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February 5, 2009

About this “stimulus”…

Filed under: conservatism,politics — by lindyborer @ 11:03 am
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I can’t really understand how borrowing and spending money that we don’t have and going even further into debt is the way out of our economic woes.  The good news?  More and more people are feeling the same, and support for this “porkulus” is waning. 

What is most distressing to those of us with children is that it will effectively harness to them massive debt that will extend for at least two generations. 

Listen to what Sen. Coburn said two days ago in a Senate floor speech Tuesday night.  He was on fiah:

When the American people learn what this bill contains they will reject it.  This bill is about spending money we don’t have on things we don’t need.  We got into this mess by spending and investing money that didn’t exist.  We won’t get out of this mess by doing more of the same.  Yet, that is precisely what we are doing.  Instead of delivering change, this bill celebrates the politics of the past.  The bill represents both the mindless partisanship of recent decades, and the failed interventionist policies of the 1930’s.  The Senate can, and must, do much better. As currently written, this bill represents the worst act of generational theft in our nation’s history.

Be informed, people!  Do you really think these things will somehow create jobs?  Improve the economy? 

From CNN:

  • $2 billion earmark to re-start FutureGen, a near-zero emissions coal power plant in Illinois that the Department of Energy defunded last year because it said the project was inefficient.
  • A $246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers to buy motion picture film.  * 
  • $650 million for the digital television converter box coupon program.
  • $248 million for furniture at the new Homeland Security headquarters.
  • $125 million for the Washington sewer system.
  • $75 million for “smoking cessation activities.”
  • $25 million for tribal alcohol and substance abuse reduction.
  • $6 billion to turn federal buildings into “green” buildings.
  • $1.2 billion for “youth activities,” including youth summer job programs.
  • $88 million for renovating the headquarters of the Public Health Service.
  • $412 million for CDC buildings and property.
  • $500 million for building and repairing National Institutes of Health facilities in Bethesda, Maryland.
  • $160 million for “paid volunteers” at the Corporation for National and Community Service.
  • $850 million for Amtrak.
  • $100 million for reducing the hazard of lead-based paint
  • And let us not forget requests for Harleys, frisbee golf, $2 million worth of neon signs for Las Vegas, butterfly gardens, dog runs, golf courses, and tennis courts (from WSJ). 

    Contact your senators and let them know that this is no way to improve the economy.  Let’s stick with something that works:  fiscal conservatism.  Tax cuts.  Decreased spending.  Now is not the time to lose our heads, even though the administration apparently has. 

     

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    1 Comment »

    1. Yep. I’m totally with you on this. My son watched the news with me tonight and when they covered the stimulus frackage, I told him this piece of legislation will singularly affect his financial future and quality of life as a grown-up probably more than anything other event in his life, ever. He’s only seven, though, so he wasn’t all that riveted.

      Lindsey Graham cut ’em up pretty good, too, today.

      Comment by Lawyer Mom — February 5, 2009 @ 9:18 pm |Reply


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