Republicans insisted that no-one in their party proposed “doing nothing” to repair the nation’s fragile economy. Admittedly, the recovery bill was primarily a Democratic creation, but amendments and provisions were added or subtracted to attract GOP votes. Yet not one Republican in the House and only three in the Senate voted for the package. The truth is that by voting “no”, most Republicans did in fact vote to “do nothing”. Thus was the serious business of creating legislation overwhelmed by partisan inflexibility and celebrated with virtual standing ovations by party leaders and right-wing pundits alike.

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