About six months too late, but he's putting up a good fight now.
In a fiery speech Thursday night before House Democrats, Obama rejected the GOP’s characterization that the stimulus package was merely another spending bill.
“What do you think a stimulus is? That’s the whole point. No, seriously, that’s the point,” Obama said at the retreat in Williamsburg, Va.
Stimulus means, Spending got us in this mess, more spending will get us out.
On Friday morning, McCain fought back.
“The whole point, Mr. President, is to enact tax cuts and spending measures that truly stimulate the economy,” McCain said. “There are billions and tens of billions of dollars in this bill which will have no effect within three, four, five or more years, or ever. Or ever.”
Here's another video featuring Tom Coburn (R-OK), Joe Leiberman and John McCain making their points on the Senate floor.
Sen James Inhofe (R-OK) issued this statement.
"While I appreciate the efforts of my colleagues to bring down the price tag of this bill, the fact is we still face a trillion dollar spending bill. Making it worse, the bill is 93% spending and only 7% stimulation. Over the past few days I have fought to include more in the way of real stimulus through higher percentage of infrastructure and defense spending, while working to cut much of the typical government waste often found in a bill of this size. Yet Democrats have blocked these efforts.
Let's see, 93% of 780B? That's a 725.4 billion pork barrel.