Fiscally conservative Republicans in the House and Senate are complaining bitterly that GOP leaders are shutting them out of the bipartisan effort to quickly pass an economic stimulus package...We need a leader like Larry Forgy who will stand up and fight for Conservatives alongside President John McCain. Send John McCain's arch-rival Mitch McConnell back to Louisville with his fellow liberals so we can elect someone who doesn't get rolled over by Harry Reid:
“Washington politicians are always tempted to buy votes by handing out checks, but we know that won’t grow our economy,” said Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who has made a name for himself by waging war on spending and earmarks since Democrats took control. “It makes no sense to create more debt to encourage more spending.”..
“Maybe we need to send them back to supply-side economics school,” said David Keating, executive director of the Club for Growth. Lawmakers seem more concerned “about being seen as trying to do something.”
This complaint has been echoed by economists at other conservative organizations, such as the Heritage Foundation, and numerous conservative pundits. On the campaign trail, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has dismissed the economic stimulus proposal as Washington just trying to spend its way out of a recession.
In the Senate, Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada and Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky have agreed to stand back and let the House take the lead in the talks with the administration.