So here is the “change” that President Obama promised us and guess what? It’s more of the same thing that President Bush offered us . . . only worse. I see no “change” in anything. The only difference I see is that Obama caved in to the teachers unions and supplied 41 billion dollars for teachers. That’s it. Everything else I see is just giving money to the unions across America that supported Obama’s campaign. This bill will by best estimates by the liberal think tanks create less than 100,000 jobs. So much for stimulus.
Below is a list of exactly where the 819 billion dollars will be spent. It is being thrown mostly at unions to shore up the democratic party. What people don’t seem to realize is that Obama and his democratically lead congress are not getting the money out off thin air. It comes to Washington in the form of taxes. When Congress takes 819 billion and spends it on a stimulus package, the money is removed from the economy. This means in short term people have money to spend, but long term the money has to be repaid. BY THE TAXPAYER!!!
Perhaps the next time the foolish and inept get together to elect a president, they won’t simply vote for the person that promises the most lollipops.
It is becoming ever more clear that the Obama stimulus package is anything but. A quick review reveals an anti-business, pro-welfare abomination designed to reward special interest groups and promote welfare. The ultimate result will be to prop up uncompetitive businesses and siphon huge sums into State bureaucracies, health care paperwork, environmentalist and academia coffers. Services that are already among the most ill-run in America, with virtually no accountability. The disbursements look like this:
· $32 billion to transform the nation’s energy transmission, distribution, and production systems by allowing for a smarter and better grid and focusing investment in renewable technology.
Expect to see no practical application of this money. Most will stay in Washington, some will drift into wind farm and solar projects that will be shot down by environmentalist NIMBY.
· $16 billion to repair public housing and make key energy efficiency retrofits.
Because government housing has proven to be such a bargain.
· $6 billion to weatherize modest-income homes.
Expect fraud on a Katrina level.
· $10 billion for science facilities, research, and instrumentation.
Academic welfare. Global Warming redux.
· $6 billion to expand broadband internet access so businesses in rural and other under served areas can link up to the global economy.
This hoax has already cost well over a billion dollars. In one instance, $100 million was paid to bring broadband to 44 homes that already had private service.
· $30 billion for highway construction.
Bridges to nowhere. We need bridge and highway repair.
· $31 billion to modernize federal and other public infrastructure with investments that lead to long term energy cost savings.
When a budget item is so meaninglessly described, you know that it is BS. This is bureaucracy and a slush fund for Obama. This is where he will be the Chicago Pol. Look at this budget for sign of corruption and payoffs.
· $19 billion for clean water, flood control, and environmental restoration investments.
First, when an expense does not earn money, it is not an investment. It is an expense. These are expenses. Flood control is corporate welfare to the max. Environmental restoration is a worthwhile goal. To bad no one in Washington realizes that often the best method is to clear, plant, fence, and come back in 20 years. Putting dirt in drums merely preserves the toxins and can use up of this money in a single year. If the government were to restock fisheries and forests, that would be one thing. We could even accept sewer repair, maintenance, and secondary treatment. But this item smells.
· $10 billion for transit and rail to reduce traffic congestion and gas consumption.
We suspect this meant ‘gasoline’ consumption. Welfare to the states to prop up a service that cost a lot of money to go where you do not want to be. Nevertheless, if spent properly on hard assets, DBKP gives it a passing grade.
· $41 billion to local school districts through Title I ($13 billion), IDEA ($13 billion), a new School Modernization and Repair Program ($14 billion), and the Education Technology program ($1 billion).
Right down the rat hole. Need we say more? Reward the teachers and the nut cases that run modern education.
· $79 billion in state fiscal relief to prevent cutbacks to key services, including $39 billion to local school districts, public colleges, and universities distributed through existing state and federal formulas. Fifteen billion to states as bonus grants as a reward for meeting key performance measures, and $25 billion to states for other high priority needs such as public safety and other critical services, which may include education.
Same old crap. Since when is it our responsibility to fund school districts in other states plus hand out bonus rewards for actually doing your job. This does nothing for the economy, the stated purpose of this travesty.
Grade: Massive Failure
· $15.6 billion to increase the Pell grant by $500.
My favorite. Bloated institutions will merely raise their tuition. Simple solution, end tenure. This would lower the cost of education by billions.
· $6 billion for higher education modernization.
More climbing towers, Muslim only gyms, anti- American/Jews/Capitalism/Free Speech Rallies? Bigger Bongs? Massage Chairs in the Entertainment Lounge? Caviar?
· $20 billion for health information technology to prevent medical mistakes, provide better care to patients, and introduce cost-saving efficiencies.
Because government paperwork has proven to be such a cost saver to date?
· $4.1 billion to provide for preventative care and to evaluate the most effective health care treatments.
First, understand what is being called for: A REDUCTION IN MEDICAL SERVICES DESCRIBED AS A POSITIVE. Once that is understood, understand that they are trying to screw you–but want you to pay for a study on how best to kill you off.
· $43 billion for increased unemployment benefits and job training.
· $39 billion to support those who lose their jobs by helping them to pay the cost of keeping their employer provided healthcare under COBRA and providing short-term options to be covered by Medicaid.
Another form of welfare.
· $20 billion to increase the food stamp benefit by over 13% in order to help defray rising food costs.
Food stamp use has been going down for years. Rather than be happy, Liberals want to crow that it is going up. So they increase it 13% over the inflationary index. Wonderful.
Grade: MASIVE FAIL
-Save Public Sector Jobs and Protect Vital Services: We will provide relief to states, so they can continue to employ teachers, firefighters, and police officers and provide vital services without having to unnecessarily raise middle class taxes.
Frankly, we need the States to dramatically reduce public sector jobs, particularly social workers, home heating specialists, and the myriad other jobs, including many teachers, that are simply redundant such as six men watching one fix a pipe, or two police officers paid overtime to direct traffic.
· $87 billion for a temporary increase in the Medicaid matching rate.
Another form of welfare.
· $4 billion for state and local law enforcement funding.
Only one item “passed” on the criteria set forth in the Stimulus package bill. Otherwise, it is a bizarre and unnecessary spending package that will create a minuscule number of jobs and actually decrease productivity.
IT IS A FRICKIN DISASTER.