Every Sunday CUIP's president Jacqueline Salit and strategist and philosopher Fred Newman watch the political talk shows and discuss them. Here are excerpts from their dialogue on Sunday, February 8, 2009 after watching "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer", "Hard with Chris Matthews" and "This Week with George Stephanopoulos".
Salit: Let's put to rest the idea that coming up with an economic stimulus package is going to somehow be less partisan or more elevated or whatever.
Newman: It's just another appropriations bill. That's what it is.
Salit: Exactly. And that's what Congress does. That's what it's empowered and required to do by the Constitution.
Newman: And it has a certain way of doing that. And it has been done in that way for a very long time.