cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
A radio advertisement is running in Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner's congressional district touting the fact that he voted against the bailout plan wending its way through Congress. The ad buy came from the Democrat party and is designed to set him up to be knocked from office at the next election. Sensenbrenner is among the most conservative members of the House of Representatives and continues to be re-elected by significant margins over any opposition.
Apparently the people making these decisions on behalf of his opposition have lost sight of a simple fact:
Sensenbrenner continues to win because he votes against bills such as this, not in spite of those votes.
When average taxpayers, most of us taxpayers, view this hodgepodge of spending, we seem smart enough to realize that this will not help the economy as it is being billed. It will more likely simply mean that our children and their children and their children will be paying for the outlandish spending that this bill represents. The bill passed by Pelosi's minions had some $84 billion of real economic stimulus and over $750 billion of big government spending, most of which won't find its way into the economic stream for two or more years. That bill has been said to actually have a cost of some $1.17 trillion dollars when the costs of interest are added back. And now the Senate is adding its little plumbs to the already bloated House version.
If we look at but one or two items, we see that Milwaukee Mayor Barrett wants $100 million to build his streetcar system. There has been no debate, no public airing of his plan, and yet there is his request for the money. The Milwaukee Public School system is slated to receive some $114 million for building when it sits with 14 or 15 vacant school buildings that do nothing but cost the taxpayers money. How many more such examples exist in other locales across our country? A bunch! All in the name of stimulating the economy.
This is a voter stimulation bill, and not an economic stimulation bill!
The Democrats waste their money, in addition to ours, when they attempt to rally the voters, and taxpayers, against someone who defies their financial shenanigans, their give-away programs designed to perpetuate themselves in office for a few more years.
This radio campaign ought to be aimed at Republicans who voted for this staggering debacle of a bill. They belong out of office.