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We May Never Recover


It seems that fear mongering is the latest tactic being used by the left to cram the now famous stimulus bill down our throats.  President Obama is telling us that we may never recover if the stimulus bill is not passed.  It seems like, not long ago, that we were sold the same bill of goods on the bailout bill and that, if it wasn’t passed immediately, the economy would collapse.  Well, the bill eventually passed but not right away and the economy certainly didn’t collapse as the doomsday prophets had predicted.

In my opinion, the passage of this bill would make it MORE likely, not less, that the recession we are currently in will be prolongued.  Here are some of the provisions in this bill (taken from CNN.com):

  1. A $2 billion earmark to restart FutureGen, a low emissions coal power plant in Illinois that the Department of Engery defunded last year because it was deemed inefficient.
  2. A $246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers to buy motion picture film.
  3. $88 million for a new icebreaker for the Coast Guard.
  4. $248 million for furniture at the new Homeland Security headquarters.
  5. $600 million to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees.
  6. $400 million for the Centers for Disease Control to screen and prevent STD’s.
  7. $1.4 billion for rural waste disposal programs.
  8. $125 million for the Washington sewer system.
  9. $150 million for Smithsonian museum facilities.
  10. $1 billion for the 2010 Census, which has a projected cost overrun of $3 billion.
  11. $75 million for smoking cessation.
  12. $200 million for public computer centers at community colleges.
  13. $75 million for salaries of employees at the FBI.
  14. $25 million for tribal alcohol and substance abuse reduction.
  15. $500 million for flood reduction projects on the Mississippi River.
  16. $10 million to inspect canals in urban areas.
  17. $6 billion to turn federal buildings into “green” buildings.
  18. $500 million for state and local fire stations.
  19. $650 million for wildland fire management on forest service lands.
  20. $1.2 billion for “youth activities,” including youth summer job programs.
  21. $88 million for renovating the headquarters of the Public Health Service.
  22. $412 million for CDC buildings and property.
  23. $500 million for building and repairing National Institutes of Health facilities in Bethesda, Maryland.
  24. $160 million for “paid volunteers” at the Corporation for National and Community Service.
  25. $5.5 million for “energy efficiency initiatives” at the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration.
  26. $850 million for Amtrak.
  27. $100 million for reducing the hazard of lead-based paint.
  28. $75 million to construct a “security training” facility for State Department Security officers when they can be trained at existing facilities of other agencies.
  29. $110 million to the Farm Service Agency to upgrade computer systems.
  30. $200 million in funding for the lease of alternative energy vehicles for use on military installations.

Now some of these may indeed be important items.  However, someone please explain to me why these things are being included in an ECONOMIC STIMULUS PACKAGE??!!

The reason, in my opinion, is because Democrats feel entitled to pour tons of OUR money into their liberal pet projects.  If they want to try that, that’s all well and good.  They have the ability to offer bills that do just that.  However, how about putting them in their own separate bills instead of loading the pork into the stimulus bill as a trojan horse way of getting the money they lust for?

I’m glad all Republicans and a few Democrats in the House of Representatives voted down this piece of crap legislation and I’m hoping that the Senate follows suit, with hopefully even a larger percentage of Dems voting against it.


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