Thursday, January 8, 2009

Just sign this blank check here

Am I imagining things, or is Barack Obama just rolling up his entire wish list of pie-in-the-sky programs for his entire term in office into one proposal and calling it by a grandiose name?

I mean, you have stuff like this in The American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan (PDF):
To improve the quality of our health care while lowering its cost, we will make the immediate investments necessary to ensure that within five years, all of America’s medical records are computerized.
Ummm ... So paying for my wife's practice's new electronic medical records system is vital for stimulating the economy? Really?

I mean, it would be nice if you all were kind enough to pick up the tab to modernize her business, but I don't see how that's a pressing economic issue.

What about this?
It means expanding broadband lines across America, so that a small business in a rural town can connect and compete with their counterparts anywhere in the world.
Aren't there a few companies already making their bread and butter doing that? Why does the government have to tap the taxpayers to run DSL down my dirt road?

I mean, with spending proposals like that, what's the point of even adding "That also means an economic recovery plan that is free from earmarks and pet projects." Who needs to add pet projects when Obama already plans to spend money on giving everybody a new doghouse (with a wind generator on top)?



Blogger Paul said...

That plan is a little too close to the Reeks and Wrecks for me.

January 8, 2009 6:19 PM  
Blogger J.D. Tuccille said...

I think you've got it. It's expensive make-work to keep the little people happy.

January 8, 2009 7:20 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Whatever it takes to get the proles to the poles!

January 9, 2009 7:05 AM  
Blogger BobG said...

All I hear from him is a bunch of expensive, vague promises that have no thought or real substance behind them. Obama would have made a great used-car salesman.

January 9, 2009 1:10 PM  

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