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They passed the “Impoverish Your Grandkids Bill”, just because they could. by The Elephant's Child
February 14, 2009, 12:09 am
Filed under: Domestic Policy, Economy, Politics | Tags: , ,

Never in history has a more important vote been cast on legislation that no one has read, no one understands, and what the results will be — no one knows.

An administration that promised bipartisanship, allowed no input whatsoever from Republicans. They were even prevented from reading the bill.

An administration that promised transparency, rushed the bill through without debate and without anyone having a chance to read its 1,434 pages.  Oh, that’s not quite correct, apparently lobbyists had a chance to go through it, only Republicans did not, and Democrats couldn’t be bothered.

Investors Business Daily noted:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vowed to give members of Congress at least 48 hours to look at the historic legislation before them.

After all, the bill will spend the equivalent of nearly 9% of our GDP while adding $1.2 trillion to our national debt.  Obama vows to “create or save” 3.5 million jobs at a cost of $263,000 per job.

Minority leader John Boehner said angrily on the House floor “not one House) member has read this bill.”

Part of the rush was that Pelosi and several other Democrats were due to leave on a week’s tour of Europe, with Rome included on the itinerary.  On the taxpayer’s dollar, of course. Barbara Boxer was choosing carpet samples instead of listening to the debate.

The Heritage Foundation pegs the true cost of the Stimulus Bill at $3.27 trillion on the assumption that any increased funding for programs that are popular with the Left  will never be cut.  Programs like Head Start, Medicaid, COBRA and the Earned Income Tax Credit will not be in any way temporary.

Never have so few spent so much, so quickly, to accomplish so little, and cause so much damage.




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