So it sounds like there’s a compromise stimulus bill. And the Republicans, with the full cooperation of centrist Democrats and praise from Harry Reid, have stripped billions from it.
What have they cut, you ask? Perhaps some crazy pork-barrel bridge to nowhere? Or a lab studying the effect of constant exposure to Gilligan’s Island on dolphins?
Well, almost. They’ve cut from that most wasteful area, schools:
One Republican-proposed document that circulated earlier called for cuts of $60 billion from money Democrats want to send to the states. That money is targeted to avoid budget cuts for schools as well as law enforcement and other programs.
Sure, that makes a hell of a lot of sense! Municipalities are at risk of laying off teachers. So let’s cut money to allow them to keep teachers in their jobs! After all, what does KEEPING PEOPLE IN THEIR JOBS have to do with stimulating the economy and getting people back to work?
And those kids who’ll now be crammed into even more poorly-resourced schools? They’ll still behave, right? And if they skip or drop out, there’s no reason to worry that they’ll get in trouble with the law, right? Especially since there are so many jobs available in the middle of a F**KING RECESSION!…
Sorry…deep breaths. It honestly takes a lot to impress me with political stupidity these days. But this still does it. Congrats, Senators.
(originally posted at my personal blog)