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Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Last push against the "stimulus": Sign the NoStimulus petition

President Obama, Socialism / Marxism, TAXES, THE ECONOMY

See updates at bottom of post.

Americans For Prosperity are not about to give up on the pork filled "stimulus" bill without a fight. They are still collecting signatures for their NoStimulus.com petition. (Last night they had 395,047 signers.) They also are asking that you forward their petition to your friends. They will be presenting the petitions today at 2pm at Upper Senate Park in Washington D.C.

 

Yesterday, I wondered if the Dr. Big Brother element to the bill was still there. According to AFP, it is (my emphasis.) Here are a few of the offensive spending measures:

  • This conference report, by all accounts, still funds the stealth imposition of health care rationing via so-called “Comparative Evaluation Research,” that would let bureaucrats decides whether people are too old or too sick to receive a treatment. 
  • This conference report provides the least tax relief of any version yet, even cutting President Obama’s signature middle class tax cut from $500 per individual and $1000 per couple to $400 and $800.  That takes money out the pockets of regular Americans to pay for more wasteful spending. 
  • This conference report gives away as "tax cuts" tens-of-billions of dollars to people WHO DO NOT PAY INCOME TAXES. 
  • The price tag is still astonishing.  $789 billion might be less than the Senate’s $838 billion, but it’s massively more than the $300 billion this bill originally was proposed at, and still tops a trillion dollars when interest is included.  There's still $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts, $600 million to buy cars for government workers, $88 million for ATV and bike trails and so much more waste.  And, go to stimuluswatch.org to see the wish list of earmarks for cities and counties in your area.  It will blow your mind.  

Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are rushing this bill through before we, and I suspect most of the legislators, even know what is in it! F.Y.I., the bill also does away with President Clinton's welfare reforms and funds golf course renovations. If that isn't motivation to call or email, I don't know what else to say.  

United States Senate: Contact Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, 202-224-2541(encourage him not to waffle), and Republican members Susan Collins - Maine (202) 224-2523, Olympia Snowe - Maine (202) 224-5344,  Arlen Specter - Pennsylvania (202) 224-4254, and Independent Joe Lieberman - Connecticut (202) 224-4041.

Our Senators Herb Kohl (202) 224-5653 and Russ Feingold (202) 224-5323

United States House of RepresentativesJames Sensenbrenner (202) 225-5101

 

UPDATE: I wonder if there could be one more NO vote in the Senate coming from New Hampshire Republican Judd Gregg, Commerce Nominee Bows Out GOP's Gregg Quits Over 'Irresolvable Conflicts' With Obama on Stimulus, Census:

...Mr. Gregg himself grew uncomfortable with the handling the stimulus package, said Republican officials and strategists. Mr. Gregg declined to comment on the stimulus bill or whether he would ultimately vote against it when it came to the Senate floor this week. He chose not to vote when the bill first came to the Senate earlier this week. 

The Heritage Foundation Morning Bell: A Trillion Dollar Failure 

Will the stimulus actually stimulate? Economists say no:

WASHINGTON — The compromise economic stimulus plan agreed to by negotiators from the House of Representatives and the Senate is short on incentives to get consumers spending again and long on social goals that won't stimulate economic activity, according to a range of respected economists.

"I think (doing) nothing would have been better," said Ed Yardeni, an investment analyst who's usually an optimist, in an interview with McClatchy. He argued that the plan fails to provide the right incentives to spur spending.

Links: 

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Brookfield7, Fairly Conservative, Vicki Mckenna, Jay Weber, The Right View Wisconsin, Mark Levin, The Heritage Foundation, CNS News

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