Thursday Porkulus Must Reads

12 Feb

porkulus1The REAL Final Tally?  According to The Heritage Foundation:  True Cost of Stimulus: $3.27 Trillion


Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) asked the Congressional Budget Office to estimate the impact of permanently extending the 20 most popular provisions of the stimulus bill. What did the CBO find? As you can see from the table below, the true 10 year cost of the stimulus bill $2.527 trillion in in spending with another $744 billion cost in debt servicing. Total bill for the Generational Theft Act: $3.27 trillion.

No one in their right mind can realistically defend that.

How is this a rounding error?
Erick Erickson at Red State

Congressman Eric Cantor has prepared a chart that shows just how screwed up the White House’s numbers are. The White House attributes the error to a rounding error. That doesn’t quite add up though.
Check the math.

Congressional Offices Don’t Have the Stimulus Bill, Lobbyists Do
U.S. News and World Report

We’re receiving E-mails from Capitol Hill staffers expressing frustration that they can’t get a copy of the stimulus bill agreed to last night at a price of $789 billion. What’s more, staffers are complaining about who does have a copy: K Street lobbyists. E-mails one key Democratic staffer: “K Street has the bill, or chunks of it, already, and the congressional offices don’t.
Read more.

Requiem for a Republic
Michael Reagan, TownHall

In his wildest dreams Ronald Reagan never thought that a president of a United States, now in the throes of a serious economic crisis, would adopt a solution to the problems of our economy that would not only worsen the situation, but set in motion the beginning of a transition of the government of the United States from a Constitutional Republic into a coercive quasi-Marxist regime where Washington is the master of our people instead of their servant.
Read more.

The Worst of All Worlds
David Limbaugh

Folks, the proponents of this boondoggle can’t even point to an obscure theory to suggest this bill might pay for itself, even if it miraculously catapulted the economy into robust growth mode. We couldn’t have afforded the readily visible costs of this bill, not to mention the hidden ones experts have identified, even before the separate trillion-dollar bailout fiascos. How much less can we tolerate them now?!
Read more.

Harry Reid’s stimulating rail to Vegas
Michelle Malkin

President Obama lambasted businesses that use taxpayer money to visit Las Vegas. It’s okay, however, to use porkulus money to build pie-in-the-sky rail lines from Los Angeles to Vegas for Harry Reid’s benefit.
Read more.

Pelosi’s mouse slated for $30M slice of cheese
The Washington Times

Lawmakers and administration officials divulged Wednesday that the $789 billion economic stimulus bill being finalized behind closed doors in Congress includes $30 million for wetlands restoration that the Obama administration intends to spend in the San Francisco Bay Area to protect, among other things, the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse. [and yes, that’s Nancy Pelosi’s backyard]
Read more.

One Response to “Thursday Porkulus Must Reads”


  1. A COST AND PUNDIT SURVEY « Citizen Tom - February 12, 2009

    […] to say about that “economic stimulus bill.”   The Write Side of My Brain provides Porkulus Must Reads and the cost of extending the permanently extending the 20 most popular provisions of the stimulus […]

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