February 10, 2009

All Hail the Blue Dogs!

Blog Sister Dagny asked about the brave 11 Democrats who voted against the Stimulus. One is Rep. Walt Minnick from Idaho. He's got a better idea:

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.

Minnick introduced START as an alternative – just in case the legislative process stalls out, says press secretary John Foster. As one of the brave 11 Democrats who voted against Pelosi’s stimulus bill, Minnick explained to folks back home that he opposed the speaker’s version because it was so “Christmas-treed up” with wasteful spending, like $300 million for golf carts. Foster told The Examiner that the House leadership encourages members to do what’s best for their districts, so there has been no backlash. We’ll see how long that lasts.

I'll happily listen to comments that this is $170 Billion too much. But elections have consequences. This sounds like a fair amount to give the triumphant Democrats and I seriously appreciate the transparency of the web pages and the shutoff of spending on recovery.

The sad part is that these guys get elected in Idaho, and probably deserve it, but then they become just another member of Pelosi's army.

Hat-tip: Instapundit

111th Congress Posted by John Kranz at February 10, 2009 11:46 AM

Relative to what's on the table, this makes a lot of sense. Which is why it doesn't stand a chance.

However, there's no way to get around the fact that the only way gubm't can "stimulate" one person is to first take it away from another person. Why is the job of a steel worker on a bridge worth more than a software developer? The Refugee has often maintain that if you really want to see employment skyrocket, then eliminate the corporate income tax.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at February 10, 2009 12:50 PM | What do you think? [1]