Thursday, January 29, 2009

$819B Stimulus Nothing More Than Political Payback

I cannot recall in my life a day I felt lower as a tax-paying and freedom-loving American than I did yesterday. I have always known how corrupt politicians are but yesterday's vote to spend over $800B (I'll be $900B after the Senate gets through) was the most blatant.

Prior to the vote, President Obama's colors were clearly on display when he said only government can get us out of this mess. No, the mess has just been made worse with the worst spending bill in our nation's relatively short history.

As was stated in yesterday's WSJ main editorial (page A14), "this is a political wonder that manages to spend money on just about every pent-up Democratic proposal of the last 40 years."

When the line items are examined, only about 12 percent of the total can be reasonably labeled as stimulus. A majority of the money is pinned to programs not suffering during this economic downturn: government workers, education and health care.

Billions are tagged for Medicaid, refundable tax credits, food stamps, COBRA insurance extensions, unemployment insurance, additional Social Security payments, welfare cash payments, nutrition programs, Amtrak, National Endowment for the Arts, global warming research, carbon capture demonstration projects, child care subsidies, the Smithsonian, federal building modernization, income transfer payments (paying people to do nothing), $66 billion for education (more than the entire 1999 Dept of Education's total budget).

Pelosi and her cronies are fully behind the notion that "they won the election; [they] wrote the bill." Republicans, for once, did the right thing and let the Democrats take full ownership.

The vote tally for HR1 was 244 YEAS, 188 NEYS, 1 no-vote. No Republican voted for the bill; 11 Democrats voted against it.

This vote was nothing more than political payback for the billions of campaign donations and political favors built up over the past few year. Congress ought to be ashamed of calling this a stimulus package. It will stimulate a few special interests at best.

This debt will never be repaid. America has taken another left turn down the road to mediocrity -- European like socialism where the middle class is quickly waning. We are moving toward a greater economically divided society with an increase in the poor masses (Democrat tokens of the state).

We ally witness how government fails to be responsible with its monetary and fiscal policies, be it borrow and spend or tax and spend. Government is too big -- spending is too great. Taxes are too high for individuals, families, home owners, investors, business owners and corporations. Policies are continuing to discourage economic risk, hard work and productivity.

Government, and specifically this bill, has failed every American, whether they recognize it or not. This will not stand.

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