It's nothing of the sort. It's Stimulus II. Since Stimulus I, in all of its $862 billion infamy, did not work, the Democrats decided they needed another big-spending monstrosity. So they produced this thing of a bill that costs us $15 billion we do not have. $15 billion we cannot afford. $15 billion for tax credits for businesses (which do not work in spurring job creation and are not to be confused with tax cuts, which do work) and highway spending.
In other words, it's nothing but spending. After the voters sent Senator Brown to DC to STOP spending. If they had wanted another Ted Kennedy spendaholic, they would have voted in Martha Coakley.
How do you explain yourself, sir? Well, Brown says that although he realizes the bill "isn't perfect" (understatement of the year), he hopes his "vote is a strong step toward restoring bipartisanship."
He's either naive or a closet Democrat. The Democrats' idea of bipartisanship is that Republicans cave on their ideals and vote with them. With Senator Brown, mission accomplished. Of course, most Dems never have any intention of returning the favor.
My only hope, and perhaps it's just wishful thinking, is that Senator Brown thought this vote was an easy giveaway to the Dems, and will make it easier for him to vote against their really big horrors, like health care. He can say, "Look, I tried to restore bipartisanship. I tried to work with the Democrats. I even voted with them for their stuff. But they won't meet me halfway."
Maybe. That's the least bad of the explanations for his vote yesterday. I hope he returns to his senses, or when he's up again for re-election, the voters of Massachusetts will turn his sorry butt out.