Back in late January, I praised Rep. John Micah of Florida for calling for the inclusion of more passenger rail funding in the stimulus bill. As time passed, substantially more rail funding was included in the stimulus. This led Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) to offer sundry anti-rail tirades, alleging that all the money was going to be squandered on an allegedly wasteful LA-Vegas rail line.
And what did Rep. Micah do? Well, he didn’t take to the floor of the House to castigate his colleagues for their backwards attitude on high-speed rail. And he didn’t vote for the bill, even though it had been changed to meet his objection. Instead he voted against the bill and then bragged about the rail:
“I applaud President Obama’s recognition that high-speed rail should be part of America’s future,” the Florida Republican beamed in a press release.
Yet Mica had just joined every other GOP House member in voting against the $787.2 billion economic recovery plan.
This is pretty goofy if you ask me. There’s nothing wrong with conservatives voting “no” on a bill they don’t like. But if they actually do like the bill, they should vote for the bill.