you have probably heard, the Senate passed its version of the “stimulus” boondoggle with a vote of 61/37 on Tuesday (60 votes are needed to override a filibuster). Thank you to this triumvirate of RINOS (Republican In Name Only):
Susan Collins (R-ME), Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Arlen Specter (R-PA).
Thank you for going along with the same old beltway business as usual: Washington acting against the will and against the best interests of the American people in order to further bloat the federal government. Hey, I thought we were going to get CHANGE! I guess no one showed these three (or congressional democrats or the president) the Rasmussen poll showing that the majority (62%) of Americans were actually opposed to the stimulus as it stood heading into the vote. Oh, wait…they knew what we thought, they just didn’t care. Yep, beltway business as usual.
Did you know the so-called stimulus as passed also includes this health-care tidbit?
The GOOD NEWS is that there is still hope: now the House and Senate versions have to be reconciled, and then the final product has to make it through both houses again. And the RINOS have said that their support for the final bill is conditional. That means that if enough pressure is laid to bear on them, then perhaps they will stand up and do the right thing in the end. I heard Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) say yesterday that it’s typical to get calls from all around the country, not just his state…and that it’s a good idea for everybody to let these three know what you think. Also, if more pressure is applied to other senators, then perhaps some Democrats could swing (maybe) but more likely, Collins’, Snowe’s and Specter’s Republican colleagues will in turn apply more pressure to them. In any case, when enough people call, fax and email senators they do begin to take notice. That is the only reason the amnesty bill went DOWN last year. So, here’s the list. (I have also added this link to my blogroll.) It’s also a good idea to to let your reps know when they’ve done something right. I’ll be calling my senator who voted against this thing and leave a message saying “thanks.”
Michelle Malkin highlights the perfect metaphor for Washington’s general theft recipe, AKA the economic stimulus bill.