Rep. Walt Minnick from Idaho: one of the eleven Democrats from the bipartisan opposition to the Democratic debt bill – which would be bad enough, right? – but he’s also ripped apart the monstrosity you guys came up with and turned it into something that might actually work. Via Hot Air:
While President Barack Obama goes on the road to shore up slipping popular support for the $1 trillion stimulus porkfest that he ordered up from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Walt Minnick, a freshman Democrat from Idaho, is pushing a better idea: The Strategic Targeted American Recovery and Transition Act (START).
Minnick is a member of the Blue Dog caucus of occasionally conservative Democcrats. His START plan is a $170 billion “bare bones” pure stimulus approach that would put $100 billion immediately into the pockets of low- and middle-income Americans, then use the other $70 billion for basic infrastructure projects that create jobs. START requires that all funds not spent by 2010 be returned to the Treasury. START also stops stimulus spending when the nation’s Gross Domestic Product increases in two of three previous quarters, and all START payments are required to be posted on a public website.
Can’t have that, of course; so why don’t you spend some bread and primary the dirty little traitor? Can’t have the moderates thinking that they can tell you who is who and what was what, after all. After all, surely you can afford to lose one seat, if that’s what it takes to make sure that moderates learn their proper place in your party. What is it, somewhere around a ninety seat difference?
Yeah, you can indulge yourself. You deserve to indulge yourself, in fact. It is necessary for you to indulge yourself.
PS: Unless, of course, you don’t actually have the ability to do anything about Rep. Minnick…
Crossposted at Moe Lane.