A Stupid Idea Shot Down
Republicans denounced their own gas price rebate plan Tuesday, acknowledging that sending a $100 check to American taxpayers would do little to ease the pain of high prices or address their cause.They must be less stupid than the morons who proposed it...
The quick backtracking — the Senate plan was announced with great fanfare just five days ago — reflected the discord among GOP lawmakers as they confronted the political perils of $3-a-gallon gasoline.
The rhetoric was unusually sharp for an intramural fight. At his weekly meeting with reporters, House Majority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) called the rebate idea "insulting" to taxpayers.
"The really insulting part of this whole proposal is the fact that somebody is offering $100 to every American family over this. This is not going to solve the problem," he said. "I don't like the proposal. And over the weekend I heard back from my constituents. They thought it was stupid."