Saturday, January 24, 2009

McConnell softens stance on stimulus

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell toned down the rhetoric against the proposed stimulus bill in a speech at the National Press Club yesterday. We almost had a live report from the scene but our correspondent was pre-emptively kicked out for consorting with The Pink.

Now it may be that McConnell was cowed by Obama's pithy reminder about who holds the political capital on Capitol Hill but I think it's more likely the GOPers read the results of lead Republican pollster Frank Luntz's latest survey.
A near unanimous 94% of Americans are concerned about our nation's infrastructure. And this concern cuts across all regions of the country and across urban, suburban and rural communities.
A breakdown of the figures shows that a vast majority of Americans want the government to spend money to improve the infrastructure and are even willing to pay more taxes to see it happen. This includes a startling 74% of Republicans. With numbers like that I believe we can expect to see that particular bit of GOP obstructionism to disappear as if it had never existed.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent Find. Thank you. I read the article, and viewed the video clip over at Balloon Juice where Krugman discussed why tax cuts just won't do it this time.

12:59:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Well you're welcome anon.

2:16:00 PM  

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