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  • The Left Has Already Proved Nothing is Temporary about This Spending

    In a study released this morning, Heritage senior fellow Robert Rector pegged the honest cost of the House economic stimulus plan at $1.34 trillion, not the $816 billion that has been reported. Rector reasoned:

    The recently passed U.S. House of Representatives stimulus bill contains $816 billion in new spending and tax cuts. Of this sum, $264 billion (32 percent) is new means-tested welfare spending. … But this welfare spending is only the tip of the iceberg. The bill sets in motion another $523 billion in new welfare spending that is hidden by budgetary gimmicks. If the bill is enacted, the total 10-year extra welfare cost is likely to be $787 billion. … The claim that Congress is temporarily increasing welfare spending for Keynesian purposes (to spark the economy by boosting consumer spending) is a red herring. The real goal is a permanent expansion of the welfare system. … 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.

    The Senate has not yet even approved the House bill and yet the left has already proved Rector 100% correct! The leftist Center for American Progress blares “What Does The ‘Gang Of Moderates’ Gain By Slashing Education Funding In The Stimulus?” and writes:

    As The Wonk Room noted yesterday, Sens. Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Susan Collins (R-ME) are attempting to craft a “compromise” on the economic stimulus package. This compromise entails making devastating cuts to the proposed education funding in the bill, a significant portion of which is aimed at low-income, disadvantaged students.

    Obama’s Trillion Dollar Debt Plan is not even law yet, and already the House spending levels are being treated as the new baseline and anything less than the historic increases in welfare spending are being called ‘cuts’. Jonah Goldberg explains the left’s game plan:

    The stimulus bill was designed to give Democrats maximum maneuvering room. It would increase non-defense discretionary spending by more than 80 percent in a single year, in a single bill! Moving forward, they could grow government by smaller percentages while seeming to be responsible budget balancers. By putting chips on every square of social spending, they could let it ride for years to come.

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    16 Responses to The Left Has Already Proved Nothing is Temporary about This Spending

    1. Cynthia Hennig says:

      What amazing SPENDING SPREE..forced on all hard working Americans. This is very sad that President

      Obama has only been in office 2 weeks and has passed the largest Spending Bill ever which will only end this country into a real "Depression"…

      When Senator John McCain & Senator Hillary Clinton

      worned the people that we don't need someone in the White House who is still using training wheels. Well America… we are all in for the BIGGEST SOCIALIST CHANGE EVER… This financial

      crisis is larger than life and this president doesn't have a clue.

      Wake Up America! God Bless Us!

      Cynthia

    2. Landreth Pruitt Nort says:

      Dont blame me I voted for Mr Mcain

    3. Katy Hendrickson Whi says:

      Is this what the majority of the American public actually want? Political affiliations aside, this is frightening! As usual, it is apparent that individual political aspirations and greedy pork barrel agendas are the impetus behind this huge spending burden about to bombard the future status of every American. The tragedy is that the multitude of specific allocations encased within the voluminous language of this bill is, by its very complexity, a deterrent against transparent disclosure. How clever. In fact, many of our elected officials have admitted to voting in favor without a full appraisal of this bill's contents. We need to wake up!

    4. Robby, Vancouver, W says:

      Someone called into a talk show and suggested that every line in the proposed "Stimulus Bill" should be means tested against one word: "jobs". I.e. if it doesn't create "real" jobs it should be tossed out. I thought this was a brilliant idea. Why cannot this idea be effected?

      Secondly, I've gotten stressed lately by the fact that non economists all of a sudden do economics—like they have not had one economic course in their entire academic career—by their own admission!

      Thirdy the Kent Conrad, Democrat Senator from N.D. who, I believe, is Budget Committee chair was ranting and raving about over-spending a year or so ago. Now he is clearly voting in favor of this thing. I don't get it!

    5. James Andersen, Nort says:

      What our government is creating is a culture of dependency for all working Americans. Cynthia Hennig, you are right. President Obama and his Democratic Congress are only deepening the current recession and will inevitably drive us into a depression that we will not be able to dig our way out of. However, as gloomy as that is there is more to fear than a decade or two of depression. If you truly want to know what will happen in the coming years, here’s a sneak preview.

      What is happening here is nothing short of the liberal faction in Congress forcing a liberal agenda under the guise of economic stimulus. The left’s ultimate goal is to increase welfare to the point that working Americans as well as the unemployed are dependent on the government. Our taxes will soon rise to the point that Americans will not be able live with out government aid. Inefficient healthcare reforms will pass and Doctors will leave their practices, and Americans in need of immediate care with not be able to get it. Education will be so diluted with evolutionist theory that God or the prospect of a creator with cease to exist in the U.S. If this Democratic Congress is allowed to continue we will be living under a socialist government where freedom of speech will only be allotted to the minority. Freedom of religion will exist only to those who choose not to believe in religion. The right to bare arms will only exist for the criminal and Americans will have no protection from a soon to be oppressive government. The right to assemble will be taken away from pro-life groups and abortion will be available to teenagers without their parent’s knowledge. God forbid anyone petition the government, because anyone who opposes Speaker Pelosi and the Democrats are automatically UNPATRIOTIC.

      President Obama has been in office for less than three weeks and already what the American people want and need does not matter. The latest polls show that barely thirty-five percent of Americans approve this stimulus bill, yet it will inevitably pass. The House of Representatives did not consider what their constituents wanted, instead choosing to sneak through their version before the Republicans or the American people could respond. It is no secret that this bill has little stimulus in it; a lot of money to the arts, a lot of money to research groups that do not yet exist, a lot of money to ACORN so they will continue to serve the Democrats, so much pork that all the hog farms in North Carolina couldn’t keep up with the demand.

      Two hundred leading economists recently signed a petition and sent it to the president begging him to reconsider his program. According to these scholarly men if the government continues with this spending the value of the dollar will diminish rapidly. I agree with them, if we continue to allow this our children will soon be using stacks of money for building blocks while we stand in bread lines.

    6. David Howard, Bristo says:

      A stimulous plan, in my mind would be an investment in the areas of the economy that need it most.

      What we are seeing is the seizing of tax payer dollars to be spent on the whims of ideology.

      This is an example of tyranny. When a government seizes anything from the private sector to advance an ideology, what you have is the beginning of a socialist state.

      Now we have the census bureau being put under the controll of the white house on top of the absolute nationalizing of the private sector.

      All of this adds up to what is beginning to look like a hostile takeover of the American Society.

      The question now is, Can we survive four years of tyranny?

    7. peter craw, new hamp says:

      It amazes me that all these "experts" are still debating what works and what doesn't work, to cause positive changes to the economy and to put people back to work. Massive tax cuts have been proven, time and time again, to work immediately to turn recessions around and to put people back to work. I can picture Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reed in an overcrowded lifeboat, taking on water. They would stop people from bailing water out of the boat, saying, "NO! NO! That worked in the past, but not NOW!! Today we have to bail more water INTO the boat to stabilize it!!" The other people, with more common sense would argue against this, but be attacked as being "uncooperative", "bi-partisin" and "unwilling to negotiate". After the boat boat sinks and everyone is about to drown, Nancy and Harry complain that their strategy would have worked if the Republicans on the boat had gone along with them.

    8. peter craw, new hamp says:

      What is more dangerous than several clueless people with lots of power? Nothing is more expensive than ignorance in action. I would have been brought up as a Liberal, but my Dad was a Chemical Engineer, grounded in the REAL world, dealing with science, common sense and facts. The liberal mind-set firmly believes, with their feet firmly planted on mid-air, that "feelings" and their air of moral superiority trump facts. We conservatives would come around to their way of thinking, if only we were smart enough. They really believe that the reason their policies have failed miserably in the past, from Bussing in Boston, to Welfare entitlements to the latest fiasco, The Community Reinvestment Act, is that these policies didn't go far enough!! If you throw enough gas on a fire, it will go out.

      What we need are a few more Engineers running things and a few less economists.

    9. Robby, Vancouver, W says:

      Please someone, check me on this—am I correct in getting the impression our fearless leader is "playing more to Peoria" than to reason?

    10. Danny, Raleigh NC says:

      At the rate of spending that we are seeing from our "great" government a decade from now the only item line in the budget will be the interest on the national debt. We must continue to notify our elected officials of the folly of this Keynesion economics. We need only look back to the early 80's to find the answer to our current situation. Reagan noted that the U.S. is "man's last best hope." Hopefully this country will wake up before it's too late!

    11. Barb -mn says:

      This man has exactly ZERO excuses. He knew what he was getting into, he is a part of the MESS. EVERY MESS OF FINANCIAL CRISIS IN THIS COUNTRY!

    12. Jimmy L. Konogeris - says:

      I, like Landreth Pruitt, voted for John McCain! And when he didn't win. I shifted my loyalties, prayers and best wishes to our new President. However, now I believe with the Oblabla Administration left unchecked, we may enter another dark financial period for America where only another WAR will appease this DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATURE, their MESSIAH and the ECONOMY.

      A large portion of us Texicans are "jestlitbitoutofsortsritnow".

    13. Mike Sheahen, Hickor says:

      "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the closest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth." (Ronald Reagan)

      Note: "Government programs" and "a government bureau" include, of course, any spending and increases in spending on them.

      Alas, yet again, the Democrat Left is leading the charge to see to it that those facts are being again repeated and proven, even as we speak, through their government growing so-called "Stimulus [Pork] Package" money and power-grab.

      Indeed how very revealing it is that, when confronted with facts, especially any pointed out by Ronald Reagan, such as those facts quoted above, Leftists (including both Democrats and any RIPO’s {Republicans In Party Only] so inclined) will fall all over themselves to deny them, while simultaneously trying to see to it that they are proven yet again, such as through their Pork-filled so-called “Stimulus Package” money and power-grab.

    14. Mike Sheahen, Hickory, NC says:

      “No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the closest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.” (Ronald Reagan)

      Note: “Government programs” and “a government bureau” include, of course, any spending and increases in spending on them.

      Alas, yet again, the Democrat Left is leading the charge to see to it that those facts are being again repeated and proven, even as we speak, through their government growing so-called “Stimulus [Pork] Package” money and power-grab.

      Indeed how very revealing it is that, when confronted with facts, especially any pointed out by Ronald Reagan, such as those facts quoted above, Leftists (including both Democrats and any RIPO’s {Republicans In Party Only] so inclined) will fall all over themselves to deny them, while simultaneously trying to see to it that they are proven yet again, such as through their Pork-filled so-called “Stimulus Package” money and power-grab.

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