Posts tagged ‘pork’
There have been some crazy decisions being made over in the White House these days.
The ridiculous bailout bill passed the House. But kudos to ALL the Republicans who voted against it and big PROPS to the 11 Democrats who voted against. There are some seriously ridiculous things in this bill. Roll-Call
And here is some of the totally absurd pork in this bill. Borrowed information from Michelle Malkin
What happened to reform and making sure that there was no pork?
Page 41: The Coast Guard wants more than $572 million for “Acquisition, Construction, & Improvements” They claim these funds will create 1,235 new jobs. Crunch the numbers and this brings the cost of “creating” each job to a staggering $460,000+
Page 23: $200 million for Dep. of Defense to acquire alternative energy vehicles.
Page 32: $1.5 billion (with a “B”) for a “carbon-capturing contest”
Page 64: $3.5 billion for higher education facilities.
Tom Jones notes another $200 million for DoD plug-in car stations and crunches the numbers: 53,526 plug-in cars = >$3700/car.
P. 45: “$25,000,000 is for recreation maintenance, especially for rehabilitation of off-road vehicle routes, and $20,000,000 is for trail maintenance and restoration.” ATV owners, rejoice.
P. 60: $400 million for HIV and chlamydia testing.
$600 million more for the federal government to buy new cars. Uncle Sam already spends $3 billion a year on its fleet of 600,000 vehicles. Congress also wants to spend $7 billion for modernizing federal buildings and facilities. The Smithsonian is targeted to receive $150 million
$252 billion is for income-transfer payments — that is, not investments that arguably help everyone, but cash or benefits to individuals for doing nothing at all. There’s $81 billion for Medicaid, $36 billion for expanded unemployment benefits, $20 billion for food stamps, and $83 billion for the earned income credit for people who don’t pay income tax. While some of that may be justified to help poorer Americans ride out the recession, they aren’t job creators.
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.
Oh, and don’t forget education, which would get $66 billion more. That’s more than the entire Education Department spent a mere 10 years ago and is on top of the doubling under President Bush. Some $6 billion of this will subsidize university building projects. If you think the intention here is to help kids learn, the House declares on page 257 that “No recipient . . . shall use such funds to provide financial assistance to students to attend private elementary or secondary schools.” Horrors: Some money might go to nonunion teachers.
Wow. The good news is so far the Democrats own this.
I am almost embarrassed to admit it, but the first time I heard anyone talking about drinking kool-aid in a negative context, aside from the obvious fact that it is not really healthy in any way and super high in sugar, I had no idea what they were talking about.
So I had to ask, and then I did some reading online. The phrase Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid or phrases that are similar to that are referring to a religious cult led by Jim Jones. He convinced them all to kill themselves at the same time by drinking kool-aid laced with potassium cyanide. Really smart. I do believe that there are causes worth dying for, like our countries freedom. I am a strong supporter of our armed forces. But would you really let a crazy guy just convince you to kill yourself. Hopefully not.
So it basically boils down to forming your own ideas and opinions based on research that you, yourself have done. If you choose to base your decisions and opinions only on what other people tell you should be done without coming to terms with why you believe it is true or correct basically makes you a sheep, a blind follower. Everyone should have something that they believe in and feel strongly about. Hopefully your convictions are about important issues and topics, not just about what type of coffee (Non-fat Mocha) or soda you like to drink (Coke Zero).
I love country music. Country music seems to have a song to explain all points in life. Songs about love, babies, marriage, death, divorce, patriotism, addiction, you name it. The songs make you think, since you can actually understand the lyrics when you hear the songs it makes it easier. The chorus of one song that I can think of explains it well:
Aaron Tippin – You’ve Got to Stand for Something
You’ve got to stand for something, Or you’ll fall for anything
You’ve got to be your own man, Not a puppet on a string
Never compromise what’s right, Uphold your family name
You’ve got to stand for something, Or you’ll fall for anything
I have a hard time believing that all our representatives are standing for what they know is right. It generally takes more courage to do the unpopular thing than to go with the flow. I know McCain is known as a Maverick for challenging things and taking a stand against the unpopular, most of the time. He did vote yes to this bill and I am curious as to why.
I believe that our Congressmen and women from both parties are proving just how much kool-aid they drink. The Relief Bill that they voted on last night contains some of the most blatant and flagrant pork ever. They were all in on it. The original Paulson plan that was presented was a 3-page document. No I did not agree with it. The House bill that did not pass on Monday had grown to a 106-page document. Still I do not agree with it. Finally yesterday the bill had grown to an absurd 451-page document laden with special interest and lobbyist stuff. Something about wooden arrows for children? Money apparently can buy votes. What is that about?
I still disagree with the basic premise of the bill in the first place.
The government is going to be buying the home loans of people who bought houses they should never have bought.
The blame does not lie solely with the banker, lender, agent, (or President Bush – its not like he cosigned on the loan) the great American public was purchasing beyond their financial means. The market needs to be corrected but not by the government buying out your mortgage so you can pay them back and stay in your home.
If we are going to play that game I would like to buy a million dollar home please. I can qualify for the loan, can I really handle that mortgage, not really. Since I live in California it is basically buying me a shack anyway. And then since I will be having such a hard time paying my mortgage I would like the government to buy my loan and I’ll just pay them back. They are doing it for everyone else. Maybe they will buy me a car too.
Just because you can qualify for a loan does not mean you should get it. People got so starry eyed at keeping up with the Joneses’ that they lost sight of their own actual circumstances. If you can’t be happy with what you have and what you can comfortably afford than you will never be happy with anything.
I really feel that instead of backing the mortgages we should have them insured under the FHA program. That makes much more sense and does not carry the same economic weight of buying the loans.
The market has corrected itself from Monday’s hit. I believe that policies and practices need to change and the market will correct itself.
I give kudos and respect to the few men and women who did not vote for this legislation. I ultimately wonder if it will pass in the House. I hope all these Representatives know what they are doing. It will remain to be seen what will happen but I hope since we can see how corrupt Washington has gotten that all incumbents will be replaced for not listening to their constituents. After all we are the ones who gave them that power. If they are going to choose not to represent our interests then maybe we should replace them with someone who will.
On another note, in listening to the Congressmen talking on the news last night, it makes you wonder if they know something they are not telling us about the economy or if they are just believing what someone else is telling him and drinking gallons of tainted kool-aid.