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History with Rep. Obey

January 28, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

Congress Matters had a good catch earlier today from Rep. David Obey [D, WI-7] on the House floor:

>Mr. Chairman, I want to predict what is going to happen on that side of the aisle on this vote. I predict that just as happened in committee, when we got no minority party support for the bill that we produced in committee, when this bill comes to a vote today, virtually all of our Republican friends will vote no.
>The bill will then go to the Senate, and after they gauge whether or not that bill can be killed or not, then if the bill comes back from the conference committee and it’s obvious that the bill cannot be killed, at that point you will see a significant number of our friends from the Republican side switch, and vote aye.
>It’s an old playbook, Mr. Chairman. That’s exactly what they did to FDR on Social Security, when they tried to kill it in its crib, and then when they couldn’t beat it, they finally joined the parade. That’s the same thing that they did to LBJ on Medicare, when they tried to kill it and after they couldn’t kill it, then in the end they went along so that people wouldn’t know they tried to kill it in the first place.

I’m having a hard time remembering exactly why right now, but I’ve always had this idea of David Obey as a wise old owl perched up on the Appropriations Committee Chair. Maybe it’s just the gray beard and the glasses…

We’ll have to wait and see how things pan out with the stimulus, but so far he’s right on.

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