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Stimulus fight, and fears

February 19, 2009

Re "Obama: Bill is 'beginning of the end' of downturn," Feb. 18

Now that the economic stimulus package has been signed into law, let's review what just happened.

Every Republican congressman voted against it, and all but three Republican senators did the same. Rep. John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) called it a "flawed bill" and a "special-interest, pork-laden, partisan, backroom deal that will do little to get our economy back on track."

The Republicans now have a vested interest in this bill's failure. They are all at risk if it succeeds.

Any opportunity a Republican has to sabotage the economic recovery of our country will probably become his or her top priority. We must not put Republicans in a position to make a difference in the success of this plan. It is far too important for the American people.

Gary Ciampi

El Dorado Hills

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Rahm Emanuel was correct when he said, "You never let a serious crisis go to waste, and what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you didn't think you could do before." That is exactly what the president and Congress are doing.

What is disturbing is how Democrats are using the economic crisis to spend billions on new healthcare, welfare and environmental programs. These programs will stay, expand and grow in cost.

Worse, the so-called recovery package is undoubtedly just the first installment of more government expansion, which means the recession will deepen and last much longer.

President Obama and his people took serious economic problems, turned them into a social, environmental and political crisis, exacerbated the crisis and immediately began using it to grow and expand government.

Even worse, the liberal media contributed to the overall depth of economic failure.

Government and media-driven fear works!

Dan Jeffs

Apple Valley

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