Oh the hilarity of calling it a compromise stimulus package. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan report is about 778 pages of political wrangling and the public has only been given about 24 hours to review it before a final vote.
Where is the damned Generational Theft Act that the Congressional Budget Office has referred to as, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan? I’d like to read every last page. It sure as hell is not on the White House web pages, as it states, “The President remains committed to bringing more transparency to government, and in this spirit the White House will continue to publish legislation expected to come to his desk on line for public comment as it moves through Congress.” http://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing_room/OfficialStatements/
President Obama resolutely promised change and transparency indicating that, ”Too often bills are rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them. As president, Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days. Key word here- NON EMERGENCY. http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog_post/update_on_sunlight_before_signing/ This is an emergency if ever there was one. One trillion tomorrow, two trillion the next day, defines emergency in my dictionary.
The White House blog itself was just updated after three three days of inactivity. http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog_post/first_flights/ features his first trip on Air Force One and highlights his Democratic Caucus trip saying, “We have to accommodate the interests of a range of people. And the House is going to have to work with the Senate. But let’s think big right now. Let’s not think small.” What I am thinking is big government sucks.
Published on line by the Library of Congress, parts of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan are available at Open Congress http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h1/show . Have fun reading through all the 481 amendments proposed.
Relying on Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) at his site http://coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=RightNow.Home&ContentRecord_id=3db704c6-802a-23ad-406c-a424db591389 you’ll find a fistful of wasteful and Non-Stimulus Spending Provisions.
I’d rather stand in the unemployment line for five more days than have this rushed through legislation and not put it out there for us little people- the tax payer to look at. I want to know who exactly proposed spending $75 million for “smoking cessation activities, $75 million for salaries of employees at the FBI and the $25 million for tribal alcohol and substance abuse reduction just to name a few. C’mon, who? What gall.
There are a whole host of concerns that we all have but now is not the time to worry about stop smoking and drinking.
Show me the money honey and while I’m thinking about it, why in the sam hell does The President have time to write an Op-Ed piece for Wa-Po? Is there nothing else he could be doing than taking the time for this? Like giving orders to post the damned “plans” on the website before he signs them?
That’s the way to create consumer confidence, write about how “this recession might linger for years.” We are indeed a desperate nation when we allocate millions for pork barrel projects and earmarks that do nothing. Obama is doing something alright, he will be addressing the nation on prime time TV tonight. http://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2009/02/08/obama-prime-time-vision/
In the meantime so as not to confuse billions and trillions of of dollars between two pieces of legislation, “With the administration making a full court press to get the economic stimulus package through Congress, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is delaying his plans to spell out details of the upcoming bank rescue plan, now dubbed the Financial Stability and Recovery Plan.” http://www.thedeal.com/dealscape/2009/02/geithner_puts_banking_rescue_p.php
Geithner’s new plan appears designed to stem the government’s up-front costs to the federal budget but could nevertheless expose taxpayers to as much as $2 trillion more in potential obligations to the financial industry.
I’d like to read the Financial Stability and Recovery Plan before it goes into law too, but even Open Congress doesn’t provide this.
Might as well turn in my conservative blogger badge now and say hello to government controlled capitalism as we allocate nearly three trillion dollars in three days.
Lol, ain’t nothing funny about it.