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Obama stimulus is “welfare spendathon”

February 15, 2009

The largest one-year increase in government handouts in American history.

A “welfare spendathon.”

The process?  Shameful.

Representative Says Stimulus “Stinks,” Details “Intentionally Hidden from Lawmakers, American Voters”

A return to rewarding no work with other workers’ hard earned pay. In massive amounts.

And pork.  Pork some say Americans don’t care about.  But I care about my money going to waste. I hate pork vendors.  Which means most Democrats.

Schumer Says Americans Don’t Care About Pork Spending

And I care about my money going to China.  And oil rich emirates where no men work….

Stimulus: China Will Fund U.S. Debt But “We Hate You Guys”

It’s the stimulus.  The Obama stimulus.  The Democrats’ stimulus.

Oh, and three doomed Republican senators.  Snowe, Collins and Specter.  They joined the welfare Democrats, the Schumer poksters, the “we don’t care,” the idle, the “we don’t pay taxes.”  Those that gloat.

Pardon me if I’m angry.  I’ve always paid my taxes.  Probably overpaid.

Tim Geithner?  No.  Dashcle? No.  Obama?  Uncertain.

But we sure raided the Traesury big time this time.  Didn’t we?

“If this is going to be bipartisanship, the country’s screwed,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, told ABC’s “This Week.” “I know bipartisanship when I see it.”

The president says Air Force One is a “spiffy ride.”

It’s my aircraft and my fuel, pal.  I paid and can prove it.

U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One ...
U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he boards Air Force One in Washington enroute to Chicago to spend the President’s Day holiday weekend with his family at their home there February 13, 2009.REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/02/13/air.force.one/
index.html?eref=ib_topstories

We’ll, he’s living on my money.  We both have to get used to it.  We don’t have to like it…..

Now I am the schmuck.

How do you feel?

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The new administration’s economic stimulus plan may undo reforms that cut the dole queues, critics say

RONALD REAGAN started it, Bill Clinton finished it and last week Barack Obama was accused of engineering its destruction. One of the few undisputed triumphs of American government of the past 20 years – the sweeping welfare reform programme that sent millions of dole claimants back to work – has been plunged into jeopardy by billions of dollars in state handouts included in the president’s controversial economic stimulus package.

As Obama celebrated Valentine’s Day yesterday with a return to his Chicago home for a private weekend with family and friends, his success in piloting a $785 billion (£546 billion) stimulus package through Congress was being overshadowed by warnings that an unprecedented increase in welfare spending would undermine two decades of bipartisan attempts to reduce dependency on government handouts.

Robert Rector, a prominent welfare researcher who was one of the architects of Clinton’s 1996 reform bill, warned last week that Obama’s stimulus plan was a “welfare spendathon” that would amount to the largest one-year increase in government handouts in American history.

Douglas Besharov, author of a big study on welfare reform, said the stimulus bill passed by Congress and the Senate in separate votes on Friday would “unravel” most of the 1996 reforms that led to a 65% reduction in welfare caseloads and prompted the British and several other governments to consider similar measures.

Read the rest:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new
s/world/us_and_americas/article573
3499.ece

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Related:
 Obama ‘Business as Usual’ Despite Pledges

GOP Lawmakers Feel “Screwed”
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/02
/15/obama.gop.stimulus/index.html?sec
tion=cnn_latest

Missing from Congress’ stimulus negotiations: transparency

 Stimulus Proves Obama (And The NYT) Have No Idea What “Bipartisanship” Means; Or Could Care Less

Obama Team: Winning isn’t everything; it’s the only thing

http://michellemalkin.com/2009/0
2/15/taxpayer-revolt-porkulus-pro
test-in-seattle/

http://alphainventions.com/

McCain as Worthless Old Man:
http://suzieqq.wordpress.com/2009/02/15/shrum
-on-mccain-he-has-gone-from-being-an-angry-o
ld-candidate-to-being-an-angry-old-defeated-candidate/

Blagojevich: Panicked, Irrational, Delusional Yet A Charmer?

December 15, 2008

Governor Rod Blagojevich is a polished speaker who can win over elderly women at luncheons in southern Illinois with his earnest attention, and eloquently recite from memory historical passages from the lives of the leaders he says he most admires — Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Robert F. Kennedy, Alexander Hamilton, Ronald Reagan.

And yet, Blagojevich, 52, rarely turns up for work at his official state office in Chicago, former employees say, is unapologetically late to almost everything, and can treat employees with disdain, cursing and erupting in fury for failings as mundane as neglecting to have at hand at all times his preferred black Paul Mitchell hairbrush. He calls the brush “the football,” an allusion to the “nuclear football,” or the bomb codes never to be out of reach of a president.

By Monica Davey
The International Herald Tribune

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his wife Patti leave a downtown ... 
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his wife Patti leave a downtown office building Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008, in Chicago. Blagojevich was arrested this week on federal charges that he tried to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat.(AP Photo/Morry Gash)

In 1996, a Democrat who shared a campaign office with Blagojevich, John Fritchey was told that his stepfather had suffered a serious stroke. He walked over to Blagojevich, who was making fund-raising calls, and shared the news.

“He proceeded to tell me that he was sorry, and then, in the next breath, he asked me if I could talk to my family about contributing money to his campaign,” recalled Fritchey, now a state representative and a critic of the governor. “To do that, and in such a nonchalant manner, didn’t strike me as something a normal person would do.”

Yet even political figures like Fritchey say they were stunned by his arrest last week on charges of conspiracy and soliciting bribes.

Read the rest:
http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/12/15
/america/15blagojevich.php

U.S. Shoots Downs Missile in Simulation of Long-Range Attack

December 6, 2008

Not too many years ago, many “experts” said this could never be done and the “Star Wars” vision of Ronald Reagan was doomed to failure — a waste of billions of dollars.  Now missile defense is successful and at the top of the agenda for many people who need defense, like the Europens who fear a missile from, say, Iran.  Missile defnse is also on the agenda of Mister Medvedev and Putin in Russia but for reasons that are murkier….

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The U.S. military yesterday shot down a missile in a test simulating a long-range ballistic missile attack by a potential adversary such as North Korea or Iran, senior defense officials said.

The target missile was launched from Kodiak Island, Alaska, at 3:04 p.m. Eastern time, tracked simultaneously by several ground and ship-based radars, and intercepted by a “kill vehicle” 3,000 kilometers away over the Pacific 25 minutes later, according to the Missile Defense Agency.

In this photo provided by the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency, ... 
Above: In this photo provided by the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency, a Ground-Based Interceptor is shown shortly after liftoff from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., on Friday, Dec. 5, 2008. The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency used the interceptor missile to knock down a missile meant to simulate the speed and trajectory of a North Korean attack. It struck the target missile around 3:30 p.m., shortly after the target was launched from a location in Alaska.(AP Photo/Missile Defense Agency, Joe Davila)

By Ann Scott Tyson
The Washington Post

In this photo provided by the Missile Defense Agency, a long-range ... 
In this photo provided by the Missile Defense Agency, a long-range Strategic Targets System (STARS) rocket is launched from the Kodiak Launch Complex on Kodiak Island, Alaska Friday, Dec. 5, 2008. The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency used a Ground-Based Interceptor launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to knock down a missile meant to simulate the speed and trajectory of a North Korean attack. It struck the target missile around 3:30 p.m., shortly after the target was launched from a location in Alaska.(AP Photo/Missile Defense Agency)

“It was the largest, most complex test we have ever done,” Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly, chief of the Missile Defense Agency, said at a Pentagon news conference after the test.

“The key to our protection . . . is to be able to have all of these different sensors simultaneously tracking” and recognizing the same object, which they did for the first time in yesterday’s test, he said. “The kill vehicle was sent to a very accurate spot in space,” he said, adding that the result “does give us great confidence.”

However, he said the 40-year-old target missile failed to deploy its countermeasures — such as decoys or chaff — which were supposed to add realism to the test.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/w
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5/AR2008120503319.html?nav=hcmodule