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Dems announce deal on stimulus before meeting with Republicans

Discussion in 'U.S. Politics' started by Little-Acorn, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. Little-Acorn

    Little-Acorn Well-Known Member

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    Looks like the trend is continuing today.

    Apparently Republicans were scheduled to meet with Democrats to work on the compromise for the bill. The meeting was scheduled for 3:00 PM today.

    But then it was announced that a deal had been reached on the compromise bill... at noon, three hours before Republicans would be allowed to meet and work on it.

    When, oh when will Republicans learn what happens when you take Democrats' word that they will "be nice"?

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    http://www.businessandmedia.org/articles/2009/20090211135318.aspx

    Congressman Gives Speech in Front of Pelosi's Office: 'There Are More Shady Deals Going on Behind Closed Doors'

    Chairman of Republican Study Committee Rep. Tom Price blasts congressional leaders for not making the stimulus bill negotiations open to the public.

    by Jeff Poor
    Business & Media Institute
    2/11/2009 1:59:36 PM

    President Barack Obama has proclaimed his administration will be more open than the previous administration. However, his counterparts in the House and the Senate aren’t following suit.

    The Washington Post has reported that negotiations between House and Senate Democrats have resulted in a stimulus bill with a price tag of “about $789.5 billion.” This agreement raised the ire of Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., and he went outside of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office to express it.

    “My name’s Tom Price and I represent the Sixth District of Georgia and [am] the privileged chair of the Republican Study Committee,” Price said. “It’s now noon on Wednesday. I’m standing outside the office of the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. The door is closed. We just heard news break there’s been an agreement between the House and the Senate on the non-stimulus bill."

    Negotiators were slated to meet later in the day. However, since news of a deal was leaked to the media, Price questioned if there were “shady deals” going on.

    “It’s curious because Republicans were invited to a meeting they said at 3 o’clock this afternoon,” Price continued. “What this means is there are more shady deals going on behind closed doors -- without the public, without Republicans in attendance.”

    The Georgia congressman had also called on congressional leaders to televise the House-Senate negotiations. However, as much as the press has helped the Obama administration trumpet a new era of transparency, there has been little call from the television media for these negotiations to be televised publicly.

    “As the House and Senate move to negotiate the final text of the so-called stimulus bill, I have called on Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to make good on that promise and allow any and all House and Senate negotiations to take place in an open and public forum,” Price wrote in a Feb. 11 blog post for Red State. “By allowing television cameras in the room as negotiations take place, we can provide the transparency American taxpayers expect.”
     
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    This is just the way it is going to be. I am glad you are pointing this out but dont let it get you too down.

    I hope you called your congressman and your senators. I hope everyone who is against this bill did. That is about all we can do
     
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    According to a Gallup poll conducted Tuesday night, 59% of Americans approve of the stimulus package.

    It appears your backward right wing thinking is in the minority. Just as..

    You were in the minority on Nov. 4th

    You are in the minority in Congress

    Get used to things being done without the pathetic obstructionist GOP minority.

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/114577/Stimulus-Support-Edges-Higher.aspx
     
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    Polls are a sham. You cannot poll a small % (i.e. 1000 out of 300,000,000+) of the population and state that n% of American people are for something.

    Also you would have to include an equal amount of people from each party in the poll, which I doubt was accomplished.
     
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    Oh, so know you don't like the poll...figures. I heard a lot of that BS coming from the Pubs in the weeks leading up to Nov. 4th, and look how that turned out. The polls acquitted themselves rather well.

    As for including the same number from each party, why should they?...There are more registered Democrats in the country..the polls need to reflect that edge.
     
  8. Little-Acorn

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    Did those polls ask those people whether they knew that the so-called "stimulus" bill contained mostly things like the socializing of health care, pork for everything from frisbee parks to honeybee insurance, etc. etc.? The list goes on and on.

    They didn't?

    Would have been interesting to see how many people who actually knew what was in it, still approved of it.

    As it is, it's not worth much.
     
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    Popeye,

    You can probably find some cheap fare to Russia since you like communism so much.

    Hurry, don't miss your flight.
     
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