There should be nothing more disconcerting to Americans than seeing a bunch of politicians in a hurry. The president, Senate Democrats and a few falsely labeled “Republicans” are rushing the stimulus package through to a final vote like Trent Lott scurrying through South Central at dusk. Why the hurry on something so important?
A “compromised” version of the stimulus package was finalized in the Senate late Saturday evening, and will probably be voted on early this week. When Congress is working weekends, you know we’re about to get the shaft. This time it was no different.
Republicans in the House are to be congratulated for giving this nearly $1 trillion sham a 0 percent approval rating, but in the Senate there were the usual handful of RINOs who are signing off on the bill. You can be reasonably certain that at this very moment, Arlen Specter, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins are patting themselves on the back for diligently working to talk the Democrats down, helping ensure that the knife is only plunged into taxpayers backs 12 inches instead of the originally planned one foot.
After it was reported that the stimulus was a split between 42 percent tax cuts and 58 percent government spending, Sen. John Kerry called that “a good balance.” Only in D.C. can you put a grain of sand on one side of a scale, and a Buick on the other, and make it “balance” perfectly – all the while the scale is sitting on top of taxpayers, crushing them to death.
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein doubts the bill will spur economic growth (video here) – and she voted for it anyway. What a trooper! Vice President Biden said there’s a “30 percent chance we’ll get it wrong” – but then, there’s a 100 percent chance that Joe’s completely nuts, so I’d say his prediction is way low.
Through this whole process, we’ve been told that we face threats of a depression, soup lines, pestilence, famine, upheaval, locust swarms and another Cher farewell tour if we don’t shovel $1 trillion toward more government, union goodies and global warming mythology.
Here’s a good rule of thumb that I’ve always lived by: As a politician’s dire rhetoric about how much danger you’re in if you don’t do exactly as they say increases, the amount of danger you’re actually in decreases exponentially.
The desperation of the president and Democrats in Congress, along with their RINO water carriers, is increasing, thanks in no small part to a drastic drop in support for the stimulus package. A Rasmussen survey last week found that only 37 percent supported the legislation, and those numbers are dropping fast. Pro-stimulus politicians know the reason for this: People have been informed as to what the “package” is really about, and it has nothing to do with stimulating anything except more government.
The longer this process takes, the more time Americans have to find out what’s going on, and this creates the greatest nightmare of the pro big-government politician: an informed electorate. An informed electorate is a greater enemy to big-government liberals than al-Qaida, North Korea and Iran combined, as evidenced by the fact that Obama referred to Sept. 11 as a mere “tragedy,” but to failure to pass the stimulus package as a “catastrophe.”
Obama, sensing a sinking ship last week, picked up the pace and said, “The time for talk is over.” Since when does a liberal like Obama cut off dialog? Obama wants to “unclench the fist” of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by sitting down to talk to the man who has said he wants to wipe Israel and the U.S. off the map, but Obama is finished talking to U.S. citizens about how $1 trillion of our money – and our children’s and grandchildren’s money – is used?
The real reason so many politicians are in a hurried state obviously has nothing to do with our wellbeing. The death of this stimulus package is the death of their latest huge-government dream – at least for a little while. But, as of right now, it looks like this monster will indeed be brought to life. Let your representatives know that in coming elections you will neither forgive nor forget who created this stimulus beast that we all know is merely serving as the opening credits for an upcoming Marxist pornography at its filthiest.
Generations of Americans to come are being given a financial death sentence, and our final meal will be an enormous helping of pork. If we’re lucky, maybe our president will at least let us bum a “last cigarette.”