Framing the Dialogue

I Am From the Government and I Am Here to Help – Part 5

Part 5 – Mushroom Farmers

I was going to call this Dyson (that fancy sweeper) to allow you to imagine that sucking sound as you think about the amount of money that will be sucked out of our wallets.  I could have also called it “No Apologies Necessary” or “Pay No Attention to What I Said Before” or “Look at How Much I Can Get for $26/Month” or “They’re Stupid and Will Accept What We Tell Them.”

I just don’t know where to start on this one, but have you ever described yourself as a mushroom?  If you did not know, mushrooms are grown in the dark and feed manure.  The passage of the nearly $800 TRILLION stimulus makes us all mushrooms as we are being kept in the dark and fed sh*t.

Here is my collection of quotes and stories that make me want to scream before my head explodes.  I would use the phrase duct tape my head, but I think that Glenn Beck may have that phrase copyrighted.

Speed Kills: 
This from the Obama/Biden web-site:

“Sunlight Before Signing: Too often bills are rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them. As president, Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days.”

Of course this is an “emergency” and must be signed right away.  I spend more than five days thinking about whether to buy new socks. 

Speed Kills Take Two:

Ok, but what about the Speaker of the House’s pledge to provide a full 48 hours for legislators to read legislation before voting.  By most accounts the stimuls bill is well over a thousand pages and was made available to members of congress around 11:00 pm Thursday February 12, 2009.  The bill was scheduled to come to the floor at 9:00 on Friday February 13, 2009.  That is around ten hours after it was made available.

Accounts that I read were that “made available” meant as a pdf (“portable document format”).   You all get pdf’s attached to e-mails or when you search for something.  It is a great way to show documents.  The down side is that they are basically snapshots of the pages.  If you want to find a particular section you cannot search the document. 

Think looking at the yellow pages on-line and having to flip through each page to find what you are looking for.  That may not be the best example as the yellow pages are alphabetized.  I suspect the stimulus bill is not.

It Is Such An Emergency I’ll Wait Until Tuesday To Sign It:

Feel good about our elected officials desire to save us from this latest crisis.  Not the last crisis or the one before that, but this crisis.  They burned the midnight oil (although that is probably against some environmental regulation) to ensure that the bill was passed.  They even skipped the part about reading the thing to make sure to save us.  Unfortunately President Obama had left for a three-day weekend vacation in the Windy City.  He will probably sign the bill sometime on Tuesday.  My concept of an emergency and a crisis is different.

Evelyn Wood Would Be Proud:

The size of the stimulus bill has blossumed to 1,071 pages.  When you do the math on this pork-filled (sorry stimulus-filled) legislation, each legislator would have 10 hours (600 minutes) to read and digest this bill.  They would have to read at a pace of nearly two pages per minute.  Using an average page of text of around 250 words (estimate based on a novel), they are reading at a 500 word per minute rate.

Ms. Woods promises to take an average reader at 250 words per minute to a whopping 1000 words per minute.  Maybe there was a bit of money in the TARP bill to pay for our congress to take Ms. Woods’ classes.  You may enjoy this clip of Congressman Boehner chiding his colleagues about their failure to read this important piece of legislation.  Unfortunately, the Republicans only find their conservatism and spine when they are in the minority. 

Where are all the environmentalists complaining about the paper being used to print this thing.

Snarlin Arlen – A Man of His Word:

All but seven Democrats in both the House and Senate voted for passage of the bill.  All but three Republicans voted against the bill.  Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania seems to have been a lightening rod for opponents of the bill. 

One of the more famous interviews was by Laura Ingraham.  She had the “nerve” to asked him how it felt to attend a Super Bowl Party at the White House and whether that influenced his vote.  He got testy with that young lady. 

I have listened to a few of his interviews and something he said stuck with me.  When questioned about portions of the bill that were in the House version, but left out of the Senate version, he said that he expected that those would be removed.  He then said that regardless of the final version that he “gave his word” that he would vote for it.  No one has asked him to whom he swore that oath. 

He may have forgotten this oath:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

He seems to have forgotten his other promise to uphold the Constitution and what that means.  Just a few years ago, Senator Specter was considered unbeatable in his home state of Pennsylvania.  He looks very vulnerable.  

My God What Have They Done:

Did you know that with the Stimulus Bill the money that the Federal Government now owes more than the GDP (“Gross Domestic Product”) of the ENTIRE WORLD!  That is the total value of ALL the goods and services produced in every country in the world.  That is how much we now owe.

and finally…

The people’s servants:

Senator Chuckie Schumer, in his arrogance, said that Americans do not care about a little pork.  What is $200 million here and $200 million there.  Unfortuanately many Americans are just hoping for their share of the pie.  Who is John Galt?  He would probably be part of the “Chattering Class.”  Watch the video here if you can stomach it.

And this from Congresswoman Maxine Waters appearing on ABCs This Week, “Many well-known economists feel this should be a trillion dollar bailout bill.  That we need to put more into our economy.”  I find it maddening when these folks quote others when they are really talking about their views.  Watch the entire show here. 

If you can make it to the end of the show, you will see the love-fest start between the two sides as they talk about the next steps. 

Translation of next steps:  more of our money.

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