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20 Facts About Dem’s Stimulus Package

From a press release by the House Republican Leader, John Boehner:

Top 20 Fast Facts About the House Democrats’ Trillion Dollar Spending Plan

House Democrats Derail Bipartisan Process, Plow Ahead with Proposals to Fund Digital TV Coupons, Cars for Bureaucrats, and Contraceptives … In a Bill Allegedly About the Economy

Washington, Jan 26 – Earlier this month, when then-President-elect Obama met with Democratic and Republican congressional leaders, he laid out a vision of crafting a bipartisan economic recovery package focused on creating jobs and fast-acting tax relief. However, in the weeks since that meeting, Democratic leaders in Congress have taken that vision and turned it upside down, crafting a plan loaded with hundreds of billions in spending on programs and projects – most of which will not impact our ailing economy for many years, if ever, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.

Rather than working with Republicans on a proposal that lets families, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and the self-employed keep more of what they earn to create jobs and help fix our economy, it seems congressional Democrats are prepared to barrel ahead with the same-old, same-old – more and more aimless spending – at a time when the American people expect so much more out of their elected officials in Washington. For a taste of just how badly Capitol Hill Democrats have strayed from the vision of a bipartisan plan to get our economy moving again, take a look at these 20 fast facts about their bloated plan:

1. The $825 billion package slated for a House vote later this week will exceed more than $1.1 trillion when adding in the interest ($300 plus billion) between 2009-2019 to pay for it.

2. The Capitol Hill Democrats’ plan includes funding for contraceptives; regardless of where anyone stands on taxpayer funded contraception, there is no question that it has NOTHING to do with the economy.

3. The legislation could open billions of taxpayer dollars to left-wing groups like the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), which has been accused of voter fraud, is reportedly under federal investigation; and played a key role in the housing meltdown.

4. Here are just a few of the programs and projects that have been included in the House Democrats’ proposal:

· $650 million for digital TV coupons.

· $600 million for new cars for the federal government.

· $6 billion for colleges/universities – many which have billion dollar endowments.

· $50 million in funding for the National Endowment of the Arts.

· $44 million for repairs to U.S. Department of Agriculture headquarters.

· $200 million for the National Mall, including $21 million for sod.

5. The plan establishes at least 32 new government programs at a cost of over $136 billion. That means more than a third of this plan’s spending provisions are dedicated to creating new government programs.

6. The plan provides spending in at least 150 different federal programs, ranging from Amtrak to the Transportation Security Administration. Is this the “targeted” plan Democratic leaders promised?

7. Even though the legislation contains at least 152 separate spending proposals, the authors of the plan can only say that 34 have any chance at keeping or growing jobs.

8. Just one in seven dollars of an $18.5 billion expenditure on “energy efficiency” and “renewable energy programs” would be spent within the next 18 months.

9. The total cost of this one piece of legislation is almost as much as the annual discretionary budget for the entire federal government.

10. The House Democrats’ bill will cost each and every household $6,700 in additional debt, paid for by our children and grandchildren.

11. The bill provides enough spending – $825 billion – to give every man, woman, and child in America $2,700. $825 billion is enough to give every person in Ohio $72,000.

12. $825 billion is enough to give every person living in poverty in the United States $22,000.

13. Although the House Democrats’ proposal has been billed as a transportation and infrastructure investment package, in actuality only $30 billion of the bill – or three percent – is for road and highway spending. A recent study from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office found that only 25 percent of infrastructure dollars can be spent in the first year, making the one year total less than $7 billion.

14. Much of the funding within the House Democrats’ proposal will go to programs that already have large, unexpended balances. For example, the bill provides $1 billion for Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) – a program that already has $16 billion on hand. States also are sitting on some $9 billion in unused highway funds – funds that Congress is prepared to rescind later this year.

15. All board members of the “Accountability and Transparency Board” created by this legislation are appointees of the President; none will be appointed by Congress.

16. A scant 2.7 percent, or $22.3 billion of the overall package, is dedicated to small business tax relief.

17. The Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that the legislation increases by seven million the number of people who get a check back from the IRS that exceeds what they paid in payroll and income taxes.

18. The “Making Work Pay” tax credit at the center of the plan amounts to $1.37 a day, or about the price of a cup of coffee.

19. Almost one-third of the so-called “tax relief” in the House Democrats’ bill is spending in disguise, meaning that true tax relief makes up only 24 percent of the total package – not the 40 percent that President Obama had requested.

20. $825 billion is just the beginning – many Capitol Hill Democrats want to spend even more taxpayer dollars on their “stimulus” plan. In fact, the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. David Obey (D-WI), told Roll Call earlier this month, “I would not be surprised to see us go further on some of these programs down the line.”

Somehow we have heard very few of these details from our one party press.

Why is that?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, January 27th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

21 Responses to “20 Facts About Dem’s Stimulus Package”

  1. Steve says:

    Mr. Limbaugh is discussing this article as we type.

  2. David says:

    Don’t be outraged and leave it at that. For the good of this country, email and call your Senators and Representatives today! Most here know already but if you can find their contact info from here: http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/
    (S.G. sorry for the repeat comment but you just posted this one.)

    • CaliforniaBear says:

      Just checked what it is for me out here in California. I’ve got two senators (both democrat) and one representative (also democrat). Is it even worth trying? Probably not.

  3. proreason says:

    It still misses the main problem, which is that this Depression Stimulation package will not create jobs or put more than pennies in people’s pockets for YEARS.

    It has nothing to do with the economy and everything to do with paying off the people who bought the election for The Moron.

    They bought him, now they get paid.

    What WE get is unending servitute to government masters and the new American Aristocracy.

    If the Moron and his puppet-masters really wanted to stimulate the economy, they would cut taxes by the same amount. The economy would take off like a rocket ship, and the stock market would go up 25% in a day.

  4. beautyofreason says:

    I think I’m going to be sick. $50 million for the National Endowment of the Arts? When can I get my check ? LOL I forgot; I don’t socialize with the elites and my “art” doesn’t smother Christian symbols with elephant poo and urine.

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    One, the “green” cars don’t even exist yet. Two, much of this is thrown out to dodge republicans into arguing over decoys. And three, I’m considering not filing a tax return next year.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      F-4 Phantom Pilot…..neg-a-tory ……IRS deadbeat is now your OverLord……how copy?
      OverLord Big Daddy will thumb his pickle on your pos
      Return to nest and rethink your last…….Have a good day, Over!!

  6. Dangerous says:

    Giving every man, woman and child in the US $2,700. That would have the economy on the upswing so fast the democrats’ pet economists would get whiplash. Instead they try this.

    Not being a resident, I can’t help pressure your government to stop the proposed wasteful travesty, so I urge you all to call, write, email and fax your reps to let them know how you feel.

  7. Reality Bytes says:

    You can say the dems are bunch of idiots but that would be an insult to idiots! Actually I think it’s worse. I believe the leadership along with Obama truly want our country to succeed (as The Premier Soviet State that Russia couldn’t live up to).

    But what do I know!?

  8. Reality Bytes says:

    When you think about it, you could say the American Voter is like the actor Ned Beatty – right after he signed on to do “Deliverence” – The poor guy didn’t work for years after that “SQUEAL LIKE A PIG!” scene. And neither will we!

    Instead of “Nobama” bumper stickers, maybe we should have had.

    Vote Obama!
    it’s short hop over, but a long walk back.

    And it will be.

  9. Al Morone says:

    “Sometime this year, taxpayers will receive an Economic Stimulus Payment.

    This is a very exciting new program that I will explain using the Q and A

    “Q. What is an Economic Stimulus Payment?
    “A. It is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers.

    “Q. Where will the government get this money?
    “A. From taxpayers.

    “Q. So the government is giving me back my own money?
    “A. No, they are borrowing it from China . You children are expected to
    repay the Chinese.

    “Q. What is the purpose of this payment?
    “A. The plan is that you will use the money to purchase a
    high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy.

    “Q. But isn’t that stimulating the economy of China ?
    “A. Shut up.”

    Below is some helpful advice on how to best help the US economy by
    spending your stimulus check wisely:

    If you spend that money at Wal-Mart, all the money will go to China .

    If you spend it on gasoline it will go to Hugo Chavez, the Arabs and Al

    If you purchase a computer it will go to Taiwan .

    If you purchase fruit and vegetables it will go to Mexico , Honduras ,
    and Guatemala (unless you buy organic).

    If you buy a car it will go to Japan and Korea .

    If you purchase prescription drugs it will go to India

    If you purchase heroin it will go to the Taliban in Afghanistan
    If you give it to a charitable cause, it will go to Nigeria .

    And none of it will help the American economy.

    We need to keep that money here in America . You can keep the money in
    America by spending it at yard sales, going to a baseball game, or spend it
    on prostitutes, beer (domestic ONLY), or tattoos, since those are the only
    businesses still in the US.

    • JohnMG says:

      At least they can’t reposess the tattoo.

      You don’t buy beer, you rent it. Most of the yard sale stuff originated at Wal-Mart. Baseball is more than 50% immigrants (some of them probably illegal), and all the whores are hyphenated-Americans now.

      Yep. Gotta spend it on tattoos!

    • 1sttofight says:

      Spend it on good old American made Bourbon, like I do.

  10. VMAN says:

    I just want to see one liberal here on S&L to try and defend this idiocy.

  11. U NO HOO says:

    RE: Green Cars

    Ford had an electric car prototype in 1966.

    American car mfrs. don’t build what the consumer wants?


  12. 11ten1775 says:

    Gotta say, I caught NBC nightly news a few days ago, and Brian Williams was actually reporting this stuff – including several specific items on the list. They accurately reported Boehner’s stance – without making him look like an idiot. Wonders never cease…

  13. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    I don’t know which is more obscene, keeping it a secret on where the money is going, or letting us actually see where it is going and to whom. Six hundred and fifty million for digital t.v. coupons? It’s bad enough that some people are unmotivated and sit on their butts all day watching t.v. but now we have to subsidize that? And six hundred million for new cars for the government? Well, I guess when you drive around looking down on us working class knaves you might as well do it in style. And what better way than in a new tax payer funded auto. You can’t look like a big shot bureaucrat driving last years model now can you? Twenty-one million for new sod at the national mall? Well yeah, I can see that. I mean after The One’s multi-million dollar blast, all that traffic of adoring fans probably wore the grass down to the nubbies. And lastly my favorite-NOT! More funding for the NEA. In college I had fellow art students with incredible talent but they would never see a cent of federal assistance because they weren’t provocative enough. If our founding fathers could come back in our time they would be appalled at how big the government has gotten. They would most likely tell us that its time for another revolution to purge the evil from the land.

  14. heather08 says:

    — The bill provides enough spending – $825 billion – to give every man, woman, and child in America $2,700–

    A better way to put it, I think, would be to say that, to pay for this monstrosity of a bill, every man, woman and child in America would have to contribute $2,700.

    • proreason says:

      Don’t be fooled, heather, by the $2,700 figure. It’s a mis-leading number because it is derived by using the entire population base (including, of course, illegal immigrants and the 40% of the population who pay no taxes), instead of the TAX PAYING BASE. Next time, they’ll throw dogs and cats into the denominator as well.

      The size of the package is equivalent to an entire year’s worth of income tax.

      If you pay $20,000 in income tax, that is the price to you……plus interest.

      Many who visit this site will see their debt increase by $50K or more.

      And of course, the Moron intends to shift even MORE of the tax burden to the producers, so even the numbers i’ve given you are low.

      And this Depression Stimulation package is just the beginning.

      The goal is to plunge working America into so much debt that the producers in this country will be forever under the government’s thumb.

  15. Liberals Demise says:

    HEAR, HEAR……..proreason!!

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