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Well, it will be all be going, going, gone if this bailout gets passed the way it is written. Consider more details of what this MASSIVE bill contains. Things that you are not hearing in the media. If you go through and read the bill you will find all this, the general public does not ever actually look at the contents of the legislation so we miss seeing what all is actually happening in these seemingly innocent bills. This is from Roger King. He is a computer programmer from North Carolina who operates the website Politically Incorrect Facts.

Democrats would like us to believe the $825 billion dollar stimulus package is required to recover from the recession. In fact, this bill is nothing but a conglomeration of the spending packages they have dreamed about for the past few decades. The main stream media also seems to have forgotten to tell us that with interest this bill comes to over $1.1 trillion dollars. This debt amounts to over $9,000 per family in taxes.

According to the Wall Street Journal only 12% of the package could conceivably be regarded as stimulating the economy. Even if we accept Obama’s claim that this bill would save or create 3.7 million jobs, that would amount to a cost of $200,000 per job.

Alan Reynolds article $646,214 Per Government Job also tells us the stimulus package doesn’t even target the groups hardest hit by unemployment.

The December unemployment rate was only 2.3% for government workers and 3.8% in education and health. Unemployment rates in manufacturing and construction, by contrast, were 8.3% and 15.2% respectively. Yet 39% of the $550 billion in the bill would go to state and local governments. Another 17.3% would go to health and education—sectors where relatively secure government jobs are also prevalent. If the intent of the plan is to alleviate unemployment, why spend over half of the money on sectors where unemployment is lowest?

Although many of the expenditures are admirable, they certainly can’t be considered a stimulus by any stretch of the imagination.  Below is a partial list of the earmarks contained in this monstrosity.

  • This bill would add from 244,000 to 330,000 new government jobs. These are jobs that will not add to the growth of our economy and would tend to kill many private sector jobs as dollars for these jobs are no longer available to companies.
  • Global Warming
    • $2.4 billion for carbon-capture demonstration projects Link
    • $400 million for global-warming research Link
    • $600 million for grants for diesel emission reduction (Page 119) Link
  • Government Upgrades
    • $2.5 billion for the National Science Foundation Link
    • $2.0 billion for the National Park Service Link
    • $1.9 billion for the Energy Department for “basic research into the physical sciences Link
    • $1 Billion for The Follow-Up To The 2010 Census (Page 49) Link
    • $800 million for AMTRAK Link
    • $650 million for the U.S. Forest Service Link
    • $600 million for NASA Link
    • $600 million for new cars for the federal government
    • 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+ Link
    • $400 million for a new Social Security Administration computer system Link
    • $276 million to the State Department to upgrade and modernize its information technology Link
    • $245 million to upgrade the information technology of the Farm Service Agency Link
    • $227 million for oversight of the pork barrel spending in the stimulus (Page 11) Link
    • $209 million for maintenance work for the Federal Agricultural Research Service Link
    • $200 million for Dept. of Defense to acquire alternative energy vehicles. Link
    • $200 million to re-sod the National Mall Link
    • $150 million for maintenance work at the Smithsonian Institution Link
    • $44 million for repairs and improvements at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the Department of Agriculture Link
  • Schools
    • $66B on education, but they specifically exclude private K-12 schools from getting one dime of it. Link
    • $17 billion for Pell Grants Link
    • $13 billion in IDEA, Part B State grants to help pay for “the excess costs of providing special education and related services to children with disabilities. Link
    • $13 billion in Title I grants “to provide extra academic support to help raise the achievement of students at risk of educational failure or to help all students in high-poverty schools meet challenging State academic standards Link
    • $6 billion goes to college and universities link
    • $3.5 billion for higher education facilities. Link
    • $2.1 billion is for Head Start Link
    • $1 billion for Technology Education Link
    • $250-million for an after-school snack program. Link
  • Social Programs
    • $87 billion is to be spent on Medicaid, a welfare program already costing roughly $400 billion per year Link
    • $83 billion for the earned income credit for people who don’t pay income tax Link
    • $36 billion for expanded unemployment benefits Link
    • $20 billion for increased food stamps, including lifting restrictions on how long welfare dependents can receive food stamp benefits. Link
    • $6 billion program to “weatherize modest-income homes Link
    • $5 billion is devoted to public housing Link
    • $3 billion for health care prevention and wellness programs, such as childhood immunizations and other state and local public health programs Link
    • $2 billion is to be spent on Child Care Development Block Grants, which provide day care. Link
    • $1.7 billion is to be spent to help the homeless Link
    • $1.1 billion for so-called federal comparative effectiveness research in regard to health-care services Link
    • $1 billion goes for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance program, to help low income families pay their heating bills Link
    • $500 million to speed the processing of applications for Social Security disability claims.
    • $200 million goes for senior nutrition programs, such as Meals on Wheels Link
    • $200 million for AmeriCorps, to help satisfy “increased demand for services for vulnerable populations to meet critical needs in communities across the U.S. Link
    • $120 million to finance part-time work for seniors in community service agencies. Link
    • $100 million to reduce lead-based paint hazards for children in low income housing Link
  • MISC
    • New Programs $136 billion of the bill is for unproven ideas—to start 32 new federal programs. Link
    • $79 billion is to go the states to maintain their runaway government spending, particularly for such spendthrift jurisdictions as California, New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts Link
    • $5.2 billion for ACORN, the left-leaning nonprofit group under federal investigation for massive voter fraud. Link Community organizers, such as the left-wing lobbying group ACORN, would get their own new slush fund of up to $750-million. Link
    • $4.2 billion provided to the Neighborhood Stabilization Fund, which provides the funds to local governments to purchase and rehab vacant housing due to foreclosure Link
    • $2 billion for Superfund cleanup Link
    • $1.2 billion for summer jobs for youth Link
    • $1 billion to the controversial Community Oriented Policing Services COPS Hiring Link
    • $650 million for digital TV coupons to help Americans upgrade to digital cable television Link
    • $335 million for sexually transmitted disease education and prevention programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Link
    • $50 million for the National Endowment of the Arts to help “the arts community throughout the United States.
    • $400 million for “habitat restoration projects” of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Link
    • $246 million for Hollywood Link
    • $200M for plug-in car stations (Page 31) Link
    • $150 million for honey bee insurance
    • $75 million for smoking cessation Link
    • $10M for bike and walking trails (Page 65) Link
  • Here are some things to consider as well:

    1. Tax Relief. Tax relief is predominately for people who do not pay taxes. “For individuals, the plan would cut taxes for most workers this year through a $500 tax credit that would be delivered by reducing paycheck withholding, a key proposal from Mr. Obama’s team. But to reduce the cost of the proposal, House lawmakers pared down that benefit so that higher-income workers are excluded. The credit would begin to phase out at $75,000 for individual taxpayers and at $150,000 for couples.”

    2. Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) is Obama’s top pick for Commerce Secretary. “Mr. Gregg’s appointment to the post could give Mr. Obama and his Democratic Party a victory in the Senate, clearing the way for them to pass legislation without fear of a Republican filibuster. It also would provide the administration a strong ambassador to the business community in Mr. Gregg, who devised the $700 billion banking bailout package last year.”  Is he really the best man for the job, or is Obama trying to undercut the Republican party?

    3. Illegal aliens will be qualify for cash payouts. “The legislation, which would send tax credits of $500 per worker and $1,000 per couple, expressly disqualifies nonresident aliens, but it would allow people who don’t have Social Security numbers to be eligible for the checks.Undocumented immigrants who are not eligible for a Social Security number can file tax returns with an alternative number. A House-passed version of the economic recovery bill and one making its way through the Senate would allow anyone with such a number, called an individual taxpayer identification number, to qualify for the tax credits.

    4. Expanding health care and Medicade coverage. “The new Medicaid Coverage for the Unemployed program is supposedly a temporary program to cover laid-off individuals via Medicaid. And the $30 billion COBRA coverage provision, provides assistance in paying for COBRA for individuals making up to $1 million a year. All of these short-term benefits, once granted, will be hard for any Congress, of any party, to take away.

    1. Tax Relief. Tax relief is predominately for people who do not pay taxes. “For individuals, the plan would cut taxes for most workers this year through a $500 tax credit that would be delivered by reducing paycheck withholding, a key proposal from Mr. Obama’s team. But to reduce the cost of the proposal, House lawmakers pared down that benefit so that higher-income workers are excluded. The credit would begin to phase out at $75,000 for individual taxpayers and at $150,000 for couples.”

    2. Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) is Obama’s top pick for Commerce Secretary. “Mr. Gregg’s appointment to the post could give Mr. Obama and his Democratic Party a victory in the Senate, clearing the way for them to pass legislation without fear of a Republican filibuster. It also would provide the administration a strong ambassador to the business community in Mr. Gregg, who devised the $700 billion banking bailout package last year.”  Is he really the best man for the job, or is Obama trying to undercut the Republican party?

    3. Illegal aliens will be qualify for cash payouts. “The legislation, which would send tax credits of $500 per worker and $1,000 per couple, expressly disqualifies nonresident aliens, but it would allow people who don’t have Social Security numbers to be eligible for the checks.Undocumented immigrants who are not eligible for a Social Security number can file tax returns with an alternative number. A House-passed version of the economic recovery bill and one making its way through the Senate would allow anyone with such a number, called an individual taxpayer identification number, to qualify for the tax credits.

    4. Expanding health care and Medicade coverage. “The new Medicaid Coverage for the Unemployed program is supposedly a temporary program to cover laid-off individuals via Medicaid. And the $30 billion COBRA coverage provision, provides assistance in paying for COBRA for individuals making up to $1 million a year. All of these short-term benefits, once granted, will be hard for any Congress, of any party, to take away.

    WOW. How much of that do you hear on the news at night? The no vote by the Republicans is not simply a partisan act. They are voting against something that the do NOT believe in. The way this stands now I would seriously question someone who did vote for it.

    February 2, 2009 at 11:42 pm 1 comment

    Porky Porky

    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.

    January 29, 2009 at 5:54 pm Leave a comment

    Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid

    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.

    October 2, 2008 at 8:04 pm 3 comments


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