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  • America Gets Change in the Form of An Iceberg

    Americans have been trying to tell Washington for the past week that the “stimulus bill” is not the change they were asking for last November. Unfortunately, the President and Congress are not listening. The Senate is poised to pass a “stimulus” bill tomorrow that 62% of Americans flatly reject as “too much spending and too little tax cuts”. While the details of this plan have been debated to the point of exhaustion, including here in the Foundry, not enough people are debating the fundamental changes to the American way of life that will occur if this bill is passed. Even if the economy gets better overnight, we are still welcoming a new era of Government control over our lives.

    Hello Welfare: The “stimulus” bill effectively ends welfare reform as we know it. In fact, the House version contains $264 billion (32%) in new means-tested welfare spending. This represents about $6,700 in new welfare spending for every poor person in the U.S. 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.

    Goodbye Federalism: One thing that is certain, if this bill passes; it will fundamentally change the balance of power between the federal government and state governments. If a Governor has spent years balancing his state budget only to have the federal government now double certain state funds in time of “emergency”, they will never be able to restrain state spending again. Plus, it rewards fiscally irresponsible states with the tax dollars of Americans in states that have sound budgets; i.e. robbing Indiana to pay Illinois.

    Spending does not suddenly become stimulating if it is funded by Washington instead of state governments. Either way, all spending “injected” into the economy must first be taxed or borrowed out of the economy. It is a zero-sum transfer that does not create any new demand, regardless of which level of government is doing the taxing, borrowing, or spending. In this case, the economic positive of states adding $200 billion to the economy will be negated by Washington first having to borrow $200 billion out of the economy.

    Hello Government-Controlled Health Care: The experts at Heritage often refer to the “Tipping Point” of Health Care. We are getting dangerously close to the federal government controlling more of health care spending than the private sector. The President guaranteed this happening by expanding SCHIP last week. The “stimulus” bill will make it happen even faster. Government controlled health care has been on the liberal agenda for years, but the public’s negative response to it in 1992 derailed the plans. Now, we are witnessing a stealth attack at this issue, without public debate. Health care has fallen off the left’s agenda for the rest of 2009, because liberals have already scored two major victories without the public even noticing.

    Veiled under this massive economic stimulus proposal are profoundly controversial and far-reaching health care provisions that would set the country on a path toward more fiscal irresponsibility, mounting unfunded entitlement liabilities, and less control of families over their personal health care decisions. If Congress wants to enact such provisions, it should do so not tagged on a fast-tracked stimulus bill but with a full and public debate so that the American people understand the impact of these health care decisions on their lives.

    Goodbye Jobs: This bill highlights a tired Washington ideology that Congress can actually “create” jobs rather than stimulate their creation. This ideology can now be labeled as a habit. By focusing the relatively small jobs portion of the bill on infrastructure, the Congress assumes that these are the jobs that need filling. In fact, these are the jobs that Union bosses want Congress to create because they can drive up labor rates on these types of projects. But jobs are not easily transferable, which means that many of the now unemployed would not benefit from construction jobs. They would benefit from tax cuts that spur businesses to increases wages and hire more workers. Efforts to use infrastructure spending failed to lift the U.S. economy out of the Great Depression. Infrastructure projects are slow to implement, frequently starting after an economic recovery has already begun.

    Hello Big Government: The House and Senate versions of the ‘stimulus’ bill will irreversibly make government bigger, and not surprisingly, it will double the size of the departments that should be looking to make cuts. The Senate ‘compromise’ actually increases the Energy Department’s take with little notice. Currently, the Department of Energy has a roughly $28 Billion annual budget. The ‘stimulus’ gives them a $40 Billion bonus, before Congress even starts debating their next budget, which will also surely increase.

    Since the 1970s, federal per-student spending has more than tripled while student test scores and graduation rates have remained flat. Despite this, the House version of the ‘stimulus’ bill doubles the size of the Department of Education. These policy courses are irreversible, because it is unlikely that in one year or two, Congress will heroically vote to cut their budgets in half.

    The Titanic: The debate over President Obama’s ‘stimulus’ plan has been relatively short and focused on spending. It is right to examine this spending. But we must also examine what our government will look like when the economy recovers, and considering the course we are on now, we should rename this bill, “The Titanic”.

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    26 Responses to America Gets Change in the Form of An Iceberg

    1. Philip R. Tripp, Hen says:

      It's actually a lot scarrier. When all the 'healthcare reforms' are in place and your medical records are on file in a government database, your doctor may have to check with HHS guidelines to determine if he can treat you. If he doesn't follow those guidelines he could face serious penalties. Note the vagueness, that's in the bill. Expensive medicines or proceedures might not be approved if it's decided that you may only have a few years left anyway…

      There's quite a lot of vague language in the bill, like "$500M for administrative costs", with no further explanation.

      Forget the next Stephen King novel, download the PDF of the bill and read it instead.

    2. Ozzy6900, CT says:

      No one is listening to the People! I wrote my two Senators (Leiberman and Dodd) to voice my disgust with the matter. Senator Leiberman answered with this God awful, mess of how "we have to do this NOW" and "spending on infrastructure will create jobs". Well, at least he answered! Senator Dodd is probably still on a weekend drunk!

      These are perfect examples of how our Representatives couldn't care less about what we have to say.

    3. Kristina, Gloucester says:

      Don'tcha know – the people we've elected to congress are the best and the brightest and know what's best for you. That's what they keep telling us anyway. We are all too greedy and self serving and the government is the ultimate benefactor. They have only the most altruistic of intentions – to take care of us. Funny, sadly, pathetically funny, but if it wasn't for the government and political careers (and academia) how many of our fearsome leaders would be able to take care of ourselves?

    4. Michael Barrett / Ba says:

      It is time for serious action on term limits for all legislative offices. no more than 3 terms for anyone. and 5 year moritorium on any legislator working for or becoming a lobbiest or married to one.

      The ignorant public swollowed all the smooth talk and emptypti rhetoric during the campaignand before 6 months pass we will be saddled with the largest bill ever to be sent down the Potomic from theives who say they have an emergency. My gut says we will have serious civil dissobedience because of this and it will translate into none payment of taxes since the only thing congress understands is money with lots of zeros. If they all of a sudden are missing billions of tax dollars from millions of people what are they going to do put everyone in jail, right.

    5. Gretchen Hoffman, Ve says:

      This bill is theft from the American people! Term limits for all legislative offices, absolutely! The way this administration is setting up the government with the census going to the white house, the money in this bill that will go to ACORN-future elections will be a joke. Michael, I agree with your gut…civil unrest will start once people start understanding the tyrany that is taking this country. These people are like kids in a candy store with no mother or father to give them limits. Sickening!

    6. mark elder says:

      In an emergency situation when a doctor must submit to beauracracy before treating a case be it immediate life or six months down the road and treatment is refused or the doctors freedoms are then threatened and the patient dies or withers away.

      How long before black market medicine or civil unrest rears its head? When A young man forced to watch his wife or child die away because a doctor had to resort to beauracracy or when a young woman not being able to protect her dying child must watch it die! What happens when any person for that matter is prevented from protecting a family member in any medical emergency situation because of a now criminal Washington?

      When the potentially avoidable angers and pains of losing a loved one is thrust upon us by the heavy hand of tyranny coming from the ever growing federal government that our founders warned us of becomes an irreparable scar, what then?

      In short when a man or woman loses all reason for living in the first place and is driven by resentment and anger and the vivid memories of doing nothing while a loved one dies, young or old. How long before the first musket shot is heard, and how fast will it multiply?

      Neighbors will rally with neighbors and families and communities will talk angers will flare and the brood will begin…

      When freedom is so quickly ripped from our hands and barbarously shoved down our throat without the concern for our loved ones! All the while knowing that politicians and the Washington ilk recieve the best of medical care without regards to our health care and well being.

      Nothing pushes a nation to anger quicker than abuse to our families and loved ones and the taking of our private properties. If a man will rush into a burning house to save a child, wife a grand parent or even a neighbor or in many cases a stranger, how long before we rush into the teeth of civil war to regain our freedoms ..How long before civil unrest?

    7. Sliver, Wisconsin says:

      Mark you are correct and I really believe this will happen soon and maybe in the next four years depending on what this soon to be fascist government will place upon us and how much of our freedom will be taken away. I heard and read some rumblings about an upcoming march on Washington next spring involving a celebrity in one of my NRA publications maybe that will be the impetus this country needs to start cleaning house. Government is not the answer it is the problem!!!

    8. Carolyn, Florida says:

      I'm ready to march on Washington!!! What else can we do when NO ONE in Washington is listening to "we the people"? I think our only choice is to ban together and revolt by non violence Martin Luther style protests. Somebody out there, organize this thing before it is too late and let's DO SOMETHING!!!

    9. james Minooka IL says:

      I here every one complaining but I want to know what action can and will be taken to stop this tryannical takeover of myour country…. as I see it we are being taken over by the people who have realized the can vote themselves rich….

      what is the plan to overcome this…or are we left with just the second amendment to see us thru?? the left obviously has a plan ..what is the rights? Also on another note Is the President and the left willing to sacrifice an american city to terrorist in the name of marshall law??? just a thought

    10. kent, Virginia says:

      Welcome, America, to Obama Nation!

    11. jack, Ohio says:

      I would be interested in marching to washington

      this IS the Titanic in the making

    12. Ross, Florida says:

      As I read this article, the more convinced I am to removing certain ammunities and placing more accountabilities on our "representative" at the federal level. Primarily that the congress at the federal level cannot determine and vote on their pay, benefits, or operating budget(including staffing)as representives of their home state. That our "representatives" submit every two years their payroll, benefits, and operating/staffing budget to their home state to be voted on by their legislators and approved by their state governor. This would make them civil servants of their home state. Also this would be a start for fiscal responsibility at the federal level, especially when it will have a direct impact on their pocketbook. If there is an inequity in pay, benefits, and staff between states, so what. For our representatives will truly represent their home state, its interest, and "the unwashed masses" who pay the bills.

    13. Tricia Tellez Giron, says:

      I concur with all of the above. There were people who told us what was up, but most of us didn't get the message because the main stream media was and is 'in the tank' for a personality. I guess they think that they are exempt from what is to come. I'd like to know how to get out of this mess. Is it even possible???

      I'm in for the march, but it should be before Acorn stops us.

    14. Sam Kendall, Wiscons says:

      On the matter of health care, all I have to say is as follows. For a few years now I have been planning on getting a career as a doctor. Like most people that choose to take a career in medicine I would get a degree in Engineering, in case I would not make it into medical school. Now. I'm still going to get an Engineering degree, but with health care moving closer and closer to a socialist system, I have no intention of going to medical school. I am certain that I am not the only one who has made this choice and there is already a shortage of doctors. If the country is to become a communist regime, health care will be the first area where Big Brother is going to assert control.

    15. Sliver, Wisconsin says:

      Hey guys if this march takes place you will find out by going on the NRA or any right to carry website. I've been to gun shows in the area and there is some rumors flying around. SHHHH don't tell OBAMA.

    16. JJSMSL in vt says:

      I cry myself to sleep ever since Obama was elected. I was in a stupor for 2 weeks, as if someone close to me died. I couldn't think sraight at all. I have been aware of what he is, and well aware of his intentions. I listened to those who spoke so much about it. I still want to believe there is something we can do. I realise on the passage of this STIMULS (theft) bill we are getting weaker and weaker. What they are doing is stealing all our money, paralyzing us as a nation everywhere they can, it wont be much longer before it is definately too late. God help this nation, and its good people.

    17. Linda in Texas says:

      I have been ready to march on Washington for a long time. When is it going to happen? How far do we let them go before we are really fed up. This is happening because we are the working people and have never had the time to do anything but work, raise our families, and pay taxes. The left has had help from radical groups that allows them to protest. We need to stand up and stand up now or it will be too late.


    19. Spiritof76, New Hamp says:

      It is high time that we talk about what we are going to do. Washington will not listen and will not change.

      It is time that we organize a massive march on Washington demanding the dissolution of the federal government and reform it to the limitations of the Constitution.

      I would also like to see that all the producers in this country close their businesses one day with the warning that if our demands are not met, the country will shut down.

      I propose that we schedule our march on April 15.

      We have to mount a highly visible protest in a non-violent manner.

      Writing and complaining here and elsewhere will not change one iota. We have to rescue our country for our children and grandchildren.

    20. guy phillips scottsd says:

      it is obvious to me that the liberals are trying to establish their new world order before we can stop them…… will they succeed?

    21. Marge in Florida says:

      IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

      "The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

      When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

      We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–"


    22. Neal Lang, Boca Rato says:

      "These are the times that tries men's souls!"

      Unfortunately things will need to get much worse before they get any better. For any "revolution", either violent or non-violent to succeed, a "critical mass" of at least 1/3rd of the people must fully support the side promoting the change.

      During our Revolution only 1/3rd of those in the colonies supported Independence, while 1/3rd were Tories and the other 1/3rd wavered between "Sunshine Patriots" and Loyalists. In the French Revolution less than 1/3rd of the people were the Jacobin anarchists, however, they were supported by large numbers of anti-royalists. A third remained loyal to the king and a third just wanted something to eat and to be otherwise left alone.

      In the Russian Bolshvik Revolution, the Bolshviks made up much less than 1/3rd of the people while those loyal to the Kerensky made up the bulk of those pushing for a Russian Republic. Unfortunately for the Kerensky goverment, which shared power with Lenin's Bolshviks, Lenin was able to convinced Kerensky to issue famous Army Order No.1 which did away with all rank in the Russian Military causing the desolution of the military order and the Russian Military as an effective force loyal to the new government. This lead the Bolshviks to overthrow Kerensky because the Russian Government no longer had an effective, armed fighting force to support it, while the Bolshvik faction was armed to the teeth. A civil war between the Whites and the Reds insued and lasted for many years.

      The real problem in our county today is that too many young would be patriots suffer from a complete lack of understanding of the founding principles of our Nation, and its Constitution that created a very limited Federal Government thanks to the MSM and Public School System. Going forward much more pain will need to be inflicted before a critical mass for change can be generated in the United States of America.

    23. Beltashzar, Boston M says:

      You have every right to peaceful assembly, I think buy some lunch and do some shopping on the way too. Take the public transportation system and talk to those you ride with also.

      We are Americans together now right?

      I personally choose to not march now but I do reserve the right. I will however be on the train and am looking forward to our future conversations.

    24. Marshall Hill-Michig says:

      This is the usual result in Our America today,no

      Politicians will listen to whom it is that put them in Office! Are we on the Brink of retaliation,over being looked down upon by these

      people who are Smarter than us?

    25. mark elder texarkana says:

      The best form of advertisement is word of mouth I also think the best form of an uprising is word of mouth. A great place to start is by getting the facts together and with several like minded people confront our local school boards and take it to the stop. Confront them about no economics being taught in school address the fact that the history taught is now a lie and go door to door if one must. After all it is our tax dollars that are paying for this we have a right. Talk to the boards talk your neighbors talk to people in line at the grocery store about the social engineering in our schools, about what is going on locally and in Washington. I realize often it falls on deaf ears but all ears will not be deaf and all eyes will not be blind but all spirts will be inflamed when their liberties are striped away from them. The meat is ready to tenderize marinate it well. You will be surprised at the response. BE BOLD!

      We can also descend upon our local TV stations picket the newspapers until they get it right. Those story starved morans will jump on anything even if they try to destroy it, the more people that realize the media are twisting the truth the more pressure that comes to bear on the media themselves. Put a fulcrum on them! Confront them about the news they promote and then point to them the masses in your community that are angry.

      The situation at hand is like weather, before a super cell thunderstorm can become a super cell the conditions must be right, two air masses must be set to collide but first the cumulous must be created then the pressure below the cap or inversion begans to swell and and when the cap busts the conditions are right for all hell to break loose and for the march too begin.

      Even if everyone cant march on Washington because of expenses pool money and send some delegates of your own out of your communities and expect a full report before during and after the march with camera phones and the internet now we can swamp them and when our delegates are marching we storm the phones on capital hill and our state capitals let our voice be loud brave wise and PATRIOTIC! Call your local newspaper and TV stations Bug them until the drop!

      I am all for a march on Washington but before we climb a mountian we must start at the base…Organize with at least three like minded folks and then watch it grow. Where is the faith of the mustard seed? And "IF FREEDOM IS YOUR CHILD NURTURE IT PROTECT IT..Mark Elder

      P.S I know I am talking to a treasures chest of great minds and ideas. I have faith in the creativeness of my fellow Patriots, and the bravery in which this nation was built! I would love to hear from you…

    26. Joan ,Wa. says:

      We need to vote the bumbs out!!!! At every election!!! I am sick of hearing "tax cuts don't work, look at the last 8 years." Let's remind them the Dems were in charge for the last 6 years!! I agree with Ross,Fl. (Feb 10) They need there automatic pay raises abolished, along with their other perks, and a mandatory budget submitted for the voters approval.

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