Monday, February 9, 2009

Constructive Conservative Comments for the “Stimulus Package”

Written : Feb. 3, 2009

Some are suggesting that conservatives are being obstructionists when it concerns the “Stimulus Package” for our economy. On the contrary, there are many good reasons for opposing it in its present form. No matter what you believe about the package, here are some positive comments from conservatives, which I’ve heard recently, that just might help.

On “Fox News Sunday” on Feb. 1, 2009, Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ) said, “We have to be careful not to create some sort of devil out of business. The president said that it’s wrong for them to make a profit in these days. If there are not profits made, they won’t stay in business, they won’t create jobs, and they won’t hire people unless they can make a profit.” That’s certainly something important to keep in mind. We won’t solve the crises if businesses can’t make a profit.

On “Hannity” on Jan. 30, 2009, Newt Gingrich (R-GA), a former US Speaker of the House, said, “If we had a tax holiday [until] August, we would jumpstart this economy a lot better than pouring the money [into] a government bureaucracy for politicians to affect cuts. On the same program, Rich Lowry, who writes for National Review suggested, “A straight cut in the payroll tax would make the most sense.” Congress should consider both ideas, but will they?

On GPS (Global Public Square) on CNN, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said that no one country can solve the financial crisis. That wasn’t brilliant, but it’s true.

The best suggestion was made by Kay Bailey Hutchinson on “Meet the Press” on Feb. 1, 2009, although the host, David Gregory, actually spoke over it and basically ignored the end of her brilliant statement. On the subject of “more tax relief”, she said, “We have to do something that makes business want to create jobs.” Indeed, that is the key. I’m not suggesting that spending hundreds of billions of dollars is “ok” in the first place. However, spending in order to create jobs that will be around for the long term is not only obviously better than spending to create short-term jobs but it comes closer to solving one of the economic problems we face. We can’t forget that we’ll also need to fix a housing crisis and a financial crisis.

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