Skip to comments.Stimulus for Who?[Ron Paul]
Posted on 01/26/2009 10:17:29 AM PST by BGHater
This week the House is expected to pass an $825 billion economic stimulus package. In reality, this bill is just an escalation of a government-created economic mess. As before, a sense of urgency and impending doom is being used to extract mountains of money from Congress with minimal debate. So much for change. This is déjà vu. We are again being promised that its passage will help employment, help homeowners, help the environment, etc. These promises are worthless. This time around especially, Congress should know better than to pass anything of this magnitude without first reading the fine print. There a many red flags that I have found in this bill.
At least $4 billion is allocated to expanding the police state and the war on drugs through Byrne grants, which even the Bush administration opposed, and the COPS program, both of which are corrupt and largely ineffective programs.
To help Big Brother keep a better eye on us and our children, $20 billion would go towards health information technology, which would create a national system of electronic medical records without adequate privacy protection. These records would instead be subject to the misnamed federal medical privacy rule, which allows government and state-favored special interests to see medical records at will. An additional $250 million is allocated for states to nationalize individual student data, expanding Federal control of education and eroding privacy.
$79 billion bails out states that haphazardly expanded their budgets during the bubble years, but refuse to retrench and cut back, as their taxpayers have had to, during recession years.
$200 million expands Americorps. $100 million goes to faith-and-community based organizations for social services, which will further insinuate the government into charity and community service. Private charities are much more efficient and effective because they are directly accountable to donors, while public programs tend to get rewarded for failure. With its money, the Federal Government brings its incompetence and its whims, while creating foolish dependence. This is sad to see.
Of course the bill is rife with central planning projects. $4 billion for job training, much of which will be used to direct workers into green jobs. $200 million to encourage electric cars, $2 billion to support US manufacturers of advanced batteries and battery systems, which is yet another function of government I cant find in the Constitution. Not to mention $500 million for energy efficient manufacturing demonstration projects, $70 million for a Technology Innovation Program for research in potentially revolutionary technologies in which government, not supply and demand, will pick winners and losers. $746 million for afterschool snacks, $6.75 billion for the Department of Commerce, including $1 billion for a census.
This bill delivers an additional debt burden of $6,700 to every American man, woman and child.
There is a lot of stimulus and growth in this bill that is, of government. Nothing in this bill stimulates the freedom and prosperity of the American people. Politician-directed spending is never as successful as market-driven investment. Instead of passing this bill, Congress should get out of the way by cutting taxes, cutting spending, and reining in the reckless monetary policy of the Federal Reserve.
Should be “for whom”
Ron Paul probably doesn´t seem so crazy to the FR community right now...
people were only angry at him for splitting the conservative vote.
just like most people were pro mccain in october, then went back to normal on nov 5th
has some good links
Man, right now, President Paul doen’t sound nearly as bad as it did 3 months ago.
To those "conservatives" who love an ever expanding big government so long as an (R) lives at 1600, he still looks crazy.
I never thought President Paul sounded very bad back during the Pub primaries. It sounded better than McLame. Paul is more of a Libertarian than a Republican.
Yea, I agree. I’ll take a Libertarian over a MoonBat or RINoonbat any day.
Certainly not “White Male Construction Workers”... Ask Richard Reich
Peter Schiff/Redistribution Watch Ping List. (Washington Spending your past, present and future money!)
More details of the ‘jumpstart economy’ bill. Who are Obama’s economists that are recommending this? Oh, yes, this might not work, but it has to be passed immediately.
As said before, this is the Communists on the march. America is in real trouble and freedom is going South.
4 YEARS OF BIG-GOVT SPENDING:
SEC. 1107. APPROPRIATIONS FOR INSPECTORS GENERAL.
In addition to funds otherwise made available in this
Act, there are hereby appropriated the following sums to
the specified Offices of Inspector General, to remain avail
able until September 30, 2013, for oversight and audit of
programs, grants, and projects funded under this Act:
Read the Stimulus is a good site. thanks.
It’s a new bill. This is $800 billion in BRAND NEW spending, ON TOP of what is being spent today. It is NOT ‘more of the same’ it is “MORE deficit spending than we have ever had in US History”.
Obama is leading us to socialism.
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