Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Buddy can you spare a dime?

I am sure you have all been following the crime that is the stimulus bill? This is the stimulus bill that has passed all stages, despite it being a massive 1,000+ pages that none of the political voters could possibly have read. I have not written much about it because many others are writing about it. Michelle Malkin is one who is following it closely. She has been highlighting parts of it that scream for scrutiny; you know, those vital earmarks that the writers of this economic miracle would rather none of you knew about.

Her post today almost defies belief. Almost:

9,000 earmarks in the $410 billion omnibus spending bill: Gang tattoo removal, Maine lobster, La Raza & more!
By Michelle Malkin • February 23, 2009 11:11 PM

You want earmarks? There are lots and lots and lots of earmarks in the $410 billion omnibus spending bill coming down the road. Not that any of the people who are going to vote for it will actually read it, of course. If they did, they couldn’t look into the camera and sanctimoniously declare that, uh, you know, “There are no earmarks.”

The Modesto Bee reports:

During the 2008 presidential campaign, candidates Barack Obama and John McCain fought vigorously over who would be toughest on congressional earmarks.

“We need earmark reform,” Obama said in September during a presidential debate in Oxford, Miss. “And when I’m president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.”

President Barack Obama should prepare to carve out a lot of free time and keep the coffee hot this week as Congress prepares to unveil a $410 billion omnibus spending bill that’s riddled with thousands of earmarks, despite his calls for restraint and efforts on Capitol Hill to curtail the practice.

The bill will contain about 9,000 earmarks totaling $5 billion, congressional officials say. ...

She has more. Go read here and then bookmark her site. I am thinking they can sneak a dime or two in there for me. I would qualify as an illegal alien after all (ooops I mean 'undocumented worker' in the new day that is America. )

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