Are we morphing into the People’s Republic of Amerika?

It appears to be the new policy from Washington that if it moves tax it, regulate it or subsidize it. Our Constitution is rapidly becoming a mere outdated list of suggestions, as greed in ‘the private sector’ sells out to increased government control with greater willingness each day. The new president, with more than a few Socialist strings to his bow, joins Senate and House Liberals wielding the power to orchestrate the destruction of anything resembling business as we know it.

The first incursion was a bailout package. Wouldn’t you like a bailout when you make a bad decision?  In fact the more bad decisions you make, the more money you get! You see, that way all the risk is removed and business simply becomes a ‘do-over’, like when you were a kid playing Monopoly and one of your dice rolled off the table. It’s a terrific theory — except it has never worked and it lets a mob of know-nothing politicians enter your company right through the front door.

Since the initial bailout attempt, predictably, was a disaster it had to be renamed; it’s now a stimulus package!  The only problem is, there’s nothing in it to stimulate anything except the government’s grip on ‘free markets’ — nothing that offers remedy for our immediate economic downturn.

Proponents in the Senate will most likely strip out a few items as bargaining chips but unless they kill the whole thing, it’s simply a bad bill and a major step toward converting America into just another failed, Socialist nation.  By any other name, it’s still $1.17 Trillion in pork and paybacks.  Let’s see what’s really in there that responsible legislators find objectionable:

  • $1 billion for Amtrak, which hasn’t earned a profit in four decades.
  • $2 billion to help subsidize child care.
  • $400 million for research into global warming.
  • $2.4 billion for projects to demonstrate how carbon greenhouse gas can be safely removed from the atmosphere.
  • $650 million for coupons to help consumers convert their TV sets from analog to digital, part of the digital TV conversion.
  • $600 million to buy a new fleet of cars for federal employees and government departments.
  • $75 million to fund programs to help people quit smoking.
  • $21 million to re-sod the National Mall, which suffered heavy use during the Inauguration.
  • $2.25 billion for national parks. This item has sparked calls for an investigation, because the chief lobbyist of the National Parks Association is the son of Rep. David R. Obey, D-Wisc.
  • $335 million for treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.
  • $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts. $4.19 billion to stave off foreclosures via the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, which means a substantial amount of it will be captured by ACORN, the controversial activist group currently under federal investigation for vote fraud. Another $750 million would be exclusively reserved for nonprofits such as ACORN – meaning cities and states are barred from receiving that money. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., charges the money appears to be a “payoff” for the partisan political activities of these community groups during the last election cycle.
  • $44 million to renovate the headquarters building of the Agriculture Department.
  • $32 billion for a “smart electricity grid to minimize waste.
  • $87 billion of Medicaid funds, to aid states.
  • $53.4 billion for science facilities, high speed Internet, and miscellaneous energy and environmental programs.
  • $13 billion to repair and weatherize public housing.
  • $20 billion for quicker depreciation and write-offs for equipment.
  • $10.3 billion for tax credits to help families defray the cost of college tuition.
  • $20 billion over five years for an expanded food stamp program.

Would someone please explain to me how funding for anti-smoking, T.V. converters, a political action group like Acorn or $44,000,000 for sod is going to get the economy back on track?  This is not to say there aren’t some worthwhile projects being addressed but an alleged stimulus bill is not the place to address them.

As House Minority whip Eric Cantor, R-Va., told the media last week and John McCain re-emphasized last night, “This is not a stimulus bill. It is a spending bill.” It is a very expensive mistake that is bad for both generations of taxpayers and the future of American business.

Let you Senator know you find pork hard to swallow!

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