Maybe the Democrats Actually DID Stimulate Something, After All

Even though the Democrats removed the $100-plus million earmarked for contraceptives from the so-called “stimulus” package, that doesn’t mean they will refrain from screwing Americans. In fact, by keeping the $335 million included for the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, it looks to me as though the Democrats have every intention of continuing to screw taxpayers, but want to do so with little risk of adverse consequences for themselves.

Let’s not let that happen. While we may not be able to stop the bleeding, let’s make sure that when the stimulus hits the fan, we’re right there to give credit where credit is due. Barack Obama has promised to go line-by-line to take out the pork in this package and others — the problem, however, is that the entire bill is pork, and is merely the first volley in a campaign organized over the past fourteen years by bitter Washington Democrats clamoring to obtain power and keep it.

The Democrats had the election of their dreams. They got their results. Now, with the economic downturn hitting Americans where it hurts, the party of the New Deal will surely take advice from presidential chief of staff Rahm Emanuel: “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”

And they have.

Nearly every portion of the so-called “stimulus” package, as well as nearly every action taken by the fledgling Barack Obama administration in his first fortnight in office, has been meticulously designed by the Democrats as a way by which they can keep and maintain power. The bill passed by the House yesterday included billions for the rehabilitation of federal buildings and government departments, surely intended in part to make and keep federal employees–often pensive when it comes time for an election due to uncertainty about cutbacks and raises and benefits changes under a new administration–and keep their vote solidly in Barack Obama’s column; the same goes for President Obama’s intention on creating 600,000 new government jobs, many of which will be in the swing-voting areas of northern Virginia and Maryland. Furthermore, the billions given to organizations like ACORN will not only serve as payment for services rendered, but a possible down payment for services to come. Even the mob museum seems to be connected to the Democrats’ hopes of maintaining power and influence — after all, if we’re talking organized crime, we’ve got to look at Congress. Maybe the Democrats can even have their own exhibit.

We must hold the Democrats accountable for each and every mistake they make, each and every misstep which leads America toward ruin, financial and otherwise. At that time, should Republicans in Washington still have the testicular fortitude which unified them yesterday against the “stimulus” bill, perhaps they will call out those responsible for the truly failed policies.

For this to happen, however, we must train our elected representatives. While I do not necessarily feel it fair to compare our Republican officials with dogs, the approach to training them should be somewhat Pavlovian in nature. When the family dog does something right, when he sits or he shakes or he lays down or he fetches you a cold one from the refrigerator, the best way to encourage further good behavior is to reward him with treats and with praise. Now, while I’m not insinuating that we send good Republicans envelopes full of snausages when they vote the right way on a bill or amendment, we must ensure that we do not limit all feedback simply to harsh words and ballot-related threats every time they poop in the kitchen.

When you see your Republican representative or senator doing something right, call him or her and leave a message showing your appreciation. Write a letter. Send a Christmas card. The way we do it doesn’t matter — what Republicans need to know is that the key to their own seat in the House or Senate can be guaranteed by a record of reverting to conservative principles and keeping the worries and concerns of their constituents at heart.

When the Democrats apply pressure to those Republicans with hotly-contested seats, call those men and women and let them know that should they do the right thing they’ll have your support. For example, with regard to the upcoming Senate vote on the stimulus package, look for them to go after senators like Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and John McCain of Arizona. The Democrats will say things like “don’t you have your middle class constituents in mind?” or “do you really want to come off as being against economic recovery in your next election?” When they do, call your Republicans and remind them that you have their back so long as they have yours.

(Of course, I expect McCain to cross party lines and once again admonish conservatives for, well, being conservatives — but I hope that Arizonans encourage him to vote against the bill . . . and then themselves vote for Reps. Jeff Flake or John Shadegg should they run against McCain in the primary leading up to the 2010 midterm election.)

Any way you look at it, we as Americans must be involved. In 2007, we saw the comprehensive immigration bill championed by McCain and Ted Kennedy go from a sure thing which was to be passed behind closed doors over a late May weekend, to a bill which was shot down amidst an unfathomable outcry from Americans who cared about their country and truly understood the grim consequences of amnesty and open borders. Similarly, just this week, we saw the Democrats [undoubtedly begrudgingly] remove more than a few pet projects from the “stimulus” bill because of similar adverse attention.

We live in a representative constitutional republic, and believe it or not, we can make a difference. It’s not easy, it’s not convenient, but it is possible. In his dissent in McConnell v. Federal Election Commission, the first big case to reach the Supreme Court in the aftermath of McCain and Russ Feingold’s Bi-Partisan Campaign Reform Act, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote that “[t]he first instinct of power is the retention of power.” I believe it.

So long as we stay vigilant, so long as we do not allow our attention to wander from the future of our nation, we can play upon that first instinct of power and effect real change in America. Many on the American political left look at the Republican Party and see a group of graying old men, too hung up on social issues to be relevant in the coastal culture that the liberals know and love; I look at the Republican Party and I see people like Sen. Jim DeMint, former Gov. Mitt Romney, Gov. Sarah Palin, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Gov. Mark Sanford, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Rep. Eric Cantor, Rep. Spencer Bachus, Rep. Walter Jones, Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Rep. Mike Pence, and many more — all able to stay firm with regard to socially conservative principles while appealing to the masses by effectively articulating the tenets of fiscal conservatism. Yesterday was a sign of good things to come, a step in the right direction; let’s turn it into an awakening.

The GOP is overflowing with young and competent talent who can, with the right guidance from engaged and informed people and constituents like you and like me, shape the message of the party and not only compete with the Democrats, but show them that 2010 can be 1994 all over again only, this time, the shift in attitudes in Washington and at home will last much longer than fourteen years.

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  1. tm says:
  2. Anonymous says:

    Hey Jeff, you can bring back your Al Gore picture…

    http://www.kusi.com/weather/colemanscorner/38574742.html

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thank goodness all the Republicans hung tough. You gotta love it though that Pelosi is blaming the Republicans partisanship being their motivation for voting against it. What an idiot she is. Hard to believe she holds public office. I knew there was a reason I dislike NoCal.

    Linda
    Irvine, CA

  4. Anonymous says:

    Marcel,

    Jeff,

    The Title of this piece is perfect.

    I’d suggest you read (again) Hatem, talking about NOT suggesting for an Obama failure, then look at what’s going on.

    It is imperative that these people be made accountable, watching everything turn for the worse is sad, yet as you point out, those that survive will come out shining.

    I can’t believe there is no true outrage being directed at 4.19 Billion to Acorn, and I just read this afternoon the possibility of having Military pledge to the President instead of the Constitution, that will be the start of the end.

  5. Tom says:

    Jeff, while I agree with the premise of demanding Republicans stand up against bad policy, I am not sure how we can stem this terrible tide. Right now Republican opposition to the “stimulus package” is seen as a “sore loser” mentality and as “obstructionism.” While those of us who know better can see our opposition to bad policy as just that, a growing majority of entitlement-minded, under-educated Americans consistently vote the other way, and seem to have more dollars, a bigger voice, and influence which only grows by leaps and bounds. I agree that the republican party may be full of spirited young talent; but unless the party actually decides to make use of that talent, Republicans are finished. As a young and energetic hopeful participant, I have been spurned over and over by the Republican Party’s mentality of “write us a check, that’s all you can do for us,” only reinforces the opinion that Republicans are about big money and big payoffs to big interests. The Republican party has GOT to return to the common man, be a defender of middle America, and stop being a good ol boys club full of rich aristocrats. Look at people like McCain and Mel Martinez. Sorry, but both are washed up, out of touch, corrupt, do-anything – say anything to get re-elected politicos. If Republicans are to remain a national party, it’s time to clean house and bring in some new, fresh blood. Re-electing the same old stalwarts who have proven to be just as much in the pockets of lobbyists as their counterparts on the other side of the aisle is NOT going to work, no matter how much we call, write, moan and complain. We have to make the change ourselves and kick the old dogs out!

  6. Sherry says:

    PEOPLE – we really need to start reading these bills!! I started doing some research on the 2008 Stimulus and low and behold – checks were not issued to “illegal” aliens. HOWEVER, they were issued to legal aliens. Any alien that receives Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) can legally apply for a Social Security card.

    SO, the previous stimulus checks were sent to people in this country that are not US Citizens.

    I’m sorry – I don’t care if you pay taxes or not, these programs should only be available to US citizens.

    2008 Stimulus
    http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=110_cong_bills&docid=f:h5140enr.txt.pdf

  7. Anonymous says:

    Marcel,

    Nice try Tom.

    Replace EVERY word with Democrat instead of Republican, then make absolutely sure you use the word “Corupt” in connection with BHO, Illinois, Barney Frank, Chris Dodd and that guy named Pelosi.

    How about an ethics waiver for ethics ? That may in fact happen with BHO.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Jeff,
    ROFL! Point well taken. Yes, heap lots of praise even towards dems not in our district when they do right. Positive praise is certainly something with which the other side is inept, if not incapable. So let’s go show them who we are — let’s be a beacon of light within the darkness!

    Now, while I’m not insinuating that we send good Republicans envelopes full of snausages when they vote the right way on a bill or amendment, we must ensure that we do not limit all feedback simply to harsh words and ballot-related threats every time they poop in the kitchen.

  9. tm says:

    Jeff,
    Very good article.
    Maybe you should have called this artice:

    The Democrats and the Strategy of Manufactured Crisis

  10. Anonymous says:

    Jeff,
    As I contemplate this more, praising the good doges is a brilliant strategy.

    If you read the left blogs, you will notice how hate-filled and profane they are, yes, even despite their man having won! Let us carry the torch of civility. Or as mom used to say, “You can attract more flies with honey than vinegar.”

  11. ForMySons says:

    Obama calls $18B in Wall St. bonuses ‘shameful’

    http://apnews.myway.com/article/20090129/D9613MMG0.html

    then he goes and serves WAGYU STEAK upwards of $100.00 a POUND, at his little Cocktail party for COngressional leaders to sell them on his Rejuvenation plan

    http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2009/01/drinks-are-on-t.html

    Hypocrisy to the Nth degree. There can’t be any sense to this….maybe thats their plan..abstract assualt, keeps the masses from developing a co-ordinated defense.

  12. JanC says:

    FYI, Pavlovian conditioning is a little different than what you are describing. His dog was trained to salivate at the sound of a bell which he associated with a meal. You are describing operant conditioning where behavior is strengthened by being rewarded. A cool thing about this is that the strongest conditioning occurs where the reward is unpredictably given (not mixed with punishment, but, not always given even when the desired behavior occurs). You have some great thoughts. Keep up the great work!

  13. Jeff Schreiber says:

    JanC said…

    FYI, Pavlovian conditioning is a little different than what you are describing.

    I know, I know. I was wondering how long it would take for someone to point it out. I’ll add “somewhat” or something like that.

    Thanks, Jan!

  14. Anonymous says:
  15. CA Patriot says:

    Think about this for a moment.

    Democrat house ‘pork-u-lus’ bill goes for vote and ALL Republicans joined by 11 responsible democrats vote NO. Bill passes, then goes to Senate for discussion and vote. Republican senators go for a fillibuster and with their current numbers are successful in getting this bill killed…………………………..hmmmm………

    Could this be the 2009 surprise of keeping soetoro in check, knowing that he is illegally occupying the office of POTUS and preventing him from doing any business?

    The only card that soetoro could play to trump this would be a manufactured crisis followed by martial law.

    Stay Tuned, this could get very interesting very quickly……………………….

  16. cher-pa says:

    If anyone wants to see a 6 page summary of the stimulus bill go to Pennsylvania state rep Tim Murphys website.Take action and pass this summmary on to everyone you know.

  17. Anonymous says:

    So part of the stimulus is for all of us to turn over our medical records to the federal gov’t? I wonder if Barry will turn over his records.

  18. Anonymous says:

    The Character of A Good Ruler, 1694

    Special Discerning Moment for the Inauguration of the President of the United States:

    NOW that [rulers] may be just,

    it is firstly required that they have a principle of moral honesty in them . . that they "love righteousness and hate iniquity," that they be "men of truth," Exod. 18:21, for every man will act in his relation, according to the principle that rules in him: so that an unrighteous man will be an unrighteous ruler, so far as he hath an opportunity.

    They must also be acquainted with the rules of righteousness; they must know what is just and what is unjust, be "able men," Exod. 18:21. For, though men may know and not do, yet "without knowledge the mind cannot be good." Ignorance is a foundation for error, and will likely produce it, when the man applies himself to act; and if he do right at any time it is but by guess, which is a very poor commendation.

    Again, he must be one that respects the cause, and not the persons, in all his administrations, Deut. 1:17: "Ye shall not respect persons in judgment," etc. If his affections over sway his judgment at any time, they will be a crooked bias, that will turn him out of the way, and that shall be justice in one man's case, which will not be so in another.

    Furthermore, he must be one whom neither flattery nor bribery may be able to remove out of his way, Deut. 16:19: "Thou shalt not wrest judgment, thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift;" and hence he must be one who hates both ambition and covetousness; Exod. 18:21, "Hating covetousness," which word signifies, a greedy desire . . . for if these rule him, he will never be a just ruler.

    Finally, he must be one who prefers the public benefit above all private and separate interests whatsoever. Every man in his place owes himself to the good of the whole, and if he doth not so devote himself, he is unjust; and he who either to advance himself, or to be revenged on another, will push on injurious laws . . .

    Nor is this justice to be looked upon as separate from the fear of God, but as influenced and maintained by it. He therefore that "ruleth in the fear of God," is one who acknowledgeth God to be his sovereign, and carries in his heart an awful fear of him; who owns his commission to be from him, and expects ere long to be called to give in an account of his managing of it; which maketh him to study in all things to please him, and to be afraid of doing any thing that will provoke him.

    Samuel Willard*, The Character of a Good Ruler, 1694 in A Library of American Literature from the Earliest Settlement to the Present Time, eds., Edmund Clarence Stedman and Ellen Mackay Hutchinson, New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1888-1890, 1: 74-75.[1]

    [1]Hall, Verna M.: The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America, Vol. I. Christian Self-Government. Founders Edition. San Francisco : Foundation for American Christian Education, 2006, S. 398

    Samuel Willard*, The Character of a Good Ruler, 1694 in A Library of American Literature from the Earliest Settlement to the Present Time, eds., Edmund Clarence Stedman and Ellen Mackay Hutchinson, New York: Charles L. Webster & Company, 1888-1890, 1: 74-75.

  19. MIDDLE CLASS GUY says:

    The big shock here is that there were 11 patriotic Democrats.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Speaking of Obama, and all democrats…except the 11…the stimulus pkg. seems like insanity…Actually, all of this does make sense. It makes sense because the end goal is to completely change America as we know it. What better way to destroy a capitalistic system than to deliberately do the exact opposite of what logical thinking says would take to fix everything. We’re all screaming, and they’re all pretending not to hear. There is a method to the madness. There is a purpose. It is worth the effort to keep the pressure on the rep’s…it worked with the immigration pkg…I took part in phone calls, emails, etc…it worked…so we just have to keep fighting.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Jeff:

    Never have I’ve ever seen a president try and do more in his first week of office since Castro (if you catch my drift). He is trying to consolidate his power through the use of intimidation and the press.

    For the first time in my life I am scared for this country’s future. I saw it coming with his election, but I thought he would be much more subtle in his approach. This is unbelieveable. And don’t go against him. For if you do, you are now considered “un-american”.

  22. Anonymous says:

    This is just the beginning:

    Google Shuts Down Anti-Obama Sites on its Blogger Platform
    By Warner Todd Huston (Bio | Archive)
    June 29, 2008 – 14:22 ET
    **UPDATE** BELOW FOLD

    It looks like Google has officially joined the Barack Obama campaign and decided that its contribution would be to shut down any blog on the Google owned Blogspot.com blogging system that has an anti-Obama message. Yes, it sure seems that Google has begun to go through its many thousands of blogs to lock out the owners of anti-Obama blogs so that the noObama message is effectively squelched. Thus far, Google has terminated the access by blog owners to 7 such sites and the list may be growing. Boy, it must be nice for Barack Obama to have an ally powerful enough to silence his opponents like that!

    It isn’t just conservative sites that Google’s Blogger platform is eliminating. For instance, http://www.comealongway.blogspot.com has been frozen and this one is a Hillary supporting site. The operator of Come a Long Way has a mirror site off the Blogspot platform and has today posted this notice:

  23. Jeff Schreiber says:

    Anonymous said…

    This is just the beginning:

    Google Shuts Down Anti-Obama Sites on its Blogger Platform
    By Warner Todd Huston (Bio | Archive)
    June 29, 2008 – 14:22 ET
    **UPDATE** BELOW FOLD

    That’s an old article. This place has gotten more than two million hits since then, not to mention the fact that we broke the eligibility story — you’d think it would have been shut down by now.

    Nevertheless, if it does, I own the domain, and we’ll be up and running again elsewhere in a little while.

  24. Anonymous says:

    JEFF

    Glad to hear that you’re covered. I was just concerned because I just saw on the news yesterday that one of the owners of GOOGLE had a personal visit with Obama this week at the White House.

    Thanks for sponsoring this site. It’s a great place to come and connect with folks who are concerned about what’s happening to our country.

  25. Anonymous says:

    Jeff,

    Great article, great title,and great one-liner: –”after all, if we’re talking organized crime, we’ve got to look at Congress”. Yes, the Chicago Crime Syndicate is still flourishing.

    Good article in the Washington Times by Thomas Sowell about the Obama Stimulus Bill. He explains why, even though the actual money won’t be spent until 2010 or 2011, Obama and Congress urgently want the bill passed quickly.

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jan/29/whats-being- bought/

    Another srticle from the WT, is:

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news
    /2009/jan/30/gop-takes-its-own/ message-to-districts/

    Hopefully the Repubs will hold the line and continue to stand tough on this and future stimulus bills.

  26. d says:

    I will hold my comments and judgment until next week when the real test will be tested. Let’s see how many real RINO will show their true color. I have no respect for any of them since they allow the Usurper to be in Office. Furthermore, they voted for Obama’s shady croonies, i.e Geithner,Holder and others, in to office. That being said, they illegally nominated Hillary for the State. How much more corruption will the American people put up with?

  27. Anonymous says:

    Wow! The NYT reports that Army Col. James L. Pohl, chief judge in Guantanamo, declined an administration request to delay an arraignment scheduled for Feb. 9.

    The decision came in the death penalty case of a Saudi charged as the chief planner of the attack on the Navy destroyer Cole in 2000, which killed 17 American sailors.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/30
    /us/30gitmo.html?_r=1&hp

  28. Anonymous says:

    Unlike Bush's 'Google Bomb,' Google Quickly Defuses Obama's
    Friday, January 30, 2009
    By Joshua Rhett Miller
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    FNC

    It took four years for Google to address the "Google bomb" that was lobbed at former President Bush.

    But it took the Internet behemoth only a few days to defuse the same attack on President Obama.

    Four years versus a few days … Some Googlers are asking why.

    In 2003, President Bush's detractors successfully gamed the Google search engine by arranging to have countless Web sites link the words "miserable failure" to Bush's official biography on the White House Web site.

    The result was that when someone typed the search term "miserable failure" into the Google search box, Bush's bio rose to the top of the search results.

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    And that's how it stayed until 2007, when Google developed an algorithm to detect what became known as "Google bombs" and re-directed the term "miserable failure" to non-political pages.

    Unfortunately for Obama, "miserable failure" reverted back to his bio when he moved into the White House. The new president was also Google-bombed with the phrase "cheerful achievement."

    But this time, Google stepped in quickly, rectifying the situation in a few days, instead of four years.

    The difference in time did not go unnoticed.

    "You let this go on for the entire Bush administration," a reader named w3bgrrl wrote on a Google blog. "But since you bought the White House for Obama, you don't want your candidates harmed … And your claims not withstanding, even liberals know you're liberal."

  29. suek says:

    >>I just read this afternoon the possibility of having Military pledge to the President instead of the Constitution, that will be the start of the end.>>

    Do you by chance have a link for that info?

  30. Jeff Schreiber says:

    Suek,

    It’s a hoax, a satire. Not real.

    See, I learned my lesson from the API incident. When it comes to the Internet–and this is coming from a guy with a fairly popular Internet blog–it’s not even “trust, then verify.”

    This sort of thing only hammers home the fragile nature of what some people call the “new media.” I don’t consider myself any sort of media, as a simple wrong move by me could result in a firestorm of speculation.

    That’s my motivation here, though. I know that if I posted something which looked reasonably rooted in fact, it might be taken as rote by many of the thousands of people who come here each day. That’s why I try to keep things on the up-and-up, to cite or link anything which seems like it could be wrongly perceived.

    The whole blog world thingy is good, but there is a certain reponsibility which comes from it. I try to hold up my end of the deal, but it is obvious that some others do not.

    – Jeff

  31. suek says:

    Thanks, Jeff. I did a quick search, and the only reference I found was to Dr.Orly’s website. No names given as a source.

    While I consider the possibility as real, I also think that Obama is too smart to force such an issue. He tends not to confront, but rather to work around things, and requiring a change in the oath such as this would certainly result in confrontation.

    I do think he and the Dems will try to destroy the military, though. The first step is ending the “Don’t ask don’t tell” policy, and second will be a draft.

  32. suek says:

    Apparently I was mistaken on the first step…

    I haven’t checked it yet, but I read this AM that Obama is asking for a 10% cut in the Defense budget.

  33. suek says:

    Here’s a rebuttal to the change of oath claim, from a source I trust. It’s interesting, though, that this time the initial report is by a named person, from a named source. (well, the source isn’t actually named, but at least there _is_ a name of a General officer included so that a trace back can be checked out…)

    http://www.blackfive.net/main/2009/01/oaths-changing.html

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