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Despite Obama wooing, Illinois GOP lawmaker Schock votes no on stimulus.

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WASHINGTON--Despite President Obama wooing Republicans in general and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) in particular, the House on Friday afternoon passed the massive recession busting tax cut and spending bill with only Democratic votes. The legislation passed on a 246-183 roll call.

Obama made a personal appeal to Schock--who represents the Peoria area--when they both were at the Caterpillar plant in East Peoria on Thursday. Schock flew to the event on Air Force One.

Schock said he liked the ride--but did not hear anything that changed his mind. He took to the House floor on Friday to underscore his opposition to the Obama stimulus plan and to note that no one at Caterpillar asked for his vote.

"I had the privilege yesterday of traveling with the President to my hometown of Peoria, Illinois, to visit a company that's made the news recently - Caterpillar Corporation. And during that speech the President had me stand up in front of hundreds of my constituents and Caterpillar workers and urge them to call on me to support this bill and asked them to approach me after his speech to put pressure on me to vote for this bill," Schock said.

"I found it very interesting that after the President finished his speech and I stayed around, not one employee at that facility approached me and asked me to vote for this bill. In fact, I have received over 1,400 phone calls, e-mails, and letters from Caterpillar employees alone asking me to oppose this legislation.



"Why? Because they get it. They know that this bill is not stimulus. They know that this bill will not do anything to create long-term, sustained economic growth. This bill is too big to get it wrong.

"I hail from a district that once had Everett Dirksen. ... Everett Dirksen once said "a billion here, a billion there." Unfortunately, ladies and gentleman, we are now a trillion here, a trillion there. We cannot afford to get this wrong. It is too important to get it wrong. My district also had a man by the name of Abraham Lincoln who served in this seat for two years. We celebrated his 200th birth yesterday. I'm reminded of his quote, "what kills a skunk is the publicity it brings itself." Perhaps that is the haste by which this bill is being brought forward. I urge a no vote."


9 Comments

Unfortunately the "Stimulus Plan" has passed and most of Congress has not even had time to read the plan itself. I can not believe that our so called representatives have the guts to vote on something they have not read. Let the buyer beware. I firmly believe that we have voted for a bunch of hippocrites. If you signed any document without reading what you signed, most people would have said you deserve what you get. Well the American people are getting something they don't deserve but we will have to pay for this reguardless of how this turns out.

I applaud every person that spoke up against this bill. They've shown great courage, leadership, and above all the ability to determine what is good and bad for our country. Something Obama and his groupie followers know nothing about. Obama's bill is garbage. Its just a cash grab by all of the greedy, selfish democrats because they know they have the votes to bring home the bacon. A great way to line their pockets, repay those that donated big to their campaigns, deliver tons of cash to their constituents to buy their votes again next time. Obama is worse than all of the politicians he said he wouldn't emulate. First, he lied because he's doing the same crap as those he condemned during his campaign. He's worse because he doesn't know what the heck he's doing. But I don't blame him. The fault lies with all of the idiots that voted for him.

When you have an old, broken down home, you do not continue to simply live in that home, stop spending and become "fiscally reponsible, while you have holes in your floors, which might cause a cave in; holes in your roof, wherein rain, snow, ice and wind pours in, providing no adequate coverage or shelter. No! However, you do buckle down. Stop spending on non-essentials such as wide-screen TVs, alcohol, good times and unnecessary non essentials to rehabilitate and re-modernize your home so that it becomes a joy instead of a hazard, soon to become uninhabitable. That is what we are doing with this Rebuild and Re-modernize Bill. Fixing up the house that has long been neglected and in danger of falling into a stage where it will be unable to repair. But then maybe you would not fix up your home and prefer for it to rot for the sake of saving money.

It is time that the GOP party grow up and stop acting like bullys on a schoolyard playground, jealous and envious that they are no longer in control. It is time to stop causing disharmony and disunion and join humanity and get on the right side of history and on that which is good.

"Despite Obama wooing, Illinois GOP lawmaker Schock votes no on stimulus."

It wasn't really "wooing." More like strong-arming and attempting to ridicule.

The president with no class.

Angellight... you got it bass ackwards. The democrats are the ones bullying and causing disharmony and disunion. This bill is packed to the ceiling with garbage that in your analogy would be like buying heroin, crack, and hookers in lieu of fixing the house. All of it deceitfully inserted by the democrats. The republicans are just trying to strip out the pork and replace it with real economic aid to help our country. You and everyone like you need to wake up. The dems have pulled the wool over your eyes so fast it scratched out your brains.

Maybe its time I jump on the Obama bandwagon too. After all, he is thin, wears nice suits, speaks eloquently, says the things I want to hear, has a couple of cool slogans, kissed all the behinds he needed to get the votes, and above all is endorsed by Oprah. What else would we need in a president anyway? Besides he has very little of that nasty military and national & international political experience that plagues so many other politicians. Experience... yukky! He kisses the behinds of our enemies and places blame for all the worlds problems right where it belongs, on the evil USA and Republicans. Hooray for Obama! The first half-Caucasian president. I'm so proud to be an American! Yes We Can! Now... pass that stickittous bill and send me my chunk of it just like all the other non-Republicans will get. That's the change ($$$) we can believe in.

PRESIDENT OBAMA IS IN YOUR DREAMS AT NIGHT I SEE
BROCK, HE IS GOING TO GROW ON YOU LIKE A GOOD
NITE SLEEP, HE IS A GOOD MAN, AND EVEN A GOP LIKE
YOU CAN APPRECIATE THAT HE IS TRYING TO MAKE
OUR COUNTRY A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE, NOT JUST THE
FAT CATS, ALL AMERICANS!
I NOTICED YOU STOOPED VERY LOW IN YOUR COMMENT,
YOU WILL BE ALRIGHT, ELEVATE YOUR MIND AND THE
REST WILL FOLLOW!
P.S. HE HASN'T KISSED ANYONE BUT HIS WIFE AND
DAUGHTERS!

Listen Jr., he's going to help those that did something for him, those he wants to impress, and those that can do something for him. Everyone else will get stuck with the bill. Now, kiss you Obama poster goodnight and pray for wisdom, you need it.

I'm about to get my first grandchild, and it's staggering to know that my grandchild will be paying for this debt that Obama has incurred FOR THE ENTIRETY OF HER LIFE. Welcome to the world, my little one, here's your birth present.

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