February 04, 2009

Messiah Thinks He Has More Money Than Jesus

Or something like that.

Twice today, CNN has done short segments on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's declaration that
To give the proposed economic stimulus plan some perspective, "if you started the day Jesus Christ was born and spent $1 million every day since then, you still wouldn’t have spent $1 trillion."

Both times they said the claim checked out, the second time with a famous mathmetician (although I think they just needed a calculator).

Christ's birth in year zero one, times 365, times 2009, gets you 733,285,000,000, or a bit over $733 billion. (Yes, I'm leaving out leap years.) You're not even three-quarters of the way there...

King Urkel the First is disappointing a lot of people, especially those that have the mathematical sense to understand that the "stimulus" bill he and the far left are trying to force down our throats is little more than a trillion dollar wishlist of pork, handouts, and political graft that may not save or create so much as a single American job.

I was listening to the local AM talk station on my way home this evening and they mentioned that there has never been a significant economic recession in any country ever helped by government intervention. He cited the financial trainwreck FDR created during his attempt to alleviate the Great Depression that we are still paying for, and the mess the Japanese government made to their economy under similar circumstances, which again, they have not recovered from.

And such big government programs fail for a very simple reason: you cannot spend your way out of debt.

If Barack Obama was truly serious about helping the economy, he would push across-the-board cuts for all federal agencies not directly involved basic safety and security, impose a government hiring freeze so that the size of the government would shrink through natural attrition, and lower various taxes so that companies would be encouraged to grow their businesses. Such a plan isn't too far off from what I've heard some conservative Democrats and Republicans are promoting.

But I don't think Barack Obama really cares all that much about getting America out of this recession. He seems far more interested in using the economy as a weapon of fear to impose an ideological agenda.

I hope he enjoys the euphoria of his brief popularity while it lasts. It is melting rapidly, and unlikely to last the coming spring thaw.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at February 4, 2009 09:45 PM

Great blog, here Confederate Yankee.

And, Dan, I am robbing your quote and posting it on my blog on the sidebars for perpetuity!! That is outstanding. I'll credit it to you. That's the best. lol

You guys made my day. Obama is going to absolutely incite the dissolution of the USA in revolt. We're just NOT going to become the Muslim communist nation he envisions. He might just as well try to make Iran Christian with our Constitution and our system of Government. It won't work!! You just cannot shove down the throats of the American people the "change" he envisions. Can't do it. It will never work. He's a foreigner who doesn't understand our faith, our nation, and our history... our American spirit. He cannot redefine us. He can only seduce the weak and unstable. He cannot seduce those of us who have character and conviction and are the true America that is consistent with our founder's values and vision. We still have the same character and spirit. And, Don, thanks ever so much - we still have the same God: Jesus.

Like you said, "Jesus saves!" And Obama spends. (And it's gonna cost him.)


You guys made my day. God bless.

Posted by: l at February 4, 2009 10:56 PM

The Dems should be careful. People are getting fed up with welfare spending, corporate and tax cheats. The bankers stole the money after the minority lending prefferences were put in place by Bawney Fwank and Chris Dodd because bankers are always much smarter than polititians. All the tax cheats are Dems it seems. At the grocery store today, a black woman on a welfare card was complaining to the cashier because only $78 of a $81 bill could be put on the card. The other people in line behind her just shook their heads in disgust as they prepared to pay for their OWN groceries, and this slugs too. In fact, they pay for the slugs FIRST, thru taxes, before they have to buy their own on what's left them by the govt after confiscatory taxes are wrenched from them without consent, no matter what that fool Harry Reid says about voluntary taxes. There may be a middle class tax revolt in the making, just below the surface, and the morons in Washington have absolutely no effing clue. Obama's approval rating will be in the 20's very soon. But then , that would be racist wouldn't it?? (sarc off).

Posted by: nadadhimmi at February 5, 2009 06:11 PM

If it makes you feel any better 18 states reduced their welfare roles last year, and the number of people on government assistance is at a 40 year low.

I am not too excited about aspects of the stimulus bill. However, cutting funding to all federal agencies except national defense (which is what I assume you are getting at when you say "across-the-board cuts for all federal agencies not directly involved basic safety and security") would be a disaster. We need to invest in our infrastructure to maintain and stimulate commerce and we need to invest in education in order to produce a competitive work force. Those aspects of our economy are critical.

The stimulus bill isn't stripped down enough right now, but bipartisan talks are taking place today. $100 billion has already been chipped off.

It would be great if tax cuts were the ultimate solution but they simply aren't.

And speaking of debt. GWB skyrocketed our debt while maintaining massive tax cuts. Here's a chart:

Obama has been dealt GWB's mess. I'd excuse him if he didn't hold by Republican tenets of economic theory. The current crisis is not a raving endorsement of their practices.

Posted by: SPW at February 6, 2009 08:42 AM

we need to invest in education in order to produce a competitive work force.

The US already spends 2X-3X more per student than the industrialized nations of Europe. We don't need to spend more, we need to look a lot harder at how its being spent.

Posted by: PA at February 6, 2009 09:34 AM

"I don't think Barack Obama really cares all that much about getting America out of this recession."

I disagree. He's a far-left liberal Democrat and he believes government spending will acheive that goal.

Just because WE can't comprehend anyone beliefing in that ideology doesn't mean those who push it have ulterior motives. Nope, they're just misguided.

Posted by: DoorHold at February 8, 2009 04:24 PM