So tell me, please, don’t hold back. Tell me how the following are going to stimulate the economy. Tell the American people.
Go on TV and go line by line through the “stimulus” bill and tell the American people how many jobs will be created by each item.
Your campaign PR stunt of screaming “change” throughout the land was nothing but hot air. If you really were going to change Washington, your stimulus bill would be devoid of pork, and only contain maybe 10 items….5 spends, and 5 cuts (such as tax cuts) to try out. Why not go in a step wise fashion rather than throwing this kitchen sink and trash bin on the backs of the American people?
Once the 10 items were in play for awhile, evaluate them. Get rid of the ones that aren’t working and add in new ones. Keep going in that kind of cycle. Evaluate, trim/remove and add.
To me that is managing the crisis. What you have in the bill now is nothing but a laundry list of crap that only serves your favorite special interest groups and those that got you into office. I guess you’re campaigning early for the 2012 election by securing the votes of the groups on this list that will benefit from your generous donation to their cause. There is no change here. No change at all. In fact, it is insanity. Isn’t insanity by definition, doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results? Mr. President, I didn’t think you were insane too.
Mr. President, I challenge you to do something different. Stop the nonsense. Stop the insanity. Please don’t insult the American people by saying all the items in the “stimulus” bill are needed to jump start the economy. Please. That is so insulting.
Take a look at this laundry list and cross out the items that can wait. Don’t use the bad economy to buy votes and try to secure your re-election or the re-election of the Dems in Congress and Senate. There is no change in that.
$50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts
$380 million in the Senate bill for the Women, Infants and Children program
$300 million for grants to combat violence against women
$2 billion for federal child-care block grants
$6 billion for university building projects
$15 billion for boosting Pell Grant college scholarships
$4 billion for job-training programs, including $1.2 billion for “youths” up to the age of 24
$1 billion for community-development block grants
$4.2 billion for “neighborhood stabilization activities”
$650 million for digital-TV coupons; $90 million to educate “vulnerable populations”
$15 billion for business-loss carry-backs
$145 billion for “Making Work Pay” tax credits
$83 billion for the earned income credit
$150 million for the Smithsonian
$34 million to renovate the Department of Commerce headquarters
$500 million for improvement projects for National Institutes of Health facilities
$44 million for repairs to Department of Agriculture headquarters
$350 million for Agriculture Department computers
$88 million to help move the Public Health Service into a new building
$448 million for constructing a new Homeland Security Department headquarters
$600 million to convert the federal auto fleet to hybrids
$450 million for NASA (carve-out for “climate-research missions”)
$600 million for NOAA (carve-out for “climate modeling”)
$1 billion for the Census Bureau
$89 billion for Medicaid
$30 billion for COBRA insurance extension
$36 billion for expanded unemployment benefits
$20 billion for food stamps
$4.5 billion for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
$850 million for Amtrak
$87 million for a polar icebreaking ship
$1.7 billion for the National Park System
$55 million for Historic Preservation Fund
$7.6 billion for “rural community advancement programs”
$150 million for agricultural-commodity purchases
$150 million for “producers of livestock, honeybees, and farm-raised fish”
$2 billion for renewable-energy research ($400 million for global-warming research)
$2 billion for a “clean coal” power plant in Illinois
$6.2 billion for the Weatherization Assistance Program
$3.5 billion for energy-efficiency and conservation block grants
$3.4 billion for the State Energy Program
$200 million for state and local electric-transport projects
$300 million for energy-efficient-appliance rebate programs
$400 million for hybrid cars for state and local governments
$1 billion for the manufacturing of advanced batteries
$1.5 billion for green-technology loan guarantees
$8 billion for innovative-technology loan-guarantee program
$2.4 billion for carbon-capture demonstration projects
$4.5 billion for electricity grid
$79 billion for State Fiscal Stabilization Fund