"Rev." Al Sharpton accused the New York Post this week of publishing a racist cartoon. I don't see how any normal human being can make this accusation while looking at this cartoon. According to Sharpton and the Associated Press, this cartoon implies that the monkey is Obama because he supported the stimulus. However, the obvious intent of the comic is to say that the stimulus bill could have been written by a monkey.
As for the passing of the stimulus bill, Obama did a wonderful job instilling fear in the minds of Americans. Rather than providing encouragement and confidence, he used fear to garner support for his bill. Maybe he'll choose to inspire Americans now that he's achieved both his personal and the Democratic Party's agenda. It's unfortunate that millions of Americans are struggling to pay bills yet our congressional leaders chose to spend billions on absurd projects that will never stimulate our economy. It did however earn votes for those select few that might actually benefit from this package but these people are few and far between. Some stimulus waste includes $726 million for after school snack programs, a $1 billion increase for the 2010 National Concensus which his already over budget by $3 billion, $6 billion to turn federal buildings into "green buildings", $850 million for Amtrak (a company that consistently post quarterly loss after quarterly loss), $500 million for repairing the National Institutes of Health facilities and and much much more. These may be good programs but do they truly stimulate the economy? No, they have little no to no impact on the economy. According to some Democrats, the stimulus will create over 3.5 million jobs while only costing the American tax payers $228,000 per job for a job that would typically merit $30-40,000 a year. What a bargain! You have to love how efficient our national government is.
Is it too much to ask for to have a government that considers our future and make responsible decisions? Why couldn't they have just created a bipartisan bill that included tax cuts, mortgage and unemployment support, and aid to small businesses and corporations to create new jobs?
Let me hear your thoughts on the cartoon, the stimulus and my opinions.