At the end of this entry is a partial list of things in the pork "stimullus" bill shopping list. I don't even seee the 70 million for a new anti-smoking campaign, but it might be there. No one can ge their mind around all of the spending in this massive pork bill. And I heard CBS radio report this morning that the Senate bill is starting off 70 billion dollars HIGHER. So much for relying on the Senate (lol) to "save" us from Nancy "Total Failure" Pelosi (see previous entry).
A few items are worthy of special interest. First, the son of Democratic Rep. Obey is a LOBBYIST for the Natioinal Parks Association. The entire present budget of the National Par Service is now not much more than 2 billion dollars. In this "simulus" bill, the National Park Service gets a 2 billion dollar windfall.
There are millions for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Kim Komando (see last week's blog entry) exposed the totally ridiculous subsidy for getting "high speed internet" to every household--a project of a union, The Communications Workers of America, being to get fiber optics to every house in America (understated price tage 25 billioin, leaving some for the inevitable follow up package).
You know that TV program and series of viedeos called "Girls Gone Wild"? This pork bill is "Democrats Goner Wild", as they show the country who voted for them who they really are. Yes, the country did vote for them I have quoted Pogo before: "We have met the enemy, and he is us." The public deserves what it gets on this one.
You think John McCain would have been any better? Think again. He is out there saying the same kind of thing that cost him the Presidency: "We have to have a stimulus bill." WHY? The one last summer failed to help (remember the $600.00 for every person. McCain said thse same sort of thing with regard to the Democratic substitute for the Paulson "bailout" bill. That hasn't done any good (see today's entry planned for this blog about how the fascists/Communists at CNBC now want 2 TRILLION dollars more for a government "bank" to buy up all of the toxic assets out there--you know, the original Paulson plan, before he decided it would hot work).
Sure, McCain is saying we need more "tax cuts" in the stimulus bill. But you know what is going to happen (which is what happened when Republican Senators caved on the Democratic substitute for the Paulson bill). There are going to be cosmetic changes. Repubicans will get a little of their own pork, and some useless "tax cuts". We will end up with the massive pork bill basically unscathed, and perhaps getting worse. Nope. The Republicans in the Senate will not "save" us, unless they are faced iwth a massive Repubican revolt. Let me assure you. If you call your Senator and cuss him out (including most f the Reublicans), you have my support. There are no names you can call these people which are too harsh. Saying "we must have a stuimulus bill, so long as we tweak it to make believe we are really stopping the pork", will not cut it. It will NOT make me consider myself a Repubolican again.
Here is that partial pork shopping list of the Democrats:
Pork Spending Facts from Obama & the Liberal's "Stimulus" Plan These figures have been confirmed: (NewsMax "The Stimulus Shopping List: $1.17 Trillion in Pork Goodies" 1/30/09) · $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. The $2,25 billion is about equal to the National Park Service's entire annual budget. The Washington Times reports it is a threefold increase over what was originally proposed for parks in the stimulus bill. Obey is chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. · $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. The bill allows nonprofits to compete with cities and states for $3.44 billion of the money, 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 could appear to be a "payoff" for the partisan political activities community groups in 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, help the homeless, repair foreclosed homes. · $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.