Did Media Push GOP Gang of Three Over the Edge?

A new era of almost unprecedented government spending inched perilously closer to reality Tuesday when the Senate narrowly approved an $838 billion “economic recovery” plan.

As FOXNews.com reported:

The bill passed by a vote of 61-37. Sixty votes were needed.

Moments after the vote, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) issued the following statement:

The fact is, this trillion-dollar spending plan is not much different than the one House Democrats passed two weeks ago. It is more costly, is loaded with slow-moving Washington spending, opens the door to scores of pet projects that taxpayers cannot afford, and is not focused on creating more jobs for families and small businesses. Even worse, its authors are trying to take advantage of the crisis in our economy to enact a series of liberal policy proposals that have nothing to do with job creation, such as reversing welfare reform and letting government ration out health care options to American families and seniors. While time is running out to get this plan right, Republicans continue to believe we can work together in a bipartisan way to let families, small businesses, job-seekers, and home-owners keep more of what they earn to create more jobs and get our economy moving again.

Although not a surprise, the scale was tipped by the new GOP Gang of Three: Susan Collins (R-Maine), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), and Arlen Specter (R-Penn.).

Sadly, in their first crucial vote of the 111th Congress, these three moderate Senators showed their true colors; in so doing they not only let down the nation, but also every other Republican in the House AND Senate who unlike them courageously voted against this irresponsible act.

With one fell swoop, they stabbed in the back every conservative in the country while making it clear that President Obama actually does have a filibuster-proof Senate despite not having the necessary 60 Democrats in his pocket.

Makes you wonder if the Gang agrees with what Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said during Tuesday’s proceedings

Noel Sheppard is associate editor of the Media Research Center's NewsBusters.org. He welcomes feedback at NewsBustersNoel@gmail.com.