It’s going to be a long four years

President Obama’s national penury and debt peonage stimulus package contains, among other fatty, juicy pieces of pork, the following:

• $83 billion in welfare payments (the earned income credit for people who don’t pay income tax)
• $81 billion for Medicaid
• $66 billion on "education", more than the entire Department of Education required just ten years ago
• $36 billion for expanded unemployment benefits
• $20 billion for food stamps
• $8 billion on "renewable energy" projects, which have a low or negative return
• $7 billion for "modernizing federal buildings and facilities"
• $6 billion on urban transit systems, dominated by unions and which, almost universally, lose money
• $2.4 billion for "carbon-capture demonstration projects"
• $2 billion for child-care subsidies
• $1 billion for Amtrak, the federal railroad that’s run in the red for 40 years
• $650 million for "digital TV conversion coupons" (on top of billions already spent)
• $600 million on new cars for government (added to the $3 billion already spent each year)
• $400 million for "global-warming research"
• $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts

So, at a time when we’re in a global war with mass-murdering jihadist Muslims and engaged on two major fronts (Iraq and Afghanistan), when we’re facing strategic challenges from Russia and China as well as possible regional security problems in Mexico and Venezuela, what does this trillion-dollar borrowing spree contain for our national security?

A ten-percent cut in defense spending. At wits end

Hey, I’m not saying there’s no waste or fat in defense spending. We all remember $640 toilet seats. But the Obama-Pelosi-Reid stimulus bill, which is supposed to cure the recession by spending our way out of it to create jobs, contains just twelve cents per dollar that’s spent on anything that could be arguably called "stimulating." Fully 88% of every dollar spent is wasted on a Democratic wish-list of pet projects. At $880 billion, just the waste in the Generational Theft Act of 2009 is 35% larger than the entire US defense budget, base and emergency spending combined. And, as Ed at Hot Air points out, this proposed cut will cost jobs.

Anyone else think this is nuts?  Silly

Of course, it’s not as if they didn’t tell us they were going to pay for the New New Deal by gutting defense spending. I think it’s safe to assume this is the first step in a return to the halcyon days of Jimmy Carter. Doh

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss:

barack obama capitol   Jimmy Carter

 

UPDATE: Not so fast.

 

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2 Responses to It’s going to be a long four years

  1. andrew says:

    The democrats have been whining for years that the “Bush Wars” have degraded our military (e.g., worn-out tanks, vehicles, planes, ammo inventory, etc.). Well, what better way to re-vitalize and upgrade our military than by using funds from the Stimulus. There are many positives.
    1) Impact is immediate.
    2) Replenishes needed equipment (that has to be replaced and would normally occur over a period of years anyway – that is, unless Obama guts the military budget – which is apparently now going to happen).
    3) It stimulates manufacturing in this country in a big way.
    4) There is also an intangible benefit – it would put terrorists and rogue states on notice that the U.S. is NOT downsizing its military. As it is, dictators and terrorists must be salivating (and laughing) as they watch the deluded Obama think he is going to use his magical powers of persuasion to coax the world to all come together (Didn’t Obama use the words “Citizens of the World” in his pre-election overseas address?) I believe Obama’s exaggerated sense of self is partly due to the media worshipping him and never seriously questioning him on virtually any topic.
    But devoting, say, $75 – $100 billion to the military is a win-win. Yes, I know, there is waste and fraud in military procurement (as there is in any government program). So clean it the hell up.
    Better, though, that we use taxpayer money for welfare, plugging holes in state budgets, medicare, etc., and then after spraying out billions of dollars in all directions, and without any coherency of purpose (other than to payback democratic voters or win new ones and cement their loyalty), we will still have a degraded military and will have also wasted much of the trillion dollars (for which we will pay hundreds of billions in interest to finance). More debt – hooray! Obama, the empty suit (and Pelosi and Reid) are all admirable leaders! Watch these two – Pelosi and Reid – on You Tube. Pelosi when she defends spending $300 million or so on contraception as a way to reduce costs and stimulate the economy, and then Harry Reid explaining about how the US tax system is voluntary. These two “leaders” are infantile, 100% partisan lefties with little regard for the well-being of this great country, and are an embarrassment. The sooner we get rid of them and elect serious people in their stead, the better off we will be. Until then, may God help us all.

  2. Joesilverfox says:

    With ‘half-a-brain’ running the house and ‘The waffling mormon running the Senate, what can you expect? Keep breeding you clowns and you’ll all end up like flies in winter.

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