Take from my Facebook, in response to an argument regarding the proposal:
The only bipartisanship within this thing was in opposition, and for good reason. Obama had a serious opportunity to provide incentives via lobbying democratic congressmen, to gain Republican votes.
Yet what did we end up with? Change? No. We ended up with a bill that racks up the spending for liberal federal governmental spending projects. Projects that add little job growth, or no real profit returns.
Obama could have really lent an olive branch by including incentives for Republicans.
Obama had a genuine opportunity to ‘change the way Washington works.’
Is this real change? The only change here is that now Democrats are in power, and Republicans are possibly returning to their small government roots (Thank God!). Democrats are using the guise of an economic rescue package to fulfil 40 years of liberal-dream projects. The worst thing is they are passing it off as a stimulus package.
In the words of the Wall Street Journal’s analysis “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“.
There is no change in the way Politics is played in Washington. This is Democrats getting back at Republicans. This is reflected by not a single Republicans voting for it. Such a polar divide
Obama had an opportunity to gain Republican support on the bill, and instead the opposite occured. If anything Republicans were unified against it. Why? Because Democrats won and now they have power to muscle such. That is no change. It is the same throne with someone else sitting on it.
As for this ‘Blame Rush’ and ‘Blame Republicans’ nonsense… This is exactly what I predicted. Pelosi, in her fanatical liberal ways, is muscling her new power, with Reid doing the same. She successfully barred real Republican participation, and similiar to what occured with Clinton in his early years, Congress is so far muscling Obama.
Whether Obama truly desires real change in the way things are done, it didn’t happen, and I would blame Pelosi more than Obama, as at least the man opened dialouge with Republicans (even if he didn’t actually lobby for any suggested changes).
So we are left asking. What is this bill? Obviously a great opportunity for Obama has been rendered nuertered by Democrat ‘leadership’ in the House. So what are we getting with this?
You said we need to flood the market with money. Even if such were the case, is this Bill doing that? Or is it throwing money at liberal projects? Thank goodness some muck was tossed aside, but how much more remains? Can we look at this greasy bill and determine with clarity that it is a pro-job growth and stimulate bill?
Democrats are using the same weapon of fear republicans did. ‘If we don’t pass this tomorrow, our economy will fail!’. How irresposible is it to pass trillions of debt upon the American people, and to rush it forward (this equally critiques both sides of the aisle)?
What’s in this bill?
“This is a political wonder that manages to spend money on just about every pent-up Democratic proposal of the last 40 years.”
Here we Go:
-$2,000,000,000 for child-care subsidies;
-$50,000,000 for that great engine of job creation, the National Endowment for the Arts;
-$400,000,000 for global-warming research and another
-$2,400,000,000 for carbon-capture demonstration projects.
-$650,000,000 on top of the billions already doled out to pay for digital TV conversion coupons.
-$335,000,000 for STD Prevention. We all know how many jobs this creates…
“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.” Can we say less than 7%?
That’s $.12 out of every dollar… Let alone so many of these projects are debatable in how efficient they are, and the type of job’s they create.
“Most of the rest of this project spending will go to such things as renewable energy funding ($8 billion) or mass transit ($6 billion) that have a low or negative return on investment. Most urban transit systems are so badly managed that their fares cover less than half of their costs. However, the people who operate these systems belong to public-employee unions that are campaign contributors to . . . guess which party?”
We are talking about tends of thousands of dollars of burden placed upon the backs of families. We’re talking a commited tax burden of $10k on Families, or $20k+ on families with kids under 18. Families who may not benefit from the billion of these liberal projects. This is simply what I have said: Liberals taking advantage of the situation.
In the words of Emmanuel last November: “Never let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you couldn’t do before.”
The Bill even goes on with more wasteful spending. How do we rush such bacon-covered chorizo, and then try to turn against Republicans, and demonize them by saying they are the problem? They are trying to do what a House is supposed to: reveal to the public where their money is going to.
Seriously, if you support this bill, justify how do all these projects stimulate and create jobs?
“Congress wants to spend $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 we love the Smithsonian, too, but this is a job creator?”
THIS IS NOT A JOB CREATING BILL. IT IS FIRST AND FOREMOST A DEMOCRACT LIBERAL SOCIAL SPENDING BILL.
“Another “stimulus” secret is that some $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.”
The Change Obama talked about was clarity and unity. The public is not being made aware of what their money is going to, except by the people who such lefties as MoveOn.org are trying to
Obama first fails on finding any real unity thus far on his first massive spending bill. I would argue he fails secondly on not even being the source to communicate all these financial commitments. Instead, he asks us not to listen to Rush, smiles while eating $100 steaks, and tells us this Bill is a Job Creation Bill.
One needs to only look at the numbers, and arrive to the same conclusion the Wall Street Journal did.
This is beyond pork. BUT WAIT, THERE’S 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.”
Do not come along and say that Republicans were part of this process. As the New Testament tradition went, you would go and proclaim the Gospel in a village, and if they reject you, then dust your sandles on the way out. The Republicans have dusted their sandles, and have been clearly rejected by the Democrats on the Hill.
We can conclude no more than this:
- Job-Creation Projects are a simple minority of this bill.
- The real intention is to increase the baseline of spending, with money going to every democratic liberal wishlist program derived over the last 40 years.
- There has been no Real Republican role in this.
- This is no greater change of how Politics is in Washington, just a change in who is running the system. As I said before, Pelosi and Reid will bully Obama as has happened before.
I conclude with the WSJ’s summary:
“This is supposed to be a new era of bipartisanship, but this bill was written based on the wish list of every living — or dead — Democratic interest group. As Speaker Nancy Pelosi put it, “We won the election. We wrote the bill.” So they did. Republicans should let them take all of the credit.”