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  1. #1 The "Great" Democratic Porkfest Bill of 2009,Or Screw America For Years . 
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    The Democratic Porkfest Bill of 2009

    The Wall Street Journal calls it the “40-year Wish List”. Michelle calls it the “Generational Theft Act”. Others have started calling it the Obama-Pelosi-Reid Debt Act. Whatever name one gives it, the least likely is stimulus. The WSJ calculates that no more than 12 cents on the dollar in the trillion-dollar whale goes to actual economic stimulus, and that the rest go to Democratic wish lists for electoral advantage:

    We’ve looked it over, and even we can’t quite believe it. There’s $1 billion for Amtrak, the federal railroad that hasn’t turned a profit in 40 years; $2 billion for child-care subsidies; $50 million for that great engine of job creation, the National Endowment for the Arts; $400 million for global-warming research and another $2.4 billion for carbon-capture demonstration projects. There’s even $650 million on top of the billions already doled out to pay for digital TV conversion coupons.

    In selling the plan, President Obama has said this bill will make “dramatic investments to revive our flagging economy.” Well, you be the judge. 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.

    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. And even many of these projects aren’t likely to help the economy immediately. As Peter Orszag, the President’s new budget director, told Congress a year ago, “even those [public works] that are ‘on the shelf’ generally cannot be undertaken quickly enough to provide timely stimulus to the economy.”

    The bill contains a hefty increase in subsidies for public transportation. Will that stimulate the economy? Not really, but it does protect public-sector jobs, almost all union positions, and that helps Democrats get more union money. It’s the Democratic Party Stimulus Act, not a recipe for economic revival.

    The Journal discovers another “lu-lu” in public transportation, but not the kind you’d expect. Congress wants to spend $600 million on new cars for federal agencies. Do you have the money to buy a new car in 2009? Well, you won’t if this bill passes, but apparently a few thousand federal employees will enjoy that luxury, thanks to your tax dollars.

    Remember when Barack Obama promised to end ineffective government programs in his inaugural speech? That was just eight days ago. Apparently, we’ve hit the expiration date:
    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.

    The Department of Education gets a whopping $66 billion in this bill. In 2001, the federal government spent $35 billion in total in the Department of Education, and by 2006 the Bush administration raised it to $85 billion, almost tripling the outlay. Now Congress wants to add $66 billion on top of what we’ve already budgeted for the DoE, a figure that almost doubles the entire 2001 DoE budget from just eight years ago. Will it stimulate the economy? Not at all. It pays off a Democratic Party constituency.

    Congress should be embarrassed by this kind of naked political exploitation of economic crisis. Unfortunately, they’re not. It’s up to us to embarrass them. Time to Melt the Phones in DC. Michelle has the details.


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    Stimulus stupidity alert: $460,000/Coast Guard job, $1.5 bil “carbon capturing contest,” $400 mil chlamydia/HIV tests, $45 mil for ATV trails & more!By Michelle Malkin

    Yellow Limes calls your attention to more stimulus stupidity in the Senate version of the bill:

    Here are some numbers/items (remember, all in the name of “saving jobs, and saving America’s economy”):

    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. This is ridiculous as I know in Georgia the Board of Regents has imposed a “temporary” (yea right!) $75 fee per student during this economic crisis. The funds from this per-student fee stays at the school and is used to offset current budget shortfalls.

    We at AASU are starting construction on our new student center, all paid for by student fees. No tax money has been used during any process of this planning. How about asking other higher education institutions to do the same, or hold off on any renovations, additions, etc.?
    Tom Jones notes another $200 million for DoD plug-in car stations and crunches the numbers: 53,526 plug-in cars = >$3700/car.

    And check these out:

    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.

    Last night: Stimulus stupidity alert: $75 million for smoking cessation

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    The WSJ pulls out the porkiest pork in the House version of the bill.

    Here’s another lu-lu: 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 million; we love the Smithsonian, too, but this is a job creator?

    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.

    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.

    The larger fiscal issue here is whether this spending bonanza will become part of the annual “budget baseline” that Congress uses as the new floor when calculating how much to increase spending the following year, and into the future. Democrats insist that it will not. But it’s hard — no, impossible — to believe that Congress will cut spending next year on any of these programs from their new, higher levels. The likelihood is that this allegedly emergency spending will become a permanent addition to federal outlays — increasing pressure for tax increases in the bargain. Any Blue Dog Democrat who votes for this ought to turn in his “deficit hawk” credentials.

    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.
    http://michellemalkin.com/2009/01/28...-contest-more/
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    Breaking: Searchable Text Version of Stimulus Bill Released; Details...Cost of 460K+ for Each New Coast Guard Job; Updates

    The Democrats "Stimulus-Rescue" plan has now topped $1 trillion, according to the Congressional Budget Office. And tonight, the Senate Conservatives Fund has released text of the proposed version of the bill.
    Here are some numbers/items (remember, all in the name of "saving jobs, and saving America's economy"):

    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. This is ridiculous as I know in Georgia the Board of Regents has imposed a "temporary" (yea right!) $75 fee per student during this economic crisis. The funds from this per-student fee stays at the school and is used to offset current budget shortfalls.

    We at AASU are starting construction on our new student center, all paid for by student fees. No tax money has been used during any process of this planning. How about asking other higher education institutions to do the same, or hold off on any renovations, additions, etc.?

    Page 90: $2.25 billion for "affordable and low-income housing".

    Page 91: $1.5 billion for "homelessness prevention activities".

    And finally, the big kicker, via Page 61: $75 million for smoking cessation programs.

    I say "the big kicker" because aren't Congressional Dems counting on smokers to fund their universal health care plan? If this cessation program is successful, who's going to fund the lost revenue from falling tobacco sales?

    America, call your Representatives. There is no reason not to, nothing more important. Call them, tell them no. The pork and excessive spending in this bill are beyond belief. This bill cannot be allowed to pass. Be ready to contact your Senators later this week as well.

    Find your Representative here.

    Updated at at 11:14am ET 1/28/2009
    Michelle Malkin notes more items in "stimulus" package: "$45 million for ATV trails"
    http://yellowlimes.blogspot.com/2009...ersion-of.html
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    Now online: Searchable text version of Senate Generational Theft Act; House Dems’ package tops $1.1 trillionBy Michelle Malkin • January 27, 2009 09:35 PM


    Thanks to the Senate Conservatives Fund for posting a searchable version of the Senate stimulus bill Generational Theft Act.It’s all here.
    http://senateconservatives.com/2009/...stimulus-bill/

    On the House side, the CBO confirms to the GOP that the Dems’ bill will top $1.1 trillion:

    House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement on a letter from Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Douglas Elmendorf to Budget Committee Ranking Republican Paul Ryan (R-WI), in which he noted that the federal government’s interest costs related to the legislation would amount to $347 billion between 2009 and 2019, bringing the total of the congressional Democrats’ massive spending bill to more than $1.1 trillion:

    “It’s official: the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has confirmed that the congressional Democrats’ legislation is the trillion dollar spending bill that we all feared it would be.

    It would be irresponsible to pass this massive debt onto our children and grandchildren, and Republicans will continue fighting for their interests – and the interests of all taxpayers.

    President Obama began this process with the hope of producing a bipartisan plan to create jobs. What congressional Democrats have put on the table is a wasteful and unfocused package that will create plenty of government programs and projects – but not nearly enough new, good-paying jobs.

    The American people deserve better than the one trillion dollar spending bill that the House will vote on tomorrow, and Republicans will continue reaching out to President Obama to craft a plan that reduces wasteful spending and helps create jobs through fast-acting tax relief for middle-class families and small businesses.”

    A GOP Hill staffer runs down what’s next:

    *This evening, the Rules Committee will write a rule on amendments to TDSB. More than 200 amendments were submitted (link) to the committee, only a few will be approved.

    *Tomorrow, the House will (if needed) conclude remaining general debate time; consider the rule on amendments; and then consider the amendments.

    *We expect the rule to allow Republicans a vote on our alternative (link) we sent President Obama last week, and a Motion to Recommit.

    *The House will go in at 10 AM tomorrow.

    Don’t forget: ReadTheStimulus, which I first mentioned over a week ago, is the best resource on the House version of the Generational Theft Act of 2009. They’ve just posted handy new charts of the new CBO analysis. Check ‘em out. Pass ‘em around. Then call your congresscritters and tell them to vote NO.


    http://michellemalkin.com/2009/01/27...s-11-trillion/
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