The Stimulus Bill: Eight Years of Waste
By: Michael Reagan
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, January 29, 2009
After decades of
watching their extravagant, far-Left programs languish in
never-never land, Democrats are now realizing their once-forlorn hopes
for a return to the good old days. Massive giveaways for their pet
socialist schemes -- and payoffs to labor unions and other financial
supporters -- will now be the order of the day.
This time they
are outdoing their New Deal, Fair Deal, Great Society overspending
extravaganzas, cobbling together an $825 billion package they
laughingly call a stimulus program, allegedly designed to put
unemployed Americans back to work and get the economy back on track.
Wall Street Journal calls the gift package “A 40-Year Wish List” -- a
gravy train the paper called “a political wonder that manages to spend
money on just about every pent-up Democratic proposal of the last 40
And what a wonder! It spreads money around -- which our
bankrupt government doesn’t have -- with reckless abandon, gratifying
the wishes of their party’s constituency while doing practically
nothing to create jobs or give the ailing economy a shot in the arm.
the giveaways being financed with our grandchildren’s money, as cited
by the Journal, is a cool $50 billion for the National Endowment for
the Arts, hardly an engine for creating employment.
About the only jobs it might create would be for the bureaucrats who
would oversee the grant or an artist or two who specialize in
exhibiting jars of urine containing a crucifix as their contributions
to the nation’s culture.
Then there is $1 billion for the
notorious Amtrak system, which can’t even run its trains on time, a
trick even the late Benito Mussolini managed to pull off during his
notoriously inept regime. Amtrak hasn’t made a dime in profit over the
last 40 years. How many unemployed bank tellers, secretaries, reporters
or computer technicians will get work at Amtrak?
is a $400 million giveaway to study what a growing number of scientist
regard as a hoax -- the great global warming scam -- at the very time
the nation is chilled to the bone. To make matters worse there is $2.4 billion for
another scam for demonstration projects called “carbon capture,” a
process that has yet to be invented.
Among the other goodies the Journal discovered buried in this massive bill:
- $600 million-plus to buy new cars when the Feds already spend $3 billion a year on its fleet of 600,000 vehicles.
- $7 billion for modernizing federal buildings and facilities.
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