This is how you do it, cont.

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 @ 7:06 pm | Economy, Outstanding Democrats

The House passed a bill Tuesday afternoon providing $26.1 billion to cash-strapped state governments, and preventing roughly 161,000 teachers and 158,000 public works employees from being laid off. The vote was 247-161.

And from the loyal opposition:

Republicans derided the measure as a transparent handout to teachers’ unions, a key Democratic political constituency, and argued that it will be no more successful at restoring the nation’s economic health than was the massive stimulus package President Obama signed soon after taking office last January.

“This is a bailout. This is another bailout. . . . Let’s not do this!” yelled Rep. Steve Buyer (R-Ind.). “We’re facing almost a $1.5 trillion budget deficit. America, please, please, wake up. And remember in November.”

In a midafternoon vote, the House approved the measure 247 to 161, with most Republicans voting no. The Senate had already signed off on the package.

Keeping teachers in classrooms, health care workers in clinics, and other folks serving the public interest employed couldn’t have merit on its own, could it?

With the start of school just a few weeks away, most school systems were not counting on increased federal aid this summer as they set their staffing plans in motion. Across the country, class sizes have been on the rise, school bus routes have been cut and a plethora of programs, including summer school, arts and physical education and health and counseling services, have been cut back. Some school systems even trimmed the length of the school year to make ends meet.

Nobody could genuinely believe this bill would be one of the best uses of federal funds in the past two years. Right?

Congrats to the Democrats for a real win. Now appoint Elizabeth Warren and let’s have some fun campaigning in September and October…


2 Responses to “This is how you do it, cont.”

  1. AJKamper Says:

    I think it’s high time we recognized Representative Pelosi as one of the most effective Speakers we’ve had in a long time. Want a bill passed? She’ll pass it. Need to put it through painful and pointless compromises to get it through the Senate? She’ll convince people to do that as well.

    She’s a magician, pure and simple, and a brilliant politician in this role.

  2. Jldmeyer Says:

    Everyone knows that by cutting over 300,000 jobs from the education market that we would be creating jobs in the jobs market. *cue Palin eye roll* Makes me feel a little guilty knowing that teachers got a bailout but both Republicans AND Democrats waffled on health care for 9/11 heroes.