That’s apparently the word from The Hill, but…umm, yeah, it’s been 10 days folks.
Republicans wrapped up their retreat Friday by signaling they are losing patience with President Obama and the Democratic leadership in Congress.
Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.) criticized the new administration on Friday, saying it had promised to reach out to Republicans on the Capitol Hill, but then offered an economic recovery package that included few, if any, proposals from the minority party.
Romney, who helped write the House Republican substitute voted down Wednesday afternoon, said enough of the rhetoric, it’s time for Obama to act.
“Meeting with someone is not negotiating, meeting with someone to say ‘here’s my plan, take it or leave it,’ that is not negotiating, that is not reaching out,” Romney told reporters after his lunchtime speech.
Okay, first off, that’s not what Obama has been doing and Romney knows this. Obama took out a few things that Republicans wanted and has signaled that he’s willing to do more. Also, 33% of the stimulus is made up of tax cuts. True, they may not be the exact type of tax cut that the Republicans want, but the party that’s out of power can’t dictate to the party that’s in power how to cross the Ts and dot the Is. That’s not how it works.
So Romney is seriously warping what Obama has done, said, etc. This isn’t surprising since we know he’ll run in 2012, but it’s disappointing.
Here’s more about House Republicans…
Boehner noted he made it clear to Obama after the vote that Republicans would remain united if the final stimulus bill did not include tax relief increases and cut down on government spending.
But Boehner seemed to place most of the blame with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) when he said he was realistic about how much a new president, 10 days into his term, can do when faced with powerful forces at the other end of Pennsylvania Ave.
Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) agreed.
“President Obama is saying one thing â€“ Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are doing another, that’s at the end of the day what we’re dealing with,” Cantor said. “Either they are going to be about a real stimulus bill or they’re not. They’re nothing but the biggest spending plan to come across the House floor. Period.”
Again, this simply isn’t true.
Pelosi and Reid are taking things out at the behest of Obama, who has talked to the Republicans. But they’re not just going to automatically roll over if they think something should be in the bill.
Also, sooner or later the GOP is going to have to wake up to the fact that they’re not going to get the stimulus bill that they want. Will they get bits and pieces of what they want? Sure, and the bill looks like it’ll be revised in the Senate this week to include more GOP ideas. But if they honestly expect to be writing this legislation after they stood watch on one of the worst economic collapses in our nation’s history, they’re just not being realistic.
More as it develops…
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