As you may have heard, the Senate passed its version of the stimulus package yesterday at a cost of $838 billion to taxpayers, not including more than $300 billion in interest. Public support of the stimulus package has dropped dramatically as many Representatives and Senators have criticized the pork barrel spending and pet projects within the bill. What you may not know is that the bill has more than just Congressmen’s pet projects, it also has a number of frightening programs designed to expand the government’s hold on everyday life. Some hidden issues in the stimulus package include ending welfare reform, rationing healthcare, and granting jobs to illegal immigrants. Ending the successful welfare reform program will cost taxpayers over $787 billion in new welfare costs over the next ten years, and rationing healthcare is part of Obama’s larger plan to institute a government controlled healthcare system. The so-called stimulus bill has very little money directed toward actual stimulation of the economy, instead being a government spending bill aimed at growing the government. The bill has been criticized nationwide as a drastic increase in government spending of taxpayer money which will be horrible for the economy and also dramatically increase government control over citizens’ lives. Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana has been outspoken on the issue, questioning how $20-25 million for removing waste from undersea habitats and repairing ATV roads and $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts will build jobs and grow the economy. Even the Congressional Budget Office (run by Democrats) has said the “stimulus” may deepen the economic crisis! In fact, Newsweek’s lead article this week is titled “We Are All Socialists Now,” and attempts to garner public approval of the bill on that basis. (Click here to view the article.)
What do you think about the stimulus?