February 27, 2009

GLOW Away

I openly chuckled yesterday when I opened the local periodical to see a letter to the editor submitted by four individuals who call themselves GLOW. They are the Chairs of the Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming county Democratic committees. The four got together to congratulate President Obama and Congress on the historic stimulus bill.

The reason for my jocularity is two fold...well, three fold, but the first doesn't really count, so we'll get that one out of the way: The name. GLOW is so inspiring, I wish that I was a Democrat living in one of those four counties just so that I could say I was in some small way a part of GLOW. It's even fun to say. Come on, say it with me...GLOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWW. I've got goosebumps.

The second reason I openly chuckled is that it has obviously become so apparent that Niagara County Dem Chair Dan Rivera has become persona non grata in his own county. Rivera now must resort to bringing in chairman from outside of the county just to write a simple letter to the editor. How humiliating.

Lastly, I had to chuckle at the content of the letter. As we alluded to, the four banded together to congratulate their Dem brethren for the stimulus bill. In addition, they made a point of taking 26th CD Congressman Chris Lee to task for his "no" vote on the porkulus bill.

So let's take a look at some of the intricacies of the bill that you are not likely so see in the local paper. Earmarks totaled at least $3.8 billion - a figure used by the House Appropriations Committee, but the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense calculates that there are an astonishing 8,570 earmarks at a cost of $7.7 billion. Yeah, $7.7 billion. It's okay, you're allowed to be angry.

What are some of the earmarks? How about $1.7 million for "Swine Odor and Manure Management Research." That's on top of $1.9 million in each of the last two years, or nearly $6 million over the past three years. Worried about mosquitos? Fret no more. The bill includes $1.2 million in funding for mosquito trapping in Gainesville, Fla. Concerned about gang members in Los Angeles? Your Congress isn't, they're allocating $200,000 for a "tattoo-removal violence-outreach program" in Los Angeles to help gang members erase signs of their past.

Let's not forget about the Polynesian Voyaging Society of Honolulu. They received a $238,000 "earmark" in the bill. The group organizes sea voyages in ancient-style sailing canoes like the ones that first brought settlers to Hawaii.

Here's the problem: On January 6, President-elect Obama made the following statement: "We are going to ban all earmarks, the process by which individual members insert pet projects without review". So is Obama going to skate around his own rules by saying these $7.7 billion in earmarks have been reviewed or is he going to turtle to Congress like Claude Lemieux in a fight with Rob Ray?

Let's take the earmarks out for second. Under the current stimulus plan, the average worker will get $13 a week this year, dropping to $8 next year. Wow, hold me down so I don't hurt myself jumping around. Even if I do hurt myself, I know BO will be there for me. You see, he's set to unveil a proposal that sets aside $634 billion for health-care reform. Yes, $634 billion.

Obama and Congress are throwing around numbers that will put our country in debt far beyond any President in history. I'm assuming the four members of GLOW who are so quick to congratulate the President and Congress have no kids, because if they did, they would be crucifying Obama for this bill that will put my kids, their kids, their kids and their kids in debt by trillions of dollars. Yeah, that's worth celebrating.

And they have the gall to criticize Lee for voting against this disgustingly bloated-with-wasteful-spending bill? Come on, are the people really that incapable of seeing through this bullsh*t? Stay in your own counties, GLOW, you've got bigger problems to worry about than writing letters to papers in Niagara County.

7 comments:

Dark Knight said...

When I was a kid, GLOW stood for Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, a promotion of all females created in the wake of the huge popularity of Hulk Hogan's WWF.

I think I like that GLOW better.

Adama said...

Hobbes, you really need to check the facts before you start making claims based on the RNC's talking points. If you download the actual text of the bill:

http://s3.amazonaws.com/propublica/assets/docs/2-13-09HR1ConfReportPartA.pdf

And do a keyword search, you'll find that there's nothing in there about manure, or Polynesian voyagers, or mosquitos. These are simply false, no two ways about it. And in fact, if you actually check the website of Taxpayers for Common Sense, they agree that the stimulus bill is 100% pork free.

http://www.taxpayer.net/search_by_tag.php?action=view&proj_id=1954&tag=economic%20stimulus&type=Project

As for debt, no, the biggest spender in American history was by far President Bush, who took the national debt from 5.7 trillion to 11 trillion.

lido said...

I knew it wouldn't take long for the Dems to come in to blame Bush. I want to know, Adama, at what point do you stop blaming Bush and start taking your own responsibility? Is it a month? Six months? A year?

I really want to know because during the entire campaign, we never heard anything like "it's going to take some time to fix things" like Obama is spewing now. During the campaign it was "the savior is here, all our ills will be cured on Day One".

So tell me..at what point do you own the economy and every other challenge facing this country? Or is it your intention to simply continue to blame W because that's easier than acknowledging that your president is an utter and complete failure?

Paladin said...

Hobbes, looks like you've hit some Dem sore spots lately. Joyce and Adama sure seem to be taking the same tack with you...

We can't help but wonder if they're the same person, and if they've ever been fired from an insurance company.

Robert Harding said...

Those who say we need to get over blaming Bush apparently have short memories. After all, the conservative movement in this country still, to this day, blame Bill Clinton for some of the things that went wrong in this country. But obviously, that's okay.

I'm not going to blame Bush for anything. I did that enough when he was still in power. We are in a new era with President Obama. We need to move on.

Adama said...

lido, if you want to call it "blaming Bush" when you talk about historical facts, that's your business. But please don't go around trying to rewrite history. Bush deserves responsibility for the things that happened on his watch.

And remember, if you want to claim that a President is responsible for everything that happens from day 1, then you also have to say that the failure to prevent 9/11 lies solely on Bush.

Paladin, I have no idea who "Joyce" is, I've never worked for an insurance company, and although the trailing "A" confuses some people, I'm also male.

lido said...

Adama, you didn't answer the question. At what point are you going to stop blaming Bush and take ownership of the problems plaguing the country? It's a simple question, just answer it.