Well, Susan Collins and Arlen Specter have done the deed and earned their 30 Pieces of Silver. They've cozied up with Harry Reid and basically given him enough votes to get the $820B stimulus package through the Senate. Crowing that they got $100B cut, they conveniently forget that the Senate ADDED $100B to the $819B House version, which got 0 Republican votes.
Here's what I'd like to see now. This measure will almost certainly pass the Senate. I hope it does so with the votes only of the waffling deal makers, say 3 Republicans.
Then the Senate Dems will go into Conference with the House Socialists, get the crap beat out of them, and the resulting "conference bill" will be at least $50B more expensive. Susan Collins, Olympia Snow and Arlen Specter will be out on a limb, having made the deal with Senate Dems who CANNOT deliver to them the cuts they insisted on. The resulting bill goes back to the House where it will pass....but without the votes of any Republicans and hopefully the no votes of a few moderate Dems. Then back to the Senate where they get to chew on it all over again, this time with the gang of three chastened at having been burned the first time. Perhaps they'll get enough spine to filibuster the thing, forcing it to be cracked open again and REAL work done to make it stimulative in terms of both taxing and spending.
Let's see how this one plays out.