For once the Republicans in the House showed some brains.
They all voted NO for this "Stimulus Bill" which is nothing more than pork on steroids!
It is not expected that the Senate will demonstrate any brains. They will probably pass this abomination on Monday.
This $825 billion piece of legislation is being sold as an "economic stimulus," but we really know what it is - it is a spending spree for just about every Democratic proposal dreamed up in the last 40 years.
These people are insane, and they are wrecking our country further than what we have already experienced under the Bush administration.
Worst of all, they are spending money on things that have absolutely no affect on stimulating the economy!
Check this out -
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.It is even being reported that illegal aliens will receive stimulus money!
Most of the rest of this project spending will go to such things as renewable energy funding ($8 billion) or mass transit ($6 billion) that have a low or negative return on investment. Most urban transit systems are so badly managed that their fares cover less than half of their costs. However, the people who operate these systems belong to public-employee unions that are campaign contributors to . . . guess which party?
$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.
This pork laden bill won't do anything to help the ailing American economy or its citizens. Much of it will even keep people dependent on government handouts. Perhaps that is what the Democrats intend.
Congress continues to reward failing companies and also throw money towards union jobs and they say it will help Main Street (that's code for you and me).
I think Main Street is absolutely fed up.
Perhaps it is time for a tax revolt?
Anyone care to not pay anymore taxes in protest?
Might as well throw your money down a rat hole rather than send it to Washington..