Archive for January, 2009

Pork or "Stimulus"? You Decide!

January 31, 2009

By way of RightWing Sparkle is some interesting details of the democrats so-called “stimulus” plan by Sen. John Cornyn.

Fast Facts about the Democrats’ economic rescue plan:

• The plan establishes at least 32 new government programs at a cost of over $136 billion. That means more than a third of this plan’s spending provisions are dedicated to creating new government programs.

• Even though the legislation contains at least 152 separate spending proposals, the authors of the plan can only say that 34 have any chance at keeping or growing jobs.

• The Congressional Budget Office has issued a report showing that much of the stimulus spending would not occur quickly and therefore won’t help the economy now.

• Although the proposal has been billed as a transportation and infrastructure investment package, in actuality only $30 billion of the bill – or three percent – is for road and highway spending.

• Examples of pet projects Democrats wanted included in the rescue plan:

$600 million for new cars for the federal government.
$335 million for STD prevention
$50 million in funding for the National Endowment of the Arts.
$44 million for repairs to U.S. Department of Agriculture headquarters.
$200 million for the National Mall, including $21 million for sod.
$4 billion in assistance for “nonprofit entities or consortia of nonprofit entities” including ACORN, which is currently under criminal investigation.

This is clearly more about pork barrel spending and political payback to democrat supporters than is about “stimulating” the US economy. At least know we know what the democrats priorities are.

More details on the dem’s pork "stimulus" bill

January 30, 2009

Ben Stein points out a not terribly surprising (to those that pay attention) fact about the 8% of the democrats Trillion Dollar so-called “stimulus” plan that is supposed to get spent in 2009.

Close to half goes to entities that sponsor or employ or both members of the Service Employees International Union, federal, state, and municipal employee unions, or other Democrat-controlled unions.

Mr. Stein then notes how that money could be spent more effectively:

For the amount spent we could have given every unemployed person in the United States roughly $75,000.
We could give every person who had lost a job and is now passing through long-term unemployment of six months or longer roughly $300,000.

So, this so-called “stimulus” plan is more concerned with political payback to the democrats supporters than it is with actually helping the US economy.

Color me not surprised.

HT to Fausta

Friday B-Movie Pick

January 30, 2009

Red Dawn

From 1984 comes this Cold War era classic with a cast of future stars, including Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, Lea Thompson and Jennifer Grey. Powers Boothe played the responsible adult, an Air Force Colonel shot down after taking out several MIGs.

Friday B-Movie Archive

Bye Bye Blago

January 29, 2009

The Illinois legislature impeached their Governor, Rod Blagojevich. today.

So Illinois needs a new Governor.

Just what did Blagojevich do? He wasn’t convicted of any crime.
Hell, he wasn’t even charged with any crime. The federal prosecutor held a press conference. Period. No charges were ever filed.

Was Blagojevich trying to sell the vacated Senate seat? IMHO, ya, he most likely was.
That and $5 will get you an over roasted latte at Starbucks, but it won’t hold up in court of law.

The real crime Blagojevich committed was getting caught, which is inexcusable in the corrupt democrat Chicago political machine. So the same corrupt democrat Chicago political machine used the state legislature to remove him from office.

Will Fitzgerald ever file charges? I wonder if he ever will now. If this ever gets to an actual court of law, Blagojevich will certainly try to put member of our Dear Leaders inner circle, including his Chief of Staff, on the stand. Any member of the federal Justice Department who allowed that to happen would quickly find out that it was a serious CLM (Career Limiting Move).

The next question is if Blagojevich will try to take anybody down with him, or hope that if he keeps his mouth shut, he end up with some well paying “consultant” job once things cool down.

I question the timing

January 29, 2009

As I pointed out, about two thirds of the democrats so called “stimulus” package will not be spent until after 2010.

Now our Dear Leader is telling us over and over again that we need to act quickly on this crisis, so quickly that the members of congress can’t read the nearly 500 page bill packed with liberal pork he wants them to vote on right away.

If we must act fast, why is only 8% of that nearly one trillion dollars being spent in 2009?

The answer is clear. The timing is based on politics, not the needs of the American people. The democrats just won an election, they don’t see any great need to spend money right away. In fact, the worse things get for average Americans, the better it is for democrats.

Spending kicks up in 2010, just in time for the 2010 mid term elections. Incumbent democrats can point to all the pork in the bill going to their districts as a reason why they should reelected. The bulk of the money starts getting spent in 2011 and 2012. Just in time for our Dear Leader to claim credit while his reelection campaign is in full swing.

So, yes, I question the timing of the democrats pork bill.

An important fact about the dems "stimulus" bill

January 28, 2009

Harvard economics professor Greg Mankiw points out that over half the spending provided (59%) by the stimulus bill occurs after 2010! Only 8% occurs in 2009 and 33% in 2010.

Senator Chuck Schumer (democratHCI) was on FNS stating that government spending put much needed cash into the economy faster than tax cuts. Not if the government hangs onto most of the money for two years! A tax cut would put money into taxpayers hands this year!

The truth of the matter is that the democrats are using the current fiscal crisis (thank you Barney Frank and Chris Dodd) not to address the problem, but to shove through their agenda and private pork projects at the expense of the American people.

Quote of the Day

January 27, 2009

James Lileks:

I’m off to the Mall to sell razor blades so people can scrape off their “Question Authority” bumper stickers. Just remember: Dissent is still the highest form of patriotism. Except now it will be practiced by the lowest form of people.

This must be part of the “change” they were talking about. Suppression of those who didn’t drink the BHO Kool-Aid(tm).

Monday Book Pick

January 26, 2009

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein.

The Libertarian classic by the grand master of Science Fiction.

The Monday Book Pick Archive.

Meanwhile, here in the Peoples Commonwealth…

January 26, 2009

Democrat Salvatore DiMasi will resign as Massachusetts House Speaker after a scandal filled reign.

The Boston Globe notes that he is the third Massachusetts House Speaker to end their term in scandal and corruption. What the Globe doesn’t state is that DiMasi, Flaherty and Finneran are all democrats.

The democrat culture of corruption is alive and thriving in Massachusetts.

ACORN to get bailout money

January 26, 2009

You remember ACORN, the far left extremist group that is under FBI investigation for massive and widespread voter fraud (probably not after our Dear Leader’s new anti-Civil Rights AG takes office).

ACORN is lining up at trough to get their share of Pork the democrats are pouring into what is supposed to be an economic stimulus bill.

The liberal culture of corruption is alive and thriving under the reign of “hope and change.”