Thursday, February 12, 2009

Economic stimulus bill is "anti-religious"!

That's the analysis of the economic stimulus bill from former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee who came in second to McCain in the race for the Republican nomination. I mentioned this in an earlier blog but the prominence given to it by Huckabee and others will make this a much bigger issue.

In an article on Politico newsblog:

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee warned supporters Tuesday that the $828 billion stimulus package is “anti-religious.”

In an e-mail that was also posted on his blog ahead of the Senate’s passage, Huckabee wrote: “The dust is settling on the ‘bipartisan’ stimulus bill and one thing is clear: It is anti-religious.”

The former Republican presidential candidate pointed to a provision in both the House and Senate versions banning higher education funds in the bill from being used on a “school or department of divinity.”

“You would think the ACLU drafted this bill,” Huckabee said. “For all of the talk about bipartisanship, this Congress is blatantly liberal.”

“Emily’s List, radical environmental groups, etc. all have a seat at the decision making table in Washington these days,” he continued. “Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are in charge and they are working with an equally ‘progressive’ President Obama (remember his voting record is more liberal than Ted Kennedy!).”

In the e-mail, Huckabee concedes that there is little that conservatives can do in the near term, but advocated mobilization to defeat those “masquerading as ‘conservative Democrats.’”

“This is the opening round of the Democrats’ campaign for big government,” he wrote. “We cannot afford to sit round one out, because if we do, they will only become more emboldened and their grab for power more audacious and damaging to our country and our freedoms.”

The last thing Obama and Democrats in Congress want to do is charge up religious conservatives in the first few months of the new session. The economic stimulus bill has something to upset everybody.


Troy said...

The sad thing is, if the Republicans had come to the table in good faith, something better may have been achieved. Unfortunately, most Republicans decided that this bill was going to fail before it was drafted. Democrats even changes large portions of the bill, added tax cuts, and still, no Republicans in the house voted for it.

There is a time when the Democrats have to say, if you won;t play at all, then we will play without you.

I had high hopes for some bi-partisanship, but it takes two sides, and the Republicans in congress do not want to play.

Missusst said...

To Troy,
You drank the koolaid.

Troy said...

If TRUTH is the koolaid you refer to, I am drunk in it....

You should try it, I hear the truth will set you free.