Saturday, February 14, 2009

Obama needs to follow his own rules

Well, the "stimulus package" (though I find it very full of earmarks), has finally passed the House and Senate and will be on it's way to the Presidents desk for signing.

I question whether President Obama is going to follow the rules he set up for himself. Or, like some lawyers(not every lawyer) do, they create an out for themselves and only apply the rules to others. He said when a bill comes to him, he will post it on the White House web site for five days to give "the people" a chance to read and comment on it before he signs or vetos. Nice idea. I hope he does it with this piece of legislation. It is one of the most influential pieces of legislation, I think, to ever be created. It is going to affect lives generations from now, and may change our country forever, and not in a good way. Having said that, I doubt he will give "the people" a chance to really read what is in this thing. His back door will be, it's an emergency, and I have to sign it now. Just trust me. So much for transparency in this new presidency.

Here is a big beef I have right now though. I read this on the CNN web site and thought this was kind of setting up a bad presidence.

The vote by the Senate took several hours longer than a simple roll call of its 100 members generally would. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, attended a wake for his mother until about 8 p.m. Friday.

Voting began about 5:30 p.m. Then, the Senate chamber sat nearly empty until Brown arrived to vote about five hours later.

He was flown from Ohio to Washington on a plane provided by the White House, which said no commercial flights were available that would have allowed Brown to cast a vote and return to Ohio in time for his mother's funeral Saturday.

Now remember all the CEO's coming to Washington getting there tongue lashings from the Congress for using private jets, and they were basically told they should use commercial flights or other means to travel? Well....... I guess our government doesn't have to follow it's own recommendations that it has for how private citizens run their business, and they can do private flights any time they want. On our tax dollar dime, I might add. I know, I sound like a hard nose. "The man was at his mother's funeral. How could you be so mean. There was no other way for him to get back to Washington, vote, and then return for the funeral on a domestic flight."

Ya know what, CEO's have emergency meetings too. They have important and vital business to attend to, or have others that work for them that have business to do. Don't they have the right, especially since it is on "their dime" to use their planes how they see fit? Is this a case of "do as I say, not as I do"?

I think it is a case of " you hate in others what you see in yourself".

We really need to keep a really close eye on Washington D.C., and make sure they stick to their rules. Especially the transparency, the chance to read legislation before signing, and ethics.... Now that is another post I may get to sometime.

Monday, February 2, 2009

It's been a long time, but I have something to say now.

I know I haven't been here for a while. Been living on Facebook, but feel this is a better place to put this out there so more people might see it. It is an article I read on CNN.
In case you want to see it yourself. Here is what it is about. The GOP has released the items on the stimulus package they feel shouldn't be in it. I totally agree. The majority of this stuff will not create jobs and will not stimulate the economy.

$2 billion earmark to re-start FutureGen, a near-zero emissions coal power plant in Illinois that the Department of Energy defunded last year because it said the project was inefficient.

• A $246 million tax break for Hollywood movie producers to buy motion picture film.

• $650 million for the digital television converter box coupon program.

• $88 million for the Coast Guard to design a new polar icebreaker (arctic ship).

• $448 million for constructing the Department of Homeland Security headquarters.

• $248 million for furniture at the new Homeland Security headquarters.

• $600 million to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees.

• $400 million for the Centers for Disease Control to screen and prevent STD's.

• $1.4 billion for rural waste disposal programs.

• $125 million for the Washington sewer system.

• $150 million for Smithsonian museum facilities.

• $1 billion for the 2010 Census, which has a projected cost overrun of $3 billion.

• $75 million for "smoking cessation activities."

• $200 million for public computer centers at community colleges.

• $75 million for salaries of employees at the FBI.

• $25 million for tribal alcohol and substance abuse reduction.

• $500 million for flood reduction projects on the Mississippi River.

• $10 million to inspect canals in urban areas.

• $6 billion to turn federal buildings into "green" buildings.

• $500 million for state and local fire stations.

• $650 million for wild land fire management on forest service lands.

• $1.2 billion for "youth activities," including youth summer job programs.

• $88 million for renovating the headquarters of the Public Health Service.

• $412 million for CDC buildings and property.

• $500 million for building and repairing National Institutes of Health facilities in Bethesda, Maryland.

• $160 million for "paid volunteers" at the Corporation for National and Community Service.

• $5.5 million for "energy efficiency initiatives" at the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration.

• $850 million for Amtrak.

• $100 million for reducing the hazard of lead-based paint.

• $75 million to construct a "security training" facility for State Department Security officers when they can be trained at existing facilities of other agencies.

• $110 million to the Farm Service Agency to upgrade computer systems.

• $200 million in funding for the lease of alternative energy vehicles for use on military installations.

Please people, pay attention to what is going on. Obama said he was against earmarks. What do you call this? He said he was against "political pork". What is all this stuff then? Now "he" is using commercials to try to force the Republicans who represent us to cow down to what he wants.

I say this to Grassley McCain and all the other Republicans in Washington D.C., Keep it up. Don't back down. If it is such a great bill, let the Dems have all the credit. Then when it falls flat on it's face, you can honestly say I told you so. Keep fighting for us, even though some of us don't realize that you are.

I'm sure I'll get some comments from my Democratic friends....... that's why I did it here.