It Could Get Even Worse

Some House Democrats are fessing up: the stimulus is one junky bill. The Hill reports:

“I’m concerned that bad process leads to a bad product,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), who said he cast a “reluctant yes” vote.

Well, it remains to be seen whether the bill gets better or worse. According to the Senate Minority Leader,  things are heading toward the latter with such additions in the Senate version as these:

•    $20 million “for the removal of small- to medium-sized fish passage barriers.”
•    $400 million for STD prevention
•    $25 million to rehabilitate off-roading (ATV) trails
•    $34 million to remodel the Department of Commerce HQ
•    $70 million to “Support Supercomputing Activities” for climate research

•    $150 million for honey bee insurance

In the end, the vast majority of Democrats won’t cross the White House, but there is no reason why the White House shouldn’t make the bill better and remove the embarrassment factor for those walking the plank on its behalf. It remains a mystery why the White House isn’t taking a stronger hand in reworking the bill to improve it. After all, that is what Rahm Emanuel, in part, is there for — to restrain the worst impulses of the Democratic Congress. So far he’s not doing a very good job.