The irrepressible Ann Coulter writes the following about the so-called economic stimulus bill in her column today:
“The stimulus bill isn't as bad as we had expected -- it's much worse. Instead of merely creating useless, make-work jobs digging ditches -- or "shovel-ready," in the Democrats' felicitous phrase -- the "stimulus" bill will create an endless army of government bureaucrats aggressively intervening in our lives. Instead of digging ditches, American taxpayers will be digging our own graves.”
Coulter concludes the column with the following:
“ . . . thanks to the stimulus bill, the private sector will gradually shrivel and die. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the cost of servicing the bill's nearly trillion-dollar debt will shrink the economy within a decade.
“Robert Kennedy famously said: "There are those who look at things the way they are and ask, 'Why?' I dream of things that never were and ask, 'Why not?'"
“The new liberal version is: There are those who look at things and ask, "Why on earth should the government be paying for that?" I dream of things that never were funded by the government and ask, "Why not?"”
Kevin O’Brien, a Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist, has an even more depressing outlook in a column titled, “The real price of the stimulus will be individual liberty.” He writes:
“Mere pork has never been the problem with this monstrosity. Pork we can digest.
“The deeper problem is two-fold: This bill will do almost nothing to ease the current financial crisis and, far worse than that, it tightens the federal government's fist on the future of education, energy research, industrial policy and especially health care. And all without so much consideration as a congressional committee hearing.
“Do we really need Education and Energy departments double their current size?”
O’Brien concludes his column saying:
“Our government was never meant for this.
“What it was designed to do was to safeguard individual liberty; to put the power of self-government in the hands of the people.
“We're witnessing the end of that grand experiment, and at horrendous financial cost.
“As Arnold Kling, a Cato Institute economist, put it this week: "I think about the stimulus as an economist, but I feel it as a father. Barack Obama is destroying my daughters' future. It is like sitting there, watching my house ransacked by a gang of thugs."
“I addressed something similar but shorter to my 17-year-old son when I walked in the door from work Tuesday, the day the Senate passed its version of the stimulus: ‘Good luck getting your country back. By the time you pull it off, if you ever do, I'll be long dead.’"
Michael Franc, blogging at the National Review Online’s “The Corner,” says, “this one bill contains a generation’s worth of liberal policymaking, an entire Great Society-scale agenda, one that advances the liberals’ view of man and his relationship to government enough to cause LBJ himself to turn red with envy.” He then provides a list of “just the serious concerns that have been uncovered thus far.” The list includes:
- Reversing the 1996 welfare reforms
- Expanding the welfare state
- The stealth health care agenda
- Bailing out irresponsible state governments
- Stimulus bill could incite new global trade war
- The limits of creating jobs through infrastructure spending
- 300,000 jobs for illegal immigrants
Finally, Jim Harper at Cato@Liberty points to comments by a Sunlight Foundation blogger who notes:
“(I]t is not just Republicans who are being denied access to the bill. Reporters, bloggers, and the general public are being denied an opportunity to review one of the most important pieces of legislation sent through Congress in a long time. . . This is a dangerous practice that the Democrats ran against in 2006 and now, in the majority, are unfortunately using to block their opposition’s attacks.”
Want more information? Visit the following websites of organizations that have done yeoman work informing the public about “porkulus:”
Finally, to contact your members of Congress, the phone number on Capitol Hill is (202) 224-3121.