Just when you think it is impossible for the Republicans to be anymore irrelevant, clownish and childish, you read the following:
The top Republican in the House is seizing on the latest spike in unemployment to call for a freeze on government spending and to urge President Barack Obama to veto a $410 billion spending bill.
Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, said the jump in unemployment to 8.1 percent and the loss of 651,000 jobs in February is a sign of a worsening recession that demands better solutions from both parties. [snip] Boehner said he hoped Obama would veto the bill. He urged the president to work with House Republicans to impose a spending freeze until the end of this fiscal year.
As Pat Garofalo points out, a spending freeze is exactly the wrong thing to do at this time. The economy needs stimulating and a spending freeze is the perfect “anti-stimulus.”
But under the current economic circumstances, this is a far more damaging policy then it was six months ago when McCain was touting it. The economic stimulus package’s main purpose is to close the GDP gap and jumpstart the economy by spurring spending by households, government and the private sector. A spending freeze would act as an “anti-stimulus,” cutting spending precisely when it’s too low and the economy is moving too slowly. Are these Republicans trying to ensure that the stimulus fails? Or is it that this group simply has no new ideas?
Even Conservative David Brooks realizes the plan is insane.