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Our children and grandchildren may never forgive us for what Barack Obama is about to sign, nor should they.

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Democrat Chuck Schumer: “Americans Don’t Care About Pork”

Yep. He really said that. He also referred to those of us criticizing the pork in this spending bill as “the chattering class” that focuses on the pork.

Yes, Chuck, we do focus on things that, especially when we have two-month-old children who are going to have to work to pay off your efforts to reward to your political allies.

From the New York Post:

“And let me say this to all of the chattering class that so much focuses on those little, tiny, yes, porky amendments, the American people really don’t care,” Schumer said on the Senate floor.

I’ll make sure my son remembers this as he enters the work force in eighteen years so that he can pay off his share of a debt that he had no hand in creating.

You can access the complete article on-line here:

Senator Charles Schumer: Americans Don’t Mind A Little Pork
Post Staff Report
New York Post
February 10, 2009

Fact Checking Obama’s Claims About The Pork Spending (Stimulus) Bill

Okay, all is not well with the Obamanation. Here are some facts that have been checked by the Associated Press and have been found wanting:

OBAMA: “My bottom line is, are we creating 4 million jobs?” he told the news conference.

He said in Indiana, “The plan that we’ve put forward will save or create 3 million to 4 million jobs over the next two years.”

THE FACTS: Job creation projections are uncertain even in stable times, and some of the economists relied on by Obama in making his forecast acknowledge a great deal of uncertainty in their numbers.

The president’s own economists, in a report prepared last month, stated, “It should be understood that that all of the estimates presented in this memo are subject to significant margins of error.”

Beyond that, it’s unlikely the nation will ever know how many jobs are saved as a result of the stimulus. While it’s clear when jobs are abolished, there’s no economic gauge that tracks job preservation.

In the long run, this bill will cause a loss of jobs. The money to pay for this massive spending must come from somewhere. Ultimately, it will come out of our economy and hurt our ability to create jobs.

OBAMA: “They’ll be jobs building the wind turbines and solar panels and fuel-efficient cars that will lower our dependence on foreign oil and modernizing our costly health care system that will save us billions of dollars and countless lives.”

THE FACTS: The economic stimulus bill would allocate about $20 billion to help hospitals and doctors transition from paper charts to electronic health records for their patients. Research has shown that in some instances, electronic record keeping can eliminate inappropriate services and improve care, but it’s not a sure thing by any means. “By itself, the adoption of more health IT is generally not sufficient to produce significant cost savings,” the Congressional Budget Office reported last year.

Only proven technology leads to new job creation. Unproven technologies rely on government subsidies to continue, like wind farms that need government dollars to remain on-line. Again, this will lead to fewer jobs in the long run.

OBAMA: “I’ve appointed hundreds of people, all of whom are outstanding Americans who are doing a great job. There are a couple who had problems before they came into my administration, in terms of their taxes. … I made a mistake. … I don’t want to send the signal that there are two sets of rules.”

Obama previously acknowledged he “screwed up” in making it seem to Americans that there is one set of tax compliance rules for VIPs and another set for everyone else. Yet his choice for treasury secretary, Timothy Geithner, achieved the post despite having belatedly paid $34,000 to the IRS, an agency Geithner now oversees.

That could leave the perception that there is one set of rules for Geithner and another set for everyone else.

And let’s not forget how Obama went on a tirade about lobbyists in John McCain’s campaign and yet Obama himself appoints lobbyists to his own staff.

Anyone else think that there aren’t two set of rules here?

OBAMA: “We also inherited the most profound economic emergency since the Great Depression.”

THE FACTS: This could turn out to be the case. But as bad as the economic numbers are, the unemployment figures have not reached the levels of the early 1980s, let alone the 1930s — yet. A total of 598,000 payroll jobs vanished in January — the most in nearly 35 years — and the unemployment rate jumped to 7.6 from 7.2 percent the month before. The most recent high was 7.8 percent in June 1992.

And the jobless rate was 10.8 percent in November and December 1982. Unemployment in the Great Depression ranged for several years from 25 percent to close to 30 percent.

When we do reach the unemployment levels of the 1930’s, it won’t be because of the Bush Administration and the economy growing tax-cuts they enacted. It will be because of the socialist policies the Dems are trying to force down our throats right now.

You can access the complete article on-line here:

FACT CHECK: Examining Obama’s Job, Pork Claims
Calvin Woodward
Associated Press via Yahoo News
February 10, 2009

Obama Breaks Another Promise

Obama Bans Earmarks From Stimulus Package
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January 6, 2009

Well, it didn’t take long for Obama to break that promise. Or maybe he forgot to tell the Dems who control Congress that pork was banned. Here is a listing of what this pork-laden, useless spending bill contains:

– $1 billion for Amtrak, which hasn’t earned a profit in four decades.

– $2 billion to help subsidize child care.

– $400 million for research into the junk science of global warming.

– $2.4 billion for projects to demonstrate how carbon greenhouse gas can be safely removed from the atmosphere, another junk science project.

– $650 million for coupons to help consumers convert their TV sets from analog to digital, part of the digital TV conversion.

– $600 million to buy a new fleet of cars for federal employees and government departments.

– $75 million to fund programs to help people quit smoking.

– $21 million to re-sod the National Mall, which suffered heavy use during the Inauguration.

– $2.25 billion for national parks. This item has sparked calls for an investigation, because the chief lobbyist of the National Parks Association is the son of Rep. David R. Obey, D-Wisc. The $2,25 billion is about equal to the National Park Service’s entire annual budget. The Washington Times reports it is a threefold increase over what was originally proposed for parks in the stimulus bill. Obey is chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

– $335 million for treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.

– $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts.

– $44 million to renovate the headquarters building of the Agriculture Department.

– $32 billion for a “smart electricity grid to minimize waste.

– $87 billion of Medicaid funds, to aid states. This earmark amounts to the first installment of a Socialized Health Care system just like the disasters that have a hold of Canada and Great Britain.

– $53.4 billion for science facilities, high speed Internet, and miscellaneous energy and environmental programs.

– $13 billion to repair and weatherize public housing, help the homeless, repair foreclosed homes.

– $20 billion for quicker depreciation and write-offs for equipment.

– $10.3 billion for tax credits to help families defray the cost of college tuition.

– $20 billion over five years for an expanded food stamp program.

Not to mention the potential $5 billion for ACORN to commit more voter-fraud.