In Their Faces
God bless Barbara Boxer. She finally erupted when the GOP’s true plans became clear yesterday in the Senate: they are hoping to stall the recovery bill into March, in the hope that they can use the time to brand the whole thing as wasteful spending and kill it.
Tensions are so high that Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., erupted on the Senate floor against her own co-sponsor on a tax amendment, Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., after Ensign advised the Senate to "slow down."
Keep in mind that Boxer is cosponsoring a corporate tax repatriation measure with Ensign that could bring in hundreds of billions of dollars. But she realizes that the GOP only wants to pass tax cuts and more giveaways, and has no real interest in spending for Main Street, now that they suddenly care about fiscal responsibility after eight years of looting the bank.
Boxer said she was shocked that a senator from a neighboring state where the housing market has crashed as badly as in California would urge the slow-moving Senate to slow down even more. Republicans were digging in, suggesting that the mid-February deadline set by congressional leaders should slip into March.
Boxer accused Republicans of trooping to the floor with coordinated talking points against the bill even as one of their own, New Hampshire Republican Judd Gregg, joined the Obama administration as the nominee to be commerce secretary.
"Jobs being lost every minute - maybe you should look inside yourself and roll up your sleeves and get to work with us," Boxer said.
"After eight long years of Republican rule around here, where we saw the debt go from $5 trillion to $10 trillion and not a word from the other side about fiscal responsibility," Boxer said. "Tax cut after tax cut to the wealthiest few, unlimited checkbook for Iraq. No problem then. We didn't hear speeches about the grandchildren and the great-grandchildren, oh no," Boxer said. "When people are losing their homes ... suddenly my friends on the other side come out with their charts. Oh, my goodness, a trillion dollars. Well, we had a presidential election about this."
GOP senators rail against plans to provide assistance to the states. They claim that large (read: ethnically diverse) states are simply wasteful spenders who shouldn’t be bailed out by the federal government. This is a coded racist argument that they get away with.
Every time you hear someone from the south, or Missouri’s Kit Bond, or any other small state GOP cracker rail against bailing out California, keep in mind that California sends more money to Washington than it gets back. A lot of California’s excess “contribution” to the Beltway goes to smaller, skinflint GOP states, whose senators now blast the Golden State for being wasteful. Yet there is no pointed, aggressive, broad based Democratic pushback campaign against these smears.
Barbara Boxer gets it. Does the White House?