Skepticism or Obstructionism?
by Charles Lemos, Mon Dec 29, 2008 at 02:43:08 PM EST
As of right now, Americans are left with more questions than answers about this unprecedented government spending . . .
As the ellipsis suggests that's not the full quote, though it should be. No, the questions that Americans have in their mind according to Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) are not about the serious erosion of the nation's fiscal position that has added an unprecedented $5.7 trillion in deficit spending these past eight years, the questions the Senate Minority Leader believes that Americans are harbouring are about Obama's still undefined fiscal stimulus plan believed to be in the neighborhood of $675 billion to $850 billion.
From the Washington Post:
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) voiced skepticism today about the emerging economic stimulus plan, applying a brake to Democratic plans to quickly pass up to $850 billion in spending and tax cuts soon after President-elect Barack Obama's Jan. 20 inauguration.
"As of right now, Americans are left with more questions than answers about this unprecedented government spending, and I believe the taxpayers deserve to know a lot more about where it will be spent before we consider passing it," McConnell said in a statement, which will be publicly issued later today.
Obama's advisers and congressional Democrats have been huddling in the Capitol trying to craft a massive stimulus plan that could cost anywhere from $675 billion to $850 billion, while some economists are pushing for a total package worth more than $1 trillion.
McConnell -- the most powerful Republican in Washington, based on the filibuster-proof level of 41 GOP Senate seats -- called for many congressional hearings on the stimulus plan and some undetermined safeguards to assure the money is being spent wisely.
Let's call it what it is. It's not skepticism, this is obstructionism.