Congress dished up more pork

I need help in understanding why President Obama named his economic stimulus panel lead by a top economic and financial expert, Paul Volcker, after the stimulus package was written by Nancy Pelosi and the Congress. This should have been reversed. The top experts in the country, President Obama’s Stimulus Panel, with all of their knowledge, should have written this package. Then it should be sent to the Congress for its approval.

Way too much of what I see being spent in the congressional bill seems to be pork, government growth and political rewards such as: $140 million for “climate data modeling,” $650 million for Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Program, $1 billion for “Periodic Censuses and Programs” and $18.5 billion for “Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.”

We all need to make sure that every red cent of this package be directed to jobs and economic stimulus. When the common-sense taxpayer sees an expense, it should not take any explanation for them to understand how the money will create jobs and stimulus such as this expenditure: $50 million in grants to fund “arts projects and activities.”

Ken George


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