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Draft of ‘Stimulus’ Is Chock Full of Spending

Despite Obama's Promise, Republicans Had No Input on Proposal

Republicans hadn’t even wrapped up their economic hearing this morning with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (read his testimony) and former eBay chief executive Meg Whitman when congressional Democrats released the first version of their so-called stimulus. And to no one’s surprise, it’s full of government spending that will do little to boost economic growth. (Read it here and here.)

Despite a promise from President-elect Barack Obama to listen to Republican ideas, the plan distributed by House Democrats today includes not a single GOP proposal. House Republican Leader John Boehner wasn’t even consulted:

This is the first time Republicans and the American people have seen any specifics on the proposal congressional Democrats intend to pass, and what we’re seeing is disappointing. The plan released this morning by congressional Democrats was developed with no Republican input and appears to be grounded in the flawed notion that we can simply borrow and spend our way back to prosperity. It calls for more than half a trillion dollars in questionable new government spending on programs and projects, while providing less tax relief for middle-class families and small businesses than President-elect Obama has proposed.

An initial review of the “stimulus” by Boehner’s office found these spending proposals:

  • $600 million for new cars for the federal government
  • $1 billion “to minimize undercounting of minority groups” in the 2010 census
  • $400 million for NASA for global warming
  • $400 million for “National Treasures”
  • $6 billion for colleges/universities, many of which have massive billion dollar endowments
  • $166 billion in direct aid to states, many of which have failed to budget wisely
  • $650 million more for digital television conversation coupons

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