Obama’s Victory is America’s Loss

So, President Obama got his first “political victory” last week with the passage of his $700 billion stimulus package.  His win is now a loss for every taxpayer in America.

Is this what Obama’s “Hope” and “Change” has already come down to?  Political victories? What happened to reaching across the aisle and all the change he was supposed to bring?  So far, Obama’s policies and tactics look a lot like those of the last administration.

I understand the urge to help.  We all have our ideas on how to get this country going again.  I just don’t see how throwing a huge amount of money like a blanket on the nation is going to help anything.  How is building roads or filling potholes going to create lasting jobs?  This is just a huge patch job on a horribly broken system.

Also, this plan was so hastily put together that massive amounts of wasteful government spending has been packed into it.  How did the government come up with all the dollar amounts?  Was it calculated using all available data, or was it pulled out of some Senator’s butt? And how does $50 million towards the arts, $1 billion for ACORN, and tax breaks for golf carts and motorcycles help the economy?  It’s just “pork” under a new name.

And please don’t try to tell me about all the pork the trimmed from this stimulus package.  It was $850 billion and reduced to just over $700 billion.  We’re still talking about hundreds of billions of dollars!  If they really want to cut it, they should have cut it by about $800 billion.  This was all just eye-wash, making us think that our government is looking out for how they spend our money.

Instead of spending so much taxpayer money, Obama should be letting us keep more of our hard-earned money.  His “Make Work Pay” tax cut is downright laughable.  Thirteen bucks a week!  Hooray, now I can afford to pay off my mortgage and go out and buy a new car and plasma TV.

The Federal Government gets about $2.1 trillion each year in income tax receipts.  Instead of spending $700 billion, how about we cut all of our taxes by 33 percent?  Wouldn’t that benefit each and every one of us and stimulate our economy more than just handing out money to pet projects?

I know Obama is trying to help, but his “victory” is really a huge loss for America.  He had a chance to really help our economy, but instead is resorting to the printing presses just like the Bush Administration.  Government intervention and spending is what got us into the hole we’re in now, and more of it is not going to get us out.

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