Apparently, one of the Republican arguments against the stimulus package is that it’s a lot of money.
In the clip above [courtesy of TPM], South Dakota Senator Jim Thune decides to use graphics, so we’ll all understand. [For example, $1 Trillion in $100 bills would make a stack 689 miles high; taped together end-to-end those same $100 bills would circle the earth nearly 39 times. He didn’t tell us how many loads of laundry we could do with a trillion dollars in quarters, or address the serious rejoinder that the pile would only be 69 miles high if you had the foresight to get it in $1,000 bills.]
I actually didn’t need two charts from the GOP graphics shop to know that $1 trillion is a lot of money. I’ve known it for a long time.
Ann Landers, on several occasions, responded to people who were in the middle years of their life, contemplating a career change, and worrying about how old they’d be when said change was completed. In one case, a woman contemplatinga return to college at 47 noted that, when she graduated in four years, she’d be 51.
To which Ann Landers replied, “And how old will you be in four years if you don’t go to college?”
So, here’s my question to the remaining members of the modern Republican Party: How high a pile was $1 trillion dollars when you voted – repeatedly – to spend it blowing shit up in Iraq and giving it back to millionaires?
It’s clear that Republicans don’t really have a problem with spending large sums of money – it is their governance, after all, which has left us with a debt that, if stacked in $100 bills, would be nearly 6,900 miles high.
They just can’t bear to spend it on things that aren’t tax cuts or guns.
I still don’t know why anyone takes these clowns seriously – they didn’t take governing seriously when they had the chance – but since people apparently do, it may be time to get a bit more pointed in the pushback to the Republicans’ opposition to the stimulus bill. It’s time to point out that Obama promised to change the tone AND the policies in Washington, and he’s trying to do both. However, one is a LOT more important than the other. Keeping our economy out of the drain is more important than being nice to the folks who are second-guessing the plumber.
Or, put another way, pay no attention to the dwindling minority party. Do what needs to be done.
P.S. I was listening to Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal on NPR this morning complain about the stimulus package, and have a new rule. The moment someone complains about how parts of the bill are simply “Democrat interest groups” they can be ignored, simply because they are either too stupid or too juvenile to get the name of the Democratic party right.
Plus, I’ve seen Stephen Moore on Real Time, and he wouldn’t know a fact if it propositioned him in the Wall Street Journal newsroom.