“Catastrophe, mind you. So much for the president who in his inaugural address two weeks earlier declared ‘we have chosen hope over fear.’ Until, that is, you need fear to pass a bill.“
In truth, I was going to wait to include this fabulous piece of writing in this weekend’s stable of Assigned reading but, at the end, Charles Krauthammer’s Washington Post commentary is just too darned good to sit on for a day. Of all the pages and pages of text and gallons and gallons of ink earmarked for articles on this so-called “stimulus” package, this is by a long shot the best of them all.
Krauthammer always has a way with words, and this legislative disaster sure does make an easy target, even for amateurs like me, but this article truly is extraordinary.
In the meantime, let’s be sure that we’re still calling our representatives and especially our senators, flooding their voicemail boxes, their e-mail in-boxes, and even those little boxes under the front of their fax machines, with polite but forceful arguments insisting that they do the right thing for America and vote NAY on this gi-normous, 900-plus billion dollar piece of pork.
I’ve included a sampling of Krauthammer’s stellar commentary below, but please–PLEASE–read the whole thing and pass it along to everyone you know. The sample:
And yet more damaging to Obama’s image than all the hypocrisies in the appointment process is his signature bill: the stimulus package. He inexplicably delegated the writing to Nancy Pelosi and the barons of the House. The product, which inevitably carries Obama’s name, was not just bad, not just flawed, but a legislative abomination.
It’s not just pages and pages of special-interest tax breaks, giveaways and protections, one of which would set off a ruinous Smoot-Hawley trade war. It’s not just the waste, such as the $88.6 million for new construction for Milwaukee Public Schools, which, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, have shrinking enrollment, 15 vacant schools and, quite logically, no plans for new construction.
It’s the essential fraud of rushing through a bill in which the normal rules (committee hearings, finding revenue to pay for the programs) are suspended on the grounds that a national emergency requires an immediate job-creating stimulus — and then throwing into it hundreds of billions that have nothing to do with stimulus, that Congress’s own budget office says won’t be spent until 2011 and beyond, and that are little more than the back-scratching, special-interest, lobby-driven parochialism that Obama came to Washington to abolish. He said.