The Queen of Scream hates the thought of spending... now that it's not her party doing it.
All Americans who work for a living, or who plan to work for a living sometime in the next century, are about to be stuck with a trillion-dollar bill to fund yet more oppressive government bureaucracies. Or as I call it, a trillion dollars and change.
The stimulus bill isn't as bad as we had expected -- it's much worse. Instead of merely creating useless, make-work jobs digging ditches -- or "shovel-ready," in the Democrats' felicitous phrase -- the "stimulus" bill will create an endless army of government bureaucrats aggressively intervening in our lives. Instead of digging ditches, American taxpayers will be digging our own graves.
Meanwhile, the President's fiscal year 2009 budget proposes an additional $70 billion in war-related spending, on top of the $102.4 billion the Administration continues to pursue for fiscal year 2008. The amount requested for fiscal year 2009 is merely a placeholder for the first few months of next fiscal year, vastly underestimating what would be required to continue the war in Iraq at the current level of involvement. The administration plans to seek additional funding for fiscal year 2009 in the Spring. The Iraq war has thus far cost $522 billion.
So, Republican logic is... spending recklessly is arguable and justifed if you're attacking a manufactured enemy or handing it wantonly to executives with no oversight, but damn you if you reinvest or attempt to reinvest in America directly. This goes beyond simply being a partisan hack who's only goal is to be an obstructionist... the party that self-swaddles in the flag is repeatedly giving the bird to the American voter, his/her welfare and the economy.
That's bile in the back of your throat in case you were curious.
No matter who gets elected, how much time you take off or how much hope you have for change... there's still going to be enough hypocritical BS to blog about.
If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem... and sometimes you're just a speed bump.
Why I Vote "No" On the Stimulus
by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
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I am eager to work in a bipartisan fashion toward a speedy and sustainable recovery. But we have to ensure that any stimulus package is balanced, reasonable in size, and targeted specifically to job creation, keeping people in their homes and overall economic growth. The plan before us lacks these objectives. What we have learned is that excessive spending may prolong a recession. Moving forward, we must carefully consider the spending decisions before us.
HUTCHISON SKIPS WORK TO PLAY POLITICS
Only Senator AWOL for Friday Evening Stimulus Package Votes
(Austin, TX) - While the United States Senate took crucial votes on the stimulus package Friday evening, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison was the only Senator who went AWOL, choosing to seek support for her campaign at a Texas speaking engagement instead of fulfilling her responsibilities to work for Texans in the Senate. The six votes Sen. Hutchison missed dealt with amendments to the package, reached as a bipartisan compromise by a group of Senators.
"At a time when millions of people have lost their jobs, Kay Bailey Hutchison was the only Senator who didn't bother to show up to work last Friday night," observed Texas Democratic Party Chairman Boyd Richie. "With our country facing its greatest economic challenge in sixty years, Senator Hutchison skipped six important votes for a political event, showing she is no better than Governor Perry, who is playing the same kind of politics by threatening to reject funds to help Texans out of this recession."
Senator Hutchison's absence was impossible to overlook, as only two other Senators missed the critical votes: Sen. Ted Kennedy, who was being treated for a brain tumor, and Sen. Judd Gregg, who is not participating in Senate votes due to his nomination as Secretary of Commerce.
Bi-partisan sometimes means, you just don't show up.