I understand that the following might not be exactly in tune with President Obama’s desire for increased civility in Washington, but then I’m not in Washington.
It would appear, based on news reports, that House Minority Whip Eric Cantor is objecting to part of the economic stimulus plan for a reason that strikes me as a bit odd:
Cantor said Republicans worry that much of the plan that Democrats are pushing “does not stimulate the economy.” He singled out a provision for weatherizing poor people’s homes, causing it a worthy goal but saying it does nothing to create new jobs.
That’s right. According to the Distinguished Gentleman from Virginia, weatherizing buildings creates no jobs. This is something that I did not know, and I thank the Congressman for correcting my misperceptions. Up until today, I thought of weatherizing as a job that is typically carried out by people who are – what’s the word – paid to do the work involved in installing things like insulation and double-paned windows in older buildings that lack such features.
It turns out that this isn’t the case. Apparently, weatherizing is something that happens by magic. Or maybe the pink foam faeries take care of things if you burn cash in tribute to them. Or we’re inventing a species of bio-engineered anti-termites that fill holes instead of making them.