Sen. John Boehner Dubs New Stimulus Bill ‘Cash for Flunkers’

Posted: August 15, 2010 by thesundowner in Uncategorized

House Minority Leader John Boehner has suggested several names for the new stimulus bill Democrats rammed through Congress last week — none of them complimentary.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi summoned lawmakers back from summer break and they voted 61 to 39 on Tuesday to approve the emergency $26 billion stimulus-type bill that Democrats said would save 300,000 jobs. President Obama immediately signed it into law.

But Democrats were in such a rush to pass the bill that on Sunday night, two days before the vote, the legislation still did not have a name.

Congress’ official website called it the “____ Act of ____,” and the Library of Congress referred to it as the “XXXXXX Act of XXXX.”

Republicans said the bill is an election-year gift to teachers and public workers unions, CNSNews reported.

“A nameless bill for a hopeless cause is a fitting metaphor for a Democratic Congress that refuses to listen to the American people and abandon its job-killing agenda,” said Boehner. The Ohio lawmaker referred to it as the “union-boss bailout” bill and offered several names for the legislation:

  • Save Our “Stimulus” (SOS) Act
  • “Recovery Summer” Bailout Act (Cash for Flunkers)
  • Delivering Unions a Major Boost (DUMB) Act
  • Helping Election Expenditures, Hurting American Workers (HEEHAW) Act
  • Democracy Is Strengthened by Clearly Leveraging and Optimizing Special-Interests’ Effectiveness (DISCLOSE) Act
  • Rescuing Incumbent Democrats Is Costly (RIDIC) Act
  • Summertime Cash for Union Bosses Instead of Spending Cuts for Taxpayers Act
  • Frivolous Act of Ineffective Largesse (FAIL) Act
  • Naming These Things Hasn’t Gotten Us Anywhere, So Why Bother Act

Boehner said, “The American people don’t want more Washington ‘stimulus’ spending — especially in the form of a political season payoff to union bosses.”

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