John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchinson, along with nineteen Texas House Republicans and seven Democrats all signed a letter requesting $3 billion dollars of stimulus money for NASA on Monday.
Pete Olson himself, penned and signed the letter (I’m assuming he remembers it’s called Johnson Space Center this time). These Republicans are rightfully trying to bring money into a district that will create jobs and innovate for our future. You’d be hard pressed to find a Houstonian that would oppose this.
Here’s the problem.
Every single Republican that signed this letter voted ‘NO’ on the stimulus bill. Every last one. Kay Bailey Hutchinson published an editorial titled, “Why I Vote No on the Stimulus” where she claimed that the “. . .”stimulus” spending would only add to our debt burden rather than help the economy.”
John Cornyn said, “This is not an economic document. . . this is a political document.” He goes on to say, “In the longer term . . . it could hurt the economy. I certainly don’t have any confidence [that it will work] to spend money we don’t have for things we don’t need.”
I won’t go on and on with quotes showing each and every one of these Republicans grandstanding on how the stimulus package didn’t work, the New Deal prolonged the great depression, and that the Democrats were not bi-partisan enough – because they seemed to all be reading from the same talking point memo and it would get repetitive. I’ll close with my favorite quote and reason for this blog:
“With the stimulus money that has already been spent clearly not working, it is my hope that the administration will use a portion of the remaining, authorized, unspent stimulus dollars to safeguard our nation’s space program.” Guess who said that?
Somehow, Cornyn was able to ask for stimulus money while assuring conservatives that “the stimulus money is clearly not working” but that we needed it to, as Pete Olson later said, “secure jobs and stabilize our economy” after voting against the bill that he’s now for taking money from. So he’s against it, but he wants some, even though it doesnt work, because it will work.
That’s a political pretzel even Bill Clinton couldn’t talk himself out of.