What must Republicans be thinking?

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It absolutely, positively blows my mind that only three -- three! -- Republicans voted in favor of President Obama's and the Democrats' stimulus package the president signed into law this Tuesday past.

I even, seriously, got a message from Georgia Sen. Saxby Chambliss, telling me he voted against the stimulus because "the Democrats in Washington obviously don't understand what the taxpayers want." President Obama currently has an 82-percent approval rating, and the Republicans were overwhelmingly voted out of Congress last November. Obviously President Obama, the congressional Democrats and the three Yankee senators who care about their jobs and voted for the stimulus don't know what the taxpayers want or need.

I wish people such as Sen. Chambliss would realize I'm really not that stupid or gullible, because reading The Augusta Chronicle every day keeps me very intelligent -- up on all things.

What must the Republicans be thinking by not supporting President Obama's stimulus whatsoever? A logical person might think the Republican Party would go completely extinct when the economy improves from so many people becoming employed, having their benefits extended and keeping their houses, thus stimulating business growth.

Notwithstanding, the Republicans know exactly what they're doing. They cannot support President Obama now; instead, they swear up and down that nothing Obama does helps the economy. And when the economy inevitably improves -- and a small tax surplus is created from Obama repealing Bush's tax cuts for the wealthiest 5 percent of Americans -- the Republicans will come back into power with unshaky promises of "Now that everything's finally fixed, let's have the tax cuts back. Let's see if we can possibly top the budget deficit that Bush left President Obama. And, uh, oh yeah -- no more oversight of business because oversight is communist." And then we can go through the whole horrific boom-and-bust cycle all over again.

Great. Can't wait. Try to hold on to your 401(k) at that point!

Nathan Kirby

Augusta

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GGpap
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GGpap 02/20/09 - 02:24 am
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Why hasn't anyone realized

Why hasn't anyone realized that the Republicans actually WANTED the so-called "Recovery Bill" to pass? Their rooster (the true word would not pass the AC filter)-and-bull show of force by voting unanimously (with the exception of their three hand selected pro votes) against it in the Senate. Their states, and their constituents will also benefit from the good and the bad, so why not be in favor of the bill. Again, a shameful and pitiful show of force, BUT, not before they (figuratively) gathered together in a small back room, offered the long and the short straws (3 short straws, the necessary number to guarantee the passage of the bill) to all of their gang of plotters. The yea vote from the three "losers" makes for common sense if you give it some thought. GGpap

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justus4 02/20/09 - 04:19 am
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A good article. The
Unpublished

A good article. The Republicans are operating in a parallel universe and under a flawed ideology. It has been proven to be inconsistent with American values and will not be accepted by voters. Five Conservative Governors say, "we won't take stimulus dollars" but, they will soon change their minds because again, a flawed ideology that voters have rejected, except in the South. And thats what's happening...the emerging of a regional party that will only win governorships and possibly US Senators. The President's plan to divide (R)s is brilliant because people that's hurting will soon blame their elected officials, regardless of party. Again, except with southerners because they will be slow to comprehend this new reality. Because of the influence by the all-white media & non-minority airwaves, the distortions will began to backfire. In fact, the four southern Governors (attempting to sound fiscally responsible) are examples of poor leadership i.e., using people's lives for political gains and will end up eating crow. And to answer the LTE's question about what the republicans are thinking, the answer is abundantly clear: NOTHING.

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patriciathomas 02/20/09 - 06:48 am
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I think congress should pass

I think congress should pass a trillion dollar stimulus bill every week. If one is so great for the country, dozens will make us all millionaires. What a brilliant plan. I hope O is reading this. He may appoint me to a really important position in his cabinet.

JesusIsComing
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JesusIsComing 02/20/09 - 07:00 am
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Just keep checking Wall

Just keep checking Wall Street and your 401K to see how the public really feels about the "stimulus".

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/20/09 - 07:04 am
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Did CNN play Putin's speech

Did CNN play Putin's speech concerning the stimulus package? He told O not to try the socialist path, it's what brought the USSR to it's knees. My guess is CNN and PBS will skip this Putin speech.

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fred1217 02/20/09 - 07:07 am
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Weekly stimulus packages were

Weekly stimulus packages were done by Bush and Cheney. They were called invoices to Halliburton. It's about time America wised up to the fraud. I was watching Fox News the other day and they were watching the stock market and hoping it declined. They were also complaining that it had been 19 hours and the stimulus package hadn't worked yet! What a bunch of sore LOSERS, hoping that the country will fail. You can't get more unpatriotic than that?

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/20/09 - 07:25 am
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good story fred1217. CNN

good story fred1217. CNN would be proud of your "reporting" ability. Wanta cracker?

fred1217
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fred1217 02/20/09 - 07:31 am
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Why are you always bringing

Why are you always bringing up the Race issue patriciathomas?

Bizarro
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Bizarro 02/20/09 - 07:37 am
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See the Rep offered a counter

See the Rep offered a counter plan for half the money to provide twice the jobs. Of course the Dems cannot tolerate such efficiency and then the worst sin they wanted most it as tax breaks. And we all know tax breaks don't work like Obama said and says. Now we see Obama's evil plan to destroy our economy by adopting the "failed Bush policy" and tax cuts. This is treason-impeach Obama and his evil war regime. Really both sides are playing a political gamble and to the victor goes the spoils. If the economy drastically improves the Dems win if it fails the Rep win. Neither give a crap about helping you or our economy.

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Martinez 02/20/09 - 07:50 am
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Maybe it is just me but the

Maybe it is just me but the best line in this article is "because reading The Augusta Chronicle every day keeps me very intelligent -- up on all things" If the writer feels that the Augusta Chronicle is a great inclusive educational news resource, you have to take what he has written with a huge grain of salt. The best articles are those copied from the AP and even those are posted very selectively by the AC editorial staff. This would be the equivalent of saying Fox news is an impartial media outlet.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/20/09 - 08:05 am
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Yeah Martinez, FOX doesn't

Yeah Martinez, FOX doesn't know it's place like all of the other outlets that chant in unison. How can they be impartial?

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Martinez 02/20/09 - 08:10 am
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All the news outlets slant in

All the news outlets slant in one direction or another, I just personally find Fox one of the most obnoxious about it. None the less, no one is going to reach superior intellect from the AC alone.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/20/09 - 08:12 am
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LOL Martinez, that's a fact

LOL Martinez, that's a fact

Bizarro
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Bizarro 02/20/09 - 08:24 am
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I agree Martinez. Since

I agree Martinez. Since Hannity went solo he is like a rabid dog-just sickening. O'Reilly is a pinhead-oh the irony. But go to CNN and you see those of similar ilk. I like the rational folks like Wolf.

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carcraft 02/20/09 - 08:25 am
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Martinez, you remember little

Martinez, you remember little Chrissy Mathews and "I get a tingly feeling in my legs when Obama speaks" . Keith Olberman dissing Bud Day "as the worst person in the world," a veteran who supported McCain who is a congrssional Medal of Honor winner and shared time in the Hanoi Hilton with McCain. The reporting on Palin by the main stream media was rediculous. Lack of reporting on Obama's thin resume was equally rediculous (Obama didn't even know what states boarder Illinois). Fox has never quite reached that point in partisanship.

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HYPOCRITES 08 02/20/09 - 08:45 am
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They are too busy hating to

They are too busy hating to be thinking. Well I guess if you mean thinking about President Obama, then that is a different story.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 02/20/09 - 08:51 am
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Yes PT we need to listen to a

Yes PT we need to listen to a Russian leader.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 02/20/09 - 08:55 am
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Hypo, normally CNN can't get

Hypo, normally CNN can't get enough of the Marxists, socialists and communists. When one points out the fallacy of socialism, they become just a "Russian Leader".

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GACopperhead 02/20/09 - 08:56 am
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Pt, in your opinion, what's

Pt, in your opinion, what's the best solution, and what do you think would happen if nothing is done? Please don't use the failed tax breaks to the wealthy, as it has been proven not to work. Get original, use your brain, I'd like to see serious discussion as opposed to the typical partisan bs. By the way, many things work theoretically, but add in humanity's penchant to take any good thing and totally botch it.

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patriciathomas 02/20/09 - 08:57 am
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You're right Bizzaro, many

You're right Bizzaro, many people find it hard to tell the difference between a reporter and a commentator. I guess they each need to hold up signs for the "slow of thought".

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 02/20/09 - 09:00 am
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carcraft, do you not

carcraft, do you not remember, also, McCain saying just days before our near total economic collapse, "The economy is sound", echoing the misinformation that Dub was putting out? While MOH and captivity are proof he's patriotic, he showed, resoundingly, that he and Palin(ditz) we not qualified to run the country.

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mad_max 02/20/09 - 09:06 am
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The Republicans voted against

The Republicans voted against the stimulus because it is a stupid plan with almost NOTHING in it that will stimulate the economy. It is mostly welfare type programs and that explains why most Democrats support it. Since even Obama and his staff have publicly said they do not know if it will work, I think the Republicans have a legitimate arguement. Most economists agree that we need to do something but they also agree that the stimulus program approved by the Democrats will do very little to create jobs and help the economy. The Republican vote expresses a legitimate viewpoint and they, in fact, proposed a legitimate alternative but were totally ignored. I applaud their opposition. These opposing views are what we get with our two party system filled with drooling, frothing zealots. What we need is one of two things. Either a valid, third party based on middle of the road common sense ideology OR a revolution where we either fight it out in the streets winner take all or split up into two different countries. I propose the Constitutional Capitalist Republic of America west of the Mississippi and the United Socialist States of America east of the Mississippi. AK and HI, who knows.

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NoSocialism 02/20/09 - 09:08 am
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No one read the bill but its

No one read the bill but its unpatriotic no to sign it. Go ahead and sign the contract for your new car or house with out reading it. Yeah, that makes good business sense. As far as claiming to be intelligent because you read the Chronicle daily is probably one of the funnest things I had ever read. If anything, the Chronicle has failed to communicate what the stimulus bill contained from the very beginning. Not only that but the congress turns around and changes things at the last minute. So much for transparency. While Comrade President claims we are in dire straits, people are still buying up cell phones, paying for cable TV and flocking to the malls. I wrote to both of Georgia's Senators and Congressman Broun and thanked them for voting "No," on this stupid bill. But none the less, you are a sore winner. You still want to say something about conservatives because they don't fit in a Socialist frame of mind. This is not about hate, its not about race, it is about doing things smartly and responsibly.

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stewartist 02/20/09 - 09:14 am
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I'm amazed with each

I'm amazed with each statement I read from the Obama kool-ade drinkers. it doesn't take to much common sense to see that the Socialistic path this country is heading into is going to be a disaster. Russia and China have each tried this and failed miserably. What part about this do you Dems NOT understand. Those of you who remember the Reagan years know that tax cuts for large and small businesses creates jobs without increasing our debt. NOT spending billions with pork filled crap. Anybody need a refill of their kool-ade?

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GACopperhead 02/20/09 - 09:15 am
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Hmmm, the stimulus bill will

Hmmm, the stimulus bill will do nothing for the economy....ask the governors if that's true. Ask Mayor Deke if the stimulus money won't help the local area. Republicans have their heads where the sun don't shine. Aks those who've lost their jobs if the unemployment insurance won't help them pay their house payments or buy food. Ask the CHILDREN if they don't need health insurance, and if payment for services won't help doctors and hospitals. Ask boards of education if the money won't help. You are all idiots. You refuse to see that the very same policies you advocate today are the same policies that have gotten us where we are. BRILLIANT!

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carcraft 02/20/09 - 09:15 am
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Copperhead, Do you remember

Copperhead, Do you remember Bush saying Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were introuble? Chris Dodd and Barny Frank saying no they are OK. By your standards Dodd, Frank and the DEmocrates are not qualified to hold the posts they do! Where is your out rage over this. Much of this mess could have been avoided. The Dems were running the Senate at the time. Bud Day certianly can not be called the Worst person in the World Being a MOH winner and serving in three wars in a combat capacity. Old Olberhman got a pass on calling him that.

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mgroothand 02/20/09 - 09:16 am
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Nathan Kirby writes

Nathan Kirby writes "President Obama currently has an 82-percent approval rating". That approval rating has been drastically revised downwards to a present of 60% according to this morning's news. The honeymoon is almost over as reality is starting to sink in.

blamin
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blamin 02/20/09 - 09:18 am
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Bwaahahaha, Bring in the

Bwaahahaha, Bring in the Clowns. Nathan says, What must the Republicans be thinking by not supporting President Obama's stimulus whatsoever? or JUSTUS4, A good article. The Republicans are operating in a parallel universe and under a flawed ideology. It has been proven to be inconsistent with American values. AND the best clown quote from MARTINEZ, The best articles are those copied from the AP. Thanks for the laughs guys; if you weren't so funny, you'd be pathetic.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 02/20/09 - 09:18 am
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Carcraft, go Google the votes

Carcraft, go Google the votes on regulation. Check to see where the majority of lobbyist money went and then see how many REPUBLICANS voted against it. Republicans had a sure majority. They put it down. You don't even know the facts.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 02/20/09 - 09:25 am
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http://www.bigbuilderonline.c

http://www.bigbuilderonline.com/industry-news.asp?sectionID=0&articleID=... Here's a little proof for you Repubs that only want to blame Dems. Republican Senate leader Frist wouldn't let it come up for a vote. Repub Senators were the on;y ones targeted by Fanny and Freddie. All the Dems Fault, huh?

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