It is Time for a RevolutionFebruary 8, 2009
It seems that Washington is determine to keep marching to their own orders with total disregard towards the needs of the people. I am being inclusive of republicans and blue dog democrats.
President Obama really needs our help. We can not have Washington believing it will be business as usual. The republicans have been defeated and their corrupt way has lead us to the brink of disaster.
We must organize and take it back to the street. They can no longer be allowed to believe we believe in their decisions. It is time for us to make plans and gather together with signs of protect and take our protest to Washington, state capitals and every mayors office. The time of writing letters, making phone calls and writing the media about politicians is done. We have a media that gives our plight no real recognition so why bother. They are not on our side. They have become Washington insiders.
We can no longer sit back and wait to see if Washington will get it. After the ridiculousness of the stimulus I no longer want a bunch of idiots dictating what will be done with my money.
We need jobs, not freaking tax cuts. We needed for the larger part of the stimulus to go towards generating jobs and save us money in the long term. But, after seeing all that had been cut and what had been reduced to appease some tax cut junkies I no longer trust them to make a decision on my behalf. I think major corporations have gotten all they need to get right now. It’s time for the people to get something for our damn money.
• $3.5 billion for energy-efficient federal buildings (original bill $7 billion)
• $75 million from Smithsonian (original bill $150 million)
• $200 million from Environmental Protection Agency Superfund (original bill $800 million)
• $100 million from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (original bill $427 million)
• $100 million from law enforcement wireless (original bill $200 million)
• $300 million from federal fleet of hybrid vehicles (original bill $600 million)
• $100 million from FBI construction (original bill $400 million)
Of course all of the above was just too wasteful spending. Of course all of those items would have created a job for someone. But people don’t need jobs, we need small tax cuts for us but plenty of tax cuts for major corporations. Bull shit.
• $55 million for historic preservation
• $122 million for Coast Guard polar icebreaker/cutters
• $100 million for Farm Service Agency modernization
• $50 million for Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service
• $65 million for watershed rehabilitation
• $100 million for distance learning
• $98 million for school nutrition
• $50 million for aquaculture
• $2 billion for broadband
• $100 million for National Institute of Standards and Technology
• $50 million for detention trustee
• $25 million for Marshalls Construction
• $300 million for federal prisons
• $300 million for BYRNE Formula grant program
• $140 million for BYRNE Competitive grant program
• $10 million state and local law enforcement
• $50 million for NASA
• $50 million for aeronautics
• $50 million for exploration
• $50 million for Cross Agency Support
• $200 million for National Science Foundation
• $100 million for science
• $1 billion for Energy Loan Guarantees
• $4.5 billion for General Services Administration
• $89 million General Services Administration operations
• $50 million from Department of Homeland Security
• $200 million Transportation Security Administration
• $122 million for Coast Guard Cutters, modifies use
• $25 million for Fish and Wildlife
• $55 million for historic preservation
• $20 million for working capital fund
• $165 million for Forest Service capital improvement
• $90 million for State and Private Wildlife Fire Management
• $1 billion for Head Start/Early Start
• $5.8 billion for Health Prevention Activity
• $2 billion for Health Information Technology Grants
• $600 million for Title I (No Child Left Behind)
• $16 billion for school construction
• $3.5 billion for higher education construction
• $1.25 billion for project based rental
• $2.25 billion for Neighborhood Stabilization
• $1.2 billion for retrofitting Project 8 housing
• $40 billion for state fiscal stabilization (includes $7.5 billion of state incentive grants)
Of course I can see that education definitely needed to be cut because after all we all need our children going to public schools that are still outdated. But even more to the point, these cuts were job cuts (I believe the republicans and the blue dog democrats manage to cut out at least 600,000 for the next two years of jobs not being created). We needed those tax cuts of course. It could not be about moving the money into areas that created jobs, no. It had to be about job cuts.
Sorry its time the American people stop believing that a bunch of senate jackals will ever have us in mind when writing bills. Time to start setting dates, drawing protest boards, catching the bus and taking our voices into their face.