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Listening to the Democrats defend their $1 trillion pork-filled stimulus monstrosity, I feel like I've entered a parallel universe. They are literally making it up as they go along. Repubicans object to the bill, saying it isn't a stimulus package, it's mostly a Democratic wish-list spending bill, the largest in history. Then Democrats counter by saying spending IS stimulus. Now we have President Obama himself defending the pork and saying 'government spending is stimulus':
"And then you get the argument that, well, 'this is not a stimulus bill, this is a spending bill.' What do you think a stimulus is ? That's the whole point. No seriously, ha, ha. That's the point." - Barack Obama, Feb 5th
I've heard this same 'spending is stimulus' argument being repeated by the left over and over recently.
Well, I have ONE question. If all government spending is economic stimulus, then WHY DO WE HAVE AN ECONOMIC CRISIS IN THE FIRST PLACE ? Seriously. No president since LBJ increased spending more than George W. Bush. If 'spending is stimulus,' we should be stimulated as all get out right now. Bush increased spending virtually across the board. If 'spending is stimulus,' we should be farting roses.
But we aren't, because spending is not stimulus. Government spending is mostly just spending, some of it necessary, much of it unnecessary. Americans recognize that, even if our president does not. That why the approval ratings for Obama's stimulus bill are dropping like a lead weight. Latest approval rating - 37%
What offends me even more is this notion President Obama has that any opposition to his bill is some kind of affront, like we're supposed to swallow $1 trillion in spending just because he says so, for the sake of, you know, unity:
"So we have a choice to make. We can once again let Washington's bad habits stand in the way of progress. Or we can pull together and say that in America, our destiny isn't written for us but by us. We can place good ideas ahead of old ideological battles, and a sense of purpose above the same narrow partisanship." - Barack Obama's Washington Post editorial
Sorry, that's not how it works, Mr. President. Do you realize how arrogant you sound ? It isn't just "Washington's bad habits" or "narrow partisanship" that is opposing you. It's people who fundamentally disagree with you that are opposing you. You aren't the King of America, Obama, you're the President. Yours is not the only voice that matters. It's not 'unity' to agree with you and 'divisiveness" to oppose you, especially on something so enormous as this bill you are proposing, the largest in American history. If you were really interested in bringing people together, you could do it by telling your fellow Democrats to strip out all the pork that America KNOWS is nothing but pork, that won't stimulate anything other than some left-wing interests.
The irony here is, Republicans WANT to pass a stimulus bill, just not the monstrosity the Dems have proposed. The Republicans will agree to much of it, but Obama and the Democrats haven't given up hardly ANY of the pork. The bill is larger in the Senate than it was in the House, and they call that bipartisanship ?
Obama even defends the pork, saying "since when has a bill not contained pork ?"
Gee, I don't know Mr. President, but how about NOW, when the country is hurting, people are struggling, we're up to our necks in debt, and you ran on a platform of CHANGE. Maybe NOW is the time to get all the partisan lard out of the bill. Maybe NOW is the time for responsible leadership instead of frittering away billions more taxpayer dollars for nothing. Maybe NOW is the time for some responsible stewardship of the economic ship. Maybe NOW is the time to make your actions match the words you spoke on the campaign trail. Maybe NOW is the time for YOU to stop playing partisan games, get it together, and fix the worst bill that has ever been proposed.
Oy vey. I have to stop watching Obama press conferences. My blood pressure can't take it.