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Feeling “Slapped?”

“The governor of Louisiana expressed opposition. Has the highest African-American population in the country. Governor of Mississippi expressed opposition. The governor of Texas, and the governor of South Carolina. These four governor’s represent states that are in the black belt. I was insulted by that. “All of this was a slap in the face of African-Americans. Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC)

Here’s why my face isn’t stinging:

As a conservative, I don’t feel that it’s right for the government to saddle future generations-my kids and their kids-with debt for no discernable purpose, or for a “wish list” of projects. Operating under the assumption that the “stimulus” bill will ultimately create some jobs and send people back to work, the majority of the $787 billion is for “investment” (or “reinvestment,” as the title of the bill suggests)…$419 billion of it, according to the Obama Administration’s Recovery.gov site (figure obtained by adding the amounts as corrected under the “Tax Relief” asterisk):

Category/Amount ($ Billions)
*Tax Relief/$288
*State and Local Fiscal Relief/$144
Infrastructure and science/$111
Protecting the Vulnerable/$81
Health Care/$59
Education and Training/$53
Energy/$43
Other/$8

* Tax Relief – includes $15 B for Infrastructure and Science, $61 B for Protecting the Vulnerable, $25 B for Education and Training and $22 B for Energy, so total funds are $126 B for Infrastructure and Science, $142 B for Protecting the Vulnerable, $78 B for Education and Training, and $65 B for Energy.

State and Local Fiscal Relief – Prevents state and local cuts to health and education programs and state and local tax increases.

$419 billion in spending…not “recovery.” Put in perspective, we’re spending as much money on projects that may not stimulate the economy-or, at best, not stimulate it with the “urgency” President Obama claims is needed-as we spend to fight wars.

Fail or succeed, my son-who’s one now-is the one who gets slapped.

Now, you could just as easily make this same case for the bank and auto bailouts enacted under President Bush (tack on another $7-800 billion). That’s a fair argument.

The reality is that our goverment has slapped our grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and in some cases, great-great grandchildren in the face. This slap is like a stray bullet: it knows no color, no racial boundary. We will all-the “black belt” and the Bible Belt-be dealing with the effects of this “stimulus” package for generations, regardless of if it is a success or not. Ultimately, all the bills that our government has rung up will come due, and it will be up to those not even born yet to pay them.

Where’s the outrage over that?

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Written by Coby Dillard

February 20, 2009 at 10:47 am

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  2. My view is a slightly different:

    IF the government IS going to load up on the national credit card balance using a “cash advance” today then it should be narrowly targeted at spending that will:

    1) Generate Economic Activity To Pay Back the spending
    2) [ditto] Pay back the Interest
    3) [ditto] Lead us on a course in which we are out of the hole and will be less likely to return.

    The core of the bill is a necessary cash advance to pay this month’s rent. The reigning Democrats added too much other crap that is purely ideological in nature which makes the entire bill unsavory.

    Constructive Feedback

    February 22, 2009 at 12:09 pm

  3. […] Tax Relief – includes $15 B for Infrastructure and Science, $61 B for Protecting the Vulnerable, $25 B for Education and Training and $22 B for Energy, so total funds are $126 B for Infrastructure and Science, …Read More […]


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