$15 billion. As Ev Dirkson used to say, a billion here, a billion there and it soon adds up to real money.
The bill offers tax rebates for small businesses who hire the unemployed. That is a good thing. The second Lowell Conference on ending homelessness, Friday, 11 March at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, will have two presentations on that very issue. Even now there are tax incentives for hiring this or that person.
That said, I would probably have gone the other way. But, I am not in the position right now. And it is easy to make the wrong call. Just look at the Dutch Speed Skater in the 10K.
Over at The Wall Street Journal, Mr James Taranto had a column, "In Defense of RINOs".♠
One local Republican said this:
Let's think about considering this one a brilliant first vote. It was not a perfect bill for sure, none are. But in reality Scott voted for a tax break for small businesses on this one, if I read it correctly. With this vote though, no one can say he's there to just another Democrat Program spoiler. By himself, he's shut down the liberal "see, I told you so", trash talkers. Trust me on this one, the Democrats are stunned...Well, we would like to think the Democrats are stunned, but maybe not.
What this does say is that with Scott Brown around there may be some put up or shut up action in the US Senate, and that might not be all bad. With Scott Brown there the resort to the nuclear option,♥ as it used to be known, will become more dangerous.
And, maybe the Democratic Party Leadership will begin to consider some of the ideas of Republicans.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Republican in Name Only.
♥ That is to say, using reconciliation for things it was not meant to be used for.