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  • STIMULUS WATCH: Extra $25 a week in unemployment benefits cancels food stamps for some

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama increased unemployment benefits as part of his economic stimulus, he also made some Americans ineligible for hundreds of dollars a month in food stamps. Under the economic recovery plan, laid-off workers have seen a $25 weekly bump in their unemployment checks as part of a broad expansion of benefits for the poor. But the law did not raise the income cap for food stamp eligibility, so the extra money has pushed some people over the limit. Laid-off workers and state officials are only now realizing the quirk, a consequence of pushing a $787...
  • Recovery.gov a lame attempt at stimulus transparency

    02/23/2009 3:50:51 PM PST · by arkadyka · 3 replies · 212+ views
    Indy Mind ^ | 2/2/23/2009 | arkady
    Based on a campaign promise by Obama his administration is now utilizing technology to provide bleeding edge transparency to government in ways unseen before. Even before the stimulus bill found support in Congress, one of the very first provisions in the bill spoke about Recovery.gov as a means to provide transparency to the American public. Aim here is to let the people know where exactly our hard earned money is going and even give us a chance to participate, or in this case write about emotional stories of how someone else's money changed our lives. Given that a bill of...
  • General Obama declares war on deficit and the wealthy.

    02/22/2009 1:56:07 PM PST · by arkadyka · 19 replies · 601+ views
    Indy Mind ^ | 12/22/2009 | arkady
    A short week after signing into law the biggest spending bill in the history of the United States, Obama has turned his attention on cutting our deficits. Akin to an alcoholic saying he will no longer drink whiskey, while doubling up on vodka and beer. His first line of business is to cut spending in Afghanistan & Iraq, ironic of course considering he just signed the deployment of 17,000 additional troops to Afghanistan. What exactly does he plan to cut? Going to send the soldiers over there without rifles? Russians did so in battle of Stalingrad, so there is SOME...
  • THE OBAMA STIMULUS PLAN & THE DEMS - DUMB & DUMBER

    02/16/2009 10:18:35 AM PST · by sportsone234 · 446+ views
    It’s official. The Obama “Stimulus” Bill, a stinking pile of garbage and pork barrel spending, disguised as relief for our economy, passed both houses on Friday. The way it was crafted, the manner in which the voting public and members of the Republican Party were excluded, was dumb, infantile, shockingly crude and heavy handed. [...] Want to see where your tax dollars are going? Go to Stimulus Watch (H/T Oil for Immigration) and check out your city and state. Thanks to World Net Daily for giving us the site info needed to review the bill: the joint explanatory statement of...
  • Rahm’s fingerprints all over package, tactics

    02/12/2009 3:44:19 PM PST · by STARWISE · 36 replies · 1,462+ views
    The Hill ^ | 2-11-09 | Mike Soraghan
    Rahm Emanuel may have moved his office down Pennsylvania Avenue, but to stand in the hallways of the Capitol lately, it seems he never left. And if anyone’s fingerprints are on the nearly $800 billion economic stimulus package being sorted out in Congress this week, they belong to Emanuel, the former Illinois House member who is now the White House chief of staff. There he was on the morning before the House stimulus vote, bringing Blue Dogs back into the fold as he huddled with their leaders in House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s (D-Md.) hideaway off the House floor. That...
  • The Real Price Of The Stimulus Will Be INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY

    02/12/2009 3:36:54 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 16 replies · 1,219+ views
    www.cleveland.com ^ | Thursday February 12, 2009, 4:45 AM | KEVIN O'BRIEN
    The real price of the stimulus will be individual liberty by Kevin O'Brien , Thursday February 12, 2009, 4:45 AM If all goes as scheduled -- and barring an exquisitely timed meteor strike on Washington, D.C., it will -- on a holiday formerly dedicated exclusively to the president who saved the union in hopes of "a new birth of freedom," the president we have today will sign freedom's death warrant. Two quotes from Benjamin Franklin leap to mind: "You have a republic, madam, if you can keep it"; and, "They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary...
  • Democratic Leadership Requires Stimulus Job Access for Illegal Aliens -- Secret Negotiations

    02/12/2009 8:40:29 AM PST · by ckilmer · 6 replies · 1,058+ views
    NumbersUSA ^ | Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 8:58 PM | Roy Beck
    UNBELIEVABLE -- Democratic Leadership Requires Stimulus Job Access for Illegal Aliens -- Secret Negotiations   By Roy Beck, Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 8:58 PM AND BAILED-OUT BANKS ARE GIVEN BACK PERMISSION TO FIRE AMERICANS AND REPLACE WITH FOREIGN WORKERSHouse Speaker Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Reid and the Obama White House were absolutely certain about one thing for the House/Senate negotiating committee on the Stimulus Bill:  There was to be no special restriction to keep illegal aliens from getting new jobs created by the bill at a cost of $250,000 to $500,000 each.   The Democratic leadership of our federal government made...
  • Meltdown 101: Highlights of economic stimulus plan

    02/12/2009 2:24:03 AM PST · by xtinct · 14 replies · 1,411+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 2/12/09 | Jim Abrams
    Now that there's a tentative agreement on the economic stimulus plan that President Barack Obama and other supporters hope will provide a considerable jolt to the economy, how long will it take to get infrastructure and other projects moving? And do economists think the plan is big enough to create millions of jobs? Here are some questions and answers about the latest version of the stimulus initiative. Q: What are the main objectives of the package? A: A combination of tax cuts and spending incentives totaling nearly $790 billion is aimed at putting money back in the pockets of consumers...
  • Illegals get Obama Stimulus Jobs

    02/12/2009 8:37:43 AM PST · by ckilmer · 11 replies · 1,064+ views
    NumbersUSA ^ | Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 9:36 PM
    Stimulus Conference Committee Strips E-Verify Protections for American Workers Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 9:36 PM House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) issued a press release tonight decrying the removal of House-passed E-Verify worker protections from the conference committee report, which could be voted on as early as tomorrow. See Roy Beck's blog for more commentary on this injustice. The conference committee stripped a provision he authored, which would have re-authorized E-Verify for five years, and one sponsored by Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.),...
  • Democrats' 'Stimulus' $1.10 a Day in Tax Relief-Saddling American Families with $6,500 in Added Debt

    02/12/2009 6:40:16 AM PST · by Clinton's a liar · 87 replies · 4,599+ views
    Republican Leader's Blog ^ | 12 February 2009 | Republican Leader's Office
    A RAW DEAL FOR AMERICAN FAMILIES: DEMOCRATS' TRILLION-DOLLAR SPENDING BILL PROVIDES $1.10 PER DAY IN TAX RELIEF TO WORKERS, WHILE SADDLING EVERY AMERICAN FAMILY WITH $6,500 IN ADDED DEBT Following are some very tentative quick facts on the trillion-dollar "stimulus" spending deal slated to be rushed through the House and Senate today or tomorrow by Congressional Democrats, as compiled by the Office of House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH). These are based on best estimates on legislative text and scoring and may be subject to revision. 1. GENERATIONAL THEFT: The final agreement will cost each and every household more than...
  • House Expected to Vote on $789B Stimulus Package Friday (the 13th)

    02/12/2009 8:34:55 AM PST · by Zakeet · 15 replies · 748+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 12, 2009
    The House of Representatives is pushing off a vote on the final version of the economic recovery package until Friday, sources say, as lawmakers put the finishing touches on a bill President Obama hopes will jump-start the economy and create millions of jobs. Senate and House negotiators reached a compromise bill estimated to cost $789 billion Wednesday. They trimmed billions from previous versions of the measure and settled on a package that contains 35 percent tax cuts and hundreds of billions in spending for infrastructure, education, health care, unemployment aid and other assistance. Obama, who has campaigned energetically for the...
  • Consensus Collapsing for the Senate's $838 Billion "Stimulus"

    02/11/2009 6:54:15 PM PST · by Delacon · 703+ views
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | February 10, 2009 | Brian M. Riedl
    Consensus Collapsing for the Senate's $838 Billion "Stimulus" by Brian M. Riedl WebMemo #2283 Advocates of fiscal responsibility should restrain any excitement over the $83 billion in spending Senators have eliminated from the "stimulus" bill. Indeed, the Senate's $838 billion price tag is still $19 billion larger than the House version. Although there are some differences between the two, the House and Senate versions of the bill both: Spend approximately $223,000 per job created, using the President's own figures; Contribute to a $3.5 trillion expansion of federal debt in 2009 and 2010--a staggering $30,000 in new debt per household, dumped...
  • The Reviews Are In (MSM on Stimulus)

    02/11/2009 6:30:20 PM PST · by Delacon · 6 replies · 505+ views
    National Review/ The Corner ^ | February 11, 2009 | NRO Staff
    New York Times: Stocks Slide as New Bailout DisappointsNew York Times: For Geithner’s Debut, a Lukewarm ReceptionWashington Post: In $1.5 Trillion Rescue, Few Details; Wall Street Responds With a Sharp Sell-Off, Sinking Dow 4.6 PercentWashington Post: Wall Street's Sharp Rebuke To Rescue Short on DetailWSJ: Market Pans Bank Rescue PlanWSJ: Treasury Secretary Gets a Chilly ReceptionBoston Globe:US sets massive bank rescue, stirs worries on Wall StreetInvestor’s Business Daily: Market Tumbles As $2 Trillion Bank Fix Skimps On DetailsLA Times: Stocks tumble after Geithner unveils financial planNY Post: Bailout BombsPolitico: Geithner's bear of a dayWashington Times: Obama bank plan skids...
  • Barney Frank: TARP's comp curbs could be extended to all businesses

    02/11/2009 2:37:59 PM PST · by keep your powder dry · 39 replies · 1,602+ views
    Barney Frank: TARP's comp curbs could be extended to all businesses - Would be part of broader bill limiting hedge funds, credit-raters, and mortgage securitizers; 'deeply rooted anger' 02/07/09 House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank said Congress will consider legislation to extend curbs on executive pay that now apply only to those banks receiving federal assistance. He said the compensation restrictions would apply to all financial institutions and might be extended to include ALL US COMPANIES....
  • Militarizing Police Depts. With Your Bailout Money

    02/11/2009 11:57:25 AM PST · by mnehring · 100 replies · 2,912+ views
    George Orwell, call your office !If prostitution is the world’s oldest profession, then city mayors follow a very close second.  In fact, it occurs to me they may be the spiritual offspring of the aforementioned liaisons.  Whenever there is loose change or unclaimed dollar bills laying around, mayors can smell them a mile away and if a Sugar Daddy offers free cash, they never stop to question what the vigorish might be.  The urban emperors, suburban commissars, the hack and the highbrow, the Republican and Democrat, the apolitical and amoral, the exurban apparatchiks all assemble to line dance down Pennsylvania Avenue like ladies of the...
  • Schumer: The American People Don't Care About Pork Projects In Stimulus

    02/10/2009 11:06:19 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 40 replies · 1,693+ views
    youtube.com ^ | Feb. 10, 2009
    "And let me say this, to all of the chattering class..."
  • Stimulus or Nostimulus? Nostimulus passed today.

    02/10/2009 3:57:11 PM PST · by arkadyka · 265+ views
    Indy Mind ^ | 2/10/2009 | arkady
    Due to yesterday's cloture today's vote was a mere formality, however the fight is not quite over. Due to the heavy modifications of the bill, a next step involves the bill moving to a conference committee. There they will have to once again compromise and after reaching a happy medium, this well done slightly salted slab of pork is moving to Obama for digestion. Like me, you are probably somewhat exasperated and maybe called and wrote to many Senators this past week to no avail. But the fight is not over yet. What can you do!? Americans for Prosperity have...
  • Geithner's plan falls flat (Amateur Hour in D.C.)

    02/10/2009 1:02:27 PM PST · by kellynla · 65 replies · 2,413+ views
    money.cnn.com/FORTUNE ^ | February 10, 2009 | Colin Barr
    NEW YORK (Fortune) -- Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner failed Tuesday to persuade Wall Street that he will succeed where his predecessor Henry Paulson failed. Geithner outlined the administration's plan to restart frozen credit markets and bolster the health of troubled banks. He said the economy will recover from its swoon only with the help of healthy financial institutions. But observers said the Obama administration's plan is neither well-funded enough to recapitalize troubled banks, nor detailed enough to assure investors that the government can solve the toxic asset problem plaguing banks. That, in part, is why stocks fell so sharply after...
  • Need help organizing a very effective way to block the stimulus

    02/09/2009 1:04:44 PM PST · by lonewacko_dot_com · 11 replies · 596+ views
    24AheadDotCom ^ | 2/9/09 | self
    If you want to stop the stimulus, the most effective way is to publicly embarrass one of its nationally-known supporters on video by asking them a series of tough, "prosecutorial-style" questions. When uploaded to Youtube and similar sites, that video would get hundreds of thousands or millions of views. It would have an impact on the career of the person who was asked those questions, and it would send a message to the others. I can help edit questions for maximum impact (see my general guide), but I need someone else to start an actual campaign necessary to get people...
  • Is ACORN Funding STILL Buried Deep in the Recovery & Reinvestment Act?

    02/10/2009 7:39:05 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 12 replies · 898+ views
    With a new president ensconced in the White House, it's time to roll out the goodies for loyal supporters in left-of-center political advocacy groups such as ACORN. The latest economic stimulus bill promises to do just that by providing a huge bailout --up to $5.2 billion in taxpayer funds -- for some of the same liberal groups that helped get Barack Obama elected.
  • Live Thread: Senate Porkulus Vote

    02/10/2009 7:05:11 AM PST · by NoGrayZone · 384 replies · 11,821+ views
    I didn't see a live thread and I just can't watch this debacle alone. Meagan Kelly on Fox said the FBC filed a lawsuit under the freedom of information act to find out where this "lost" 78 billion dollars went from the first "bailout". Things are getting a tad bit too interesting for my taste!
  • It's Worse Than We Thought (Porkulus Medical Controls)

    02/10/2009 6:44:04 AM PST · by jessduntno · 25 replies · 1,425+ views
    gopusa ^ | Today
    It's Worse Than We Thought By Doug Patton February 10, 2009 Perhaps it was all the hoopla about the historic nature of Barack Obama's presidency. Maybe the hype of election night and all that talk about wishing our first black president well actually made us all believe, for just a fleeting moment in time, that things would not be as bad as we feared they would be. It turns out they are worse. -snip- McCaughey reports that the bill calls for all medical treatments to be tracked electronically by a new federal bureaucracy known as the National Coordinator of Health...
  • FRONT PAGE DRUDGE--HEALTH CARE SCARE: WHAT'S BURIED DEEP IN THE BILL?

    02/10/2009 6:44:43 AM PST · by truthandlife · 101 replies · 4,020+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 2-10-09 | Matt Drudge
    HEALTH CARE SCARE: WHAT'S BURIED DEEP IN THE BILL?
  • Just How Low Have Democrats Sunk – Is Killing Seniors Now Not Beyond Limits? (Breaking on Fox

    02/10/2009 6:27:34 AM PST · by jessduntno · 180 replies · 6,278+ views
    Obama’s team of despots has turned a Stimulus Bill into a Kill the Elderly bill And instead of using those views to gain acceptance to a mental institution of his choice, Tom Daschle wants them enacted as policy. We already know who was receptive to his views; some man who promised hope and change and who did not tell us that those involved killing seniors and the very ill. Obama’s team of despots has turned a Stimulus Bill into a Kill the Elderly bill. And the Democrats in the Senate, including Ben Nelson, Bill Nelson, Joe Lieberman, Arlen Specter and...
  • Grassley statement about Senate vote on economic stimulus legislation

    02/10/2009 1:07:41 AM PST · by iowamark · 10 replies · 1,305+ views
    Sen. Grassley press release ^ | 02/09/2009 | Charles Grassley
    Senator Chuck Grassley made the statement immediately below regarding his vote today against economic stimulus legislation put before the Senate with limited debate, the Collins-Nelson amendment #570 (substitute) to H.R. 1, the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. "Thousands of Iowans have called me to voice their opposition to this legislation. They don't have confidence that the bill will get the economy back on track. Their cynicism is fueled by the package's massive government spending and long-term entitlement commitments that will leave the next generation with trillion dollar deficits. The bill is a big missed opportunity, especially with the...
  • [Lindsey] Graham Plans to Vote Against Senate’s Stimulus Package

    02/09/2009 7:19:19 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 35 replies · 940+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-02-09
    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham says the $827 billion stimulus package the Senate is expected to pass this week is a mix of bad politics and bad spending. The South Carolina Republican plans to vote against the bill. Graham said Monday there’s too much money for increasing the size of government and pet legislative projects. He says too little of the funds go where they’re needed most, to help banks saddled with failed loans and a slumping housing market. Graham says both Congress and President Obama let the country down with the current plan. The House earlier...
  • Revolutionary Marxists in Our Midst?

    02/09/2009 4:07:46 PM PST · by aAMma · 7 replies · 464+ views
    This is the authoritative text on Marxist Pants. The general thesis of this article is that Marxist Pants have a potent influence on Americans class-identification and that this influence, furthermore, is degrading the American Way of Life. Marxism is a volatile pseudo-philosophy which attempts to subordinate all other possible modes of existence to itself. It is especially hostile to the American Way of Life. The insertion of Marxist Pants into our sanguine society is something every American citizen should be concerned about. Without the knowledge contained below, any attempt to fight against this scourge of seductive socialist pants will be...
  • Conservative Activists Descend on Arlen Specter's Office to Protest Stimulus Support - Video 2/9/09

    02/09/2009 4:37:09 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 15 replies · 1,114+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | February 9, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is video of Conservative Activists going to the office of Sen. Arlen Specter to deliver a message in opposition to his support for the Obama Stimulus Plan. The activists included Free Republic's Jim Robinson. . . . . . . (Watch Video)
  • Guidelines for Use of Meetings and Events by Recipients of Emergency Government Assistance

    02/09/2009 4:48:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies · 185+ views
    Business Wire / U.S. Travel Association ^ | February 09, 2009 | Kristy Chandler
    Policies Support Prudent Use of Taxpayer Dollars, While Preserving Downstream Creation of Jobs, Economic Growth. Leaders from key organizations representing the meetings, events and incentive travel industries united to issue guidelines on acceptable business travel practices to companies that have received emergency government lending. The guidelines, built upon existing corporate best practices, are designed to ensure transparency and accountability and protect the one million American jobs supported by corporate meetings and events. “The business practices of our customers impact the welfare of our industry, our employee base and the economic health of the communities where we do business,” said Roger...
  • Snowe to McCain: Bipartisan this! [RINO fight]

    02/09/2009 3:38:48 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 81 replies · 3,028+ views
    Politico ^ | 2009-02-09 | Daniel Libit
    Not bipartisan? Try telling that to Sen. Olympia Snowe. On CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday, Sen. John McCain scoffed at the notion that the support President Barack Obama’s stimulus proposal has received from Snowe, Sen. Susan Collins, Arlen Specter, constituted bipartisanship. “[T]his agreement is not bipartisan,” McCain told moderator Bob Schieffer. “I've been in bipartisan agreements, many. This is three Republican senators. Every Republican congressman voted against it in the House, plus Democrats. And all but three Republicans stayed together on this. That's not bipartisanship. That's just picking off a couple of senators.” On Monday, Snowe took issue with that...
  • Senate Cloture motion on $1 Trillion pork bill passes, 61-36 [FTR: Senator Corker DOESN'T support it

    02/09/2009 3:04:21 PM PST · by jessduntno · 278 replies · 9,982+ views
    Just reported...
  • Vote on stimulus package coming as early as Tuesday, cloture secured.

    02/09/2009 3:02:21 PM PST · by arkadyka · 4 replies · 352+ views
    Indy Mind ^ | 2/9/2009 | Arkady
    If the rumors of Teddy Kennedy's forced retrieval prove to be true, Senate can be voting for cloture tonight. This would in effect cease debate and shutdown the filibuster in the Senate, allowing the bill to safely pass and terrorize our economy for the next decade. I find Kennedy's arrival to be in poor taste and indicative that the bill does not have popularity or support among the senators, let alone the American public. Stooping to such extreme measures over a potential expenditure of 1 trillion dollars is the lowest of the low and pure politics. Stay tuned, I will...
  • "No Stimulus Rally" at Richmond Capitol Tomorrow

    02/09/2009 1:56:18 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 4 replies · 411+ views
    Per email from Americans for Prosperity: We’re coming down to the wire on this Pelosi/Reid/Obama trillion dollar spending bill and I'm asking you to join me at a rally in Richmond tomorrow to put pressure on our two Virginia senators -- Mark Warner and Jim Webb. And beyond just putting pressure on these two senators to vote NO, by attending the rally you'll send a message to the media in attendance that there is a strong, energized grassroots movement rallying against the big government, pork barrel politics in Washington, DC. Here are the details on the NoStimulus event: When: Tomorrow,...
  • WHO GETS WHAT: stimulus would give colleges and students unprecedented influx of aid PORKULUS!

    02/09/2009 12:52:14 PM PST · by Syncro · 15 replies · 1,263+ views
    StarTribune.com ^ | Last update: February 8, 2009 - 10:46 PM | Justin Pope
    WHO GETS WHAT: stimulus would give colleges and students unprecedented influx of aid By JUSTIN POPE , Associated Press Last update: February 8, 2009 - 10:46 PM DURHAM, N.C. - The stimulus plan emerging in Washington could offer an unprecedented, multibillion-dollar boost in financial help for college students trying to pursue a degree while they ride out the recession.It could also hand out billions to the states to kick-start idled campus construction projects and help prevent tuition increases at a time when families can least afford them.But cuts of $40 billion for state and local governments in the Senate version...
  • Three Republican Senators Bring Socialism

    02/09/2009 6:53:23 AM PST · by 2nd amendment mama · 64 replies · 2,897+ views
    HumanEvents.com ^ | 2/9/2009 | Connie Hair
    America’s future in freedom hangs in the balance as three RINO senators on Friday announced they will join Democrats in their scheme to move this country irretrievably down the path to socialism. Senators Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) have indicated they will vote for the $1.3 trillion “stimulus” spending bill that purposes none other than precisely that outcome. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office ruled that less than 20 percent of the bill could in any way be considered stimulative. The vote for cloture in the Senate is scheduled for 5:30 pm today. If cloture is...
  • ACORN To Swarm Capitol Hill for Porkulus Bill

    02/09/2009 11:50:19 AM PST · by vadum · 21 replies · 1,912+ views
    Capital Research Center ^ | February 9, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    An ACORN insider just told me that the group is planning to send hundreds of activists to Capitol Hill this Wednesday to press lawmakers to approve the porkulus spending legislation that would give the heavily tax-subsidized ACORN a shot at up to $5.2 billion in taxpayer dollars. I wrote a massive profile of ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) in the November Foundation Watch, have written several articles about ACORN in the American Spectator, and talked about ACORN on "The G. Gordon Liddy Show" on Feb. 6. Meanwhile, the D.C. Examiner has a good primer by Kristen Lopez...
  • Text of Letter Delivered to Senators Specter, Collins and Snowe by Freepers Today(Porkulus)

    02/09/2009 9:05:57 AM PST · by kristinn · 176 replies · 6,365+ views
    Monday, February 9, 2009 | Kristinn
    Jim Robinson delivered the following letter to the offices of Senators Arlen Specter, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe this morning.The Honorable Arlen Specter 711 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20510 Sen. Specter, On behalf of the several hundred thousand members of FreeRepublic.com, I urge you to vote against cloture and passage of the so-called stimulus bill, or as we call it, the Porkulus Bill. We appreciate your good faith efforts on improving the bill. However, statements by your Democratic colleagues show that they have no intention of abiding by the compromises negotiated with you. In short, the Democrats are...
  • Stimulus Watch (Find Projects By State Or Territory)

    02/09/2009 11:58:30 AM PST · by RegulatorCountry · 69 replies · 1,919+ views
    Alaska (46 projects) Alabama (318 projects) Arkansas (199 projects) Arizona (743 projects) California (1971 projects) Colorado (201 projects) Connecticut (449 projects) Washington, D.C. (8 projects) Delaware (7 projects) Florida (1752 projects) Georgia (266 projects) Hawaii (316 projects) Iowa (51 projects) Idaho (348 projects) Illinois (1031 projects) Indiana (713 projects) Kansas (139 projects) Kentucky (524 projects) Louisiana (433 projects) Massachusetts (266 projects) Maryland (54 projects) Maine (72 projects) Michigan (782 projects) Minnesota (335 projects) Missouri (403 projects) Mississippi (552 projects) Montana (57 projects) North Carolina (319 projects) North Dakota (61 projects) Nebraska (154 projects) New Jersey (261 projects) New Mexico (215...
  • Specter to GOP: Don't push Pelosi too far (Wimp Alert)

    02/09/2009 11:39:16 AM PST · by rightinthemiddle · 118 replies · 3,472+ views
    Politico ^ | Glenn Thrush
    Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Arlen Specter, one of three GOPers expected to cross the aisle on stimulus cloture, offers a Washington Post op-ed today in defense of the "Moderate's Bill" which cut about $100 billion from the House stimulus package. His argument to Republicans: We've pushed Pelosi as far as she's willing to go -- and need to take this deal now. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the proposed cuts "do violence to what we are trying to do for the future," especially on education. Her objections are a warning to conservatives that more cuts would be unlikely to win House...
  • Some speculate Texas Gov. Rick Perry may reject aid from stimulus package

    02/09/2009 5:33:13 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies · 1,100+ views
    BY ROBERT T. GARRETT AUSTIN – Many states, running short of cash, may jump at the chance to spend federal stimulus money. In Texas, though, the executive and legislative branches may not jump in unison. Several Democrats and even a few Republicans are nervous that Gov. Rick Perry might reject the federal aid. "If there's any risk Perry would reject that money, we want responsible lawmakers to take it, allocate it and use it for Texas," said state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh, D-El Paso. Perry spokeswoman Allison Castle wouldn't say if the governor will oppose taking any of the aid. "The...
  • Republican Defectors Facing Backlash For Stimulus Support [Defeat Porkulus!!}

    02/08/2009 5:43:28 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 123 replies · 4,995+ views
    NewsMax ^ | February 8, 2009 | By: Tim Collie
    The three Republican senators supporting President Barack Obama’s $827 billion stimulus bill are drawing the wrath of many conservatives who say the massive spending in the plan could tip the country into depression. Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, and Pennsylvania's Sen. Arlen Specter were lambasted on conservative Web sites throughout the weekend, and were the subjects of angry calls by many of their constituents, according to reports. “Arlen Specter is DONE,” wrote a blogger named steelfish on the FreeRepublic Web site. “He won his last primary by less than 1 percent against a real conservative of Pat...
  • Hello? GOPs? Your favorite wedge issue is coming back.

    02/08/2009 4:46:35 PM PST · by Delacon · 15 replies · 963+ views
    Slate ^ | February 07, 2009 | Mickey Kaus
    Shouldn't Republicans be making more of a fuss about the provision in the stimulus bill--both House and Senate versions, apparently--that spends $2-3 billion to the states for "temporary welfare payments"? I initially thought Charles Hurt of the N.Y. Post was being alarmist when he suggested the provision would "drastically undo two decades of welfare reforms." The essence of the 1996 reform was ending the individual legal entitlement to AFDC (cash aid to single mothers, basically) and replacing it with state-run programs that, in theory, require recipients to enter the work force. The stimulus bill doesn't rip up that basic deal, as I...
  • SC Governor: We're moving close to 'a savior-based economy' [Mark Sanford stands his ground]

    02/08/2009 3:02:55 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 39 replies · 1,495+ views
    WASHINGTON (CNN) – As many state and local officials clamor for their share of the billions of dollars in federal aid in the stimulus bill under consideration in Washington, South Carolina’s Republican governor is sounding a note of dissent about federal efforts to help the economy. “A problem that was created by building up of too much debt will not be solved with yet more debt,” Gov. Mark Sanford said Sunday, making a reference to the federal deficit spending that will likely finance the federal stimulus package. “We’re moving precipitously close to what I would call a savior-based economy,” Sanford...
  • Brand protection

    02/08/2009 2:40:53 PM PST · by Salena Zito · 4 replies · 491+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | February 8, 2009 | Salena Zito
    How does President Obama live up to the hype/hope that so embodied him as a candidate? By keeping the promise of his image in line with the delivery of his actions -- and never letting the two pull apart. Obama is an effective brand built on the image of change. Implemented by a team of brilliant strategists, the brand has gone from the control of campaigning to the chaos of governing.
  • Obama Stimulus Not Necessary, as This Is No Great Depression

    02/08/2009 1:19:31 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies · 1,677+ views
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | February 6, 2009 | Clark S. Judge
    History shows doing too much for the economy, not too little, is the danger, Clark S. Judge writes: Milton Friedman had a rule: Increases or decreases in the money supply take six to nine months to alter economic output and as much as two years to move prices. As the Senate takes up the president's stimulus package, the administration argues that, to avert another Great Depression, it is better to do too much than too little. But a Friedmanesque look at today and the 1930s tells a different story: The analogy with the Depression is wrong; the current downturn may...
  • Summers warns that stimulus battle not yet over (Obama wants more porkalicious porkulus)

    02/08/2009 10:55:51 AM PST · by tobyhill · 27 replies · 1,578+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 2/8/2009 | STEVEN R. HURST
    One of President Barack Obama's top economic advisers forecast Sunday a difficult struggle with Congress over Senate cuts of $40 billion for state and local governments from the administration's massive spending and tax cut package to stimulate the failing economy. The $827 billion Senate version of the plan — designed to bring the economy out of the worst downward spiral since the Great Depression — was expected to pass the Senate on Tuesday. The House had already passed its $819 billion version of the measure.
  • Don't forget to include FAXES, as well as calls and emails when you call senators re: PORKulus!

    02/08/2009 10:52:44 AM PST · by Sun · 6 replies · 336+ views
    When I called my U.S. senators over this weekend to leave a message on the voice mail, both senators' Washington, D.C. numbers had a full voice box. When I called their local offices, one had a full voicebox, and the other was not full, so I left a message. Also, I think we will have a better chance of getting through if we call as early as possible tomorrow.
  • Republicans, House Democrat wary of stimulus bill (Senate version sucks)

    02/08/2009 10:44:22 AM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies · 1,234+ views
    Republicans, House Democrat wary of stimulus billASSOCIATED PRESS Sunday, February 8, 2009 Republican congressional leaders and a key House Democrat voiced misgivings -- but for different reasons -- Sunday morning over the Senate version of an economic recovery plan costing more than $800 billion, while a Republican senator said he expects the stimulus package to pass. Sen. John Ensign of Nevada and Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana, both members of the Republican leadership, complained that the legislation has too much spending and not enough tax cuts. A top House Democrat, Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, says the Senate bill cuts...
  • Tom Coburn lists the problems with the Stimulus Bill

    02/08/2009 9:05:55 AM PST · by gartrell bibberts · 30 replies · 1,676+ views
    Tom Coburn Senate Web Site ^ | 02/08/2009 | Tom Coburn
    Tom Coburn R-OK, author of Betrayal of Trust, fiscal conservative has analysed the Stimulus Bill for us. Read this, write your congressman, please!
  • Macroeconomic Effects of the Senate Stimulus Legislation

    02/08/2009 10:13:49 AM PST · by Danae · 6 replies · 762+ views
    Congressional Budget Office - Director's Blog ^ | Feb 4, 2009 | Douglas W. Elmendorf
    Macroeconomic Effects of the Senate Stimulus Legislation In a letter sent today to Senators Grassley and Gregg, CBO analyzed the macroeconomic effects of an initial Senate version of the stimulus legislation (the Inouye-Baucus amendment in the nature of a substitute to H.R. 1, which is the House stimulus bill). CBO estimates that the Senate legislation would raise output by between 1.4 percent and 4.1 percent by the fourth quarter of 2009; by between 1.2 percent and 3.6 percent by the fourth quarter of 2010; and by between 0.4 percent and 1.2 percent by the fourth quarter of 2011. CBO estimates...