US Senate economic stimulus package

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  1. alan1
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    A few things included in the Senate Economic Stimulus Package.

    • $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 wildland 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. (OK, I have to wonder what the hell a "paid volunteer" is)

    • $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.

    What GOP Leaders deem wasteful in Senate stimulus bill - CNN.com
     
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    The fact is, the GOP didn't spend on stuff like this for 8 years, so it is now needed.

    The GOP spent our tax dollars on the top 10% for the last 8 years. The rest of us got shit on.

    So now the Dems are going to spend on 90% of us.

    None of these projects seem important, but the money spent will end up out in circulation.

    When Bush gave it to Bankers and Defense contractors, those contractors moved their HQ's offshore so they could avoid paying taxes. And the CEO's and VP's took all the profits for themselves.

    Now the treasury is empty.
     
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    There are 2 Senators in every state. Here is what Obama should say/do.

    If you vote for the package, your state will receive $. If only one of your two senators votes for it, then you get half the money.

    And so McCain won't get any money, for example, because he is against it. So let the free market work itself out in Arizona.

    So McCain doesn't want to fix the economy for his constituents? Fine with us. But Michigan needs the help, so Debbie Stabinow and Carl Levin will vote for it.
     
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    lol the gop didn't spend money on these things so now we have too?

    We have to buy officials hybrid vehicles, when they all make 6 digits+ and they could afford one themselves?

    god you are stupid
     
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    talk about a fucking abuse of power.

    Coerce senators into voting for a bill?

    Well then the people of the great state of Arizona should not pay any taxes to the fucking federal government.

    Well why not, the stimulus money for Illinois was contingent upon ousting Blago.

    Again this type of extortion is NOT what the government of hope and change should be involved in but if obama does it it's just fine right?
     
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    That's just those sour grapes talking again isn't it?
     
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    If I went through every single bill that was passed last year, including the bailout bill which had hundreds of billions of dollars worth of pork in it (wooden arrows?), I would also find many GOP Senators who voted FOR it.

    The only reason why the GOP Senators are voting AGAINST it is because the POTUS has a (D) next to his name and they want to try their hardest to de-reail his presidency. The GOP has spent trillions of dollars in wasteful spending over the years - and NOW they complain??

    HOWEVER

    I will say that this bill is about as stimulative as a drunk slut in a coma.

    We need rebate checks AND tax breaks AND infrastructure spending. Give money to us RIGHT NOW, give money to us by the end of the tax year and give money to us within 24 months. We need to jolt this economy back to life.

    If this stimulus package is rejected.... all hell will break loose.
     
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    It's not about derailing the presidency. It's about putting on a front to the conservative voters to try and lure them back, and establish credibility again.

    It's the same shit they did during Clinton. Pretend they're conservative, and then when they eventually get full congressional power and a R president, they go hog wild liberal. Because they ARE liberals. Republicans are liberal-lite.

    The sooner voters realize that, the sooner we can get some things REALLY changed.
     
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    Hehe, it's all partisan.
    Less taxes and less government spending.
    Hell, Mr Bush and the GOP spent money like crazy and it didn't do shit to help the economy, why does anybody think that just because a different political party is now spending the money that it's any different?
     
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    Does this cover the whole country, or just Obama?
     

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