Quite frankly, when the GOP's response to everything is "tax cuts", good economy or bad, budget surplus or budget deficit, you have to see it as blatant pandering. Worse, it's a pandering that is going to destroy our economy, if it hasn't already doomed it.
That said, the Democrats scare the hell out of me, because I fear they may not have learned the lessons of the Republican failure and may end up mismanaging Congress so badly they they hand power back over to a Republican party that needs a good decade or two of wandering in the wilderness in order to rebuild into a coalition that can actually govern. I think the Democrats can govern on a scale of average to poor, but I don't have any faith that the Republicans could govern at all.
The stimulus package is exactly the type of BS that we don't need. Under the threat of a faltering economy, we're being force-fed a "vital" stimulus that needs to be passed, and passed now. However, the package is about half stimulus and about half funding for Democratic pet projects. Democrats are using the urgency of aiding the economy to pass through their political agenda. Now, granted, I agree with most of their political agenda, but to force it through as part of needed aid is ridiculous, undermining both the aid (the percentage of the package devoted to actually stimulating the economy may be too small to be effective, leaving us worse off) and their legitimacy as a party, substituting politicking for effective governance.
“It is a strange paradox that today’s central banks are generally staffed by economists, who by and large profess a belief in a theory which says that their jobs are, at the best, unnecessary, and more likely wealth-destroying. Needless to say, this is not a point widely discussed among respectable economists. Nevertheless, it is an issue worth pondering.”
George Cooper, The Origin of Economic Crises