It seems that history repeats itself. Former President Bush decided to do a “Stimulus” bill last year to actually give money to people. A frickin‘ check. His hope was that people would actually go out and buy stuff to stimulate the economy. Problem was that they already went out and spent that money and needed to pay their credit card bills with that welfare check.
Now President Obama, in order to “Stimulate” the economy, has proposed his own $825 Billion Stimulus Bill (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009). Mr. Obama, this is a futile exercise that will further deepen our debt and pull us further into a recession. I believe these type of massive government programs were tried by President Roosevelt (and prolonged the Depression).
The House of Rep. just passed the latest bill, fortunately without any Republican support. If the GOP has any intentions of electing a Republican in 2012, these wimps in Congress must stand up for their core conservative values – even if it won’t make any difference. We’re all watching you clowns.
Unfortunately, Obama has the votes to push most everything through both houses of Congress so he can get whatever he wants with little or no opposition.
This bill includes a massive amount of spending, including:
600 million – Buy new government cars
7 Billion – Modernize government buildings
400 million – Global warming research
1 Billion – Amtrak
50 Million – NEA Funding
2.4 Billion – Carbon Capture Demonstration Projects
650 Million – Digital TV Conversion Coupons (that’s more)
And so on, and so on….
What does all of this have to do with stimulus? I’m puzzled also. Here’s an idea, how about cutting taxes across the board (a good idea would be to nix the IRS and institute a Fair-Tax, but that’s a pipe dream). This would actually give us our money to us from the start. Just the mention of something like this would be HUGE. I suppose I’m in a pipe dream…
Of course, this is just my opinion.
How could you not love Blago? He gives so much joy to so many. With his references to strange poems or a crazy western, there is never a dull moment. Considering Oprah for Senate is really the icing on the cake.
I really love the fact that he is starting to mention all kinds of people in his press conferences. Jesse Jackson, Jr, Rahm Emanual, John McCain…man…he’s going for the Gold. And why not, what does he have to loose?
I’ll have to admit, I’m loving watching everything unfold. Even though this is a disgrace to my home state of Illinois, it really shows the vast corruption in Chicago (us downstaters call it the State of Chicago). I’m hoping for a special Governor wing at Menard State Prison – or maybe Joliet! Chicago Rod and Springfield George. Not the same ring as Joliet Jake, but it will do.
My only question is….who is going to play Blago in the After School Special? Maybe we could dress up a female army drill sergeant to play his wife. No need to parse the typical drill Sergeant language here for Mrs. Blago. In fact, I’ll bet she could cuss rings around them.
Of course, this is just my opinion.
The Messiah is on his way to Washington and President Bush will soon be on his way back to Texas. Soon, everything will be wonderful in the world with no more problems. We’ll all have more than enough money to pay our bills, the financial market will get better and that pesky war over in Iraq will soon end due to the Messiah’s intervention. At least that is what will be reported by the main stream news media.
Watch the news reports over the next couple of months and contrast them to those that transpired at the beginning of Bush’s first term. A great example of what will be to come is the coverage of the Inaugural expenses proposed by President-Elect Obama. It seems that just four short years ago the 40+ Million spent by President Bush was so extravagant that newspapers and other “journalists” made comparisons to what that money could buy to make things better for the troops, the homeless, etc. No such stories this time, even though the price tag is estimated to be 4x the 2004 Inauguration.
My initial thought is, do we really need any of this expense – especially if the taxpayers are footing the bill. I don’t care who the President is, this is frivolous spending in a time that the US is in a dire financial crisis. Obama could have really done good for himself by curtailing these expenses, but that’s really not in the cards. How about sponsors for everything?
This is yet another example of those in Washington really not getting it. Print more money and have a great party.
Of course, that’s just my opinion.