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Not every wasteful piece of pork in the "stimulus bill" supports the culture of death:

"Never let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it's an opportunity to do things you couldn't do before."

So said White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in November, and Democrats in Congress are certainly taking his advice to heart. The 647-page, $825 billion House legislation is being sold as an economic "stimulus," but now that Democrats have finally released the details we understand Rahm's point much better. This is a political wonder that manages to spend money on just about every pent-up Democratic proposal of the last 40 years.

We've looked it over, and even we can't quite believe it. There's $1 billion for Amtrak, the federal railroad that hasn't turned a profit in 40 years; $2 billion for child-care subsidies; $50 million for that great engine of job creation, the National Endowment for the Arts; $400 million for global-warming research and another $2.4 billion for carbon-capture demonstration projects. There's even $650 million on top of the billions already doled out to pay for digital TV conversion coupons.


UPDATE: Apparently, allowing religious worship disqualifies you from receiving stimulus package money.

Comments

Rosemary Bogdan said…
They are shameless. Why am I not surprised?
RAnn said…
One sad thing is that unless those digital converter boxes work better than digital TVs (and if they do, please let me know and I'll go buy one with my own money)the people who get those boxes may end up having to get cable or do without TV anyway (or at least without some of the channels they are used to getting). We've resisted cable all these years figuring that 8-10 over-the-air channels were plenty but now, on the new digital tvs we are down to 2-3, and while the reception is beautiful when it is on, sometimes it is off, and off doesn't mean fuzzy, it means blank.

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