Saturday, February 14, 2009

Liberal Math

CNN ran a very good (and shockingly balanced) story today on the Winners and losers in the final stimulus bill

Take special notice of who is on the winners and losers lists. Notice any biases? Within these lists, see how the two sides worked together to compromise on the numbers and which programs went up and down. Finally, keep in mind that this bill was supposed to create jobs. Notice how construction spending, which would create a lot of good paying jobs, was largely cut while growing the government, which will create jobs but not nearly at the rate of construction, was increased. All emphasis mine.

Winners

High-speed and inner-city rail: Went from $300 million in House bill to $2.25 billion in Senate to $8 billion in final version. There also is a $6.9 billion provision for public transit.

Amtrak: Picked up $500 million from both House and Senate versions to total $1.3 billion. The bill stipulates that no more than 60 percent can go to the Northeast Corridor.

National Institutes of Health: Ends up with $10 billion in the final bill. The House proposed $3.5 billion and the Senate wanted $10 billion -- $8.2 billion goes to the NIH director for his discretion
. (note: you have to love this)

Government oversight: Board to oversee stimulus bill spending will get $84 million to do the job. House bill allocated $14 million while the Senate bill called for $7 million. There is also more than $100 million more for various inspectors general in different agencies.

NASA: Banked just more than $2 billion, including $400,000 for science/global-warming research
. (note: I have to admit I am surprised this is so low)

Now let's see who got cuts:

Losers

Veterans: Nearly all items for Veterans Affairs were reduced and the $2 billion the Senate wanted for VA construction was wiped out altogether. The VA did get one thing: $1 billion for medical facilities renovation and retooling.

Military construction: Cut and put into a general pot, a change from targeted money for each branch of the services. Army construction alone went from $600 million in the Senate and $900 million in the House to $180 million in the final bill. But negotiators compromised over a general military construction fund -- the House wanted $3.75 billion while the Senate allocated $118 million and settled on $1.45 billion for all services.

FBI: Senate had allocated $475 million but all was cut out of final bill.


I guess that whole "we support the military" and photo ops with troops last summer and fall by the Dims was just campaign fodder. I for one am shocked.

So maybe some of you can explain how all of this funding works, I never really understood that fancy liberal math.

11 comments:

Rick said...

Worst that we're borrowing the whole thing from the Chinese. The whole thing scares me.

Leslie said...

How Liberal Math works: Those who have not get a hand out taken from the haves in order for the Libs to win elections from the dedicated sheeple in which they support with the hard-working citizens' money.

And all this is brought to you in less than one month's time by the dimwits controling the white house and the congress and senate. Only three years and eleven months to go until all our freedoms are hacked out of existance.

btw: shameless advertising of my new blog: http://bluntpolitics.blogspot.com/

:D

Z said...

Sometimes, I just know I shouldn't read this information but I do. DARN...how HORRID.

leslie, good thinking...if this is indicative of your blog, you'll be great! Going there now.

Chuck...seriously, terrific information here....if only we didn't have terrorists just licking their chops in wait.

Leslie said...

Thanks Z. Yes, it is pretty much the temperament of the blog. :D Thanks for reading.

Chuck, what news sources are you following? Just curious to know. There are a great many of them on the net, actual news sources.

Chuck said...

Rick, agreed. I've been uncomfortable about this for quite awhile.

Leslie, you hit on a good point. Traditionally the GOP passes legislation that gives people there money back, cutting taxes and/or cutting spending. The Dims on the other hand spend money to keep themselves in power. This is a win-no lose proposition for them. It's a win in that the people they give the money to are people that would vote for them, the people they take the money from are people that would not vote for them.

At least the GOP did in the past, the recent crop forgot this and that is why they are out of power.

Thanks for the link, I will stop by

As far as your later question, I have a busy life so I usually only have time to go to the main sites, Fox, Drudge, CNN, and MSNBC, CBS, and ABC if I have more time. I also like the Media Research Center. Not news but informative.

Z, it's liie a car wreck, you can't turn away.

Leslie said...

Yes, it's all for more power. The amnesty bill (the future turning all the illegals into legal citizens) is a prime example of the agenda. Give the people citizenship and who do you think they will vote for? The same with handing out money. No one bites the hand that feeds them.

I read a great quote from Margaret Thatcher on Z's blog:

"The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money..."

Papa Frank said...

Leave it to liberals to "create" jobs by cutting military spending at a time when people are joining the military at a high rate.

Chuck said...

Leslie, don't get me started on the illegals

PF, go figure

Average American said...

What's all the bitching about? Won't you people ever be happy, after all, he's giving us $13.00 a week to help stimulate the economy. Geeeeeezzzz, talk about biting off the hand that feeds you.

Ha, that asshole goes and spends us into oblivion and has the friggin audacity to give us a meazly $13.00 a week. What a slap in the face!

I have said that I would hate to see him get assassinated because that would leave us with Biden. As bad as that might be, I'm thinking that maybe it wouldn't be as bad as what is going on now.

Chuck said...

AA, What's even more insulting about this $13 a week is that the way they are talking about raising the gas tax, that will just about exactly cover the increased cost of my fuel. Then groceries, school lunches, virtually every single service and/or good we purchase will increase because of the increased fuel taxes. God only knows how much this "tax cut" will eventually cost me. (breathing into a bag)

Leslie said...

Um...I believe the $13.00 is only if you qualify...you might make too much to receive $13.00 back in your paycheck.

Don't worry, you can have a warm fuzzy feeling that you are helping others...right.

Oh yes, the illegals...I have a bit of trouble with that topic too.