It is 20:27 a.m. and an incredible 34 degrees. Patrick is here with me curled up on his afghan, Junior is still at an all night poker party. It is 52 degrees in Palm Harbor, Fla. (Brrrr!!)
Did you see that trader on the Chicago Exchange? Awesome!!
FROM THE INBOX (NATIONAL REPUBLICAN TRUST PAC):
Obama’s 3 Big Lies
His Plan to Destroy the GOP
Dear fellow American:
Let me tell you the real reason Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid pushed through the biggest spending bill in history – without proper debate, without Republican input, and without any public scrutiny at all.
Simply, they are trying to turn the United States into a one-party country and to put the Republican Party out of business once and for all.
The massive appropriation called a stimulus – some $787 billion of your money – is really a political war chest for the Democrats.
They want to change the face of American politics forever, and they want to use your taxpayer money to do it.
They want to use billions from our treasury to reward their political friends – and have huge amounts of cash to dole out before the 2010 and 2012 elections.
Some people have wondered why, if the country is in dire need of emergency “stimulus,” most of the money appropriated by this law will not even be spent this year.
Instead, spending will go on for five to 10 years.
There is no mystery here, as the answer is simple: These billions in taxpayer funds will fund the Democratic political machine for many years to come...
...It is a frightening thought because our freedoms depend on a vibrant two-party system.
But that’s what you believe, not what Obama and his crew believe.
Barack Obama and his Chicago gang, which includes his Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, also a congressman from the Chicago machine, have a starkly different view.
They want a one-party system headed by a strong man.
We at the National Republican Trust PAC are deeply troubled not only by how much the stimulus plan spends but also the way it was implemented.
We just witnessed how the basic and open democratic process of our republic was flouted.
We fear that the actions by Obama and Congress that we just witnessed threaten the very foundation of our republic.
Consider that we have long believed America is the greatest democracy in the world.
Yet Congress passed the largest spending bill in its history – by essentially suspending vital democratic processes, including debate and public examination of the pending law.
We know that the Democrats, working late into the night, secretly agreed to a “compromise” bill among themselves – and then refused even to share it with Republicans or the public until just hours before the bill went to the floor for a vote.
The final stimulus bill was 1,079 pages long. We know Barack Obama never read the bill.
Many members of Congress have admitted not one senator or congressman even read the bill before they voted for it!
The Democrats say they suspended normal procedures because the country so desperately needed to avoid what Barack Obama said was an economic “catastrophe.”
The bill apparently was so urgent that the Democrats even excluded Republican leaders from any involvement in negotiations on it.
When, in our republic, does Congress simply vote on a bill when its members have no idea what it says?
And, how could congressional leaders like Pelosi and Reid, as well as President Obama, present a monumental law but not allow even one day of scrutiny by Congress, its staffs or the public?
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Big Lie No. 1: The Emergency
They told us that the country is in such a dire situation that it was an emergency.
That was Big Lie No. 1: The bill was not an emergency measure.
This was a ruse. They falsely claimed it was an emergency bill to cut off all debate.
The lie about the urgency was made clear when President Obama, rather than immediately signing the bill, went on vacation to celebrate Valentine’s Day with his wife in Chicago. [Amazingly he had been in Washington less than a month before he took his first vacation!]
In fact, Obama took almost four days to sign this “urgent” bill.
Big Lie No. 2: Immediate Stimulus
And then there is Big Lie No. 2: The bill offered immediate help to our ailing economy.
The truth: The bill does not offer significant, immediate stimulus.
Most of the stimulus money won’t even be spent this year, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office!
And the CBO has warned that the bill actually will hurt long-term economic growth.
Infrastructure programs, including items such as $8 billion for a high-speed train between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, will take a decade or longer to complete – if environmentalists ever let the project begin.
Republican traitor Arlen Specter, who backed the stimulus bill, got more than $6 billion in the bill for “medical research” – another lulu that has nothing to do with immediate economic stimulus.
Big Lie No. 3: Bipartisan Support
Then there is Big Lie No. 3: This bill was a bipartisan effort to save the economy.
It was anything but.
Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham said bluntly: “If this is going to be bipartisanship, the country's screwed."
Indeed, every Republican in the House voted against the bill, along with six courageous Democratic congressmen.
In the Senate, almost every Republican opposed the bill except three liberals: Sens. Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins and Arlen Specter.
Obama promised he would change the “old politics” of Washington. Instead, he is playing hardball partisan Democratic politics of the Chicago type.
He has used the weakening economy as his Reichstag fire event to get to pass an incredible amount of money so he could funnel huge amounts of pork and political payoffs to his Democratic cronies and allies.
And now, he is even talking about a second stimulus program! Why not? Congress just passed his first bill without even reading it! What a joke . . .
GO GATORS BEAT VANDY!!!