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January 28, 2009

The Pork Package: The Audacity of Moonbat Greed

For the next 1,000 years, historians will look back and wonder what happened to this country that its people would turn over the government to greedy socialist pigs like Obama, Reid, and Pelosi, whose farcical "stimulus package" may literally bankrupt our entire society. This gargantuan pile of pork, which only a drooling mental defective could believe would stimulate the economy, represents a 40-year wish list for the ultra-left, which now has control of how our money is spent. The Wall Street Journal is aghast at this demented spending spree:

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.

How is any of this foolishness going to help end the recession? It's not, obviously. The intention is to prolong and deepen the recession, to justify still more wasteful spending and government expansion. To quote The Anointed One's slimy Chicago sidekick Rahm Emanuel:

Never let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it's an opportunity to do things you couldn't do before.

Infrastructure projects won't help us out of the recession, but at least they are constructive. However, these constitute only a tiny portion of the "stimulus" extravaganza, as do business tax cuts. The WSJ observes that only

about 12 cents of every $1 … is for something that can plausibly be considered a growth stimulus.

Billions will be spent on projects that have a negative return on investment, such as politically correct but economically insane alternative energy and mass transit boondoggles. While we're left with the light rail, $600 million will be spent on new cars for bureaucrats. But that's nothing compared to the $7 billion earmarked for "modernizing federal buildings and facilities."

Then there's the $252 billion in "income-transfer payments" — i.e., free money for the essential Democrat constituency, parasites who expect to be paid to do nothing.

"Accountability" is a word Dems have learned to parrot without having a clue what it means. How's this for accountability:

$54 billion will go to federal programs that the Office of Management and Budget or the Government Accountability Office have already criticized as "ineffective" or unable to pass basic financial audits.

Creeping socialism works like a ratchet. Government spending can be raised, but it is almost impossible to lower. Thus this grotesque orgy of unaffordable pork will serve as a baseline budget for all time — or rather, until the entire system collapses into insolvency à la the Soviet Union.

Three pigs with their snouts in our wallets.

On a tip from Varla.

Posted by Van Helsing at January 28, 2009 8:08 AM


Maybe they are overplaying their hand this time? If we had an independent media, they probably wouldn't get a way with it, but I'm afraid this is going through because the Republicans can't stop it and it'll get crammed through before the word gets out that it's nothing more than a massive hog roast.

Guess I getter start looking for some way to get some gubmint work.

Posted by: forest at January 28, 2009 8:22 AM

What is there to complain about here. If sticking crucifixes in a vat of urine won't stimulate the economy, then what will?

The RINOS will support this. Stick a fork in us, prosperity and freedom for Americans are history.

Posted by: mandy at January 28, 2009 8:44 AM

Even if the RINO's suddenly saw the light it wouldnt matter anyway. The inmates are running the asylum.

Posted by: Name at January 28, 2009 9:04 AM

Posted by: V the K at January 28, 2009 9:12 AM

Here is my letter to my worthless RINO congressman, written quickly and sent last night:

I strongly oppose the "stimulus" package as put forth by the Democrats. This is nothing but a pork barrel wishlist of liberal special interest groups. It does nothing to create jobs. Only 3% of the monies would go into the system in the next twelve months. Besides that, the programs targeted are dubious. Global warming research? a Hollywood bailout? Carbon capture "demonstration" projects? If this was your personal checkbook, would you spend money on such things? What we need is drastically lower taxes.

What is the rush on this bill? Why today? Please don't be railroaded by the Democrats, listen to your constituents. A lot of people are angry out here.

Thank you.



Posted by: Karin at January 28, 2009 9:22 AM

Let me make just one more comment on this topic, about all those "shovel-ready" projects they talk about. Let's say you have a shovel ready project. "OK Obama, I'm ready to break ground, got my shovel right here!" Suddenly an enviromoonbat roars up and says, "Not so fast! We suspect the burrowing titmouse inhabits these grounds. See you in court for the next 10 years!" You know damn well that'll happen.

Posted by: Karin at January 28, 2009 9:24 AM

Good letter and comment about "shovel-ready" projects Karin.

I doubt there are many "shovel-ready" projects laying around. What I do for a living is get projects ready to go to construction. Most people have no idea how much time in money goes into projects before they can go forward. Property acquisition, ROWs, environmental, historic, archaeological, tribal studies and responses from "interested parties" needed. And then there's local zoning and land development hassles with NIMBYs (I have one tonight). Obviously expensive engineering goes into all of this along with legal representation and the "compliance specialists". Some of the permits and approvals also need to be redone every 6 months or year, so you can't just go ahead with all of it it construction isn't funded. It cost a ton of money and takes a long time. Projects in this stage are not just setting around waiting for the Messiah to fund the construction phase.

Posted by: forest at January 28, 2009 9:38 AM

Karl Marx had the plan 142 years ago.

"Owners of capital will stimulate the working class to buy more and more of expensive goods, houses and technology, pushing them to take more and more expensive credits, until their debt becomes unbearable. The unpaid debt will lead to bankruptcy of banks, which will have to be nationalized, and the State will have to take the road which will eventually lead to communism" -- (Das Kapital, 1867)

He seems to imply that the fall of capitalism is simply inevitable. We now know that the collapse is a well-designed, manufactured plan, and it's being implemented before our very eyes.

It's happening, people. It wouldn't have been possible if the left hadn't taken over the education system and began the indoctrination and brainwashing that is now so deep that it's impossible to cleanse from our collective 'intellect'. It's a wonder that anyone in America reaches adulthood with even a trace of conservative values after 12+ years of progressive indoctrination. I don't think it's reversible.

Even if politics are cyclical, the cycle is out of alignment and has been pulling left for at least 60 years. Socialism is the future for America because we can't escape the demographics of the brainwashing. America's future is ever leftward. We can only try to mitigate the effects now, but the result is inevitable. The real, intended America is gone. Sorry for the pessimism; I'm usually optimistic. Please help me see a better future for our beloved country.

Posted by: lvb-rocks at January 28, 2009 9:40 AM

Why does that picture remind me of the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and Dorothy?

Posted by: Jimbo at January 28, 2009 9:48 AM

You know, I do have one shovel ready plan that wouldn't cost nearly as much. How about taking a shovel to the head of every one of the Congressional Clowns that are actually going to vote for this crap.

Unfortunately, lvb-rocks, you nailed it. We've been under assault by the Marxists since the 1920's. It has been a brilliantly planned and executed campaign on three fronts. Destroy the American family structure (this began with Social Security and the New Deal, which IMO pushed the grandparents out of the family unit), debase the populace from it's traditional religious values and substitute government, and to dumb down the populace through all forms of media and schools, rewriting our history and traditions along the way.

Posted by: Mike B. at January 28, 2009 10:02 AM

Karin, dirt isn't what they're shoveling.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at January 28, 2009 10:07 AM

If it were my plan I would make the first $100,000 (or whatever level would add up to $825 billion) of income tax free for 2 years. Simple, gets money into the economy NOW.

Of course the Shovel Heads in Congress are clueless, so down the road to Great Depression 2 we go.

Posted by: Name at January 28, 2009 10:11 AM

Dear Forest, I don't know how you do the job you do without your head exploding.

Posted by: Karin at January 28, 2009 11:52 AM

Posted by: lvb-rocks at January 28, 2009 9:40 AM

Yep, what we have is the political ascendency of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. These people know their Marxism well because they are conscious and committed Marxists.

Posted by: Kevin R at January 28, 2009 11:52 AM

Another point to consider: there is no way that Congress will reduce the funding levels for any of these programs, or eliminate the new ones they create, when they prepare the next budget. Not going to happen.

Posted by: CoderInCrisis at January 28, 2009 11:53 AM

Notice all that oinking comming from the simultis package and we have to slop thems dar hawgs again

Posted by: Spurwing Plover at January 28, 2009 12:31 PM

"Then there's the $252 billion in "income-transfer payments" — i.e., free money for the essential Democrat constituency, parasites who expect to be paid to do nothing."

Except vote for Dhimmicrats, Marxists, Islamists and all Fellow Travelers. What's amazing is, most of them can barely get out of bed to cast even an early vote when the elections roll around. Pathetic, but (for now) the drones run the government.

Posted by: Anonymous at January 28, 2009 1:04 PM

You're saying the last 50 years of American history were a secret communist plot to ruin us?

You underestimate stupidity.

Posted by: Anonymous at January 28, 2009 2:20 PM

Generally, I identify as a liberal because liberals will try to control your wallet and conservatives will try to control your mind. Of the two, I generally mind people messing with my wallet less.

But, yeah, this is crap.

Posted by: Anonymous at January 28, 2009 4:36 PM

And liberals, the champions of Political Correctness and identity politics, the masters of spin and nuance, don't want to control your mind? Seriously?

Posted by: CoderInCrisis at January 28, 2009 4:42 PM

"Anonymous at January 28, 2009 4:36 PM"

Welcome to "Reality Street".

Posted by: KHarn at January 28, 2009 5:03 PM

Is it just me? Or does Harry Reid look constipated all the time.

Posted by: Thor at January 28, 2009 5:26 PM

The RINOS will support this. Stick a fork in us, prosperity and freedom for Americans are history.

Posted by: mandy at January 28, 2009 8:44 AM

This was my prediction too, but even though it's passed, not a single GOP-er voted for it.

Whaddya know, "bipartisanship" (or Senate Stockholm Syndrome, as I call it) took a back seat to principles for once. Maybe the GOP isn't quite dead (although its feet do appear to be nailed to the perch.)

Posted by: mandible claw at January 28, 2009 11:42 PM

This so-called stimulus is like HillaryCare. The more people learns what's in it, the more pissed off they get.

Posted by: V the K at January 29, 2009 5:46 AM

And to rebut the anonymous troll: 1.) Anyone who controls your wallet controls your freedom. 2.) How can anyone look at the rigid political correctness demanded by the left and not conclude they are trying to control what you think?

Posted by: V the K at January 29, 2009 5:50 AM

The Democrats haven't been in power for eight years. I'm not sure the situation can be blamed on them, they weren't running the show. I'm not happy with the current Democratic leadership in the house. They seem to be very upset about how they were treated over the last eight years and frankly they need to get over it. However, zero votes from the GOP is a mark of defiance in a system where cooperation and compromise is paramount. Bottom line, the Democrats and GOP need to get rid of their personal pride and start working together.

Posted by: The Voice of Reason at January 29, 2009 10:15 AM

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Posted by: SK at January 29, 2009 9:18 PM

The Dems "seem to be very upset about how they were treated over the last eight years and frankly they need to get over it." Yeah, they were treated cruelly - as the minority party. You conveniently forget the last 2 years. BTW The only noteworthy initiative of the Dem majority 2006-2008 was to raise the teenage unemployment rate above historical norms by increasing the minimum wage. Way to go! Since you seem to have inside information, please let us know how intensely Pelosi worked to incorporate Republican ideas into the "stimulus" package. Remember the Dems are the majority; it's up to them to seek out compromise, not the other way around. But then from the sound of it, if asked, you would probably recommend that Satan and God just sit down and hash out this control of heaven thingie over brandy and cigars. Sheesh.

Posted by: boqueronman at January 30, 2009 1:40 PM