The votes aren't final, and even once the Senate has voted, there's still the conference committee, but I think we can all be glad that the moderate, fiscally conservative members of the Senate have come together to strip out 500,000 new jobs from the stimulus package, stop new schools from being built, and help states go further into the red.
Although that last part is a bit misleading. Most of the states that would have gotten money under the stimulus bill as it came to the Senate have balanced budget amendments, which means that they can't run a deficit when times are hard. Instead, they have to either raise taxes or cut jobs.
Missouri, saddled with a particularly vicious Republican party, has decided to go the "cut jobs" route. See, if the governor tried to raise taxes in any way the legislature would A. stop him from doing it and B. attack him day and night for the next four years for it, even if it's the responsible thing to do.
I am so tired of a two party system where one party has embraced ignorance as a virtue and considers empiricism to be symptomatic of a lack of faith in ones principles. And I'm also tired of a media that sees two people screaming at each other to be a reasonable debate, and assumes that there is some reasonable middle ground. What the current Republican party believes (all government spending is bad for the economy and tax cuts are the only ideologically acceptable way to stimulate the economy) is factually incorrect, and every attempt to appease these nutjobs is damaging the economy.
The Senate either needs to designate the stimulus bill as a budget bill so that it can't be filibustered, or they need to make the Republicans actually get up and give speeches when they say they want to filibuster something, instead of just waving a filibuster card that magically requires 60 votes to get around. And the media needs to start calling a filibuster a filibuster.