Interesting headline isn’t it? The best part is that I can back it up. At least as well as the Obama Administration can back up the jobs they have “created or saved” with the Stimulus package. In fact I can provide better proof. The worst part though is that the money is being lost by the poor and the unemployed.
The problem stems from the very $787 billion stimulus package that the Democrat-led Congress and President Obama shoved down the throats of the American public. In the rush to capitalize on the popularity of the President, with the cries of absolute depression emanating from every Liberal politician and pundit in the background, the stimulus package was passed without ANYONE reading what was in the 400 pages. Thus an extra $25 a week was ensured for 4 months to every American that GETS a paycheck.
But that’s also the problem. Because the extra $100 a month was never factored into any other Government program. Which means that if you happen to be getting unemployment as 6.8 million Americans (and more each month) are, and you happen to need food stamps as well to feed say your family, you may have a problem.
This is happening right now. According to the Associated Press (hardly a conservative arm of the media) there are cases in Iowa and Georgia, and other States, already. People are finding out that because of the extra $25 they cannot decline, calculations made including this money is placing Americans over the Government limits for food stamps and other forms of aid. The range of the loss is unknown (and likely to remain so), but the AP provided an example – costing a family $300 in food stamps they now cannot receive. The average for food stamps as stated in the AP article is $111.
So using a bit of math that President Obama and his entire Administration cannot do for his claim of “creating or saving” jobs with the stimulus package I will now present you with how much Democrats have cost the poor and unemployed in this nation. Conservatively.
Since there are no less than 6.8 million people on unemployment right now, I will take 5% of that total as people potentially being affected by the extra money. That comes to 344,000. A really small number of people. It’s 1/10th the number of people in the nation. It’s about the number of people that lost their jobs in March alone.
Now taking the average provided by the AP on food stamps, and not the actual example provided that is about 3x as high, and you get 344,000 x $111 = $38,184,000. That’s $38 million being lost or prevented from helping people feed their families in this nation right now. And that figure is monthly. So to be really honest, for the life of the stimulus package (at least the part that the public actually gets as a stimulus) the poorest and most needy in this nation will lose of be prevented from having $152,736,000 in food.
I bet Democrats across the nation are feeling really proud now. I can see Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Harry Reid giddy in Congress. Rep. Barney Frank must be searching the political map for someone else to blame this oversight on. And I can imagine that the Obama Administration is taping Vice President Biden’s mouth shut lest he reveal how much is being taken from the poor INSTEAD of the rich as Democrats promised would happen.
Yes, there is nothing like an unfettered Democrat-led Congress to rush serious and profoundly important legislation through all the hoops, passed in votes without a single concern for the American people or a glance at the actual wording and thus effects.
So I say again, the stimulus plan was idiocy. It was a bad idea created by people who think the Government is smarter than the average person. Yet they prove consistently that there is virtually no part of the Government, or its programs, they can’t screw up. And the bonus is they are growing the size of the Government so they can do even more.
Only another year and 5 more months before we can elect a new Congress. 3 years and 5 months till we can see if President Obama gets re-elected. Don’t you just feel confident.