This is not a complicated question. First, clearly it is not about helping the country. Nor is it about fixing any problems, financial or otherwise, that we may have. The simple answer is that it's about power – power for Obama and for the Democrat Party, and obliterating any dissent and opposition.
Obama, Pelosi and Reid, and their cohorts, want to turn the United States into a one-party country and to put the Republican Party out of business once and for all. To do this it is necessary to eliminate any meaningful political competition by stifling dissent and securing billions for their efforts and for their troops like ACORN. The massive appropriation called a stimulus - some $787 billion of our money - is really a political war chest for the Democrats. They want to change the face of American politics forever, and they want to use your taxpayer money to do it. The billions of dollars are to reward their political friends and have huge amounts of cash to dole out before the 2010 and 2012 elections.
Rahm Emanuel says they should take advantage of the “crisis” but there was no such thing that could not have been addressed more thoughtfully with hearings, evidence and testimony just as all previous important issues were addressed. Looking at the “Stimulus” law the question can be asked “why, if the country is in dire need of emergency stimulus, most of the money appropriated by this law will not even be spent this year”? Instead, spending will go on for 5 to 10 years. There is no mystery here: these billions of our money will fund the Democrat political machine for many years to come.
The lie about the urgency was made clear when President Obama, rather than immediately signing the bill, went on vacation to celebrate Valentine's Day with his wife in Chicago. [Amazingly he had been in Washington less than a month before he took his first vacation!] In fact, Obama took almost four days to sign this "urgent" bill.
Congress passed the largest spending bill in its history by essentially suspending debate and public examination of the pending law. The Democrats say they suspended normal procedures because the country so desperately needed to avoid what Barack Obama said was an economic "catastrophe." The bill apparently was so urgent that the Democrats even excluded Republican leaders from any involvement in negotiations on it.
The Democrats worked late into the night to produce a secret "compromise" bill among themselves and then refused even to share it with Republicans or the public until just hours before the bill went to the floor for a vote. The final stimulus bill was 1,079 pages long. Clearly Barack Obama never read the bill. Many members of Congress have admitted not one senator or congressman even read the bill before they voted for it!
Can you recall when Congress ever simply voted on a bill that involves so much money with its members having no idea what it says? Can you recall when congressional leaders like Pelosi and Reid, as well as President Obama, accepted such a monumental law without allowing even one day of scrutiny by Congress, its staffs or the public?
The way Democrats succeeded is by lying, just as they always have.
First they told us that the country is in such a dire situation that it was an emergency but the bill was not an emergency measure and was not even treated as such by President Obama. They falsely claimed it was an emergency bill to cut off all debate.
Then they said the bill provided immediate help to our ailing economy but the truth is that the bill does not offer significant, immediate stimulus. Most of the money won't even be spent this year, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office who also said that the stimulus bill would actually decrease the GDP over what would have been the case if the bill was not enacted. In other words, the CBO said that the bill actually will hurt long-term economic growth.
Thirdly, they said this bill was a “bipartisan” effort to save the economy; it was anything but. Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham said bluntly: "If this is going to be bipartisanship, the Country's screwed." Originally every Republican in the House voted against the bill, along with six Democratic congressmen. Ultimately in the Senate almost every Republican opposed the bill except three liberals: Senators Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins and Arlen Specter. The end result was hardly a “bipartisan” product and Republicans shouldn’t share the blame for the eventual failure.
The real purpose of spending is to lay the ground work of the remaking of America's political system into a one-party system - a one-party socialist state like that which destroyed other countries. Of course you won’t hear about this in the liberal news media but that's the real agenda behind the Obama stimulus bill. This is why so little of the stimulus is spent now and is spread out over several years. Obama and Democrats will have hundreds of billions to disburse to their supporters, creating a new party cadre that will help them win re-election in 2010 and 2012; the fraud perpetrated by groups like ACORN to register Democratic voters are examples of what we will see in the future.
In the run-up to the 2009 election, millions of new "voters" were registered by ACORN and it clearly helped elect Obama and gave the Democrats big majorities in the House and Senate. Since their game plan for 2008 worked they want to use public funds - our tax dollars - to pay for more of their political activities. Why else would groups like ACORN be given $3 billion in the final stimulus bill? If you recall Obama raised $750 million for his campaign, compared with that amount, ACORN's $3 billion is staggering. No doubt, these billions will help ACORN in its political work of "community organizing" - a euphemism for Democrat activitism.
But it's not just ACORN who is getting "stimulus."
The bulk of the Obama stimulus goes directly to the powerful government employee unions that helped get Obama elected and are the ground troops of the Democrat Party. It has been estimated that half of the stimulus appropriation directly benefits government employee and service employees union that played key roles in Obama's election.
The bill also gives tens of billions to state and local governments to dole out to their allies that means there will be even less accountability by Congress. Let us also not forget the massive payoffs to the special interests of the Democrat Party, with giveaways such as $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts, $300 million for new cars for government bureaucrats, $1.2 billion for "youth activities," tens of billions for "green, environmental and energy programs", another $3.7 billion for “green” military bases and $125 billion more to restore "abandoned mines." Besides all this the bill creates 33 new government programs; once created they live forever.
The stimulus money will give the Democrats the opportunity to become the dominant political party for the next generation. They want a one-party system headed by a popular man. Will what we just witnessed be a fatal blow to the very foundation of our republic?