Obama: Change I’m not really getting around to making

Funny, how every bill of significance President Obama has signed was accompanied by a big press production.

Not this time.

This time, Barack Obama signed the latest Porkulus bill in the back, in a corner, in a booth, in the dark.

prosperity0909sidebarThat’s because Barack Obama  is embarrassed, because he knows this bill is just riddled with  corrupt crap, both figuratively and literally (Pig shit smell and human waste study (I do hope the volunteers won’t be paid to do what they do anyways if left alone long enough)). 

This is the kind of crap in economic times like this that take-charge president would have removed.

The other reason he signed this bill without any fanfare is:  it appears more and more apparent every day that Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are driving a bulldozer over Barack Obama. They are clearly in charge. If they weren’t, Barack Obama would have demanded the right to Line Item Veto. Or he would have sent them a message to clean up that bill or he will veto it.  Instead………….     :::Crickets:::.

Barack Obama is looking a lot like Nancy’s poodle these days.  Just saying.

WASHINGTON – Calling it an “imperfect” bill, President Barack Obama signed a $410 billion spending package Wednesday that includes billions in earmarks like those he promised to curb in last year’s campaign. He insisted the bill must signal an “end to the old way of doing business.” The massive measure supporting federal agencies through the fall contains nearly 8,000 pet projects, earmarked by sponsors though denounced by critics.

483581ca-00054-054fc-400cb8e1President Obama, Presidents have the ability to correct “imperfect” bills. That is,  if the President is actually the person in charge. I’m afraid it’s not looking that way these days. You had the power to clean up this bill but you didn’t. And it bothered you enough to hide out when you signed it.

First earmarks were very bad. Now earmarks are good.

Obama defended earmarks when they’re “done right,” allowing lawmakers to direct money to worthy projects in their districts. But he said they’ve been abused, and he promised to work with Congress to curb them.

You promised us you would be doing that with the last porkulus bill, Mr. President. This is twice that you basically said, “I really mean it this time”. The children in Congress don’t believe you. You can’t even say to the children in Congress, “What till your father gets home”.  That’s you and they are not well-behaved under your stewardship. In other words, they don’t care what you think.  You made the same earmark promise dozens of times on the campaign trail. And here you have been hoodwinked. Twice.

 But of course you can’t keep your promise because you are being run over by Nancy and Harry.   You can’t “work with congress” because they are in charge and they are using you as their conduit–and so is “never waste a crisis”  Rahm.   They are making you appear secondary and you know it– Which is why you signed that bill in a broom closet.

Come on,  admit it.  They are pushing you around.  Or don’t admit it and actually keep your promise by showing America that you are in charge. Unless of course, you never intended to do anything about pork to begin with and just said that to placate voters.

So which is it?

You are the President of the United States, Barack Obama. Not Nancy Pelosi. Now you need to inform Nancy of that fact. Take charge or be taken over.  Unless of course, you didn’t mean what you said about “fiscal responsibility”.

pig_troughSometimes, real leaders need pull away from the pack even if it’s uncomfortable. I guess you were absent during that management seminar. But this is especially important when the pack consists of ravenous, opportunistic, insatiable self-serving wolves, hungering for power, control and more and more and more money. They are pigs at a trough. This is the change THEY believe in.  And you?

Nancy has said that we need yet “another” spending bill, Mr. President. Will  a “No You Can’t!” pattern emerge and will you be signing that one in the broom closet as well–or will you take charge?

Cinie: How Burris Probably Got The Job

A very perceptive take on the Roland Burris situation. Cross posted from Cinie’s Place.

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How Burris Probably Got The Job

rodIllinois Senator Roland (Like It Or Not) Burris is in hot water with the Chicago press gone viral, Illinois Republicans, and the easily lead, all up in arms about previously undisclosed conversations he had with former Governor Rod (Cabbage Patch Weeble)  Blagojevich’s surrogates prior to his eventual appointment.  Burris, force-fed to the Senate by the teed-off Hair Bear, is accused of talking about ineffectively trying to raise the paltry sum of $15,000 for Blagojevich while the governor was allegedly trying to auction off the “juicy plum” of former Senator, now President, Barack Obama’s hurriedly vacated seat to the highest bidder.  The clueless Burris, who most likely was never in contention for the seat before Blago decided to give those he saw as drunken, vengeful incompetents a big “eff ewe,” neglected to mention the Blago camps’ fundraising requests to the Illinois House impeachment committee when he was dragged on the carpet prior to his confirmation.  Therefore, in the eyes of his detractors, he’s a liar, and thus, must go.

Sure, Burris always wanted the job; he seems to be a nice-enough, largely irrelevant, intensely ambitious, fuzzy little man, whose delusions of grandeur have probably always simultaneously been both his Achilles heel and his most endearing quality.  Let’s face it, all in all Burris, is a joke.  Blags and Co. probably always saw him that way, too.  That’s the beauty of his appointment.

And, there’s not much doubt that the manipulative Blago Crew would gleefully exploit whatever meager assets Burris had to offer to their advantage, that seems to be a large part of the Blagojevich modus operandi, as well as his ultimate undoing.  The sticking point is, if Burris thought he had anything to bring to the table that would even rate him consideration for a Senate appointment during Blagojevich’s serious deliberations about the matter, he was probably just kidding himself, and Blago’s Boyz were most likely stringing him along.

One can only imagine the private conversations re: Burris in BlagoWorld:

Unnamed Blago Staffer: Burris called.

Blago: Who?

Unnamed Blago Staffer: Burris. Roland.  You know, the funny little guy…

Blago: Yeah, yeah, I know.  I’m just yanking your chain, Unnamed.  Whaddid he want?

Unnamed Blago Staffer: The Senate seat.

(Raucus pirateer laughter all around)

Blago (wiping tears): The Senate seat?  The Senate seat?  Oh, man, are you f*cking kidding me?  What’s he offering, like, ten grand?

Unnamed Blago Staffer: Fifteen.

(More raucus pirateer laughter)

Blago (getting up from floor): Oh, man, cut it out!  You’re killin’ me, here!  Fifteen grand?  Fifteen f*cking measly grand?  Burris?  Wooo-hooo, man, I’m dyin’ here! (shakes head) Fif-teen grand? (sobering) Okay, who else ya got?

I’m sure it wasn’t until after Blago got screwed by U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald’s curiously premature arrest without indictment, which robbed Blago of a big payday at the very least, and Fitzgerald of the glory of netting two big fish dead to rights, that Cabbage Patch figured that since he was still Governor, he might as well use Burris to give the Illinois lynch mob the finger before they dragged him into their kangaroo court.

Let’s face it, Burris never raised the fifteen grand anyway; nobody was ever going to give him any money to give to Blagojevich.  C’mon people, think.  This is a bif “eff ewe back” from the big boys playing in the federal government sandbox.  Blago pissed Burris on them with a bigger wanger, and now all the “little wanger” Our Gang members are ganging together to wipe the Burris piss off.

And poor little Roland?  At least he got to be Senator for a little while.  And, it didn’t cost him a cent. 

Congratulations everyone! You’ve been Stimulated!

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The giveaway bill to special interests  Porkulus  Stimulus Bill has been passed.

I would especially like to congratulate all the young Obama supporters, because you are all going to be paying this bill off for the rest of your lives, except for the part you pass onto your kids.  Mom and Dad won’t be able to afford any more bright shiny objects for you or supplement your  income pretty soon. So please enjoy your impending poverty little Comrades and Comradesses of Amerikan Edjukashion System, as  we put off the inevitable for a little while, while the dollar plunges into an abyss and China gears up to say “No” next time we ask for money.  And don’t forget the Big Two Out of Three auto makers will need their payroll met for another few months,  So they will be vi$iting us all again $oon.  And then they will visit us again April…and then….

So you see, somebody is going to have to pay for all of this in the future one way or another, little Comrades. “Future” is a political term for “Next Generations,” used by smarmy elected officials who know they will be long gone when you are finally all grown up and cursing them for your struggle. But don’t worry! There will be more food stamps. And public housing. It’s in the bill just for you, to get you started. The Government will take care of you, so don’t worry.  Personal financial advancement is sooooooo over-rated anyways.

I know, I know.   All of this stuff is so……..boring!

Where’s my ipod???

But cheer up.  You will get a tax rebate!  $13 a week!  Except if you don’t work. Then you will just get a lot of free stuff you think you won’t be paying for in the future. So, don’t forget to spend your rebate as fast as you can. Do not save this money. That’s  greedy and unAmerican! Savers really suck! The important thing is that you owe money and still spend your rebate. Please do not screw this up by paying for stupid things like heat or credit card bills.  Buy something cool that you really can’t afford. Let me repeat: Do. Not. Save. Your. Rebate. That’s selfish.

Ah well, maybe you can get Iran to help you all out with paying this all back for the next 50 years or so. Ahmadinejad is so sweet, really. Look how he helps out Hamas.  All that nasty behavior and driving over Obama posters with cars is all an act. He’s really a nice guy. Honest! Don’t let that thing about the nukes and  killing all Jews and infidels such as yourself  for the Coming Of The Mysterious Savior put you off.  I mean, don’t let the fact that the even Ayatolla Khomeini thought these zealots were nuts, and that’s saying a lot.  But don’t worry. It’s all “Just words”.  That’s why it’s a good idea to cut the defense budget. Now run along and watch a Reality Show and text UR friends. K? Thx!

riverdaughterstimulusmoneyAnd look at all the cool environmental things in the bill! You will be living in a box under the tracks in winter, praying for some real global warming, but the air will sure be cleaner, federal buildings will be looking so cool, the Smithsonian will look even better, although it already is pretty nice, not that you will be able to afford the trip.  (“Stimulus” poster shamelessly stolen  from Riverdaughter)

Guess what other stimulating things will happen? Important Golfers will have new electric carts, your TVs will have a better picture if you still have them,  the place where you once worked will be safer  and will even unionize, even though it’s going out of business. There will be job training programs though, to keep you busy since there aren’t any jobs. And I know that, even though you are an Electrical Engineer, you will enjoy planting grass at the National  Mall that got ruined during the Inauguration. That is, if an illegal alien doesn’t get the job first, because the part about any jobs created going to Americans has been removed from the bill. Just saying. Word has it, though, that things are so bad here in Amerika, many illegal aliens are moving back to Mexico and declaring their Amerikan born kids as Mexican citizens. How bad does it have to get here for that to happen? Just think about it. I’ll wait….

pig_troughBut this stimulus bill offers plenty of Hope.  All the people who are losing their homes will have broadband capability if they ever find another place they can afford to live in,  “volunteers” will get paid, those new prison buildings will start to look good to you compared to living on the street. And….. universities you can’t afford to attend will get new buildings. Nancy’s Wetland Mouse won’t be evicted though! And don’t worry:  Barney Frank is looking out for you again just like he did with Fannie Mae.

crystalballYou can see how well this is all going to stimulate the economy in record time. And guess what, boys and girls? 53% of the money won’t even be spent until late 2011, just in time for Your President to make things temporarily look good for re-election.  Like Magic! Not that he will even need to do that, because by then ACORN will have completed the 10-year Census so he can re-arrange Congressional Districts. Till then, well, what can I tell you? You’ll just have to wait.  Eating and paying bills is so under-rated anyways, right ? Some things are just more important than you are. Like elections, for example. But don’t worry. The Weatherstripping Program will help you out by making sure that the cardboard box you will be living in is nice and air tight. Hey, I have an idea:  Solar panels for cardboard boxes– with tax credits for the unemployed. But don’t be looking for the Fishes To Feed The Masses routine. This Messiah is going to be fresh out of fishes by then.

And here’s the best part:  Nearly one third of the bill is dedicated to Health Care, with interesting wording like “Meaningful Users,” which, besides being downright scary,  has nothing to do with stimulating the economy, but nevermind.

 Of course, other stuff has been added to the bill, and stuff that was once removed was put back in it, but we don’t really know what, because nobody got a chance to read the revised bill. Not even Congress. They were given a hard copy of the new version. No PDF file to search for key words.  Voting on something like that is kind of like when you go to a flea market and buy one of those Mystery Boxes. You don’t know what’s in it, then you open it up and Surprise! It’s a pile of crap you can’t use. I suspect this Mystery Box will be opened up within the next few days. But of course, it will be too late to tell the pubic what’s going on. That’s the idea.

Look at this guy, will you? Bitch Bitch Bitch.

I thought I might share some of the really interesting things in the bill, stolen from an RBO post entitled, Here’s What Generational Debt Looks Like.  What a catchy title.  I’m sure a few things have changed overnight, but you can bet none of them improved this bill’s status as economic  “Stimulus”.

(From RBO):

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Here are just a few items from MM’s “handy list of pork in the Sellout Substitute Amendment from the Turncoat Caucus”:

  • $2 billion Blagojevich earmark for FutureGen near zero emissions powerplant in Mattoon, IL.
  • $2 billion for manufacturing advanced batteries for hybrid cars.
  • $3 million for purchasing “neighborhood electric vehicles” (golf carts).
  • $5.5 billion for making federal buildings “green” (including $448 million for DHS HQ).
  • $650 million for the DTV transition coupon program.
  • $200 million for workplace safety in USDA facilities.
  • $200 million for public computer centers at community colleges and libraries.
  • $75 million for the Smithsonian Institution.
  • $750 earmark for the National Computer Center in MD.
  • $224 million for International Boundary and Water Commission – U.S. and Mexico.
  • $10 million to fight Mexican gunrunners.
  • $850 million for Amtrak.
  • $100 million for lead paint hazard reduction.
  • $39 billion slush fund for “state fiscal stabilization” bailout.
  • $275 million for flood prevention.
  • $65 million for watershed rehabilitation.
  • $255 million for “priority procurements” at Coast Guard (polar ice breaker).
  • $650 million for abandoned mine sites.
  • $1.3 billion for NASA (including $450 million for “science” at NASA).
  • $100 million to clean up sites used in early U.S. atomic energy program.
  • $1.5 billion for carbon capture projects under sec. 703 of P.L. 110-140 (though the original section only authorizes $1 billion for five years).
  • $300 million for hybrid and electric cars for federal employees.
  • $500 million for State and local fire stations.
  • $180 million for construction of Bureau of Land Management facilities.
  • $500 million for wildland fire management.
  • $110 million for construction for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • $522 million for construction for the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
  • $500 million earmark for National Institutes of Health facilities in Bethesda, MD.
  • $100 million for constructing U.S. Marshalls office buildings.
  • $300 million for constructing Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) office buildings.
  • $800 million for constructing Federal Prison System buildings and facilities.
  • $307 million for constructing National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) office buildings.
  • $1 billion for administrative costs and construction of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) office buildings.
  • $160 million for “paid volunteers” at the Corp. for National and Community Service.

Hillbuzz comments: “The above is not even 10% of the treasure Obama’s going to swirl down the toilet. It’s unprecedented, unimaginable, and reprehensible. Every last member of Congress needs to be held accountable for this.”

Blogger arturoafc54 adds some more loony spending requestsfrom the Spenderific Bill:

  • $2 billion earmark to re-start FutureGen, a near-zero emissions coal power plant in Illinois that the Department of Energy defunded last year because it said the project was inefficient.
  • $246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers to buy motion picture film.
  • $448 million for constructing the Department of Homeland Security headquarters.
  • $248 million for furniture at the new Homeland Security headquarters.
  • $400 million for the Centers for Disease Control to screen and prevent STD’s.
  • $412 million for CDC buildings and property.
  • $1.4 billion for rural waste disposal programs.
  • $125 million for the Washington sewer system.
  • $150 million for Smithsonian museum facilities.
  • $1 billion for the 2010 Census, which has a projected cost overrun of $3 billion.
  • $75 million for “smoking cessation activities.”
  • $75 million for salaries of employees at the FBI.
  • $25 million for tribal alcohol and substance abuse reduction.
  • $500 million for flood reduction projects on the Mississippi River.
  • $10 million to inspect canals in urban areas.
  • $1.2 billion for “youth activities,” including youth summer job programs.
  • $88 million for renovating the headquarters of the Public Health Service.
  • $5.5 million for “energy efficiency initiatives” at the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration.
  • $75 million to construct a “security training” facility for State Department Security officers when they can be trained at existing facilities of other agencies.
  • $110 million to the Farm Service Agency to upgrade computer systems.
  • $200 million in funding for the lease of alternative energy vehicles for use on military installations.

Definitely the longest list is Pro Patria’s, whose “long but hardly exhaustive list of stimulus pork is frightening, particularly when you realize it’s not even close to being the whole hog. Check these items out:

  • $2 billion for rural business and industry guaranteed loans.
  • $22.1 billion for rural housing insurance fund loans.
  • $2.8 billion for loans to spur rural broadband.
  • $150 million for emergency food assistance.
  • $50 million for regional economic development commissions.
  • $1 billion for “Periodic Censuses and Programs”.
  • $350 million for State Broadband Data and Development Grants.
  • $1.8 billion for Rural Broadband Deployment Grants.
  • $1 billion for Rural Wireless Deployment Grants.
  • $30 million for necessary expenses of the “Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership”.
  • $300 million for a competitive construction grant program for research science buildings.
  • $600 million for “accelerating satellite development and acquisition”.
  • $140 million for “climate data modeling”.
  • $250 million for “accelerating the development of the tier 1 set of Earth science climate research missions recommended by the National Academies Decadal Survey.”
  • $50 million for repairs to NASA facilities from storm damage.
  • $300 million for “Major Research Insrumentation program” (science).
  • $200 million for “academic research facilities modernization”.
  • $100 million for “Education and Human Resources”.
  • $400 million for “Major Research Equipment and Facilities Construction”.
  • $4.5 billion to make military facilities more energy efficient. 
  • $1.5 billion for Army Operation and Maintenance fund.
  • $624 million for Navy Operation and Maintenance.
  • $128 million for Marine Corps Operation and Maintenance.
  • $1.23 billion for Air Force Operation and Maintenance.
  • $454 million to “Defense Health Program”.
  • $110 million for Army Reserve Operation and Maintenance.
  • $62 million for Navy Reserve Operation and Maintenance.
  • $45 million for Marine Corps Reserve Operation and Maintenance.
  • $14 million for Air Force Reserve Operation and Maintenance.
  • $302 million for National Guard Operation and Maintenance.
  • $29 million for Air National Guard Operation and Maintenance.
  • $350 million for military energy research and development programs.
  • $2 billion for Army Corps of Engineers “Construction”.
  • $800 million of that is for biomass research and $400 million for geothermal technologies
  • $1 billion in grants to “institutional entities for energy sustainability and efficiency”.
  • $6.2 billion for the Weatherization Assistance Program.
  • $3.5 billion for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants.
  • $3.4 billion for state energy programs.
  • $200 million for expenses to implement energy independence programs.
  • $300 million for expenses to implement Energy efficient appliance rebate programs including the Energy Star program. 
  • $400 million for expenses to implement Alternative Fuel Vehicle and Infrastructure Grants to States and Local Governments.
  • $1 billion for expenses necessary for advanced battery manufacturing.
  • $4.5 billion to modernize the nation’s electricity grid.
  • $1 billion for the Advanced Battery Loan Guarantee Program.
  • $100 million for “non-intrusive detection technology to be deployed at sea ports of entry
  • $150 million for repair and construction at land border ports of entry.
  • $500 million for explosive detection systems for aviation security.
  • $150 million for alteration or removal of obstructive bridges.
  • $200 million for FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter program.
  • $325 million for Interior Department road, bridge and trail repair projects.
  • $800 million for Superfund programs.
  • $200 million for leaking underground storage tank cleanup.
  • $50 million in grants to fund “arts projects and activities which preserve jobs in the non-profit arts sector threatened by declines in philanthropic and other support during the current economic downturn” through the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • $1 billion for states in dislocated worker employment and training activities.
  • $500 million for the dislocated workers assistance national reserve.
  • $80 million for the enforcement of worker protection laws and regulations related to infrastructure and unemployment insurance investments.
  • $300 million for “construction, rehabilitation and acquisition of Job Corps Centers”.
  • $600 million for nurse, physician and dentist training.
  • $700 million for “comparative effectiveness research” on prescription drugs.
  • $1 billion for Low-Income Home Energy Assistance.
  • $2 billion in Child Care and Development Block Grants for states.
  • $1 billion for Head Start programs.
  • $1.1 billion for Early Head Start programs.
  • $100 million for Social Security research programs.
  • $200 million for “Aging Services Programs”.
  • $2 billion for “Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology”.
  • $430 million for public health/social services emergency funds.
  • $5.5 billion in targeted education grants.
  • $5.5 billion in “education finance incentive grants”.
  • $2 billion in “school improvement grants”.
  • $13.6 billion for Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
  • $250 million for statewide education data systems.
  • $14 billion for school modernization, renovation and repair.
  • $160 million for AmeriCorps grants.
  • $500 million to improve processing of disability and retirement claims.
  • $920 million for Army housing and child development centers.
  • $350 million for Navy and Marine Corps housing and child development centers.
  • $280 million in Air Force housing and child development centers.
  • $3.75 billion in military hospital and surgery center construction.
  • $950 million for VA Medical Facilities.
  • $50 million for repairs for military cemeteries.
  • $120 million for a backup information management facility for the State Department.
  • $98 million for National Cybersecurity Initiative.
  • $3 billion for “Grants-in-Aid for Airports”.
  • $300 million for Indian Reservation roads.
  • $800 million for national railroad assets or infrastructure repairs, upgrades.
  • $5.4 billion in federal transit grants.
  • $2 billion in infrastructure development for subways and commuter railways.
  • $5 billion for public housing capital.
  • $1 billion in competitive housing grants.
  • $2.5 billion for energy efficiency upgrades in public housing.
  • $500 million in Native American Housing Block Grants.
  • $4.1 billion to help communities deal with foreclosed homes.
  • $1.5 billion in homeless prevention activities.
  • $79 billion in education funds for states.

Earlier Pro Patria noted $4.19 billion for ACORN and other bogus “community organizing” groups. No surprise here.

Here’s a selection from Armageddonoutahere’s blog post We See the Pork But Where’s the Beef?

  • $380 million to set up a rainy-day fund for a nutrition program that serves low-income women and children.
  • $300 million for grants to combat violence against women.
  • $6 billion on university building projects.
  • $15 billion expansion of the Pell Grant program.
  • $4 billion Federal job-training programs.
  • $5.2 billion for community development block grants and “neighborhood stabilization activities,” which ACORN is eligible to apply for.
  • $4 billion for job-training programs, including $1.2 billion for “youths” up to the age of 24.
  • $4.2 billion for “neighborhood stabilization activities”.
  • $90 million to educate “vulnerable populations”.
  • $34 million to fix up the Commerce Department.
  • $89 billion in Medicaid extensions.
  • $36 billion in expanded unemployment benefits, this is in addition to the state-budget bailout.
  • $30 billion for COBRA insurance extension.
  • $20 billion for food stamps.
  • $55 million for the preservation of historic landmarks.

Oh and one more thing. Here’s The President of the United States  “leading by example,” telling YOU to live within your means. No $100 a pound Wagyu beef  for you.

Rasmussen: Americans say Congress does not play by the rules

You know, that Tea Party might be closer at hand than we thought.

Fifty-nine percent (59%) of American adults believe that when members of Congress meet with regulators and other government officials, they do so to help their friends and hurt their political opponents. In a solid display of agreement across party lines, a majority of Democrats, Republicans and those unaffiliated with either major party share this view.

Oh and about those buddies of yours with big checks. And integrity. And taxes. You know: Taxes are Patriotic For Thee Not Me. Wink, wink.

In a related finding, 60% of Americans say most politicians will break the rules to help people who gave them large campaign contributions. Just 19% say most politicians would refrain from breaking the law. This comes on top of earlier polling data showing that just 15% believe most members of Congress pay all the taxes they owe.

Look how much we trust you Congress:

Most adults (55%) believe that all meetings between members of Congress and regulators or other government officials should be disclosed. Another 29% believe that such meetings should be prohibited entirely. Just five percent (5%) say that such meetings should neither be prohibited nor disclosed, and 12% are not sure. Again, there is wide agreement across party lines.

There also are few differences on any of these questions between young and old, men and women, people with different income levels, and across racial and ethnic lines.

Just 12% of voters say Congress is doing a good or excellent job, and 54% rate their performance as poor in a Rasmussen Reports survey released last week. This is drop of two points in the positive column and a jump of seven in the poor category compared to two weeks ago, which marked Congress’ highest marks in a year.

Really, if respect for Congress goes any lower, it will be torch and pitchfork time.

62% want stimulus bill to have more tax cuts, less spending

sky-is-fallingEven Rasmussen, whom I always had the feeling had its head up  Barack Obama’s butt, cannot deny the feelings of the majority of Americans.

In spite of the Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show and the Chicken Little fear mongering (The only thing we have  to fear is people not believing they should have “Fear), people are saying  

This. Bill. Stinks.

With the Senate  poised poised to vote Tuesday on an $827-billion version of the economic recovery plan, 62% of U.S. voters want the plan to include more tax cuts and less government spending.

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Republicans and unaffiliated voters overwhelmingly want to see more tax cuts and less government spending. Democrats are more evenly divided: 42% agree with the Republicans, 32% want to pass the plan as is, and 22% would like to see more government spending and fewer tax cuts.

….and snip…

An analysis by Scott Rasmussen notes that the stimulus debate is now driven by a tug-of-war between the popularity of President Obama and the nation’s deeply ingrained reluctance to increase government spending. Forty-eight percent (48%) of voters believe that increased spending is generally bad for the economy.  On the other hand, 57% say tax cuts are generally good for the economy.

Overall, 37% of voters favor the stimulus plan and 43% are opposed. Most of those who are undecided have a favorable opinion of the new president and are likely to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Wait till next month when they come up with yet another Trillion Dollar spending “need”. And let us not forget that two of the Big Three will soon run out of the payroll money they were given in December, compliments of the taxpayers and China.

Rasmussen: 54% say Congress is doing a Poor job.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Voters don’t like what they’ve seen so far as Congress works to lift the troubled U.S. economy.

Just 12% say Congress is doing a good or excellent job, and 54% rate their performance as poor in the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.

This is drop of two points in the positive column and a jump of seven in the poor category compared to two weeks ago, which marked Congress’ highest marks in a year.

Like Nancy said “We Won”. Let’s see how well all this snottiness works out for you and Harry, Nancy. Checks and balances has a funny way of returning to Congress and it’s because of people like you. Thank God.

Other things Rasmussen notes:

Only 23% of voters say it is very likely that Congress will address the serious issues facing the nation in the near future, a drop of seven points from two weeks ago. Eleven percent (11%) say Congress is not at all likely to address serious issues.

Seventy-one percent (71%) of all voters now believe Members of Congress are more interested in their own careers than in helping people (17%).

Thirty-one percent (31%) say most members of Congress are corrupt while 41% disagree.

Sixty-two percent (62%) say Congress has not passed any legislation in the past year that will significantly improve life in America; 12% say it has. These numbers have been largely unchanged for months.

Keep up the good work, gang! Without checks and balances, you make America as frightening as it can get. That’s why midterm elections are such good things. Even ACORN won’t be able to help you in two years if you don’t cut the crap. They are running out of cartoon characters and dead people to register.

More on Bailout Ripoff People at American Express

moneyhappiness_vl-vertical1Yesterday, we read where American Express took $3.5 billion in bailout money, which was given to them for the purposes of opening credit for customers. Instead they are busy arbitrarily harassing paying customers.

Well that story is nothing compared to what else  this  insult of a company is up to.

Apparently,  American  Express is also dumping  on customers who do business with vendors that are secretly blacklisted– because other customers who did business with them aren’t reliable American Express payers. That’s right.  If you and I both made a purchase at The Widget Store and you didn’t pay your  American Express bill on time, I can be blamed.

No kidding. You can’t make this smarmy shit up. Not only that, but these Bailout Thieves are surreal enough to actually send letters to customers on this subject.

In recent months, American Express has gone far beyond simply checking your credit score and making sure you pay on time. The company has been looking at home prices in your area, the type of mortgage lender you’re using and whether small-business card customers work in an industry under siege. It has also been looking at how you spend your money, searching for patterns or similarities to other customers who have trouble paying their bills.

In some instances, if it didn’t like what it was seeing, the company has cut customer credit lines. It laid out this logic in letters that infuriated many of the cardholders who received them. “Other customers who have used their card at establishments where you recently shopped,” one of those letters said, “have a poor repayment history with American Express.”

One disgusted customer pulled their pants down on  “Good Morning America”. Bravo, dude!

The question, then, is how much of the data they can use before spooking their customers. Kevin D. Johnson, a 29-year-old Atlanta resident who runs a marketing and communications firm, received a letter from American Express last October saying that his credit limit was being lowered. One reason was that other customers who had used their cards at places where he had shopped were late in paying their bills.

The company couldn’t — or wouldn’t — tell him which charges had met with its disapproval. Frustrated, he told his story to the local newspaper and on “Good Morning America.” He also began documenting his experience on newcreditrules.com, where he posted the names of all the merchants he patronized, in the hope that other American Express customers would cross-check his list with theirs and solve the mystery.

When I queried the company this week, before it changed its policy, I noted that if it wouldn’t tell people which establishments were suspect, people would have no choice but to guess. The truly paranoid, presumably, would stop using American Express cards altogether.

Sounds like a plan. I urge everyone who reads this blog to stop using your American Express cards completely.  I also think you should tell everyone you know about this company and recommend that they don’t use their cards either. Make AMEX pound salt.

One more thing: AMEX won’t let their customers know their list of vendors that would put them under “suspicion”.

But American Express couldn’t possibly go public with such a list. If it did, the merchants on the list, who generally pay the company a lot of money to accept its cards, would have a fit and hurl their Amex terminals into the nearest body of water.

I suggest you let all the vendors who accept your American Express card know that they might be on the American Express Black  List. Heh.

I also wonder where they put the $3.5 billion dollars they stole from America–because they sure aren’t using it to open lines of credit. I think  American Express should give us our money back. Our politicians say that this money is not traceable, which is testimony to their ineptitude to begin with. But it’s fairly easy to see where the money isn’t going.  If we know what these companies are pulling, how come oour elected officials who handed out this money don’t know?

Too bad Nancy, Harry and Barack are too busy eating $100 a pound steak to be bothering with such trivia. I know our new Secretary of the Treasury is far too busy learning  Turbo Tax to be bothered.