Today, the Washington Post published an op-ed by Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter: Why I Support the Stimulus.
In his opening paragraph, Specter nails exactly why I don’t support the stimulus — compromised version or not:
I am supporting the economic stimulus package for one simple reason: The country cannot afford not to take action.
My rebuttal to Specter’s almost 500-word piece consists of only 12 words:
“The country cannot afford to have the government taking any more action.”
You and I may not be stimulated by the stimulus bill, but Al Gore certainly will be. $300 million has been budgeted for — get this : ENERGY-EFFICIENT FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE FLEET PROCUREMENT. This is government-speak for new hybrid cars for government employees. Well, at least Al Gore is going to be stimulated.
Part of that money goes for “neighborhood electric vehicles.” You know what those are? Golf carts.
Here’s my other current favorite: “$522 million for construction for the Bureau of Indian Affairs” — Heap big pork.
Congress is overrun by what their budget might refer to as a “Manually-powered sustenance actuator and purge system” — or “assholes” as you and I call them.