Monday, January 26, 2009

Stimulus Fraud

Did you happen to catch Nancy Pelosi on ABC's This Week? If you didn't, you missed a good one. It seems the Madam Speaker believes that the inclusion of birth control into the stimulus package is worthy. She claims that it will help to jump start the economy since it will save states money. What a crock of you know what this is.

Before going any further, I will say that I do not have a dog in this fight (and neither does Michael Vick). Personally, I am not against the government offering birth control. This seems to be a fight that the religious zealots wage based upon some moral ground. If offering birth control to those on welfare reduces the number of unwanted pregnancies, then I am for it. However, I do not buy that it will stimulate the economy.

This just shows how out of touch the Speaker is. Of course, she is not the only one. There are many who are buying this garbage as a viable means to stimulating the economy. Our political leadership is using the fear that exists to push through their agenda. Sadly, these decisions are going to cost us trillions before it is all over. And, double the pain by understanding that all this spending will do little to impact the current economic situation. It really is nothing more than a big spending package.

To me, this is fraud. The government is spending our money based upon misleading information. The fact that the Speaker "believes" it will stimulate the economy is irrelevant. I fail to see how providing birth control to prevent a pregnancy which will take a minimum of 9 months to manifest as a baby will get things moving economically. The fact that it will save the states money down the road is not a present factor.

If the Madam Speaker is so intent on helping the states save money in the future from unwanted pregnancies, here is a solution: starting tomorrow (January 27, 2009), there will be no monies paid for anyone receiving welfare for additional children. You will continue to be paid for the current children you have. However, anyone not with child as of midnight tonight is ineligible.

There, now there is no need for birth control in stimulus. And, we just saved hundreds of millions of dollars.

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