This opinion piece by Michael Grunwald in The Washington Post sets the record straight on 5 myths about President Obama's 2009 stimulus bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The one that caught my eye affirms an argument that I have been making for years, that republicans can't complain about the stimulus being too small because their own members made it stay under $800 billion :
The bill needed 60 votes in the Senate to overcome a Republican filibuster, and the three GOP moderates who supported it insisted that it couldn’t exceed $800 billion. So did at least half a dozen centrist Democrats, including Ben Nelson (Neb.), Mark Begich (Alaska) and Mary Landrieu (La.). Everyone involved in the negotiations — including liberals who favored a larger stimulus — agrees that Obama got as much as he could get.