Every single Republican in the House and the overwhelming majority of Republican in the Senate — with the exception of Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Susan Collins (R-ME), and then-Republican Sen. Arlen Specter — voted against the Recovery Act. The law passed in 2009, at a time when the economy was hemorrhaging 700,000 jobs per month and has since saved or created 2.5 million jobs.
Publicly, the GOP claims that the policy has “failed” and “made things worse,” but privately even Republicans have tried to take credit for some of its success. A 2010 report from ThinkProgress found that over half of the GOP caucus, 110 lawmakers — from the House and Senate — returned to their home states to claim credit for popular stimulus programs, attended “ribbon cuttings for the same projects that you voted against,” and even sought more stimulus funds for their states.
After four months of fighting a proposed nine-story building at the LDS Church’s Missionary Training Center in Provo, neighborhood chairman Paul Evans, who has spearheaded the opposition, buckled to pressure from the church and is bowing out.
A similar invitation has now been extended to church members in the MTC area who have objected to the proposed tall building as being incompatible with the neighborhood and a violation of promises made when the MTC was approved in the 1970s.
That represents a shift in what church leaders had maintained was a purely secular matter.
According to church members in attendance, Randall then delivered what he said was an “invitation” to the congregation to “sustain” the leaders in their decision.
Anybody want to guess the odds that the church will send “invitations” to Romney should he win the election?
Just hang on the ceiling and go “click!”