Porkapalooza Update – Update

Update II:Have you read the stimulus … like members of Congressread fast.

UPDATE: Red State has a great breakdown on the RAWDEAL PORKAPALOOZA.

The Democrats’ trillion dollar spending bill provides $1.10 per day in tax relief to workers, while saddling every American family with $9,400.00 in added debt.

Following are some very tentative quick facts on the trillion-dollar “stimulus” spending deal slated to be rushed through the House and Senate today or tomorrow by Congressional Democrats, as compiled by the Office of House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH).

Read the whole thing. It’s short and worth it.

Michelle Malkin continues to do the work even our own Congresspeople won’t do. She has the breakdown and I have already downloaded the House version. She has the Porkapalooza in PDF form. Late night reading?

Click here for the details.

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  1. Dimsdale on February 12, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    It makes one wonder exactly what the Congresscritter's highly paid staff get paid for?

  2. Dimsdale on February 12, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Or, for that matter, what the Congresscritters get paid for.

  3. davis on February 13, 2009 at 1:15 am

    Hey Jim and Dimsdale, in case you have not paid attention, the fix is in: the bill will pass. Stop whining and see what you can do with it.

  4. Bill on February 13, 2009 at 3:02 am

    Isn't this just a leap to socialist totalitarianism in disguise?

  5. davis on February 13, 2009 at 4:47 am

    So now you have put your label on it. Is the beginning or the end of the whining?

  6. Dimsdale on February 13, 2009 at 5:00 am

    Well davis, I am glad that someone is happy about it.  You may be laughing now, but you will be crying later.

    What are we going to "do with it?"  The Dems wrote it, locked out Republicans, and passed it.  The only good that will come of this (if Japan's recent history is any indicator) is that they will bear full responsibility for it too (aside from the usual suspect RINOs).

    If it is whining to point out the nonfunctional, partisan, political payoff crap in this bill, then yeah, I'm a whiner.  If it was such a shining example of economic practicality and squeaky clean, then why do the Dems ram it through before any human being could actually read it and digest it?  Because we can't wait.  BS.  Because someone might actually see what is in here and point it out to the public?  BINGO!

    Yeah, I'm whining about my baby daughter being saddled with a deficit that is exponentially greater than anything Bush was roundly criticized for (see Powerlineblog for 2/12 or click http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/assets_c/20… Pay close attention to the  years.

    I am whining about partisan hack groups like ACORN getting billions of dollars to fabricate voters out of whole cloth.  I am whining about government jobs that will pay someone for a year, then lay them off again, dropping us into the same mess we are in now, just delayed.

    I am whining about the government printing money faster than Zimbabwe.

    I am whining about the inflationary spiral we are about to enter.

    I am whining about idoits like Patrick and Obama planning to burden the economy with huge increases in the gas tax (that should help the little guy, huh?)

    And that is just the tip of the whining iceberg.  Would you like a deck chair on the front or the back of this economic Titanic?

  7. Bruce on February 13, 2009 at 8:33 am

    So, I've been wondering what job President Obama is creating for me.  I'm hoping for an alpha, but considering I'm a conservative, I'm betting on a delta or epsilon.  Oh well, pass the 'soma'!

    • davis on February 14, 2009 at 1:27 am

      Hey Dimsdale, you keep whining and I will try to find ways to work with what has been passed. I am going to try my best to help patch the hole in the Titanic. The deck chair is all yours.

    • Dimsdale on February 14, 2009 at 7:59 am

      Oh, to be sure, we will all have to work with the scraps that will be left.  You don't get a choice (unless perhaps you are one of the elite politicians). 

      Of course, I worked with the rules on mortgages etc., and as such, I will be paying for those that played outside the rules.  Nice.  Why is "fair" defined by the Democrats as "making things harder for people that play by the rules?"  Oh, yeah. I forgot: "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need."  So much for subtlety from the Democrats.

      I don't recall the hole being patched in the Titanic.  You will be too busy swimming to keep your head above water to worry about patches.  http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photogr

      Invest in very good life preservers for your children and grandchildren, since we are going with a nautical motif.

      Oh, I forgot: whine!  (are you old enough to remember the Carter years, by the way?)

  8. davis on February 14, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Dimsdale: Yes, I remember and I survived. And so did you apparently. I'll still try to patch the hole with a lot of other people (including my children and grandchildren), while you might still want to sit on the deck  chair.

  9. Dimsdale on February 14, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Maybe I'm a tad confused, but what, in anything I have said, would make you think that I am just going to sit back a take it?  The first step in "fixing the hole" is trying to stop it from forming in the first place.   Where the "whining" begins, I guess.  So much for that.  Step 2: punish those who foisted this crap sandwich on us.  Part of that, I guess, is more "whining:" calling attention to details that the Fourth Estate won't report.  Perhaps you would prefer to sit back and wait until the ship is sinking….?  Step 3: patch the hole and refloat the boat.  Two to four years, maybe eight, depending on how ignorant (no reporting, no whining, right?) the media and our vaunted leaders remain in office.

  10. Dimsdale on February 14, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Could we redefine "whining" as overcompensating for the predictably and reliably short memory of the media fed public?  All part of "fixing the hole," no?

  11. davis on February 15, 2009 at 3:25 am

    I don't think you are confused; I think you appear to be late on the scene and looking back at what has already gone by. The hole in the Titanic is there and has been there for a while. The people who created the hole have already gotten some punishment (some more than others). And it's time to work on patching the the hole (maybe even if you don't like the tools/material we have been given). Maybe I am more confident that you that the creativity and dedication to purpose that America has shown in the past will prevail again. Some media is showing a little too much "defeatism".

  12. Dimsdale on February 15, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    I agree with you on the defeatism angle.  I just think that this latest boondoggle is only making the hole bigger, not fixing it.   I don't agree that anyone that is truly responsible for this mess has been punished in the least.

    We are still waiting for the life preservers to bubble to the surface.  Then we will know what to fix (I am sorry to say).

    Like you say though, it is going to be up to us to fix this mess, presuming we can get the politicians out of the way.

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