The Democratic Porkfest Bill of 2009

posted at 9:30 am on January 28, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The Wall Street Journal calls it the “40-year Wish List”.  Michelle calls it the “Generational Theft Act”.  Others have started calling it the Obama-Pelosi-Reid Debt Act.  Whatever name one gives it, the least likely is stimulus.  The WSJ calculates that no more than 12 cents on the dollar in the trillion-dollar whale goes to actual economic stimulus, and that the rest go to Democratic wish lists for electoral advantage:

We’ve looked it over, and even we can’t quite believe it. There’s $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. There’s even $650 million on top of the billions already doled out to pay for digital TV conversion coupons.

In selling the plan, President Obama has said this bill will make “dramatic investments to revive our flagging economy.” Well, you be the judge. Some $30 billion, or less than 5% of the spending in the bill, is for fixing bridges or other highway projects. There’s another $40 billion for broadband and electric grid development, airports and clean water projects that are arguably worthwhile priorities.

Add the roughly $20 billion for business tax cuts, and by our estimate only $90 billion out of $825 billion, or about 12 cents of every $1, is for something that can plausibly be considered a growth stimulus. And even many of these projects aren’t likely to help the economy immediately. As Peter Orszag, the President’s new budget director, told Congress a year ago, “even those [public works] that are ‘on the shelf’ generally cannot be undertaken quickly enough to provide timely stimulus to the economy.”

The bill contains a hefty increase in subsidies for public transportation.  Will that stimulate the economy?  Not really, but it does protect public-sector jobs, almost all union positions, and that helps Democrats get more union money.  It’s the Democratic Party Stimulus Act, not a recipe for economic revival.

The Journal discovers another “lu-lu” in public transportation, but not the kind you’d expect.  Congress wants to spend $600 million on new cars for federal agencies.  Do you have the money to buy a new car in 2009?  Well, you won’t if this bill passes, but apparently a few thousand federal employees will enjoy that luxury, thanks to your tax dollars.

Remember when Barack Obama promised to end ineffective government programs in his inaugural speech?  That was just eight days ago.  Apparently, we’ve hit the expiration date:

As for the promise of accountability, some $54 billion will go to federal programs that the Office of Management and Budget or the Government Accountability Office have already criticized as “ineffective” or unable to pass basic financial audits. These include the Economic Development Administration, the Small Business Administration, the 10 federal job training programs, and many more.

The Department of Education gets a whopping $66 billion in this bill.  In 2001, the federal government spent $35 billion in total in the Department of Education, and by 2006 the Bush administration raised it to $85 billion, almost tripling the outlay.  Now Congress wants to add $66 billion on top of what we’ve already budgeted for the DoE, a figure that almost doubles the entire 2001 DoE budget from just eight years ago.  Will it stimulate the economy?  Not at all.  It pays off a Democratic Party constituency.

Congress should be embarrassed by this kind of naked political exploitation of economic crisis.  Unfortunately, they’re not.  It’s up to us to embarrass them.  Time to Melt the Phones in DC.  Michelle has the details.


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If the Republicans had not spent like drunken sailors on shore leave the past 10 years or so, maybe the would have some standing to protest…, It all comes home to roost.

Yogurt on January 28, 2009 at 9:37 AM

How about the: Governmental Destruction of Privacy Act

Maxx on January 28, 2009 at 9:37 AM

Good post Ed… Even Democrats I know personally, are looking at this package and shaking their heads in disbelief.

This pork filled sham of a scam must be exposed before the entire country. This is an opportunity for Republicans to put the differences between Liberal & Conservative ideologies front and center. Will the GOP grasp this opportunity?

Keemo on January 28, 2009 at 9:37 AM

More pork than the Jimmy Dean Sausage Factory. Make the Congressional Phone Lines melt down. What a bunch of self-serving, corrupt snakes, beginning with a Lightweight President.

kingsjester on January 28, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Just a matter of time before armed revolution. No, seriously.

Schweggie on January 28, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Pelosi Obama Reid Kraptastic bill: PORK

rbj on January 28, 2009 at 9:38 AM

This is more like scrappel being made.

Good thing that Andrew “The Consevative Soul” Sullivan is out there keeping an eye on the Democrats and making sure they do not repeat the mistakes of the Bush Administration.

Oh wait, Sarah Palin’s uterus just twitched again.

Mr. Joe on January 28, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Finally. I’ve been burning up the phones for days now. Maybe with some help, they’ll listen. Call. Even if your congressperson is a democrat.

Sue on January 28, 2009 at 9:41 AM

How about a melt the phones headline?

artist on January 28, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Is there funding for the dept of peace yet?

ninjapirate on January 28, 2009 at 9:43 AM

As many of us predicted, if Obama wins, then 2008 will be the last free election in the US. The Democratic majority will ensure that they never lose another election.

MarkTheGreat on January 28, 2009 at 9:43 AM

$400 million for global-warming research

Got to keep those scientists on the gravy-train if you want them to continue screeching about non-existent global warming.

Maxx on January 28, 2009 at 9:44 AM

What I’d like to know is how many Republicans stuck a few extra slices of cheese in this “crap sandwich”…

This is more like scrappel being made.

Worst. Stuff. Evah.

JetBoy on January 28, 2009 at 9:45 AM

After this passes, I suspect the Dems will focus on some trivial matters. Maybe some more apologies to the world.

And then…are you ready?

Are you ready for Universal Health care?

I knew you were!

artist on January 28, 2009 at 9:46 AM

I can’t wrap my head around those numbers. $600M for new cars? I watch a lot of movies and have yet to see an FBI agent pull up in a Mercedes.

sherry on January 28, 2009 at 9:46 AM

2006 Congressionally Spawned Recession Act is what I call this debacle every time (usually 2x per day) I write my Congressional Baron Representative.

All conservative minded ‘Representatives’ should boycott the vote and let the blame fall squarely on the Democrat Party and the RINOs. Problem is, once enacted, even setting the tax rate at 0% won’t clean the mess up for generations to come.

SeniorD on January 28, 2009 at 9:46 AM

How about a melt the phones headline?

artist on January 28, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Ditto. The Boss should do the same, if not already.

Schweggie on January 28, 2009 at 9:46 AM

Mr.Morrissey,thank you for helping to keep us informed. Three things that struck me that are notable-this

Congress wants to spend $600 million on new cars for federal agencies.

should have been a freebee or at least a deal dependent on the bridge loan fiasco.
This

The Department of Education gets a whopping $66 billion in this bill

hasnt worked in the past its insanity to keep throwing money at the monkey and hoping for a different song, and this

Democratic Party Stimulus Act

perfectly describes what it is.

canditaylor68 on January 28, 2009 at 9:48 AM

This is just the warm up act for these guys. They’re just getting started.

Mr Gus on January 28, 2009 at 9:49 AM

I have to confess that I thought Obama was smarter than this.

No, I didn’t vote for him.

BigD on January 28, 2009 at 9:50 AM

$50 million for the NEA? Finally! Now fence and boxcar taggers will get the funding and recognition they so desperately deserve!

whitetop on January 28, 2009 at 9:51 AM

It finally hit me as I was making coffee this morning, how transparent this bill really is… and how stupid the Dems think the American people are… and how the MSM is giving them a pass on this…

This bill is a spending bill. It will only create jobs as long as that Government spending continues, because the jobs are not producing anything for sale. It is not investing in anything that will will create sustainable jobs…

So, as these jobs end, the Government will HAVE to create more spending, or job numbers will fall again…

Add in the jobs that will be lost because of the ineveitable business tax increases to pay for this spending… and what you have is more people working for the Government, less people working for private industry.

Its one more plank of the defacto Socialization of America.

Romeo13 on January 28, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Just a matter of time before armed revolution. No, seriously.

Schweggie on January 28, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Anyone with half a brain(which disqualifies most Obama voters) knew that the new President and his cronies in Congress were ultralibs and big spenders, but even I never anticipated something this extreme, this massive, and this quickly.

There will be some sort of revolution. I no longer have any doubt about this. The question is will it be a peaceful one led by voters in which the vast majority of incumbents are thrown out of office. Or will it be a violent and bloody one led by rioters and insurgents in which all incumbents are literally thrown out on their asses.

Doughboy on January 28, 2009 at 9:52 AM

This is just the warm up act for these guys. They’re just getting started.

Mr Gus on January 28, 2009

Exactly right.

The Dems know this is their best opportunity EVER, to push wide, deep and *irreversible* socialism.

Yes, irreversible.

Look to your history for proof.

They’re going for the jugular and conservative activists are sleeping.

artist on January 28, 2009 at 9:54 AM

How about the: Governmental Destruction of Privacy Act

Maxx on January 28, 2009 at 9:37 AM

as we all know, it was the Patriot Act that destroyed our Privacy silly

jp on January 28, 2009 at 9:55 AM

There will be some sort of revolution. I no longer have any doubt about this. The question is will it be a peaceful one led by voters in which the vast majority of incumbents are thrown out of office. Or will it be a violent and bloody one led by rioters and insurgents in which all incumbents are literally thrown out on their asses.

Doughboy on January 28, 2009

I hope it’s peaceful.

I can see a large state just “walking” away and daring the feds to use force against them.

TX should tell the Dems, let us walk and you guys OWN the rest of the country.

Think about it electorally.

artist on January 28, 2009 at 9:56 AM

if we can get the message out and over the MSM bias filter, we should be able to turn the public against the Dems by 2012. If not, God Help us all

jp on January 28, 2009 at 9:56 AM

If the Republicans had not spent like drunken sailors on shore leave the past 10 years or so, maybe the would have some standing to protest…, It all comes home to roost.

Yogurt on January 28, 2009 at 9:37 AM

Yogurt, I haven’t seen you comment before, so I don’t know if you’re a troll.

Whatever the case, I’m afraid to say that you’re correct. We’re screwed because GOP in Congress betrayed the country and acted like Democrats. Now we’re going to get steamrolled.

I say support the real conservatives and let the others join the Democratic Party. Maybe in a decade or two, the middle of the country will realize that Democrats never have the right answer.

Thanks, GOP.

BuckeyeSam on January 28, 2009 at 9:57 AM

There will be some sort of revolution. I no longer have any doubt about this. The question is will it be a peaceful one led by voters in which the vast majority of incumbents are thrown out of office. Or will it be a violent and bloody one led by rioters and insurgents in which all incumbents are literally thrown out on their asses.

Doughboy on January 28, 2009

the key for them is to keep the economy stable. If things get bad enough, that is when this option goes into play.

When things are going well economically, its not likely a legit effort would actually work.

jp on January 28, 2009 at 9:58 AM

You guys!!!! This is our chance to be heard. PLEASE CALL!!!!! CALL THEM EVEN IF IT IS NOT YOUR CONGRESSMAN!!! THEY MAY BE RUNNING FOR NATIONAL OFFICE SOME DAY AND MAY NEED YOUR VOTE. CALL! HAVE YOUR FRIENDS CALL. EMAIL MICHELLE’S LIST!!!!!!!!!! DO NOT LET THEM DO THIS!

bloggless on January 28, 2009 at 10:00 AM

BuckeyeSam on January 28, 2009 at 9:57 AM

1 thing I think happened though, was the War. I think congress was basically bribed with pork to keep it going. Keep in mind it was congress who cut funding to Vietnam and forced a withdrawal then the deaths of 2 million people and destablized the world eslewhere.

jp on January 28, 2009 at 10:00 AM

$350 MILLION for STD prevention

Aren’t all the federal departments separately funded? Why the love-fest with this stimulus bill to pile on extra?

gatorboy on January 28, 2009 at 10:01 AM

If Obama and the Dems were at all confident that their package was going to work, they would not be so adamant about getting political cover from Republicans.

Angry Dumbo on January 28, 2009 at 10:03 AM

$50 million for the NEA? Finally! Now fence and boxcar taggers will get the funding and recognition they so desperately deserve!

whitetop on January 28, 2009 at 9:51 AM

And how about the Robert Mapplethorpe fisting exhibits funded by the NEA?

People can define “art” however they like. But it’s not censorship to withhold federal funding for sh*t like that. There are plenty of people in the Soros crowd who can afford to keep our society blessed with such enlighted photography as a fist up some guy’s rear end.

Funding for the NEA is a waste of taxpayer money. Go get it from some gullible blue-haired ladies.

BuckeyeSam on January 28, 2009 at 10:04 AM

Hotair should apply for a piece of the pie.

Call it: $500 Million for the prevention of political retardation and gullibility

jp on January 28, 2009 at 10:04 AM

the key for them is to keep the economy stable. If things get bad enough, that is when this option goes into play.

When things are going well economically, its not likely a legit effort would actually work.

jp on January 28, 2009 at 9:58 AM

Well if it was that easy to keep the economy stable, then Bush would’ve waved his magic wand and we’d have President McCain.

That’s what scares the living piss out of me. We’re in a bad recession and Washington has no idea what to do about it(when the answer is staring them right in the face). So they’ll foolishly try to spend their way out of it, cripple us with massive debt, and then run around in 2 years like a chicken with its head cut off bitching about Bush being responsible.

Doughboy on January 28, 2009 at 10:06 AM

Has anybody listened to how ABC news is talking about this bill on their radio news updates. It is so much horse hockey pucks. They are talking about roads and bridges and a group of engineers who think that the country is going to fall apart really really soon.

Cindy Munford on January 28, 2009 at 10:06 AM

Hotair should apply for a piece of the pie.

Call it: $500 Million for the prevention of political retardation and gullibility

jp on January 28, 2009 at 10:04 AM

heh

JetBoy on January 28, 2009 at 10:07 AM

These crooked, gluttonous polities are sucking everything they can out of the treasury before the public has time to really understand this massive theft from the taxpayers. This is the mother of all ripoffs.

rplat on January 28, 2009 at 10:08 AM

and a group of engineers who think that the country is going to fall apart really really soon.

Cindy Munford on January 28, 2009 at 10:06 AM

Well, I agree it is falling apart.

Though, not structurally.

artist on January 28, 2009 at 10:08 AM

Rush should be RUNNING and LEADING the so-called Republican Party! These people are NOT leaders, they are NOT Statesmen, they are WEAK BAFOONS! Rush and Mark Levin seem to be the only fricking ones of these morons that actualy “get’s it”! Real Conservatives are SICK AND TIRED of the idiots on “our” side being SO DANG GUTTLESS! They make me sick, they SUCK and they DO NOT represent ANY Conservative views. Grow a set and STAND AGAINST this Messiah and his cult in the MSM! Point out to Americans over and over and over the TOTAL FAILURE that these same exact policies have caused in the past, ie:Carter! Show over and over the REAGAN DIFFERENCE! But they won’t! Rush is simply pointing out the bitter truth, RINO’s run the party and are Messiah worshipers also… They are TRAITORS to Reagan and to Conservatisam… FIRE THEM ALL! CLEAN HOUSE, start with real Conservatives and FIGHT BACK against this Obamanation of values, principals and morals.

As Conservatives we better get BEHIND AND SUPPORT Rush by calling ALL the Republicans and telling them in NO UNCERTAIN TERMS that Rush IS RIGHT and WE WILL FIRE THEM if they don’t shut the F-UP and stop the Obama radicals. Call, E-Mail and stand WITH Rush, show these idiots that if they FAIL US AGAIN and not follow the lead of Rush, they too will be out of office!!! FLOOD WASHINGTON, FLOOD THE PHONES, FLOOD THE E-MAILS with MASSIVE SUPPORT FOR RUSH and AGAINST OBAMA and the Republicans!!! Let them hear OUR Conservative voices LOUD AND CLEAR!!! If we as the people fail to do this, then WE DESERVE THE WEAK IDIOTS WE GET! RUSH IS RIGHT, RINO’s ARE WRONG! Time to CALL!!!

Mark Garnett on January 28, 2009 at 10:08 AM

I call and e-mail my Senators every day, sometimes twice a day.
Being self-employed I can choose what I spend to do with my time and this week I have been on a slash & burn over this so called “stimulus”.

Why do you think 70,000+ jobs got dumped on Monday and another 12,000 the next day? American business is in crisis and Obama does not care. All he wants his is goody bag of crap. Remember “He Won”. Will Obama it does not work that way. Go back to Harvard and take Economics 101. Spending hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars to “stimulate” the economy is folly. It won’t work and all it will do is line the pockets of your buddies. It’s time to rise up against the Messiah and so hell NO we won’t go for this crap.

izoneguy on January 28, 2009 at 10:08 AM

This is the mother of all ripoffs.

rplat on January 28, 2009 at 10:08 AM

And our side is doing little to nothing.

artist on January 28, 2009 at 10:09 AM

Atlas Shrugged.

ctmom on January 28, 2009 at 10:10 AM

I’m calling! I’m calling!!

becki51758 on January 28, 2009 at 10:10 AM

jp on January 28, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Maybe so. I just can’t believe that, at a minimum, the entire GOP delegation in Congress doesn’t have their staff going over every line of that bill to highlight the crap and hold it up to the light of day. Michelle Malkin seems to be putting more effort into this than the GOP.

This reminds me a bit of the common sense scene from the movie Dave. There, Kevin Cline’s character invites his friend Murray, a small-business accountant, to the White House and together they cull out a bunch of nonsense from some existing programs in order to provide funding for something worthwhile.

The point is that these items have got to start standing up to scrutiny. This bill is too absurd, and the stakes are too high.

BuckeyeSam on January 28, 2009 at 10:10 AM

Cindy Munford on January 28, 2009 at 10:06 AM

I live for the day when the MSM rues the fact that they have abandoned every ounce of their integrity.

sherry on January 28, 2009 at 10:13 AM

How about $50B for the Peoples dismantling of the current government act.

Viper1 on January 28, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Like the guys says over at TAS: “Good Morning, Suckers!”

james23 on January 28, 2009 at 10:15 AM

“Game over, man. GAME OVER.!”

BallisticBob on January 28, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Sad

blatantblue on January 28, 2009 at 10:17 AM

That’s what scares the living piss out of me. We’re in a bad recession and Washington has no idea what to do about it(when the answer is staring them right in the face). So they’ll foolishly try to spend their way out of it, cripple us with massive debt, and then run around in 2 years like a chicken with its head cut off bitching about Bush being responsible.

Doughboy on January 28, 2009 at 10:06 AM

i’ve read some predictions, that we’ll likely snap out of the recession briefly from this spending and what will be key is what we do during that period of normalcy. If the Dems push all their socialism on us, then the house of cards may collapse down the road.

jp on January 28, 2009 at 10:17 AM

Is anyone else frustrated yet? Why can’t anyone make the MSM Hacks report on what really needs to happen?

1. Cut Capital Gains Taxes – even better eliminate them
2. Cut Corporate Tax rates
3. Tort Reform

Too bad we had McCain and not an Washington outsider that could understand real reform is needed.

kirkill on January 28, 2009 at 10:18 AM

Good news!

I just called the office of my Congresswoman, Sheila Jackson-Lee to complain about the stimulus bill. What’s wrong with it, the staffer asked. Full of pork, and it won’t “stimulate,” either, I said. The worst piece of legislation I’ve seen in five decades as an American.

Rep. Jackson-Lee voted against the original bailout bill (in some political grand-standing).

So I’m sure she’ll get right on it. After all, she’s in one of the most gerrymandered districts in the country, and usually wins by margins of no more than 75/25.

JudetheFossil on January 28, 2009 at 10:19 AM

How about $50B for the Peoples dismantling of the current government act.

Viper1 on January 28, 2009 at 10:13 AM

honestly, some GOP congressman in a safe district, should oppose crazy sounding stuff like this to draw attention to these bills. Then go on interviews and bring up the Dems paying off ACORN, etc., while claiming its for the economy.

jp on January 28, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Start making phone calls and sending emails. Not one single GOP vote in favor of this crap is acceptable.

Vashta.Nerada on January 28, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Artist,

You are correct, it will be irreversible. Not unlike the workings of the New Deal and the Great Society. The passage of this bill is not just about spending. Along with it comes a greater and massive expansion of an intrusive nanny state government. The thickening of pages of bureaucratic red tape and the bolstering and literal financing of NGOs such as ACORN, et al.

It is as Dick Morris said, a trojan horse and that trojan horse is about to enter the American landscape.

Mr Gus on January 28, 2009 at 10:19 AM

The Bringing Socialism to Lower Canada Act.

james23 on January 28, 2009 at 10:19 AM

The Department of Education—-Public Transportation

UNIONS!!!!!!!!!!

Not really, but it does protect public-sector jobs, almost all union positions, and that helps Democrats get more union money.

They should give Blagojevich a frikken medal compared to what these DEMOCRATS are doing here with their pay for play/bribery payoffs.

Rovin on January 28, 2009 at 10:20 AM

I will be optimistic and call it the Obama Guaranteed-One-Term Act.

BigD on January 28, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Start making phone calls and sending emails. Not one single GOP vote in favor of this crap is acceptable.

No votes are acceptable!!!

Obama needs to pay bigtime for his “I won” comment.

izoneguy on January 28, 2009 at 10:23 AM

I will be optimistic and call it the Obama Guaranteed-One-Term Act.

BigD on January 28, 2009 at 10:21 AM

The Paulson ‘Plan’ was enough for that. No need to add insult to injury by extending the recession for another 5 years.

Vashta.Nerada on January 28, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Add in the jobs that will be lost because of the ineveitable business tax increases to pay for this spending… and what you have is more people working for the Government, less people working for private industry.

Its one more plank of the defacto Socialization of America.

Romeo13 on January 28, 2009 at 9:52 AM

Government payroll already exceeds the payroll of the entire manufacturing sector in the US. That ship has already sailed.

genso on January 28, 2009 at 10:24 AM

I posted this comment in the wee hours of the Morning on the Limbaugh thread. It bears a second look. ACORN is not the only reciptient of the Dem-party enhancing bill.

Obama pays back his constituents through ACORN-encrusted pork. http://spectator.org/archives/2009/01/27/acorns-stimulus This bill is the biggest wealth-transference crock that deserves to go down in flames.

onlineanalyst on January 28, 2009 at 1:13 AM

onlineanalyst on January 28, 2009 at 10:25 AM

It should really be called:

The Obama “Let’s end capitalism and usher in socialism” act.

izoneguy on January 28, 2009 at 10:25 AM

If the Republicans had not spent like drunken sailors on shore leave the past 10 years or so, maybe the would have some standing to protest…, It all comes home to roost.

Yogurt on January 28, 2009 at 9:37 AM

So it is safe to say that Obama running for President on the platform of “Change” is complete Bullsh!t just weeks into his term.

Republicans did spend to much,but the democrats held congressional majorities during some of this period and also never balked at high spending when it came to the economy,blaming everything on Bush’s “tax cuts for the rich”.

The liberal Messiah ran on “Change” and the democrats cried and got tingles all over their bodies talking about it.
Going back and saying “Republicans spent too much so we will to” is pathetically hypocritical coming from the “Hope and Change” crowd.

This bill is nothing but a pork fest and more “Pay to Play”coming from corrupt democrats on the hill.

Republicans should vote this down and strongly denounce this boondoggle of a bill.
Hang it around the democrats neck and let the “smart ones” take responsibility for this ignorance.
Like Obama said”I won”,so let this be his scarlet letter.

Baxter Greene on January 28, 2009 at 10:26 AM

My Congressman J.Moran sends out a newsletter telling what he does weekly. This is what he had to say about the stimulous.”Hearing Testimony on Pros and Cons of Economic Spending Bill

— On Thursday, I attended a hearing of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on the proposed economic spending bill that will soon come before Congress for consideration. The committee heard from a variety of witnesses, who testified that direct spending in infrastructure projects could produce a boost in jobs and help stimulate the economy.

I am greatly concerned that infrastructure investments only make up a small part of the entire $825 billion spending bill. Although many experts agree that investment in infrastructure, along with targeted tax breaks, may be a good way to stimulate the economy and create jobs, only a small fraction of the total amount is spent on infrastructure needs. Instead of being a construction bill, this legislation recklessly spends billions of dollars on other programs that will not create jobs or help the economy.

I will continue to work to change this legislation so that it provides the needed stimulus in a fiscally responsible manner. Tomorrow, I will be meeting with President Barack Obama and will continue to advocate for a narrowly focused economic spending bill that helps creates jobs and stimulate the economy instead of the big-spending free-for-all that exists in the current legislation. While it is important to address the current economic situation, Congress must be mindful of the enormous national debt that we are accruing. We should not mortgage our children and grandchildren’s futures for a limited short term gain.”—–

Even though I think he will vote against it,I am still emailing him to let him know that he has my support if thats what he is going to do.

canditaylor68 on January 28, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Yogurt on January 28, 2009 at 9:37 AM

Some truth there but they had willing allies in the Democrats and it doesn’t make what Obama and the Congress is trying to pull off right.

This is the time to put our feet down and say no to anymore bailout/pork/pay for pay giveaways with our money. They’re already acting like they’re in charge of CitiGroup.

hawkdriver on January 28, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Drudge’s top story is the $335 million for STDs in the “stimulus” bill.

How ridiculous does this have to get??

BigD on January 28, 2009 at 10:35 AM

CALL ! CALL ! CALL !

E-MAIL ! E-MAIL ! E-MAIL !

GET LOUD AND IN THIER FACES !

Make the PHONE LINES MELT !

FLOOD THIER OFFICERS WITH CALLS !

SUPPORT RUSH !!!

Make what we did on Illegal Immigration Bill pale in comparison, SHOW THEM HOW PISSED OFF WE ARE !!!

DO IT NOW ! DO IT NOT !

BLOW THE DOORS OFF THE RINO’S !!!

Mark Garnett on January 28, 2009 at 10:35 AM

Did someone say, pork sausage being made?

UltimateBob on January 28, 2009 at 10:36 AM

honestly, some GOP congressman in a safe district, should oppose crazy sounding stuff like this to draw attention to these bills. Then go on interviews and bring up the Dems paying off ACORN, etc., while claiming its for the economy.

jp on January 28, 2009 at 10:19 AM

I must have experienced some bit of mental telepathy.

I was on the phone to a staffer from Jean Schmidt’s office when you posted. She’s a Republican from the eastside Cincinnati district just south of Boehner’s district. Though the district went blue (ugh), it’s been a fairly safe Republican seat for years (Rob Portman before her, Willis Gradison before him).

Anyway, I told the guy that I didn’t understand why the GOP wasn’t holding press conferences with an itemized list of the crap in this bill.

I keep saying that 35% of the country will run off a cliff with Obama no matter what, another 30% will turn and run the other way, and it’s the middle 35% that needs to be shaken into reality. I still think that the GOP can shake that middle segment into reality–but only if the GOP is honest themselves.

BuckeyeSam on January 28, 2009 at 10:38 AM

$350 MILLION for STD prevention

Aren’t all the federal departments separately funded? Why the love-fest with this stimulus bill to pile on extra?

gatorboy on January 28, 2009 at 10:01 AM

That’s the Pelosi Contraception part. Just plaster her face all over the place and ain’t no one gonna be havin’ sex.

rbj on January 28, 2009 at 10:42 AM

The ugly truth is that this bill will pass because the Democrats don’t need any Republican votes to pass it.

And even the Blue Dogs are not going to cross Obama in his first month in office.

BigD on January 28, 2009 at 10:43 AM

This bill is inexcusable. This needs to go beyond voting “no” to ethics hearings. There is absolutely no conceivable justification for any of this crap.

If this passes, a revolution must begin. Screw it, the Constitution is no longer a governing document or even an outline. Our government has gone beyond broken and dysfunctional to out and out corrupt. They are no longer serving the public interest.

And notice, all the people responsible for Fanny/ Freddy/ Baitoutpalooza 2008 are on the top of this bill with nary an investigation conducted or disciplinary action taken for their actions that caused this mess.

How any person on earth can allow any one of these imbeciles to occupy any job above grave-digging or trash collecting is beyond me.

Damiano on January 28, 2009 at 10:48 AM

As I scanned the bill, the bit that burned me was the ‘administration cost not to exceed 3%’ comment on every allocation.

That’s nearly 25 BILLION dollars for bureaucrats!

Peri Winkle on January 28, 2009 at 10:49 AM

The ugly truth is that this bill will pass because the Democrats don’t need any Republican votes to pass it.

And even the Blue Dogs are not going to cross Obama in his first month in office.

BigD on January 28, 2009 at 10:43 AM

I don’t disagree, but the GOP should make a point of making a big stink over every POS that’s included in the bill. Each item should be identified, quantified, and attributed to a particular Democrat and a particular constituency. The GOP has an opportunity to provide Americans with a real education. And if they don’t have the guts, then they’re no better. Congress should not be about horse trading. Let’s get back to basics: build the roads and defend the coasts. Anything more needs to be thoroughly scrutinized. These turds are stealing our money.

I forgot to mention. In my conversation with a staffer from the office of my representative (Jean Schmidt-R. Ohio), I was told that she will NOT be voting in favor of this bill. I’ve given up on that turd Voinovich after I heard that he voted for Geithner. America is in bad shape when the only guy we can appoint to Treasury Secretary is a lying sack.

BuckeyeSam on January 28, 2009 at 10:54 AM

PorkaPelosi …

tarpon on January 28, 2009 at 10:54 AM

BuckeyeSam on January 28, 2009 at 10:38 AM

seriously, this isn’t that hard.

some safe district GOP members need to, as a stunt, attempt to add amendments to this bill like that sound crazy(like money to arm a rebellion) and then in the press point out the absurd things the Dems have in this.

its a political home run: “Well if the Dems can place money in for ACORN and STD’s, then I figure adding money for x, is fair play too…”

jp on January 28, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Who ever dreamed that in America you would ultimately be punished for working hard, paying your taxes, being charitable with your disposable income and living within your means?

sherry on January 28, 2009 at 10:59 AM

It finally hit me as I was making coffee this morning, how transparent this bill really is… and how stupid the Dems think the American people are…

Why would they think differently, the evidence to support their belief regarding the intelligence of the electorate is overwhelming, after all, the American public put them in office with huge majorities knowing exactly what they were. If they did not know who they were electing, well, just more evidence leading to the same conclusion…

neuquenguy on January 28, 2009 at 11:05 AM

This was a good point brought up at the Volokh Conspiracy:

Whatever Happened to the Last Big Infrastructure Bill?

http://volokh.com/posts/1233088443.shtml

These days, we are repeatedly told that we have to pass a massive new infrastructure spending bill in order to fix our “crumbling” roads and bridges. Everyone seems to have forgotten that just three years ago, in August 2005, Congress enacted the biggest federal public works program in American history, spending a massive $286.4 billion on the 2005 highway bill. At that time, President Bush and congressional leaders from both parties told us that the new highway bill was needed to fix our infrastructure problems.

Before passing a new and potentially even bigger infrastructure spending bill, I would just like to know what happened to all that money Congress appropriated for the same purpose back in 2005? If that act succeeded in its purpose, it’s not clear why we need another huge federal infrastructure bill now, less than four years later. If it failed, we need to know why.

This bill is being sold to the American People as an “FDR” inspired rebuilding of America to create jobs,highways,and bridges,when in reality it is nothing more than paying off supporters of the democratic party.

I would like to know what happened to that money since so little of this pork fest “Pay to Play” rip off is actually going to infrastructure.

Baxter Greene on January 28, 2009 at 11:05 AM

It appears that our Reps. are laughing at us. They don’t want to help us. This is a bunch of pork, will not help create jobs but make Government bigger. We will pay for this mess. I will make calls. I know this word is not proper but either they are retarded or they are so greedy and power hungry they don’t give a rats a** about the people that put them in office. We are the ones that made this Country not the idiots that sit and spend our money. Or steal our money in front of our faces.

sheebe on January 28, 2009 at 11:06 AM

CALL ! CALL ! CALL !

E-MAIL ! E-MAIL ! E-MAIL !

GET LOUD AND IN THIER FACES !

Make the PHONE LINES MELT !

FLOOD THIER OFFICERS WITH CALLS !

SUPPORT RUSH !!! OPPOSE THE MESSIAH !!!

Make what we did on the Illegal Immigration Bill pale in comparison, SHOW THEM HOW PISSED OFF WE ARE !!!

DO IT NOW ! DO IT NOW ! STOP THE PORK !

BLOW THE DOORS OFF THE RINO’S !!!

They want to be re-elected, tell them it is NOT going to be good for them if they support this travisty !!! Tell them you will fully support ANYONE other than them next election and WORK TO REMOVE THEM from OFFICE !!!

It worked on Immigration, it CAN and WILL work this time !!!

Mark Garnett on January 28, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Mark Garnett on January 28, 2009 at 11:14 AM

Hey Mark Garnett:

Why am I seeing this same post in every thread? Spamming is not cool.

BigD on January 28, 2009 at 11:19 AM

F**ckers are already celebrating at AFP.

Divided US House to hand Obama stimulus win

Damiano on January 28, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Bread and Circus baby.

TheUnrepentantGeek on January 28, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Who ever dreamed that in America you would ultimately be punished for working hard, paying your taxes, being charitable with your disposable income and living within your means?

sherry on January 28, 2009 at 10:59 AM

That’s not what we are being punished for. We are being punished for our lack of vigilance.

Maxx on January 28, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Just a matter of time before armed revolution. No, seriously.

Schweggie on January 28, 2009 at 9:38 AM

I’ve started to wonder if anything short of that would get their attention. Accountability seems to no longer exist.

CP on January 28, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Anyway, I told the guy that I didn’t understand why the GOP wasn’t holding press conferences with an itemized list of the crap in this bill.

BuckeyeSam on January 28, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Yes,this boggles the mind, the Repubs still don’t get it. The have completed conceded the public airwaves to the Dems, I guess they think the public can read their minds. Pelosi and Reid had a press conference almost every single day and, with the help of their willing accomplices in the MSM, completely dominated and (de)formed public opinion. This, combined with the brain-dead american-idol state of the American public, is a recipe for our soon coming admision into the third-world club.

neuquenguy on January 28, 2009 at 11:31 AM

I call it the Patronage Package. It will build an army of dependents for Obama.

PattyJ on January 28, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Hey Mark Garnett:

Why am I seeing this same post in every thread? Spamming is not cool.

BigD on January 28, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Because it is MUCH MORE important than anything your writting or ANY thread! Instead of BS’ing here, we better get off our collective butts and hammer it home to the Libera-Pubs and RINO’s that they are on the verge of even WORSE defeats and we WILL get Conservatives elected. They better F-ing listen to us this time and VOTE NO! So excuse me if you don’t like the “spam”, go call your elected reps and “Git-R-Done” and I’ll stop…

The more it’s seen the more it will happen…

Mark Garnett on January 28, 2009 at 11:38 AM

Billions here and billions more there.

WITH WHAT?!?!?

WE HAVE NO STINKIN’ MONEY!!! WE HAVE A GOD*** PRINTING PRESS!!!

THIS BILL SHOULD BE ELIMINATING A TRILLION IN SPENDING, NOT ADDING IT!!!!!

I am so pissed off I can barely type. I’m sending a letter to my Congressmen now (via their websites) telling them vote against this bill or lose my vote ever again, period.

Yakko77 on January 28, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Billions here and billions more there.

WITH WHAT?!?!?

Yakko77 on January 28, 2009 at 11:42 AM

A good question and one I don’t see a lot of discussion about. I think there are 3 main answers:
1. Taxes: Take it from the private sector to put it back in the private sector. Simply government-managed re-distribution from productive capital to waste.
2. Print more money: Leading to inflation and anything but economic growth.
3.Debt: Remember Argentina? In fact this type of Government role in the economy is what turned Argentina from a rich country into a bankrupt one with unmanageable debt, inflation and political corruption.

neuquenguy on January 28, 2009 at 11:53 AM

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