[the 2009 omnibus spending bill] also includes $208,000 to control a weed known as cogongrass in Mississippi; $1.2 million to control cormorants in Michigan, Mississippi, New York and Vermont; $1 million to control Mormon crickets in Utah; and $162,000 to control rodents in Hawaii.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Early details for NY in stimulus package
By The Associated Press
According to U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, the economic stimulus package, subject to final congressional approval, contains roughly $20 billion for New Yorkers over 27 months, including:
$8.6 billion of additional Medicaid money for the state, $2.8 billion for New York City, $929 million for upstate counties and $262 million for Long Island. G
$2.7 billion in stabilization funds for education G
$800 million for special education funding G
$1 billion Title 1 education funding G
$87.5 million for drinking water projects E
$439 million for sewage projects E
$1 billion for highway funding E
$1.3 billion for mass transit E
$403 million for weatherization E
$96 million for hiring extra police G
$390 million for the public housing capital fund in New York City G
$98 million for community development block grants for the state G
$142 million for homelessness prevention G
$251 million for governments and community groups to offer affordable housing and rental assistance to the poor G
College tuition tax benefit up to $2,500 per student for middle-class taxpayers G
Totals: 10 G’s, 5 E’s
Looks like Congress fails again. So its back to middle school for all of them, including Chuck Schumer. I think I was pretty generous with the E’s, too. Mass transit? An economic stimulus? Give me a break. It certainly will not help us in upstate New York. But I have to confess something: I am no Bobby Jindal. If they offer me a $2500. Tax break for my daughter’s college tuition, I am not going to refuse it.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
This historic step won't be the end of what we do to turn our economy
around, but rather the beginning. The problems that
led us into this crisis are deep and widespread, and our
response must be equal to the task.
Deep and widespread? I would say the problems that led us into the recession spread from Barney Frank's senate desk to Christopher Dodd's. Maybe with a via point at Senator Barack Obama's. Does the Obama forget how these democrats pushed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to guarantee bad mortgages? Does he forget the hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions he received from Fannie and Freddie? Does he forget the sweetheart mortgage rates Dodd was granted by Countrywide, and that Countrywide has already received big bailout bucks that all three of these phonies voted for?
The new era of openness, honesty, and transparency has begun. How come I feel like I am looking through frosted glass?
Friday, February 13, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Among ordinary Japanese, the spending is widely disparaged for having turned the nation into a public-works-based welfare state and making regional economies dependent on Tokyo for jobs. Much of the blame has fallen
on the Liberal Democratic Party, which has long used government spending to grease rural vote-buying machines that help keep the party in power. [emphasis added]
Sound familiar? Suppose we paraphrase Fackler(changes in italics):
Among ordinary Americans, the spending is widely
disparaged for havingturned the nation into a public-works-basedwelfare state and making regional economies dependent on Washington for jobs. Much of the blame has fallen on the liberal Democrat Party,which has long used governmentspending to grease rural, city, and
suburban vote-buying machines--such as unions,
Acorn, the ACLU,the NAACP, La Raza, etc.--that help keep
the party in power.
Will ordinary Americans (or, as Dan Rather used to call us, “work-a-day Americans”) be as smart as “ordinary Japanese”, and realize what a colossal power-grab this so-called stimulus package is? I am not optimistic.