Stimulus or Pork?

If you have the stomach for it I would encourage you to take the time to review the recently U.S. House-passed HR 1 or President Obama’s “American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.”  As WCCO radio show host and WCCO-TV anchor, Don Shelby in Minneapolis commented on his radio show this afternoon, “it’s full of garbage.”

A quick review of only the first 50 pages of the 647-page Bill would readily back up his assertion.  No wonder the Republicans are standing shoulder-to-shoulder against the Bill.  The Bill appears to have a lot to do with the broad expansion of government and government control with choice pickings for many government departments and agencies.

Some key allocations:

  • $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • $247 million for government oversight.
  • $209 million for deferred maintenance for Agricultural Research Service facilities.
  • $100 million for information systems upgrades for child nutrition.
  • $250 million in administration costs for the Economic Development Assistance Programs.
  • $245 million for Farm Service Agency salaries and expenses.
  • $350 million for salaries and expenses of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
  • $300 million for the construction of research facilities for the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

There are, of course, 600 more pages to go, but you get the point.  What is economically stimulating for Main Street America with the expansion of government and political pork?  This is no longer our tax dollars at work.  It is the tax dollars and much more of every American generation for decades to come.



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