March 16, 2009

The Republicans in Congress have opposed President Obama's plans to revive the economy at every turn but don't seem to have a plan of their own. Rep. Eric Cantor told NBC's David Gregory that the press was to blame for the perception that the Republicans don't have a plan.

"The Republicans will have a plan, we had a stimulus plan, the problem with being in the minority, David, is that sometimes your colleagues in the press don't want to cover the ideas that the minority has," said Cantor.

Cantor should probably have talked with his buddy, Mitch McConnell who told ABC's THIS WEEK that the GOP didn't need to have any new ideas.

Stephanopoulos: But shouldn't you have to have a comprehensive approach that lays out the trade offs? If you just have rifle shot amendments then you don't have to make all the trade off that you have to make in an overall budget.

McConnell: Well we're just sort of getting down in the weeds here on procedure. Through the amendment process we would absolutely reformulate the Democratic plan. Whether you have a comprehensive approach or whether you offer an amendment approach is something that parliamentarians can debate. But the point is, we're going to have alternatives just like we had alternatives when they offered the massive stimulus package. We would have spent half as much money. We would have fixed housing and put money back into the pockets of taxpayers. So we have offered alternatives all along the way and we will offer numerous alternatives on the budget when it comes up.

So in other words, NO. They have no proposal and again they're going to do nothing but obstruct. Stephanopoulos is right and the GOP's "rifle shot" approach allows them to take shots at what the Democrats are doing without having to actually say what they would do instead.

Because all their old ideas worked for us, oh--so--well.

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