So, yes, let’s take a look at the facts and the science. Your stimulus bill was passed last year by the Democrat majority in Congress along strictly partisan lines. You told us that the $787 billion dollar act had to pass or else unemployment might exceed 8%. The bill passed, most of the money was spent and unemployment exceeded 10%. It is currently at 9.6%. You said that your government would be accountable for the spending. That Vice President Biden would personally oversee the program to assure transparency and accountability. So what did we get for our $787 billion dollars:
* Checks sent to 10,000 dead people
* A web site (costing $18 million) that enumerated spending in non-existent Congressional districts
* $1 billion for the US Census (on top of the $3 billion cost overrun)
* $448 million for a new headquarters for Homeland Security
* $248 million for furniture for the new Homeland Security headquarters (feel more secure?)
* $412 million for Center for Disease Control buildings and property
* $500 million for National Institute of Health buildings (notice a pattern here?)
* $600 million for hybrid vehicles for federal employees (made by US companies, right???)
* $200 million for alternative energy vehicles for military installations.
* $246 million for Hollywood producers to buy film (and thanks for supporting the Democrats)
* $75 million for “smoking cessation activities” (gee, Barry, just quit already)
* $308 million for a clean energy project with … (wait for it) … BP
* $10 million to renovate an abandoned train station
* $3 million for a “turtle crossing” in Florida
There’s more, so read it all.
Newsweek: Catching on that Obama will not be as smart as Bill Clinton and shift toward the middle after the election.
Christine O’ Donnell and Bill Maher: I totally agree with Ann Althouse, here, and think the left comes off terribly, too.
Liz Cheney gave Howard Dean a pretty sound thrashing over it, and the whole “prove a negative” Axelrod playbook.
Speaking of Axelrod, he’s the stone thrower in the glass house
Instapundit: would like to see this on a network spot. So would I!
38 African American Republicans are running for national office. Did you know that? Neither did I! It mustn’t fit the narrative!
Doug Mataconis asks: Whither Libertarians
Melissa Clouthier answers: they’re nearly irrelevant
Spengler: unhappy with events in the Middle East
In return for a temporary truce in Iraq – a truce that is now crumbling as Iran inserts its military proxies into the Baghdad government and the Sunni fighters defect – America allowed Iran time to possibly produce weapons-grade uranium, stock Hezbollah in Lebanon with advanced missiles, and deploy terrorist networks wherever it wanted.
All of this is blowing up in America’s face, along with the twin farce in Afghanistan. The same talking heads who cheer-led the Bush administration claim that the problem is that Obama has encouraged the enemy by signaling his desire to withdraw. They know perfectly well that American voters cannot make sense of why so much blood and treasure has been poured into countries about which they care little.
What is also going on in the Middle East
Merkel: Multiculturalism is an Epic Fail. The problem with it is that if the multiple cultures don’t doesn’t eventually coalesce into the “melting pot” all you have is a bunch of ingredients, but no stew.
Teen suicides: Is the “wisdom of the age” contributing to the tragedy?
Archbishop Chaput: Our youth have lost the moral vocabulary; in truth we haven’t taught it well. The remarks from the teacher are a little chilling.
Ann Althouse: defends Christian fundamentalists against the “homophobe” charge. She does a very good job articulating the Christian perspective – better, in fact, than many Christians can manage.
Jobs are better than charity? Americans used to know that! Teach the man to fish, and all that…
Another stab to the heart of the electoral college
More on the question of elitism
Simcha Fisher on forced “voluntary” sterilization
Fr. Dwight: a tough word for sneering ex-Catholics
Fr. Barron: Seeing the scandal through biblical eyes
First Things does its first-ever ranking of colleges