“You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig” said President Obama trying to be funny and attacking Palin in front of a laughing crowd. That was not long ago, when he was still walking on water and telling you what you wanted to hear.
I have news for you Mister President: “You can put 20% real stimulus lipstick on Pork, it is still 80% Pork barrel!”
Tell me how millions for food stamps, for Hollywood, for healthcare for families earning up to $60k or for children of illegal immigrants, for research for a better car battery (one that we would not recharge using polluting power plants?), for assistance of the one most impacted by the recession, digitization of the healthcare data, stabilization of State budgets (I quote the bill: to avoid reductions in essential services and counterproductive State and local taxes), EPA state and tribal assistance grants (Casinos?), grants for airports (less flights and more restaurants?), grants for intercity rail (most Urban communities are not designed for mass transit!), grants for public and Indian housing, assisted housing energy retrofit, assisted home ownership opportunity program, and most important of all, monies set aside for management and oversight of the programs. (Homeland security will get $2 millions and all the other will get $10 to $20! Priorities are set!)
Also note the $25 million set aside for the salaries and time of the government accountability office (GAO) that is supposed to have the global oversight of the project – lol – we are paying them extra for doing the job we are already paying them for – and that will trickle down – not wealth but rip off!
Anyways, read this one on your own before dealing with the 600 pages detailed pork barrel plan – oooops – stimulus! http://appropriations.house.gov/pdf/RecoveryBill01-15-09.pdf
The point is that everybody and his sister, even former Clinton advisers, agree that there is too little stimulus and too much Pork, that it won’t do anything but rewards bad behaviors at every level. By the way, when I say everybody and his sister, I mean the one who are paying taxes, have no credit card debt, drive old cars, live within their means and can pay for their homes.
But it is Ok – The OBObama the Gifted will just have to show up six months from now and a trillion down the drain and tell us he screwed up – and everything will be fine again! The almost 50% of voters that don’t pay taxes, live over and beyond their means and will get more handouts to stay home and keep up the good social check cashing will vote again for him and that is what counts at the end of the day.
My wife earns 30k on her primary job and about 5k on her secondary. I earn about 70k on my primary and 2k on my secondary part time fun work as a rafting guide – we are too rich to qualify for anything and I already told my better half that I will temporarily divorce het when our first kid will be in age to attend college. See – It took me ten years to understand the American dream: it is not about getting up every day and working hard anymore, doing the right thing and being honest! That would take my kids to Chico. It is all about cheating the system, spending every single $ you earn plus fifty percent you don’t have, showing your house as a debt, your life as a debt, spending like a drunken sailor and holding out your hand to benefit from all the nanny programs socialist America has out there for you. You will send my children to a good Californian university because your taxes will be used to bail out my poor wife and children, and that is the plan! Payback baby!
In the meantime, may I borrow your pinkie glasses to see the world your way?