There’s a Rat in the Pork Stimulus Bill

    Pushed through as essential to the survival of the nation as we know it,this bill is nothing other than an amalgam of pork and pet projects that will indebt our great-grandchildren.  This is the largest spending bill in history and the thing was passed without even one member of the house reading it in its entirety!! It is putting a lien of about $30,000 on every household in the US!   It also carries another extremely disturbing provision.  The creating of a “RAT Board”  is very reminiscent of the famous Shakespearean quote about  smelling “a rat in Denmark”.  This one however is in Washington DC.
    The new Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board — the RAT Board,as it’s known by the few insiders who are aware of it would oversee the “Inspectors General”who’s job is supposed to be acting as independent watchdogs of the various federal agencies.  Now the supposedly independent watchdogs are stripped of their independence of the politics of Washington.
    According to  the DC Examiner:‘In the name of accountability and transparency,Congress has given the RAT Board the authority to ask “that an inspector general conduct or refrain from conducting an audit or investigation.”’  This was apparently included at the request of the Obama administration.  Now why in the world do you think a politician would want to control the investigative agencies that investigate he and his buddies?  For “openness and accountability”?  Come on people,you know this one!!  This is like having Al Capone hand pick the applicants for new police detectives.
    Read more about some of the “crisis averting”pieces of this bill and see if it doesn’t make you want to fire your congressman who voted for this garbage.  Contact your congressman and senators and let them know what you think of their actions as your representatives in Washington.

    The list below by Mr Niles Sharif  is a summary of a few points of the “Economic Stimulus Bill”.

    President Obama wrote in an op-ed piece in the Wash Post that if Congress does not pass his “stimulus”package & do so right away, “Our nation will slip deeper into a crisis that,at some point,we may not be able to reverse.”  “Wow,”I thought when I read this,“The stimulus bill must contain some really important stuff if it’s critical to the survival of our country!  I better take a closer look.  Maybe the guy is really onto something.”  So,I did some internet research and here is just some of the massive spending proposed in the bill:
    —$50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts
    —$380 million for the Women,Infants &Children welfare program
    —$300 million in grants to combat violence against women
    —$1.2 billion to provide “youth”with summer jobs
    —$2.4 billion for “neighborhood stabilization”activities
    —$650 million for digital TV coupons
    —$150 million for the Smithsonian
    —$34 million to renovate the Dept. of Commerce headquarters
    —$500 million for improvements to the National Institute of Health facility
    —$44 million for repairs to the Dept. of Agriculture’s headquarters
    — $350 million for agriculture department computers
    —$88 million to move (that’s right,move) the Public Health Service into a new building.
    —$1 billion for the Census Bureau
    —$89 billion for Medicaid
    —$30 billion for COBRA extensions
    —$36 billion for expanded unemployment
    —$20 billion for food stamps
    —$850 million for Amtrak
    —$87 million for a “polar ice breaking ship”(What about the ice caps melting because of global warming?)
    —$1.7 million for the National Park Service
    —$55 million for the Historic Preservation Fund
    —$7.6 million for the Rural Advancement Program
    —$150 million for “agricultural commodity purchases”
    —$150 million for producers of livestock,farm-raised fish and honey bees
    —$160 million for paid volunteers (what is a “paid volunteer”?) at the Corporation for National and Community Service
    Are we really to believe Obama that we may not be able to reverse our country’s slide if he &Congress are prevented from ramming all this pork down our throats?  And,by the way,what happened to Obama’s pledge to end pork barrel spending?
    Another interesting tidbit:  Obama said that 1 of the reasons Congress must pass the stimulus bill &must pass it NOW,is to end our dependence on foreign oil.  What is astonishing is that he made this proclamation about energy independence less than 24 hrs after his new interior secretary canceled the oil &gas leases on 77 parcels of federal land.
    We are only 2 weeks into this guy’s term &already he &his party are out of control.
    Please circulate this to as many people as you can.

    Niles R. Sharif
    Attorney at Law
    9001 Grossmont Blvd.
    La Mesa,CA 91941

    Telephone: (619) 463-9111
    Other Links of interest on the RAT Board and the provisions of the “Non-Stimulus”bill:

    The Fix is In

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