[Posted by Karl]
The vote was 269 to 161. Republicans voted in favor 174-66. Democrats evenly split 95-95 — the bare minimum needed to not look like a vote of “no confidence” in Pres. Obama (even if it was). Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returned to vote in favor of the bill. She cast the vote that put it over the top, or so it seemed. She got a long standing ovation after the vote was concluded.
The terrorists win!
Yes, it is — at least the sandwich part — though not for the reasons stated by Emanuel Cleaver and his pal Raul Grijalva:
“This deal trades peoples’ livelihoods for the votes of a few unappeasable right-wing radicals, and I will not support it,” said Rep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona. “The very wealthy will continue to receive taxpayer handouts, and corporations will keep their expensive federal giveaways. Meanwhile, millions of families unfairly lose more in this deal than they have already lost. I will not be a part of it.”
The Congressional Black Caucus called an “emergency meeting” Monday to discuss the proposal. The group’s chairman, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.), called it “a sugar-coated Satan sandwich.”
With all that whining, you’d think the deal is awesome for fiscal conservatives. It’s not — but no deal ever will be with this President in office.