You Own It Dems

Let’s not pretend that the Generational Theft Act is a bipartisan bill because three RINO squishes who couldn’t even be bothered to read the bill, voted for it. You can have them. They may as well switch sides, and good riddance . They are no asset to Republicans, what-so-ever.

So, Obama really doesn’t need to keep campaigning for his “Recovery Plan”. He doesn’t really need to persuade any more Republicans, so why does he keep trying?

The “stimulus” is just what we need to avert “disaster”, right? Hooray for Obama and the Dems in Congress. You passed it, you own it.

0 conservative economists support this abomination. 0 conservative Republicans in Congress support it.

And we Republicans are going to be reminding you of this over and over and over again in the disastrous months to come.

UPDATE:

The No Stimulus blog insists the fight is not over:

We still have two chances to win in the House or Senate!

The Senate mustered 61 votes to squeak through the Collins/Nelson amendment, better known as the “compromise” stimulus plan.

If you listen to the mainstream media, this means the fight is over, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and President Obama win, and it’s time to move on. Not so fast!

The bill will go to a conference committee to work out differences between the House and Senate versions. The conference committee will be a brand-new feeding frenzy of wasteful pork projects.

Whatever comes out of conference committee will be another very tough vote in both the House and Senate.

If we keep the pressure on, we can win!

I love their optimism.

You can still sign the Stop the Stimulus petition, here.

The first 69,000 have already been delivered to Congress.

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Ahmadinejad Graciously Makes Offer For Dialogue With U.S.

Unlike Obama’s offer of unconditional dialogue with Iran, however, Ahmadinejad’s offer to hold talks does come with a condition:

“The new U.S. administration has said that it wants change and it wants to hold talks with Iran,” Mr. Ahmadinejad said.

“It is clear that change should be fundamental, not tactical, and our people welcome real changes,” he said. “Our nation is ready to hold talks based on mutual respect and in a fair atmosphere.”

Mr. Ahmadinejad went on to say that Iran could cooperate with the United States to uproot terrorism in the region. “The Iranian nation is the biggest victim of terrorism,” he said.

But he referred to former President Bush as one of reasons for insecurity in the region and said, “Bush and his allies should be tried and punished.”

“If you really want to uproot terrorism, let’s cooperate to find the initiators of the recent wars in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf region, try them and punish them,” he said.

It’s amazing how often America’s enemies are on the same page with the American left….including Obama. You can’t blame Ahmadinejad for the audacity of his hope.

Daschle: Health-Care Reform “Will Not Be Pain Free”

The must read of the day is from former Lieutenant Governor of NY, Betsy McCaughey, who warns of the stealth health care provisions in the Porkulus/Patronage Package AKA Generational Theft Act which is on the verge of being passed in Congress:

Tragically, no one from either party is objecting to the health provisions slipped in without discussion. These provisions reflect the handiwork of Tom Daschle, until recently the nominee to head the Health and Human Services Department.

Senators should read these provisions and vote against them because they are dangerous to your health. (Page numbers refer to H.R. 1 EH, pdf version).

Seniors hardest hit:

Daschle says health-care reform “will not be pain free.” Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them. That means the elderly will bear the brunt.

Medicare now pays for treatments deemed safe and effective. The stimulus bill would change that and apply a cost- effectiveness standard set by the Federal Council (464).

The Federal Council is modeled after a U.K. board discussed in Daschle’s book. This board approves or rejects treatments using a formula that divides the cost of the treatment by the number of years the patient is likely to benefit. Treatments for younger patients are more often approved than treatments for diseases that affect the elderly, such as osteoporosis.

In 2006, a U.K. health board decreed that elderly patients with macular degeneration had to wait until they went blind in one eye before they could get a costly new drug to save the other eye. It took almost three years of public protests before the board reversed its decision.

Ironic, isn’t it? Seniors are the ones Democrats try to scare every election cycle: those evil Republicans are going to take away their health-care. Yeahp.

Hat tip: Michelle Malkin – See her updates for the tepid, mumbling responses of Senators who were asked about this.

Related (possible parody):

What now?

An amendment to limit salad and breadsicks at restaurants?

Oh great. Why even go to The Olive Garden, anymore?

Actually, Quite A Few Economists Oppose The Stimulus Package

Obama keeps claiming that most economists agree that a massive spending bill is needed to help America out of the recession.

Yet, The Patriot Room reports today, that Harvard Economist, Dr. Robert Barro, one of the most influential economists in the world is not at all impressed with The $1,000,000,000,000 (let’s just say infinity at this point) Porkulus/Patronage Bill.

This is probably the worst bill that has been put forward since the 1930s. I don’t know what to say. I mean it’s wasting a tremendous amount of money. It has some simplistic theory that I don’t think will work, so I don’t think the expenditure stuff is going to have the intended effect. I don’t think it will expand the economy. And the tax cutting isn’t really geared toward incentives. It’s not really geared to lowering tax rates; it’s more along the lines of throwing money at people. On both sides I think it’s garbage. So in terms of balance between the two it doesn’t really matter that much.

And The Congressional Budget Office has been saying that the “stimulus”  will be harmful over the long haul.

And The Cato Institute published a full-page ad in the New York Times

with the names of  200 economists, including some Nobel laureates and other highly respected scholars, who “do not believe that more government spending is a way to improve economic performance” — contrary to widespread claims that “Economists from across the political spectrum agree” on a massive fiscal stimulus package. Of course, many economists don’t like to sign joint statements, so this is only a fraction of stimulus opponents in the profession.

What more, Cato reported on Feb 3:

People like Robert Reich, who try to back up the claims of President Obama and Vice President Biden that “economic advisers across the political spectrum support Obama’s plan,” have managed to come up with two names of economists who support the stimulus plan and would not be regarded as left of center: Martin Feldstein of Harvard, a former top economic adviser to President Reagan, and Mark Zandi of Moody’s, who was an adviser to John McCain last fall. And now the Washington Post has blown both of those names out of the water. Leaving — by my count — exactly zero libertarian or conservative economists on that much-touted spectrum. As the Post notes this morning:

Democrats lost Feldstein on Thursday when the Harvard professor published a Washington Post op-ed declaring the House bill “an $800 billion mistake” laden with ineffective provisions.

Zandi, it turns out is a registered Democrat.

Many more  economists who are against the bill were noted in this CBS News report from Jan. 28 which admits:

You may have heard that respectable economists, including Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz, say stimulus spending should be high or higher. But some news organizations have been less than diligent in telling you that other respectable economists are deeply skeptical of the idea, flatly oppose it or favor competing proposals such as additional tax relief.

News organizations “less than diligent?” You don’t say. Huh. Maybe that’s why Obama, and his acolytes  keep repeating the lie.

Another lie I’m getting sick of hearing:

– That there’s no pork – “there are no earmarks in this package”.

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air calls Obama out on this repeated  assertion. Heck, even the friggen’ A.P. has called him out on that one.

…the stimulus bill is essentially an Omnibus Earmark Package.  It consists entirely of local and state projects that would normally only get funded as earmarks on other appropriations.  Even the Associated Press calls shenanigans on this claim:

THE FACTS: There are no “earmarks,” as they are usually defined, inserted by lawmakers in the bill. Still, some of the projects bear the prime characteristics of pork – tailored to benefit specific interests or to have thinly disguised links to local projects.

See Ed Morrissey again, for still  more lies from Obama’s Presser.

When Barack Obama explained his economic package last night to the American people in a prime-time press conference, he made two flat-out false statements regarding his opposition.  He also added a completely incorrect reading of history, one that turns out to be very instructive about his own economic incompetence.

Just words.

MORE:

Obama puts the Republicans in Congress on the defensive when he charges them with wanting to “do nothing”, (which is, of course, a lie). But, there is a very credible school of thought that believes that doing nothing, and letting the recession run its course, is preferable to this suicidal stimulus bill. Another economist who doesn’t agree with Obama, explains.

UPDATE:

Another Economist speaks out, via Mark Hemingway at The Corner:

This morning the Heritage Foundation, in conjunction with the Club for Growth, held a conference on the supposed stimulus bill. Here’s what one of the speakers, CATO Economist Arnold Kling, had to say about the Democrat’s economic plans:

“I think about the stimulus as an economist but I feel it as a father. Barack Obama is destroying my daughters future. It is like sitting there watching my house ransacked by a gang of thugs. That’s how I feel, now back to how I think.”

The event was liveblogged on Heritage’s blog, The Foundry. There’s a lot more on the event there.

That’s how I feel, too.

UPDATE II:

Another economist, (an attractive one) can be seen at Hot Air talking up her alternative idea to the “Stimulus”.