Sure, the title of this writing may sound redundant to those who’ve been paying attention to recent American politics. That’s not to say that the manifestation of regressive socialists (formerly known as liberals, currently self described as progressives) telling lies is a recent development. This regressive socialist boil has been growing since it infected Amecian politics, especially since the early 20th century days of Woodrow Wilson’s administration. Today, that boil is coming to a festering head.
The election of a huge regressive socialist majority to the U.S. House of Representatives and a filibuster proof majority to the U.S. Senate, combined with the election of a regressive socialist to the White House emboldened this fringe political element to take the dramatic and drastic actions needed to enact their legislative agenda out in the open.
First, there was passage of the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (aka TARP), originally the brainchild of U.S. Treasure Secretary Henry Paulson and President George W. Bush. What’s most memorable of this fiasco isn’t that the money hasn’t been spent by either Bush or his successor in the way it was intended by law. What most remarkable about passage of this Act is the statements made by a collection of regressive socialists before and after it’s passage. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi led the way in making the charge that the collapse of the financial system was the result of failed Republican policies and of George W. Bush.
Anyone familiar with the Community Recovery Act signed into law by Jimmy Carter, the financial penalties levied on banks who refused to abandon sound banking principles and make mortgage loans to unqualified home buyers (signed into law by Bill Clinton), ACORN’s bullying of said banks, the misconduct of the regressive socialist CEOs of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the protection of Fannie and Freddie by regressive socialist politicians (see Barney Franks and Chris Dodd) knows that these statements are thread bare of truth.
Next came the passage of the massive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka the stimulus bill) to the tune of $787 billion (before interest). This was allegedly going to fund shovel ready construction projects that would keep unemployment from rising above 8%.
The “stimulus” plan has been so unsuccessful that current plans to repeat this massive spending mistake has been renamed a “jobs” bill. According to polls taken within the past few days, only 6% of Americans think the “stimulus” plan has worked. To put that number in perspective, 7% of Americans think Elvis Preseley is still alive.
Since the “stimulus” bill was signed into law, the American economy has shed four million jobs, and unemployment has reached as high as 10%. The administration keeps claiming that it’s “saved or created” a huge number of jobs (numbers vary depending on who’s making the claim, and/or what day the statements are made). The “saved” jobs can be described simply as: unionized government jobs within states and cities that have practiced long term fiscal irresponsibility and are running huge budget deficits. Billions of dollars have been borrowed (with interest) from the likes of Communist China and channeled through the “stimulus” plan to these states and cities in order to stave off the inevitable; having to lay off unionized government employees. Unfortunately, since this (hopefully) one time payout of federal funds “rescued” them from their own wasteful spending they haven’t changed those habits. These states and cities are still saddled with huge unfunded liabilities, largely thanks to contracted payouts of unsustainable benefits packages to government employee unions.
If its passage was so critical that Congress wasn’t even given a chance to read it, why is it that only on third of this massive government stupidity has even been spent? Where are those shovel ready jobs? Why has so much money been wasted on pork barrel projects like a new runway for the John Murtha airport, which receives two flights a day?
We now see the true purpose of the “stimulus” plan being unveiled. The pathological liar in thief and his regressive socialist buddies are going to use it as a slush fund in an attempt to buy votes. The votes of unionized employees depending on their government paycheck. A paycheck that averages $32,000 a year more than the average private sector pay.
The current regressive socialist majority thinks they can continue to borrow, tax and spend their way into an all controlling big brother government, upon which a majority of the “uneducated electorate” populating middle America will depend for their very survival. They think we’re too stupid to see through their ruse.
We haven’t even gotten to the “transparency” of the health care “reform” debate that was going to be televised on CSPAN, or how there weren’t going to be any lobbyists working in this administration. Lest we forget, we were also promised that there would be no more earmarks and that every piece of legislation would be online for all Americans to see for five days before any vote by Congress.
Sorry, Americans are not that stupid. Oh, except perhaps those who are still defending an aggressive anti-American agenda.