timely quote

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.

Theodore Roosevelt

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Obama's "stimulus" package could give billions to ACORN

From Fox News and Salon.com:

The $825 billion "stimulus" package that Obama and congressional democrats are trying to force down our throats seems to be more of a line item list of the things that they couldn't get done under Bush. This is according to Sen. David Vitter and Rep. John Boehner.

Republican lawmakers are raising concerns that ACORN, the low-income advocacy group under investigation for voter registration fraud, could be eligible for billions in aid from the economic stimulus proposal working its way through the House.

House Republican Leader John Boehner issued a statement over the weekend noting that the stimulus bill wending its way through Congress provides $4.19 billion for "neighborhood stabilization activities."

He said the money was previously limited to state and local governments, but that Democrats now want part of it to be available to non-profit entities. That means groups like ACORN would be eligible for a portion of the funds.

The thing is, Obama has made house dems drop some bits like contraceptive services because they didn't meet the need for job creation. But I haven't been able to find a list of what's actually in the bill.

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., told FOX News Tuesday that the money could be seen as "payoff" for groups' political activities in the last election. ACORN generally supports Democratic candidates and actively backed President Obama last year.

But he said the funding is just one example of frivolous spending items in the $825 billion package.

"It's just a long list of spending items. Not a real economic stimulus job creation bill," Vitter said. "It's line after line after line of favorite liberal spending programs, and it amounts to a big government bill -- not a job creation bill."

Obama plans to meet with Republican leaders on Capitol Hill Tuesday to hear some their input on the package. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama is open to suggestions.

"If there are good ideas -- and I think he assumes there will be -- we will look at those ideas," he said Monday.

That meeting did happen this afternoon and Obama called it a "wonderful exchange of ideas." My Representative was on the radio this evening and said that it was more of an agreement that there are definite differences in ideas between Obama and republicans.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in a televised interview that Obama was having problems with Democrats, whom he said favor spending over tax cuts as a remedy for the economic crisis.

"We think the country needs a stimulus," he said on NBC's "Today" show. But he also said that he believes most people do not believe it will be accomplished through projects like "fixing up the mall," a reference to fundings to repair the National Mall in Washington. He said Republicans want a bill that devotes 40 percent of its cost to tax cuts.

The White House-backed legislation includes roughly $550 billion in spending as well as $275 billion in tax cuts.

Most of the spending is on items such as health care, jobless benefits, food stamps and other programs that benefit victims of the recession.

House Republicans have drafted an alternative. Except for an extension of unemployment benefits, it consists exclusively of tax cuts.

Wouldn't that be nice. I believe we've had enough stimuli, though. If any Republicans actually vote for this $825 billion spending bill, they need to be voted out of office.

h/t: Gunslinger's Journal: Zero's latest Outrage


Joan of Argghh! said...

Ain't it enough to make you wanna spit nails? argghh!!!

folly said...

It's just incredible to watch how so many people can just ignore this kind of pandering. Of course, he's been doing this kind of thing since the beginning of the campaign, and at least 52% of people ignored it long enough to vote for him, so I don't know why I'm surprised.