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Fiscal Urgency: The First Symptom of Budgetary Incontinence

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It's not quite true that Democrats are using the $819 billion (and counting) "economic recovery plan" as a cover for domestic spending they've always wanted. Cover implies they're acting surreptitiously, and the big spenders are pretty blatant in their opportunism. Here's an excerpt from yesterday's New York Times story about the $127 billion for health care (which was paired with a story about the $150 billion "flood of aid to education"):

The stimulus bill working its way through Congress is not just a package of spending increases and tax cuts intended to jolt the nation out of recession. For Democrats, it is also a tool for rewriting the social contract with the poor, the uninsured and the unemployed, in ways they have long yearned to do….

Democrats said the current economic crisis did not allow time for public hearings on the legislation.

"This is as urgent as it gets," said Representative Anna G. Eshoo, Democrat of California.

After the House Ways and Means Committee approved its piece of the economic recovery legislation last Thursday, Representative Pete Stark, Democrat of California, said, "We accomplished more today than in the last eight years."

Clearly, the Democrats have not been trying to stimulate the economy out of a recession for eight years. But all their budget priorities (any budget priorities, really) are suddenly so urgent that there's no time to pause for reflection on whether they make any more sense now than they did before. As President Obama put it yesterday, right before the House approved the bill on a party-line vote, "We don't have a moment to spare." Not even to consider whether we have $819 billion to spare.

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  1. So, can we start shooting people yet?

  2. Clearly, the Democrats have not been trying to stimulate the economy out of a recession for eight years.

    Clearly we have unified government under a party that believes that Bush and the Republicans didn’t spend enough.

  3. Nancy Pelosi has succeeded Hillary Clinton as the Most Awful Woman In America.
    California must be very proud.

  4. Christ! There gonna price the middle class out of health care now? Idiots! Social contract my ass! As an added bonus, this is gonna put a damper on entreprenuership(historically the lead net employer in the US) as people won’t be able to afford the insurance burdens!

  5. Not quite Kyle. Wait till the military is busy in “problem” areas. Then you can make a grab for your own kingdom . . . er . . . I mean secure buffer zone around your home.

  6. So, can we start shooting people yet?

    Feel free, dude. Fire at will.

  7. Social Democracy – capitalism = no social democracy.

    It takes capitalism to prop up their world, not vice versa.

  8. “This is as urgent as it gets,” said Representative Anna G. Eshoo, Democrat of California.

    Depends… because you’ve got a lot of spending to do.

  9. Whoa! Dagny T.? Where ya been?

  10. I feel sick…

  11. Whoa! Dagny T.? Where ya been?

    You’re too aggressive, Naga. I think you frighten her.

  12. Episiarch,

    I wasn’t asking for a date. Seriously though a lot of commenters have dropped off the radar over the last year. TWC, Guy Montag, Anon, Thoreau, Dagny T., etc . . . and even trolls lately. Strange.

  13. “Feel free, dude. Fire at will.”

    I believe you are trying to trick me.

    Or course, I would never harm another living soul. Unless I had the Infinity Gauntlet. Then I’d rule the planet like an Angry God.

  14. We need to cover all of the bases during this emergency, folks,

    I propose not only shovel ready projects, but wire hanger ready projects as well.

  15. Stimulate is haste, repent at leisure.

  16. …iN haste…

    stupid keyboard

  17. Pshhht I have the Heart of the Universe in my back pocket, and the Living Tribunal is my homey–IG ain’t sheeet.

  18. Hmmmm. The Democrats elect a President and win fat majorities in both houses of Congress. They then pass legislation that they’ve been wanting to pass for decades. It may be bad policy (and a lot of it is terrible), but isn’t that the way democracy works?

    Milton Friedman talked a lot about taking advantage of a crisis. Well, that’s what the Democrats are doing. It’s unwise, a lot of it, anyway, but it isn’t unfair. Why should every Democrat read every proposal when they’ve been talking about this stuff for 20 years?

  19. Milton Friedman talked a lot about taking advantage of a crisis. Well, that’s what the Democrats are doing.

    Tah-daaah! Disaster Socialism to the rescue.

  20. On January 08, 2009, Mr. Hope and Change said

    Politicians spent taxpayer money without wisdom or discipline, and too often focused on scoring political points instead of the problems they were sent here to solve.*

    *I have got to create a macro for this comment. I expect to be using it a whole bunch over the next four years.

  21. Who cares. The CPSIA is about to administer the final stab in the heart for the economy anyway.

  22. I urge you to check out the Facebook group Tea Party 2009 and join me in a bit of civil protest of our governments’ mortgaging of our children’s future! I’ve got a huge box of Lipton ready to go out this weekend.

  23. Of course, they’re not just doubling the Dept. of Education funding in two years, the Post story also notes that they’re making sure that none of that money goes to private schools (and the Senate bill makes it much harder to have money go to charter schools, and defunds programs aimed at encouraging merit pay, etc., etc.)

    This was the change the teachers’ unions have been waiting for.

  24. Whoa! Dagny T.? Where ya been?

    Busier than I’d like to be, unfortunately. Never been able to resist a good adult-diaper joke, though.

    You’re too aggressive, Naga. I think you frighten her.

    Actually, the naked pictures you keep sending me are what frightens me.

  25. Actually, the naked pictures you keep sending me are what frightens me.

    Hey, you’re the one who opens them.

  26. There gonna price the middle class out of health care now?

    I believe the plan is:

    (1) Price the middle class out of health care.

    (2) Expand government health care to cover the middle class.

    (3) The newly dependent middle class votes reliably Democrat, as dependent populations do.

  27. “I believe the plan is:

    (1) Price the middle class out of health care.

    (2) Expand government health care to cover the middle class.

    (3) The newly dependent middle class votes reliably Democrat, as dependent populations do.”

    If the majority of the population will be riding in the wagon, who is going to be pulling it?

  28. Gilbert Martin,

    Obviously the proles we acquire when we go to war with impoverished nations. Lookout Mexico!

  29. If the majority of the population will be riding in the wagon, who is going to be pulling it?

    Boxer.

    (the horse not the Senator)

  30. *End Zone Dance*

  31. A friend of mine just used the term “Hoover democrats”. Im going to start using it.

  32. “Obviously the proles we acquire when we go to war with impoverished nations. Lookout Mexico!”

    We’d better hurry up then – before we’re too impoverished ourselves to go to war with anybody.

    At the rate were going, that will probably be Tuesday after next.

  33. HURRY! SPEND CASH NOW! OPPORTUNITIES ARE RUNNING OUT!!!

    I think I remember seeing this bit on TV at 3 am.

  34. HURRY! SPEND CASH NOW! OPPORTUNITIES ARE RUNNING OUT!!!

    I think I remember seeing this bit on TV at 3 am.

    Yea, I gots me a sweet fucking deal too. 30 knives for only $19.95, that’s less than $1 per knife jtuf. You just don’t get something like that from the government, hell, they even threw in an authentic, Japanese samurai sword.

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