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Blue-Dog deficit-buster

Fourth District Congressman Mike Ross says he’s ready to back a made-in-America stimulus package.

The lead dog of the fiscally conservative Blue-Dog Democrats in the U.S. House says while he’s a stickler for pay-as-you-go for new mandated spending, tough times require tough measures.

Ross says he and members of the Blue-Dog coalition are ready to sign on to President-elect Obama’s deficit-financed stimulus plan because of the current economic crisis.

Ross told the Fayetteville Political Animal’s Club today the last stimulus package was backed by borrowed money from China and people used the money to slice credit card debt or buy more made-in-China goods. “Whose economy did that stimulate?” he asked.

Ross says Obama’s plan would build roads and other infrastructure that will provide jobs in the short-term and avenues for growth in the long-term.


Snyder stays home

Rep. Vic Snyder, D-Little Rock, won’t be at the Democratic convention in Denver this week. He’s staying in Little Rock to be with his wife, the Rev. Betsy Singleton, who is pregnant with triplets.
Snyder said by phone Monday morning that Singleton is not having complications, but he thought it would be best to stay with her. She isn’t supposed to be doing any heavy lifting, Snyder said.
The couple also has a 2-year-old son.
Singleton is more disappointed than Snyder about not making the trip, he said. Four years ago when Barack Obama gave the convention keynote speech, Singleton predicted he would be president. She was eager to see him accept the Democratic nomination, Snyder said.
“It would be better for her and our 2-year-old and both our anxieties if we stayed here,” Snyder said.
The congressman said he’s “pretty sure” the triplets are all boys, based on previous ultrasound pictures. The couple should know with certainity the sexes of the triplets after a Sept. 4 doctor’s appointment.
“We’ll start working on names on Sept. 4,” he said.
Two of the triplets will be identical, he said. The triplets are likely to be born around the first of the year.


Rocky Mountain High On Obama

Arkansas delegates for Hillary Clinton outnumber those for Obama more than 4 to 1 here in the Mile High City, where the Democrats kick off their national convention today.
But it seems even the state’s Clinton fans are on an Obama high as the convention opens.
Reps. Mike Ross, D-Prescott, and Marion Berry, D-Gillett, had been lukewarm in their past endorsements of the presumptive nominee, but the pair put on a hard Obama sales pitch to Natural State delegates at a breakfast Monday morning.
After that, in a conference call with reporters back in Arkansas, Clinton delegates from the 1st Congressional District said they would “enthusiastically” support the Illinois senator.
They were equally effusive in praise for Joe Biden, Obama’s vice presidential choice.
“I have no qualms about supporting this ticket at all, it’s a great ticket,” said Gary Phillips of Blytheville.
Former State Treasurer Jimmie Lou Fisher, who served alongside then-Gov. Bill Clinton, also took a big gulp of the Obama Kool-Aid.
Fisher has been to every Democratic convention since 1976, she said.
“Our party is about unification,” she said. “We’re all under one tent. We’re going to leave this convention indivisible for Sen. Obama. It’s time we put this primary behind us.”
We’ll see as the week progresses whether the delegates who represent the rest of the 18 million Hillary Clinton voters feel the same way.