Well, I see another broken Obama campaign promise elicits a yawn or apologies from the majority of the media. Congress passed yet another bill spending taxpayer money. Some 9,000 earmarks costing taxpayers $8 billion were crammed into the latest spending spree by Congress. I suspect that even Obama himself was embarrassed by the unbridled greed this time. He signed the earmark-stuffed $410 billion spending bill away from cameras. Sure, he preached, but he signed. Yet another do as I say, not as I do moment for Obama.
It was just one year ago when the president was admonishing earmarks during his campaign and vowed to reduce them.
“I’ve pledged to slash earmarks by more than half when I am president of the United States,” he said in Green Bay, Wis., last September.
In fact, it was this week last year that then-Sen. Obama swooped in off the campaign trail — along with then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. — to vote for a bill that would have imposed a one-year moratorium on earmarks.
That was then, of course. This is now the era of double-speak as art. Speaking of double-speak. Remember that immense “stimulus” bill Congress just passed at Obama’s urging? Turns out it won’t save anywhere nearly as many jobs as the Pinball Wizard* said it would. In fact, Democrats are already crafting another “stimulus” bill. Apparently to stimulate the first one.
Just weeks after Congress approved the largest rescue package in US history, Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives, said “we have to keep the door open” to another stimulus.
David Obey, the chairman of the appropriations committee, said he has instructed his staff to start drafting another stimulus proposal, though he emphasised no deadlines or timelines had been set.
Their remarks followed a meeting with economists who warned that only 2.5 million jobs would be “saved or created” over the next year, rather than the 3.5 million forecast by President Barack Obama.
Personally, I have never seen anything approaching the mammoth spending spree Congress is on at the moment. I suspect that the only booming company in the US right now is the small company that produces the nation’s currency paper for the US Mint. At the rate the Mint is producing money at this point, it has to be busy up there.
* I’ve decided that Barack Obama’s wildly scattered approach to government, in which a brandy-spanking-new expansion of the government is announced virtually every, single day, resembles a pinball machine. Lots of noise and bright, flashing lights. But, at the end of the game, you’re out the change you put into the machine.
See, there the change he promised after all! He just didn’t tell you he would convert your change into his.