Thursday, January 29, 2009

Fleecing the Taxpayers--The Stimulus Bill Passes in the House!

...President Obama’s first week has already provided a promising start—displaying some of the nastiness, small-mindedness, insecurity, and self-righteousness that notably characterized the Georgia Peanut.

The Inaugural Address included graceless digs at President Bush that undermined the promised theme of “unity,” while touchy, grumpy comments to the White House press corps stunned reporters who had previously displayed their infatuation with the new president.

The odd remarks scolding Republicans with a reminder that “I won” and warning them not to listen to Rush Limbaugh, hardly characterize a self-confident, optimistic, coalition-building leader in the style of FDR, JFK or Ronald Reagan.
--Michael Medved (comparing Obama to Jimmy Carter)

It has been proven that the way you stimulate the economy is by cutting taxes. Yet, time and time again, the answer to any and all problems for Democrats is to throw money at it.

The bill passed 244-188. All the Republicans voted against it and so did 11 Democrats, who apparently had some sense (at least for a day). So what exactly are the taxpayers being fleeced for? What is in the bill that is supposed to "stimulate" the economy?
--$1 billion for Amtrak, the federal railroad that hasn't turned a profit in 40 years
--$2 billion for child-care subsidies
--$50 million for that great engine of job creation, the National Endowment for the Arts
--$400 million for global-warming research and another
--$2.4 billion for carbon-capture demonstration projects
--$650 million on top of the billions already doled out to pay for digital TV conversion coupons
--$4.19 billion for "neighborhood stabilization activities" (ACORN)
--$1.5 billion for a "carbon capturing contest"
--$45 million for offroad trails.
--$400 million for HIV and chlamydia testing
--$75 million for smoking cessation
And, since 1.2 Trillion is a little over the top, Obama thought that he should make some cuts somewhere. Guess where? Thats right, in defense spending.

Its incredulous when you consider that the Constitution specifically spelled out that the government was supposed to protect its citizens. Yet, never in its wildest dreams would the founding fathers have imagined how intrusive the government has become in other areas.

Others blogging:
Mike's America--How Many Votes can 1.2 Trillion Buy?
Patrick--The "Stimulus Bill" and Big Brother
Gateway Pundit--Pelosi & Dems Start Celebrating Before Trillion $$$ "Stimulus" Binge Is Passed... Update: Bill Fails to Gain Single GOP Vote

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