(from a post at St. Lawrence Co. Republitarian)
New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Cortland, New York Tuesday, speaking with local business leaders about how to best stimulate local economy. Basically, the idea was to seek grant proposals for money that is already earmarked for the State. The gist: we have x amount of dollars, now let's decide how to spend it.
Now, let's forget, for the moment, that Obama's so-called "stimulus" package, um, isn't. Let's forget that you don't put the nation in debt in order to stimulate economic wellbeing. Let us pretend, as Obama and the Legislative democrats are doing, that tossing money at states (to the detriment of our childrens' economic future) is indeed the right move to make. Even so, shouldn't discussions about where, and how much money should be spent, have already happened? Shouldn't the government, since they're evidently going to try playing the investment game, have some ideas already in mind before they start shelling out money?
But let's continue. Let's look at reality and actually take this road to its end: shouldn't the government, perhaps, have asked whether those investments should even be made? Or, since many Americans gave answers to that question without being asked by government anyway, shouldn't the government, perhaps, have even pretended to listen?
But they didn't.
Democrats and bad Republicans knew what they wanted to do, and, without regard to consequence or even a moderate view of economic reality, they went ahead and did it. And now, in standard Democrat Party fashon, they want to have their cake, and eat it too. They want to be able to pass these tax and spending increases, all the while claiming to not like them. All the while claiming to be listening to the cries of their constituency. This, like the AIG bonus tax, is nothing other than Democrats trying to cover their collective ass -- and should be taken as nothing else.
Gillibrand's acknowledgement of "concerns about government spending in the face of mounting budget deficits" sound suspiciously like talking points coming out of most politicians who voted for this thing -- and ring just as hollow.
But, says Gillibrand, now that the money's been spent, it's time to decide how to use it.
"With a national unemployment rate of five percent and a local unemployment rate at eleven percent, we've got a lot of work to do. And so by coming here, I can listen to all our community leaders, our business leaders, our leaders in education and health care and hear directly from them what the problems are and also what their ideas are for the best solutions," said Gillibrand.
It just seems like a conversation that should have happened a couple months ago -- before Obama and Company sold our future to foreign powers.