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  • Morning Bell: Stop Digging

    Another day, another poll showing public support for President Barack Obama’s Trillion Dollar Debt Plan sinking fast. Trying to turn these numbers around, Obama went on the offensive yesterday delivering some red meat to House Democrats at their posh Resort and Spa retreat in Williamsburg, Virginia. Defending his plan, Obama told Democrats: “[We] are not going to get relief by turning back to the same policies that for the last eight years doubled the national debt and threw our economy into a tailspin. … I found this national debt, doubled, wrapped in a big bow waiting for me as I stepped into the Oval Office. … What do you think a stimulus is? It’s spending — that’s the whole point! Seriously.”

    Seriously, where has Obama been the last eight years? What does he think got us into this mess? Where does he think those deficits came from? Here are the facts. Before President Bush took office, the federal government took in $2 trillion in revenue in 2000. In 2009, the federal government is expected to take in $2.4 trillion. After eight years under President Bush, the federal government is taking in $400 billion more a year in revenue. So why did Congressional Budget Office project a $1.4 trillion deficit for the 2009 budget? Massive spending increases. As McClatchy reports “George W. Bush, despite all his recent bravado about being an apostle of small government and budget-slashing, is the biggest spending president since Lyndon B. Johnson. In fact, he’s arguably an even bigger spender than LBJ.” McClatchy goes on to detail Bush’s spending binge including an 18% increase in education spending, a doubling of agriculture spending, the 2003 Medicare expansion which was the “biggest single expansion in the programs history”, and the $295 billion 2005 infrastructure bill.

    So to recap, in 2000 the federal government spent just $1.8 trillion. Now the CBO estimates that the feds will spend almost double that, $3.5 trillion, in 2009 (and that does not include Obama’s Trillion Dollar Debt Plan). Combining the increased $400 billion in revenue with the $1.7 trillion increase in spending, we see that the mountains of debt Obama is whining about inheriting all came from massive increases in federal spending. It was borrowing and spending that got us into this mess. Obama’s Trillion Dollar Debt Plan is not a ‘change’ from Bush, it is Bushonomics on steroids.

    And the $816 billion price tag is a completely dishonest scoring of the plan’s real size. This is because the stimulus bill pretends that most of its welfare benefit increases will lapse after two years. In fact, both Congress and President Obama intend for most of these increases to become permanent. The notion that Congress intends to temporarily increase Pell grants and Earned Income Tax Credit benefit levels for just two years and then let benefits fall back to their original status is out of touch with Washington reality. Any Congressman who, two years from now, suggests that the new welfare spending be allowed to lapse to pre-stimulus levels would be pilloried for slashing welfare.

    According to a new study by Heritage senior research fellow Robert Rector, once the hidden welfare spending in the bill is counted, the total ten year fiscal burden (added to the national debt) will not be $816 billion, as claimed, but $1.34 trillion. Where is Obama going to find all the money to pay for this spending? Right now Treasury securities are selling at high prices and with low yields. But how long will credit be cheap? Will it still be when the Treasury is scrounging around in the international credit markets six months or a year from now? China and Japan account for almost 65% of total Treasury securities held by foreign owners. But their economies are also slowing. If they even start slowing their appetite for U.S. debt, a drop in world market demand for Treasurys could drive borrowing costs upward, and there could be a ballooning of the interest cost line in the budget that will worsen an already frightening outlook.

    Last night Obama told Democrats, “If you’re headed for a cliff, you have to change direction.” That’s a decent analogy, but the problem is his Trillion Dollar Debt Plan is not a change in direction. It is a foot on the accelerator. Instead, the Senators voting today should take another saying to heart: “When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.”

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    35 Responses to Morning Bell: Stop Digging

    1. Jake, AZ says:

      obama you tried to blame it on somebody else, no responsiblity. obama was on the radio this morning , this debt was here when I got here, its not my fault we need 800 million. what a foney we have in the most Precious office in the World.——-

      obama, chuckie schummmmer, barney frank, chris dodd, obama, harry reid, obama, murray, peloski, clinton, ACORN obama ACORN-housing-banking scandel, all democrats led to raping the taxpayers.—- obama you were the main backer of ACORN and their protest in banks that led to banks being force to make loans to unqualified buyer. you obama are responsibile. —–did sol lewisky teach you to lie to try and cover up or did you learn that at Harvard or from chuckie schummmmmer. —obama we don't believe your lies..—– those Senators and Congressman work for the voters not YOU obama so when they tell you obama to take a long walk off a short bridge with Kennedy, its because their bosses are also telling you obama to take a long walk off a short bridge and come back with a reasonable bill and not a porker like your obama ARRP America Rape and Reaping Plan is now. DEFUND ACORN NOW

    2. jim toledo says:

      I listened yesterday to our Presidents speech and I have to say I couldn't believe what he was saying. This guy is 'Our President' and not only is he telling bold faced lies, he made it sound like the last 8 years have been nothing but a disaster. Doesn't he remember that the Democrats have had the majority in both Houses for the last two years? It's too bad the mainstream media isn't doing their jobs and holding his feet to the fire. Can you imagine the outcry if he was a Republican.

    3. Ozzy6900, CT says:

      Washington DC will never stop the insipid spending unless the entire entourage is removed from office. It's looking more and more like 1775 again in America. The "crown" is wielding its power and the "colonists" are becoming fed up! Time to pass out the muskets!

    4. LVKen7@Gmail.com - says:

      TODAYS POSTING

      SHOWS WHY I LIKE HF SO MUCH.

      They have the BEST "FACTS" I find anyplace

      I read it

      AS SOON AS IT COMES IN.

      But, WHY do they have to

      Mess it up

      by being TACKY

      with things like -

      "Obama is whining about"?

      OTHERWISE IT WAS TERRIFIC INFO.

      Wonder if Rush will use it on HIS show today.

      HOPE SO.

      KJ

    5. Steve in Atlanta says:

      I just don’t understand what our appointed, meaning elected by the people, are thinking. We, the people again, will be paying out over 350 billion in taxes for a loan to banks and corporate investment firms which I believe pulled a “Bernie” on us. These folks in Washington appear to be just as bad if not worse. And now they want close to a Trillion dollars of our tax dollars to pull the same or similar con. I say “NO”. I have a good number for this Bail out….”Zero”.

    6. J.C. Hughes, Texas says:

      Does sound like the Demogogic Party is on a Thelma and Louise joy ride.

    7. jjay - Louisville, K says:

      Yep, the Dems had the majority, but NOT enough to stop the Reflublican machine. Remember, it takes 60 votes in the Senate to get anything past the filibuster favorite technique of Bush's lackeys. The Reflubs had the majority from 1996 to 2006. Get a grip on where the responsibilities lie.

      And speaking of lies, if the Bush/Cheney bold face lies had not got us into a fraudulent war in Iraq which should NEVER have happened, we would not be spending $10 million week in Iraq where who knows a lot of it goes.

      So, let's stop the blame game and get something done. If you or the opposition have some ideas of where to go and what to do, let's hear it. Stop obstructing and start doing something instead of complaining.

    8. Sliver, Wisconsin says:

      Well people we are certainly on a slippery slope and the degree of elevation is increasing on a daily basis. A large group of us in the private sector are in trouble and I guess the only way out is to try to get a government job, just kidding they wouldn't hire us because they would probably check on our voting preference.

      Again I say GOD HELP US.

    9. Mark Y. Durango,Co says:

      It was not long ago when our democratic congress was complaining. They said Bush could not spend our way out of a recession.All of a sudden Obama has to spend a trillion of our and our kids hard earned money, or the world is gonna end. Sounds just like the Global warming hoax.I think Obama studied too much of Stalin, Sol lewinski and carl Marx instead of American History.Jake thanks. Your right.Let's stay involved. Bug your congressman and senators. Don't let them put our grandchildren in debt before there born.Oh that's right, we funding abortions around the world again.We are supposed to kill all our babies. So who is supposed to pay for this ignorant stimulus bill.

    10. walter, alexandria,v says:

      Stop the God Damned spending !!!

    11. J.C. Hughes, Texas says:

      For jjay of Louisville, I was off the coast of Kuwait in March of 2003. I was questioned if I had any regrets about being there. My answer, we should have gone in years sooner. Believe what you want, but rather than blaming Bush and Cheney you really should be thanking them.

    12. Kirby- Fayetteville says:

      Who do these clowns think we are? It appears we have a bunch of spoiled brats and thieves running the country. Where is the mafia when we need them, at least then we'd know who we're dealing with. I've watched as Reid, Kennedy, Pelosi, Dodd, Clintons Schummer and on the knees Barney do their very best to ruin the country with the help of their hateful communistic media. When is it going to stop? Who is this guy they put in our Whitehouse? Does he know any history, economics or business operations or is he just a big mouth on the street organizer trying to talk down to the peons. Where is Concord Bridge?

    13. Terri St. Louis, Mo says:

      How about sending this article to the White House? Maybe nobody told this totally inexperience chief executive the economic facts of life yet.

    14. James Holloway says:

      For jj of Louisville. I have a friend who is Iraqi, who spent 7 years in a prison over there. Funny thing, he was and is an American citizen and was taken into Iraqi custody by the thugs who over ran Kuwait. He was at that time working in a Hospital as a cellular research scientist. He watched the noses and ears be cut off. He watched as babies need an incubator were put on the floor while all the equipment was stolen and the babies left without aid. This was the first war. Do you think these people changed. These are the people in Gitmo with whom the "Man" in the Whitehouse just dropped charges against. These are the people who attacked the "USS COLE", these are the people who used any child they could grab as a human shield while they fired upon our soldiers. These are people who use down syndrome children and adults as human bombs. Osama Bien Laden killed a journalism student here in the US while he lived here. He cut her throat in her own apartment. Why, because she had the audacity to check his family out and began discovering some of what he was planning for US here in the USA.

      Don't get me wrong. There are Millions of GOOD PEOPLE in Iraq. They go to the poles. They built a new society while people were being slaughtered all around them and they weren't killed by us planes or soldiers. One lady who greeted our soldiers with an American flag when we entered the streets of Bagdad was found the next day hanging from a street lamp. She believed in Liberty, she was accepting with open arms the hope of a free Iraq, with water(clean), open schools for all and an education. The old regime didn't want that so they killed her. Isn't it amazing that with the help of some of the most brilliant minds of the day and maybe in centuries, our forefathers created a docuement called a constitution. It took 7 years of bitter wrangling, arguing, discussion, thought and forbid this "prayer". By the way that means they accepted the concept of a HIGHER SOURCE of informatin and understanding than themsleves personally. There were duels fought and succession speeches and other numerous altercations including wanting to go back to having the King Rule. They did it though, with the expectation that we would be as obstinent, stubborn and make our own mistakes. What they would never have envisioned was the ability of lawyers, politicians and the laziness of a fattened society to become complacent and reticent as you about the freedom we have and the cost to not only achieve such a feet , but the were withall to stand and fight for it and for all those who want it.

      My friend I told you about who is Iraqi by birth is again a research scientist in cellular research. When the prison area came under fire the guards fled because of the bombing. He got to the Kurds, a lot of his family in Bagdad had been murdered for being educated, so with the Kurds he made contacts in Turkey with the Polish Embassy and from their to the US Embassy in Poland. He gave his medical library to the Kurd Doctors who assited him and they donated some money and he earned some money for the travel. He worked his way back all the time waving in prison his American Citizenship papers in the faces of his captors. They were actually afraid to do to much to him physically because he told them that as an American, his fellow citizens would come for him.

      Oh, by the way. The whole reason they held him was because they thought through indoctination they could get him to creat new chemical weapons to use against their enemies and to sell to the terrorist organizations they supported.

      I asked Dr.MB (I will not give his full name out or his location due to the fact that there are people who want to kill him still) what he thought of Saddam Hussein the Iraqi leader at that time. He put his cigarette down. Thought for a moment and then said, "He is a donkey. He is the back side of a donkey. He is our Hitler. He has destroyed education, art, and mass murdered any and all of the communities that oppose him. I don't like him. He is from the Isle of Crete. He doesn't care about Iraqis. He wants what he can get for his palaces. He gives identification cards to profesional rapists to intimidate families. A daughter, son or the mother is raped in front of the family to itimidate anyone who has opposing ideas or practices. They cannot be prosecuted. They have immunity by virtue of that is exactly what they are hired to do. Children are tortured to keep parents in line and vice versa.

      My hats off to a people that have embraced through struggle Liberty, rule of law and the proposed freedoms that accompany that Liberty. They did it faster than we did and with no less bloodshed, because that is what it takes to maintain liberty and freedom. NOT MORE CONTROLS OF and suspensions of freedoms. Barry Sorreoto is a citizen born in and of Mombasi, Kenya, attested to by the declaration not only of his grandmother who was there at his birth, but, the Keyan ambassador said the birth place of Mr. O was now a tourist attraction bringing in people from all around the world. A usurper from another country does not have the people of this country at heart. He's getting all he wants for him, by him and of him. I don't care what color our president is as long as he is HONEST, has integrity and doesn't have the arrogance of a KING who's self absorbed due to power. It hasn't taken much for Barry to show his cards! Down with King BS (that is his initials by the way and hail to liberty and freedom from socialist tyranny.

    15. Dave from Maryland says:

      Egads, its going to be a long four years! R.Emmett Tyrell Jr. an adjunct scholar at the Hudson institute said today in the Washington times"with the economy in crisis and American national security in the hands of a starry-eyed novice, one can argue that we are in for a reprise of the Carter years complete with the self-righteous pout". We are already hearing " I screwed up". I agree with Kirby from Fayetteville. We need to hound those lib's to death until they screem uncle.

    16. Paul A. Schwab, Cent says:

      Where has this man been for the past 8 years? Oh yes he was supposed to be an Illinois Senator! I beleive he spend the last 2 years trying to sell and buy his way into the White House. He succeeded with the help of all those rich Democrats, who claim to be for the less fortunate.

      Talk about hypocrisy!

      Mr. Obama, if you were so interested in helping to get this economy on the move, write a bill yourself instead of letting all those liberals like Reed, Pelosi, Durbin, Kennedy, Kerry and the bunch, write all their PORK into it.

      With all due respect to your office, Barrack, you displayed a good deal of sarcasm in your speech to your fellow Democrats, and to the world, last evening. The remarks you made about the bow and package from our President G.W.Bush was uncalled for. It certainly was not funny. He was the perfect Gentleman when leadership was transferred to you. Not like when he took over from Clinton! You want to unite the Parties. You have not chosen a good way to start. We want to see this Nation (UNDER GOD) get on the right track. Well Mr., get some gonads and stop allowing the killing of babies; stop allowing the spread of porn; start doing what you are supposed to, DO THE RIGHT THING. Do what our forfathers would want you to do. Lead by good example for all, instead of dividing us. We have had enough division, particularly with political parties. Let the people who voted you into that office see you come about doing what you promised to do. I did not vote for you obviously, but I certainly would like to see you do what you promised to do……It is up to you, now, DO THE RIGHT THING and stop catering to those extreem liberals.

    17. Slingo, New Mexico says:

      Get rid of the pork or get rid of the whole damn Bill. The American people need help with thier homes they don't need a new bridge to where thier house used to be. Only 206 more weeks of stupidity. Buy Gold or real estate. You can payoff your real estate loans wih inflated dollars and sell them for real money again when this is all over in four years.

    18. Derek, Las Vegas Nev says:

      Obama is trying desperately to marginalize 'tax cuts" as the samed failed policies that have gotten us into this position. Conservatives, while they still have some "face time" on TV during this debacle need to "pound" these liberals, and articulate to the American public the real facts and cause of this meltdown. C.R.A.,Fannie & Freddie,Acorn,Barney Frank, Chris Dodd, Jim Johnson, Frank Raines. Jamie Gorelek. The total collapse of the housing market,was THE ABSOLUTE CAUSE.The libs have run away from this and their silence on the cause of All of this, is deafening. Maybe a few million $ from this garbage bill should be set aside for a total and thorough investigation."We the people" need closure.

    19. C Strasburger says:

      At least some of you got this right, but there are always the few clueless and uninformed among us.

      The national debt. Apparently, many of us (and you know who you are) are completely and totally incorrect. Remember 9/11? Apparently most in this country have already forgotten.

      The attacks of the terrorists on 9/11 prompted a substantial amount of necessary spending. That included the development of HLS, TSA, and others. Along with the spending to help develop the fence along the southern borders, etc, increased the national deficit, but it was necessary. Also and apparently, most in this country have ZERO concept of business or economics. The FACT is that the highest cost in ANY business, including government is its payroll. Add to the mix of the grossly overpaid congressional neomorons in DC, the fact is that the cost of hiring all of those people to support those agencies is the backbone of the deficit. The unfortunate reality is that we had to hire unqualified, quota type individuals to the staff of each, which is a major part of why the system within these agencies at this point is so dysfunctional. Thank you policy makers for your blatent disregard for something similar to intelligence.

      It truly is vastly unfortunate for the 48-50% of people that did NOT waste their votes on liberals and typical liberal ignorance are not being heard well on the Hill. Or perhaps, just being ignored is more appropos. I commend the HF for reaching out to those of us who are not clueless or paying attention. Another fact, obama could not have won without the children of the US that voted for him, who are back to doing what they were doing prior to the election…playing Guitar Hero, Rock Band, or Grand Theft Auto, and are not paying any more attention now than they were prior to the election. I digress…

      Now, lets add another trillion or so to the deficit which could be under control IF the clowns on the Hill were not more concerned with their political futures, than they are with our country and ITS vastly more important future, by adding more irresponsible spending on higher welfare (how about go out and get a friggin job, they are out there – stop the irresponsible media and their fear mongering!), water parks, frisbee parks, new turf for the mall (destroyed by the masses of totally out of control love affairs with the new Pres), funding for the Arts (which I am not totally opposed to), funding for the global warming hoax (which I am totally opposed to – shut down al "the moron" gore and his fear mongering which has no basis in reality: and for those of you who buy the BS, perhaps a little research of your own would be appropriate), and the list goes on….

      People, we are in trouble. If these zealots WE have elected are not stopped, this country will have greater problems than the deficit, and sooner rather than later. The list of bonehead moves by this new administration goes on and on.

      Thank you Heritage, thank you Rush, and thanks to the people of this country that live in the real world, rather than a misguided, and irresponsible ideology from the left.

    20. John E Rosina, Borde says:

      $700bn for the wealthiest – bankers and Wall Streakers.!

      Why $700bn – "We wanted to put a big enough number out there".

      Time needed for Congress to pass bill for the wealthy? 3 days I believe???

      What's It Called: Corporate Welfare

      $900bn geared to Working class Americans?

      Why? Targeted and much discussed amount from all sides with all interests aired publicly

      Time needed for Congress to pass a bill for Working class Americans? Like the energizer bunny – it keeps going and going.

      What would it be called if passed: Not sure, but I know the wealthy trolls posing as regular Joes in this blog will call it Communist, Socialist, Stahlinist, Naziest, Welfare, Nanny State, King Obamaesque.

      Whay don't you use those terms when your wealthies got the cash. It took your side 8 years to create this crap. Sit tight and be quiet like you did during that catastrophic Republican run!

      to James Halloway: Combat wannabe. Most combat veterans (Dick Cheney definitely not one of those)do not condone Gitmo and torture for long proven reasons. John McCain (who is a combat Vet and also was a POW) has pointed that out. I would not have been pleased if we had a Gitmo when I was in Vietnam. We got answers without

      Institutionalizing Torture. Something only a bureaucrat would do.

      So you choose to listen to 4 time deferment Cheney. Wow – Kool Ade time!

    21. Dorothy Morgan, Okla says:

      I'm sorry for once again mentioning the "Medicare expansion of 2003", but it's a big part of our up-side-down economy; and the way it was voted in was something that would make a good movie about gangsters. (Pushing, shoving, and threats)

      Not only can Medicare not afford it, the recipients can't either and they hate the way it works ("donut" for one). Give them a chance to vote it out and save all that payoff money for good and righteous causes…..not Pharma and Healthcorp. Right now, they are running the country, not Congress.

    22. Wally Streich, Zion, says:

      Not only does Obama's plan increase spending, he is going to decrease income. I'm sure a CEO who was making 10 or 12 million last year was paying more in taxes than he will when he is limited to 500 thousand this year. How's that for logical reasoning?

    23. H L PUCKETT VA. says:

      A LOT OF WONDERFUL COMMENTS TODAY. SOMEONE NEEDS TO SEND THEM TO THE LIBERAL GANGSTERS IN THE WHITE HOUSE,I THOUGHT WE WERE RID OF THE LAST OF THE KENNEDYS, WELL HE WON,T LAST LONG.WHO IS THIS BARAK MOHAMMED OBAMA ANYWAY? IS HE FOR REAL?JAMES HOLLOWAY HAS IT RIGHT.I AM WITH OZZY 6900 PASS THE MUSKETS, I HAVE A LOT OF CLOSE KEN FOLKS WHO FOUGHT AND DIED IN WW11 FOR THE FREEDOM WE ENJOY TODAY,WE OF WHICH BMO KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT, OR CARES,WAKE UP AMERICA, AND PASS THE MUSKETS MAY NOT BE A BAD IDEA,WHAT EVER IT TAKES, I SENT MY CONGRESSMAN AND SENATOR EMAILS EVERYONE DO THE SAME,MAYBE WE NEED TO GO TO WASHINGTON LIKE MARTIN LUTHER KING!!!

    24. Patty, Ohio says:

      I hope Mr. Obama (I'll call him President when he begins to show leadership) continues to expose the spoiled child that is his party. I only hope that the Senate Republicans will hold fast as was the case in the House and give us the REAL hope that (what is STILL) the majority of America needs as this will continue to feed strength to those of us who are ready to sound our voice when called upon to do so! I've made the calls to Congress ~ I'm getting ready to board the bus and I know I'm not alone! I'm sure the last straw will be when they (as they are in the process of doing) try to silence that voice by way of the "UN"fairness doctrine under a different name, of course! Ready-up America! :-)

    25. ANDREW, OHIO says:

      O. HUSSIN, STANDS BEFORE HIS LIBERIAL CABINET AND STATE HE WAS GIVEN THIS PROBLEM WRAPPED IN A BOW. HUSSIN, KNEW WHAT HE WAS GETTING INTO. HIS LIBERIAL LEFT AND MEDIA DID EVERY ILLEGAL TO GET I OFFICE.

      PRESIDENT BUSH AND THE CHENEY TEAM, TRIED TO KEEP US SAFE, WHILE THE ACLU, AND THE LEFTEST TRY TO SHUT HIM DOWN WITH EVERTHING IN THEIR POWER. NO WIRETAPES, CIVIL LIBERITIES, AT THE EXPENSE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. PRESIDENT BUSH HAD TO PAY OUT BILLIONS OVER THE 9/11. WHAT ABOUT ALL THOSE INNOCENT PEOPLE'S LIVES LOST ON AMERICAN SOIL.

      THE LEFT WING MEDIA AND LEFT WING DIMWITS SCREAMED ABOUT THE AMERICAN MEN'S LIVES IN IRAQ OVER YEARS. WHICH IS BAD. THAT IS THE REASON WE HAVE A MILITARY.

      THE REASON WE ARE IN THIS SITUATION IS THE LEFT WING LIBERIALS. WHO THE HE.., DO THEY THINK PAYS THEIR BILLS. WHO THE HE.., PAYS FOR ALL THESE FREE GIVE AWAY PROGRAM? GOVERNMENT DOES NOTHING…. WE THE TAX PAYERS WILL PAY FOR YEARS. WE THE TAX PAYERS.

      PRESIDENT BUSH ALSO HAD HURRICANES ALL OVER FLORIDA AND THE CAROLINES. HE HAD TO PAY ALL THESE BILLS.

      NOW OUR SO CALLED COMMUNITY ORGAZINATION LEADER, WHO HAS BEEN ON THE GOVERNMENT TIT ALL HIS LIFE, DOES NOT HAVE A CLUE HOW TO GOVERN. HUSSIN, AND HIS TEAM OF CHICAGO MOB NEEDS TO GO BACK TO CHICAGO.

    26. Jerry from Olympia, says:

      I have a novel Idea. How about we cut The current Stimulous bill in half. We then give it a year to see if it works. If it does we'll know once and for all the Democrats were right and Republicans are full of it, and the other half of the original bill is automaticaly phased in. However if the package doesn't work, (MY Bet) the republicans will take over all committees in the House and Senate for the remainder of Obamas term!

      Jerry Olympia, WA

    27. Spiritof76, New Hamp says:

      Let me get this straight. We must spend more when we don't have the money so that more people will find jobs! Majority of spending is for ACORN, STD, Moving offices, etc. Are we that stupid to buy this crap? Our debt exceeds $10 Trillion (=$33,333 for every citizen)without counting all the entitlement liabilities.

      We have to borrow that $1Trillion stimulus money or print more dollars. Either way, we are going to end up in more economic misery. This is not Republican or Democrat issue. The politicians have found a way to grab all the power and tyrannize us. Wake up. The US is well on its way to be a full-fledged fascist state.

      Writing to the Congressmen or calling their offices to protest is not going to matter as they loudly proclaim that they had won. We need a visible and unforgettable eruption of common and hard-working American citizens. That is the only way the politicians will be willing to give up power. We must not stop until the government teeth are all pulled out and our Constitution is restored. US is a country of free people with a government and is not a government with people.

    28. HR Waltner, Duluth, says:

      If you listened to "Uncle Bama" address his troops at the Democrat retreat, he clearly said that this is not a Stimulus Bill-It is a "spending bill." They can't account for 78 billion (more or less) in the first TARP bailout and now they are proposing spending untold millions – or billions (whose counting)? on the next! I recall someone once said, "A billion here- a billion there-pretty soon it adds up to real money."

    29. David Peterson, Che says:

      Well, 60 million and change voted for "Change". I guess they are going to get it. I just hope we can all live with it, and survive as a free nation.

      These latest comments by the President really shouldn't come as any surprise. He is doing exactly what his past record and professed beliefs (professed long before the campaign and conveniently kept quiet during the campaing of course) suggested he would do. Government spending and government programs created this whole mess. And no the Republicans are not blameless. When the Liberalcrats pushed for housing reform and pushed to force the banks (Fannie and Freddie in particular) to give mortgages to people who had no business borrowing money, the Republicans caved and went along. But even though they went along, they did not create this mess. For the President to attempt to put all the blame on the Republicans is absolutely ludicrous. And to spin their resistance to the Pelosi-Reid-Obama Liberal dream bill as "politics as usual", and "not what the people voted for" is an example of his real definition of "bipartisan". As in "everyone just go along with what I want, 'cause I won". Why were the House Republicans kept completely out of the process? Because the Liberalcrats "won" so they "get to decide".

      To continue to push a "stimulus plan" that has absolutely nothing to do with stimulating anything but government control and interference is just mind-boggling. And then to whine when people point out the blatant "pork" spending is typical liberal garbage.

      The Congressional Budget Office has even said this bill will do NOTHING to help the economy, but is MORE likely to hurt it even more. But they continue to push, and try and ram it through before any more of the garbage in it can be pointed out to the American people.

      Why? It's all about control. People who are on the receiving end of the pork will never vote away their free handouts. They'll get used to the easy money, until the country collapses because there is no more to give.

      This situation is not only ridiculous, it is downright scary. How much liberty are people really willing to give away in the hopes that they might get some free government handout? And the scariest part is how many people have absolutely no idea what is really in this bill. All they know is what they see the President say in the liberal media.

      If anyone who truly believes in what America is and stands for has not yet contacted their Senators and Congressmen, NOW IS THE TIME! Let them know what you think. Both of my Senators are Dems, no question of how they are going to vote. But I've called and written repeatedly anyway, just to make sure they know what I think. The only way our government will ever again be a "government for the people, by the people" is if WE the people DEMAND it. Not just at election time, but every time they debate an issue, every time they vote on legislation. And then at election time, WE hold them accountable.

    30. Steve, Nazareth, PA says:

      The TARP bail out and the stimulus package are the result of democratic zealots that are still sitting in Congress. Who is at fault for causing this? Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac? How about those who sit on the House Banking and Finance Committee who claim that they did not see any indication that these corporate mortgage companies were in financial peril. They should be in prison for their part in the housing collapse. They help because one of the greatest economic turmoil’s in U.S. history. Congressional hypocrisy is running out of control and there is no accountability. Why are Congressional members exempt from culpability? Any other would be in prison for life for causing such a catastrophe. The government is becoming too powerful and is ignoring we the people and that cannot stand! We need to reinstitute traditional conservative values and rid our political system of secular progressiveness!

    31. Judith in Michigan says:

      Welcome to The United Socialist States Of America (U.S.S.A.) A lot of you voted for it, so enjoy.

      Let's see, we will need a new flag. I know, how about a map of the old U.S. with a large "X" through it on a field of black and the words "Marxism Forever" across the bottom.

      We will also need to get rid of The Statue Of Liberty. Wonder if we can send it back from whence it came? France can't afford it? No worries…let's just pass another "stimulus" bill to bail out France, then send that pesky symbol of freedom back to them.

      Works for me!!!

    32. Al.S New York says:

      All sane Senators must stop this bill. I have and will not have enough money to pay for it! The Democrates spent 800 million dollars to gain control and the reality has hit home and needs to be "changed." I asked for none of this and I still will be expected to pay for it? No way!

    33. southern chick says:

      Does anyone recall that the stock market was at 14000 when the dems took over Congress? Barney, Chris, Harry, and Nancy turned that around just like they will turn around this? What gross incompetence!

      Bipartisan has been redefined as you state your opinions then we will do it my way.

    34. Jude Billings says:

      Where is President Obama? This bill is written by the Dems without thought of Bipartisanship or Americans….It's changes are only upward despite the cut of monies for schools.

      Nothing is better that 'something that might work???'..and is admittedly a 'spending bill' certainly with no thought of 'now'.

      Jude

    35. Dennis A. Social Cir says:

      Obanma is out in the cold, as well as the rest of thedems. We can not spend our way out of this debt. We need to stop and think, but then the liberals do not have this capacity.

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