james is quite correct.
moreover...while we/they could argue until the cows come home...the republicans (of which i have been (and am) a registered member: lo, these last 30 years) have NOT shown the fiscal responsibility in even the slightest bit for quite some time: their endless bleating, at this point, serves nothing.
they are not getting involved in any substantive way.
they are not offering anything new.
thier flawed, failed policies are exactly the root and cause of almost all the current economic plight.
the world economy/economic model IS changing, drastically...has been for sometime..
while a damned good argument could be made against the pork added...it is NOT such an overwhelmingly huge amount of the entire package, and dwelling excessively on those minor issues is, once again (in typical 'i'm not gonna do anything to help (even tho i'm more responsible for all this crap, anyway)' fashion that is the republican leaderships stock in trade..
kudos to those members of the 'grand old party' that have actually stepped up and worked with the democrats...
i believe that if we assume president obama would actually like a second term in office; to go down in history as, not just a 'momentous/historic' president (because of his race)...
but a great, world-changing leader (because of his policies): he will have to deal with a truly open, bipartisan effort: including getting his left wing friends to back off...
because : if the so-called leadership on my side, came to president obama, with serious, respectful intent to create a real bipartisan effort, obama would, i believe, eagerly ditch most/all of that left wing agenda in exchange for equal cooperation..
but, in the current circumstances..why should he throw aside his base of support: NONE of these scalawags have lifted a finger now, or in the past, to dwell in economic reality and get a competant job done..
it would be nice if president obama felt he had the power to ditch all this excess, and really pull the rug completely out from both the left AND the right wings of each party...and force a bill that was solely and only 'stimulus'...but, i think he's of the mindset that a creative, competant, across the board effort is the best way to go: consensus building is a great leadership style; it just may not be perfect for this moment in time...
...just another higher reachin' hillman !