The spendulous bill

That’s how a friend described the current doings in D.C. It’s hard to even fathom what these elected officials are proposing to do with our hard-earned, promptly and honestly paid (ahem) tax dollars. And we’re supposed to feel good that the Senate “only” wants to spend $827 billion instead of over $900 billion — so much for Obama’s campaign promises to trim wasteful government spending. And so much for my own state’s Arlen Specter — Mike and I both e-mailed him our disgust last night. Not that he’ll ever see it — we’ll get a canned e-mail back from some staffer full of reasons why the bill is the best thing since sliced bread for our “troubled economy.”

Oh, but then again, why worry? Won’t there be plenty of government handouts available? That’ll surely stimulate something, right?

Giving money and power to government is like
giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. 
                                                     ~ P. J. O’Rourke


  1. robbie said,

    Monday, February 9, 2009 at 11:36 am

    I think I’d put more trust in teenage boys with whiskey and car keys than with our government! Don’t worry that pretty blonde head of yours, Obama promised a tax cut for 95% of us and I’m sure it’s in the spendulous bill somewhere. Pass me the whiskey!

  2. WritingbyEar said,

    Monday, February 9, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Yes, even people who don’t pay taxes are getting a tax cut! Explain to me how that works (and how so many people don’t pay taxes at all)… I feel like such a sucker for paying my taxes dutifully (and paying our accountant hundreds of dollars a year more to figure out our returns so we can be sure we’re doing it correctly).

  3. Nancy P. said,

    Monday, February 9, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    At least we’re doing something. We simply cannot afford to lose 500,000,000 jobs a month indefinitely.

  4. WritingbyEar said,

    Monday, February 9, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Hmmm, “Nancy P.”– it wouldn’t be 500 million jobs per month, now would it (as you have misspoken twice); it would be 500,000 jobs. But of course, you are not subject to the same level of public ridicule when you misspeak as are others (say George W. or Sarah P.). And of course, no one has really explained how spending $800 billion is going to save jobs…but yes…we are doing something! Porking up a lot of your fellow spendocrats’ pet projects for one.

  5. Ester U. said,

    Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at 11:27 am

    What we “cannot afford,” Nancy P., is the $800B in new spending. Are you the lady from TV who thinks the new administration is going to pay for her gasoline and make her mortgage payments?

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