It was only a matter of time before Republicans made their favorite play – "feint to the left". From the DCCC’s blog:
Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-09) – "Luetkemeyer said the project is considered ‘shovel ready’ and that’s what the economy needs. President Darrell Krueger and Luetkemeyer discussed the educational benefits of the economic stimulus package." [KTVO-TV, 2/17/09]
Representative Don Young (AK-AL) – "Alaskan Congressman Don Young won a victory for the Alaska Native contracting program and other Alaska small business owners> last night in H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. [Congressman Don Young’s Press Release; 2/13/09]
Representative Ken Calvert (CA-44) – "All of us in the Inland Empire will do what we can to direct as much money as we can." [The Press Enterprise; 2/13/09]
Representative John Mica (FL-07) – "I applaud President Obama’s recognition that high-speed rail should be part of America’s future," [Congressman John Mica Press Release; 2/13/09]
In the past three weeks, House Republicans unanimously voted no on the very economic recovery investments that they are boasting about. [H.R.1, #46, 1/28/09], [H.R. 1, #70, 2/13/09]
And Think Progress reports that Kit Bond (R-MO.) can’t seem to recall whether the stimulus plan will create jobs or not.
You have to admire the ability to utter this shit with a straight face.