Pork Before Service to Country (2/3/08)
President Obama is trying to get his new stimulus plan through Congress quickly. The problem is, it has more pork in it than anything that will stimulate the economy.
New White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel actually said, "Never let a serious crisis go to waste...it's an opportunity to do things you couldn't do before." And pork loving Democrats in Congress are eating that up!
The House TARP legislation is being sold as an economic "stimulus," but after analyzing the bill, the Wall Street Journal estimates that only $90 billion out of $825 billion -- or about 12 cents of every dollar -- is for something that can plausibly be considered a growth stimulus. The rest is one form of pork or another.
This is supposed to be a new era of bipartisanship, but what are we supposed to think when Speaker Nancy Pelosi says, "Hey. We won the election. We wrote the bill?"
She and the rest of her Democratic allies are perverting President Obama's promise of change into something much different from what I believe he intended. The only change they seem to favor is a switch from Republican-style pork to Democrat-style pork.
By the way, Representatives Baron Hill, John Yarmuth, and Ben Chandler all voted in favor of this pork filled package.
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I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.