What is most striking about party-line Republicans' opposition to the Obama stimulus plan is their claim to its offending their sense of fiscal responsibility and their aversion to big-ticket deficit spending. Talk about hypocrisy. This is the party that gave a blank check to George W. Bush's reckless deficit spending for a disastrous and immoral war and to outrageously unnecessary tax benefits for the richest American individuals and corporations. Now, faced with huge federal spending that might actually do some good for the general population and the economy, these same Republicans feign principled revulsion. Spare me.