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CATASTROPHE LOOMS – PASS THIS THING SAYS BAM

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 4, 2009

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The President is warning of an impending “catastrophe” in the event his ever-swelling “stimulus” bill doesn’t pass in the Senate. Yet, only 37% of Americans like the spendulous plan, which has now gone north of the $900 billion line.

Gee, I don’t know why.

Doesn’t the addition of cash for medical research and tax breaks for car purchases make a bad spending bill a little better?

Even support among Democrats for this hideousness has slipped ten percentage points since last week.

And now, a posse of so-called Senate centrists have hop scotched over to the White House to voice their objections to the President’s trillion-dollar disaster by asking for $50 billion in cuts.

How delightful. That ought to make it even better, don’t you think?

My question is … which contingent of the population is more reprehensible – those that serve in Congress, or those of us who put them there?

Fifty billion? Out of over $900 billion? That still leaves this version of the bill more expensive than the one that passed the House last week.

This is compromise??

What is the game here? To bat around the $900 billion figure for a day or two so that when the bill does pass in the Senate – and it will, mark my words – the illusion of responsible budgeting can be peddled to the masses? Is that like jacking up the prices of all inventory at Circuit City (or any store at death’s door) just before the Going Out Of Business sale kicks in so prices can be slashed dramatically?

From Fox News:

Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, as well as Ben Nelson, D-Neb., have tentatively agreed to cutting more than $50 billion from the bill, a Nelson spokesman said, though details weren’t yet available.

Their effort is central to building at least some bipartisan support for the bill, which has come under increasing attack for too much spending unrelated to jolting the economy right away.

Meanwhile, 45% of Americans say they favor some sort of tax cut plan to boost the sagging economy. But I wonder if that means real tax cuts, or Obama-riffic style tax cuts. Remember, in Democrat-speak, Obama tax cuts are just a siphoning of revenues generated by taxing the “rich” and doling them out to the “not so rich.”

The president rejected some criticisms of the plan: that tax cuts alone would solve the problem, or that longer-term goals such as energy independence and health care reform should wait until afterward.

In remarks at the White House, Obama argued that recalcitrant lawmakers need to get behind his approach, saying the American people embraced his ideas when they elected him president in November.

Obama ran for President staying on point, hammering in a conservative concept that sounded nice – tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts.

52.7% of Americans bought it.

Unfortunately, not one aspect of anything Obama ran on amounted to a genuine tax cut.

Socialism 101.

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