Thursday, January 29, 2009

National Review shows where your tax dollars are going.

In a post earlier today, I asked President Obama if it was a good day. I further pointed out that the so called Stimulus Bill was nothing more than paying off the far left wing supporters. Now, National Review has proven me right by breaking down the stimulus bill.

In other words, the net effect of this bill is to shift the distribution of U.S. government spending as a whole away from defense and public safety and toward social programs: for good or ill, to make the U.S. into more of a European-style social welfare state. Because the amount of spending is so huge, this will be a material, not notional, shift. Eventually, we will emerge from this recession/depression/whatever it’s going to be. When that happens, is this really the kind of government we’re going to want?

So the question is, what is being stimulated? Apparently good solid left wing loony programs. 

$20.0 billion to increase the maximum benefit under the Supplemental Nutrition Assurance Program (i.e., Food Stamps)

$18.5 billion for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs

$20.4 billion for programs administered by the Department of health and Human Services

$20.0 billion to renovate elementary and secondary schools

$17.6 billion for Pell grants and other student financial assistance at post-secondary institutions

$29.1 billion for other elementary and secondary educational programs

$30.0 billion for highway construction

$13.1 billion for other transportation programs

$11.2 billion for housing assistance programs administered by HUD

$19.5 billion (minimum, could be higher, as per Title XIII) for education grants to states

$27.1 billion for increase unemployment benefits

$13.3 billion to increase health insurance for unemployed workers 

$11.1 billion for “Other Unemployment Compensation”

$20.2 billion for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments to encourage providers to improve healthcare IT

Let's not forget the more than $5 Billion to ACORN. Nor the more than $325 Billion to the prevention of Sexually Transmitted Diseases. I really wish I was making that up. Now, I have to wonder, what kind of jobs would be stimulated with this?

Dems, I have a question. Is this the kind of change you hoped for?


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