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« Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 522 -- Conservative Stimulus Alternatives. | WILLisms.com | Social Security Reform Thursday: Part 75 -- Baby Boomers Begin Retiring. »

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 523 -- Mandatory Spending Outpaces Discretionary, BIGTIME.

Whatever We Do, Please, Please, Let's Avoid New Auto-Pilot Entitlements-

The unstimulating stimulus package passed the House yesterday with zero-- count 'em, ZERO-- Republican votes. In examining the package, it's clear that this measure is little more than a grab bag of special interest wishes that have not been fulfilled for one reason or another over the years. Some of the provisions are probably not going to make the cut due to vociferous opposition from grassroots folks. That's the silver lining to this terrible cloud of a bill.

While the prospect of an additional trillion dollar spending spree is terrifying, if it were immediate and temporary, it might not be quite as ugly.

But it's not immediate, nor is it temporary:

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This is not even stimulus. It's the fulfillment of hundreds of left-wing dreams, under the guise of stimulus. It's Democrats seizing this crisis, amplifying it, and then using the sense of urgency to pass a massive bill with dozens of individual parts that would have each been shot down by themselves.

Look at federal spending since LBJ's Great Society:

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Discretionary spending, the portion of the budget subject to annual review or budget debate, has risen 152 percent since 1965. Mandatory spending, consisting mostly of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, which run on autopilot, has risen 759 percent since 1965.

We've kicked out Republicans for spending too much money and being too corrupt, only to replace them with Democrats who spend FAR more money and are even more corrupt.

We're in trouble, people. For those of us who love America and the liberty she stands for, this is getting heavy.


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Previous Trivia Tidbit: Conservative Stimulus Alternatives.

Posted by Will Franklin · 29 January 2009 10:46 AM

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