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Obama signs “stimulus” legislation in Colorado

Barack Obama’s own “Hogzilla” was officially executed in Denver, CO today, but not in the way that most Americans might like. And when the president mentioned that today “marks the beginning of the end,” I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who wondered if he even needed to finish his sentence.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, a bill so desperately needed that members of Congress were not even given enough time to read all 1,073 pages before voting (and, curiously, before the president took a three-day vacation without signing the desperately needed bill), is a laundry list of dreams and hopes and aspirations of big-government liberals, 14 long years in the waiting, and with a price tag of only $787 billion.

Conservatives have criticized the bill as being full of pork and other unnecessary spending, though President Obama himself dismissed such charges at his first official White House press conference, going as far to say outright that there are “no pet projects” in the legislation.

Even today, in the speech delivered before signing the bill, Obama said that the plan was “put together without earmarks or unnecessary spending.”

Of course, an $8 billion Mag-Lev train running from Disneyland in Anaheim, CA to Las Vegas in Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s Nevada sure isn’t a “pet project.” And, of course, what kind of idiot would characterize $300 million spent for electric golf carts as “unnecessary spending?” That’s like saying that the $650 million for digital television converter box coupons was unnecessary, or that the $335 million for STD prevention programs was unnecessary, or the billions for further research on the settled science of global warming, or the $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts, or the $6 billion needed–NEEDED!–to make federal buildings more energy efficient due to pressure from environmental groups.

No — no pet projects here, Mr. President. No unnecessary spending, either.

Today, Obama also said that his recovery plan will be “implemented with unprecedented transparency and accountability,” yet the bill itself was born from closed doors and back-room deals within the halls and offices of the Democratic Party leadership in Congress. Gosh, how quickly he must have forgotten the promises made on his own transition Web site, and how those promises were trampled by congressional Democrats who shut Republicans, as well as the public, out of the reconciliation process.

Furthermore, any argument for “responsibility,” an argument made at several points by the president today, goes straight out the window when we look at how this legislation came about. Responsibility, I would imagine, requires that legislators actually read what they’re about to sign when it comes to the largest spending package in the history of this nation, if not in the history of the world. Thanks to the president’s false sense of urgency, manufactured for the sole purpose of forcing our elected officials and the American public to swallow legislation which, with the proper amount of time, may have been exposed as more detriment than help, lawmakers were forced to vote without examination.

And, of course, we’ll see about the “accountability” part. Only time, and the biased mainstream press, will tell. Surely, Obama has done enough to talk down the economy–gee, wasn’t former President Bush savaged by the press for doing just that at the outset of his first term?–and to temper otherwise astronomical expectations that, once signs of the inevitable failure of his policies begin to present themselves, he’ll be left with two choices: (1) Say that the further downslide of the American economy was a delayed aftereffect of the administration which preceded his, or (2) say something along the lines of “imagine how much worse it would be if we hadn’t acted!”

Either way, Americans everywhere are going to need a shower to rid themselves of the political filth.

If there is any good news to come out of this today, it comes from the fact that much of this much-needed spending will not even be allocated for a number of years down the road, including projects which may not even begin until after the 2016 Olympic Games. If the Republican Party can maneuver itself properly, if it can retain much of the fire and principles shown over the past few weeks and establish a mechanism by which that message can be effectively disseminated, we could be looking at 1994 all over again . . . in 2010.

In the meantime, however, let’s tear this legislation apart and see what it is we’ve done. With this culture so determined to panhandle rather than work and to reap the consequences of doing so, we are the apple which has fallen so far from the Tree of Liberty. With the idea that we can somehow emerge from the aftereffects of fiscal irresponsibility by being even more fiscally irresponsible, we have abandoned any sign of common sense. Let’s see how truly bad it is.

Regardless, the very idea behind this legislation will not work. Even if it were correctly implemented, which it has not been thanks to the pay-to-play nature of [Democratic] party politics, it would not work. We simply cannot overcome debt by taking on more debt. The economy simply does not work that way, and such a premise has been tried and has failed. Even the Congressional Budget Office argued that we were better off doing nothing at all than passing this abomination.

But it doesn’t matter. Barack Obama says that the package was necessary to avoid catastrophe so, therefore, it is. And, of course, the Democrats counter valid arguments by reminding everyone which party prevailed in last November’s election so, therefore, we should capitulate.

It doesn’t matter to them that the burdens of this bill will be shouldered by our children and grandchildren. It doesn’t matter that the American people don’t want this bill. None of it matters. It’s been 14 long years, and the Democrats have won. Too bad the rest of us have truly, truly lost.

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  1. Laurie says:

    Did not stimulate Wall Street!!! DOWN AGAIN…or should I say still!!

  2. MIDDLE CLASS GUY says:

    Can’t prove it, but my guess is that like his Socialist cronies in the Congress Chairman Soetoro has not read the spendorama either.

    Thanks, Ken

  3. Anonymous says:

    Did you note that Obama touted “transparency” in his pre-signing speech? Of course, we all know that nothing could be further from the truth.

    So, I’ll repeat a comment that I made several days ago; the safest way to interpret what Obama says is to believe just the opposite. The truth is not in him. Ever!

    Old Bob

  4. MaryAlice says:
  5. Anonymous says:

    Why did he have to go to Colorado to sign it? Aren’t there any pens in DC?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Excellent point! He probably doesn´t even know were the nation’s capitol is, he figured D.C. is only where he supposed to live.

  7. Anonymous says:

    This morning on Fox News, Glenn Beck mentioned that our President is going to waste 10,000 gallons of jet fuel to fly to Denver to sign the stimulus bill. Then he is going to waste another 10,000 gallons of fuel to return to Washington. On the way to school this morning, my 16 year old son mentioned the cost is actually double because another jet usually goes up with Air Force One. So the cost for Obama to fly out to Denver is actually double? Anybody know what jet fuel is going for today? We should be outraged!

  8. Nellie says:

    Our Congress is simply an embarrassment. They didn’t even bother reading the bill. I used to work for a Senate subcommittee–aren’t they a tad concerned things would overlap a bit? In the spirit of Michelle Obama, for the first time in my life I’m embarrassed to be an American because of these idiots in Congress and for a President that signed a very fishy bill and didn’t even care if the entire bill was read and well-thought out, or that everyone’s ideas were in it. I mean, did everyone else see that footage that showed they didn’t even send the bill out as a pdf or word document?? (just like the Dems–think of how much extra paper they wasted). Jerks.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Republican Congress members have no Guts. Why are they questioning Hussein obama his Eligibility to be POTUS ?? The only ine s who have Standing to Question obama s qualification and they let America down the Hole.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Off the subject, but apparently BBC airs an interview tomorrow about Obama’s ineligibility to be POTUS.

    For times and details, see
    http://defendourfreedoms.us/

  11. 4gottenman says:

    We should all quit our jobs and apply at the Federal Building….he knocks down the private sector but guess where the tax money comes from…Also, they don’t see it as burdening our children, they see it as control over the very same children twenty years from now…it’s like the slave owing his life wages to earn freedom….

  12. Karen says:

    Well, it seems that the President really enjoys the services of Air Force One. Did he not fly to Chicago for a brief holiday this weekend……and wasn’t he just in Florida last week?

  13. Anonymous says:

    I’m not happy as a matter of fact like most of you I’m somewhere between disappointed and really angry but not in any way surprised. It was undoubtable going to pass. We all saw it coming to this since before the election. So it’s here, it’s done. Now we can move onto the next big thing … I think it’s gonna be the censorship act. Not that I’m physic or anything but there’s been alot of talk… chatter and such. If they play this one right, they’ll get what they want and if they call it by something nice like fairness or something most sleeping americans won’t mind much. Yeah you and me are really really gonna be pissed but inspite of alot of pissing and moaning we’ll just have to put up with it. Next and here is where it gets good they are gonna try to safeguard all us american citizens by taking away all our guns and that my friends will be the last straw, because there are enough true blue red blooded american patriots who will declare war with these phony alien bastards who invaded our land and tried to destroy us and our freedoms. It will give new meaning to the phrase “Awaken the sleeping giant” I wouldn’t want to be riding around in one of those hybrids with the “Hate Bush” or “Obama/Biden Change” stickers on it when that day comes. War can get pretty nasty and there is always collaterral damage. Maybe you should tell your neighbor for their own safety get those stupid stickers off now before the angry rednecks arrive. They might not understand much but they’ll understand that!

  14. Gail B says:

    And when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, Round Two is forthcoming. What was it Obama said? (That today) “marks the beginning of the end” but I’m afraid he was thinking “of America as we know it.”

    (C)ongressional (R)elief (A)ction (P)ackage! I’ll 2nd that, Gov. H.

  15. BlueWater says:

    Evil is as evil does. The gloves are off. PC dies today. Anyone want to suggest that I give Obama a chance? Ever talk to a drunken sailor? I’m writing letters, I’m calling radio shows, and I’m spewing venom to everyone who doesn’t care to hear it. I may lose a few friends over this, BUT I’M MAD AS A WET SETTING HEN AND I CAN’T TAKE IT ANY MORE!!! I kid you not – the word verification that will validate my entry is (you can’t make stuff like this up) dooshme!

  16. sharon says:

    WE are the “chattering class”!!!

    WE ARE the “chattering class”!!

    Take you PORK

    YOU stupid DORK

    And SHOVE it up you ASS!!!!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Fun picture Jeff! I don’t know if a muslim can get that close to “pork” though!

    I heard that they are doing some remodeling at the (once) American’s White House. The doorways are being widened (only from the neck up though). The window he thought was a door has now become a door (that won’t get him next time!).

    Let’s put in quick-draw Palin and her VETO pen!
    Congress and the Libs ‘CAN” pay for their bill. Real Americans exempt!

    Also:
    Where’s the outrage about the troops still being in Iraq (promise: troops will come home) and 17,000 more going to Afghanistan?

    Clinton is ripping Republican for not bowing. How much of his earnings “ever” go to taxes? Did he even declare any from all the mill he’s “made”? Maybe if he and his friends (soros, etc) were audited no one would have to pay anything!

    Some good articles listed link above ~ thanks!

  18. CAL says:

    There is something very ironic about flying across the country just to sign a bill filled with pet projects for the greening of America. And then of course we have Pelosi and her minions flying off to Italy for an economic summit – as if they know anything about economics the career bureaucrats that they are. If we had a free press in this country, they would have a lot to write about.

  19. Anonymouse says:

    This is one very strong(!) rallying cry by JB Williams. (Emphasis is the author's):

    << For almost eighty years now, Washington DC has wasted the labors of the people under the false pretense of taking care of them. Over the last seventy years, America has gone from the most peaceful prosperous free nation on earth to an increasingly violent bankrupt example of world class political corruption. In the next two years, irreversible damage will be done.

    The people responsible for bringing the greatest nation on earth to the brink of third world status now control the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches of the federal government and they are using their unbridled power to ram pure global secular socialism down the throat of every American.

    . . .

    Pay attention… Half of the nation lives under tyrannical taxations without any real representation while the other half enjoys full representation without any real taxation. This cannot stand!

    . . .

    Leftists have worked for almost a hundred years to create the perfect storm that would end America as we have known her. Freedom is in its eleventh hour now and only the people can protect and preserve it. >>

    And MUCH more.

    http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/8568

    That's only the tip of what Williams has to say . . .

  20. Anonymouse says:

    Nellie said “Our Congress . . . didn’t even bother reading the bill.”

    In the final round, in the Senate, the senators were PREVENTED from reading the approximately 1,100 pages until only a few hours before the vote. Pelosi & Colluders made it physically impossible for the senators to read it. Besides holding back the 1,100 pages, they SCANNED the pages so that the PDF COULD NOT BE SEARCHED via only Adobe Reader.

    Obama and the Democrats have declared WAR on AMERICA.

  21. tm says:

    I think we should see one silver lining in the signing today -
    Let’s look at it like this:
    He signed his eviction out of the white house for 2012 !

    you betcha

  22. Gail B says:

    Anonymous at 5:22 PM said,

    “Why did he have to go to Colorado to sign it? Aren’t there any pens in DC?”

    Freedom’s Phoenix asked the same question and gave the answer here. After you watch the video of the mural in the Main Hall of the terminal, Google “New World Airport” and see what you get! I read one of the articles in the search results, and what the writer said concurs with the video. If this doesn’t open eyes and make the hair stand on end, the Stimulus Bill isn’t going to bother you.

    Someone (who sounds local to the area) made this comment on the video: “Some folks may know that Denver is the back-up to DC. I’ve given a ‘special’ name to the airport: Denver’s Illuminati Airport….DIA is also FULLY self-contained and set-up to be a holding facility during martial law. This video is very well done, especially the interior shots.”

  23. Anonymouse says:

    CHILLING

    Cal Thomas reports:
    “Why Obamacare may beget euthanasia”

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/feb/18/how-about-a-stimulus-for-life/

    In truth, there is no “may” about it. Withholding lifesaving care from someone IS euthanasia.

  24. song! says:

    Hello Jeff, it’s me, the kung fu woman. I believe what we need to do with pork, is put pigs on all domestic flights, as well as in all federal buildings. Because the radical jihadists have an aversion to pork, i believe this would save many lives. …because well, think about it..
    with pigs on planes they wouldn’t want to blow them up….

    Pigs on planes

    Same would work in Afghanistan. Rather than bomb those hard to reach villages, just scatter dead pork all over a region….send down the fliers first telling them that the dead pig droppings were coming their way.

    next thing you know,

    they would move…

    bingo…gottem.

    simple solution.

    As for the Porkulus bill…

    well, I have no solution for that problem other than to vote out the bunch…

  25. tm says:

    To Gail B.
    I watched the video and could not believe the pics – they were horrible for a “AIRPORT” (dead children???seriously???)
    so I went and read the article and then decided to watch the video again and it was pulled.
    Big Brother ?
    Ive got my tinfoil hat here – LOL
    Do we believe this ?
    The gun part of the stimulus bill is absolutely bizarre I cannot believe, the NRA hasn’t jumped all over this -

  26. Nellie says:

    Anonymous, I realize that they were prevented from reading the entire bill…what I thought was fishy is that any handwritten corrections weren’t inserted and then converted to pdf from a word doc–it’s not like it would have taken that much extra time. It’s just so intentionally deceptive and was probably even planned that way. Does anyone know if the Republicans ever did stuff like that while in the majority?

  27. Anonymous says:

    As Nellie mentioned Michelle Obama’s quote about America, I think we should send a simple message to all the idiots who voted for this bill saying “For the first time in my life, I am embarrassed to be an American, and YOU, (Senator or Congressman ?? ) are the REASON! You are a SHAME and a DISGRACE to this country” We need to bombard them with e-mails
    and letters. The STUPIDITY of signing this bill without reading it is UNFORGIVEABLE!

  28. Anonymous says:

    Bacon grease beats waterboarding anyday. Hose em all down with it then deprive them of any kind of soap or detergent. They will rip their flesh off down to the bone to get it off themselves.

  29. The Dude says:

    Great negativity the Republican way! Their way or no way. Screwed real people, not the rich for 8 years. Reagan and Greenspan proved wrong by the economy. Real working people are losing their jobs and wealthy are saving money with tax cuts. Try the trickle up economy. Poor people do spend more money in the local economies.

  30. Gail B says:

    To tm–
    Thank you for your comment for two reasons. (1) Because it is so horrible, I was afraid Jeff wouldn’t post it. (2) If you saw it and read it, then someone else did, too. It disturbs children who see the mural, as you read if you and I clicked on the same article.

    If we out here in no man’s land know about such stuff, surely the members of Congress know, too. I want to know why they are participating in bringing America to its knees. Socialism does not work! What blinds them? (Bribes?)

    Thanks, Jeff, for putting it into the comments. And, I am going to heed your advice in your email. Feel free to tell them, too, if you like.

  31. Gail B says:

    Laurie–
    The stock market is down _even more._ That’s another thing: Every time Congress does something, the stock market says “Oh, NO!”

    I wish I were back on the sailboat! (Now, a boat is where one throws money into a hole, but at least it’s fun!)

  32. sharon says:

    tm, what gun part? can you tell me what I missed?-thanks- Anonymouse, and gail, great links thanks for the information.

  33. Anonymous says:

    Trickle up doesn’t work when it is all spent on malt liquor and crack.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Why did he go to CO to sign the bill? My guess, it’s close to one of the US terrorist training camps and maybe he wanted to pay them a visit and see how things are going. I don’t think the birth certificate is what he wants to hide so much as the Occidental College info which may connect him to some questionable groups. I think he is a Muslim of the worst kind and planting him in the White House has been a terrorist plan that has been going on for years. Think about it, Osama didn’t just plan 9/11 over night. This is how they work, they plan for years. Somehow, he must be removed and a few others with him.
    Check out

    http://www.christianaction.org

    and click on the trailer.

  35. tm says:

    To Sharon:
    I copied and pasted the gun section of what that article said. I linked the part of the bill so you can see for yourself

    “It is no wonder that this new law has been kept secret from the American people by their propaganda media organs as with its coming into law means that every single American owning a firearm will have to possess a US national firearms Permit (section 922 of title 18, United states code is amended at the end the following) and that all guns in the United States will have to be registered and that no private sales of guns (Section 922, of title 18, United States code, as amended by section 101 of this Act.) between Americans will be allowed, all of which are designed to effectively disarm the population of this Nation exactly one year ( Section 901 EFFECTIVE DATE OF AMENDMENTS. The amendments made by this act shall take effect one year after the date of the enactment of this Act) upon President Obama’s signing on Feb. 17th.”

    http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h45/text

    I stll cannot beleive that the NRA isn’t screaming about this.

  36. tm says:

    Gail,
    I kind of wonder sometimes about who knew what and when,
    I do believe that the economic crisis was the Dems october surprise (a set up) and that this is what it took to keep republicans out, McLame adding Palin was leading up to that point.
    I feel we were set up ( and yes people think I have a tinfoil hat) but what the dems did not bargain for is when they set it into action how they cannot easily repair the damage all ready done – or did it backfire on them when they bargained with the devil (Soros) Google Black Wednesday Britain

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