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Spendulus Tweeting

Or is it twittering? Tweeting, twittering? I'm kinda new to Twitter, but am really finding some of the comments there interesting. Here are a few tidbits re the "stimulus" bill:

From me: "Love the idea of insisting the clerk read the full stimulus bill. I wonder how long it takes to read 1400 pages? http://tinyurl.com/cgm8g2

Tom Coburn: "this is $25 billion per hour of reading, $208 billion per day, and $737 million per page"

Andy Roth: "It would take the Senate clerk 31.5 hours to read aloud the 1,071 page spendulus. This equals 3.8 work days."

Michelle Malkin: "Guess what's back in porkulus? Mob museum and stadium funding. http://bit.ly/3mm37"

Andy Roth: "On the House Floor: Rep. Dennis Kucinich said the details of the bill should be debated...after the bill passes."

Michelle Malkin: "McCain directly rebuts Schumer's smirky claim that Americans don't care about pork."

But possibly the most revealing are from Democrat Claire McCaskill:

Bill text now on line. We will go through the whole thing before noon tomorrow. (about 11 hours ago from web)


A little much to have recently defeated Sununu lecturing members of Congress. (about 11 hours ago from web)


Goodness.John Sununu on Daily Show.Stewart making him squirm a little bit. Yikes, making him squirm more than a little. (about 11 hours ago from web)


Debate starts at 10 in am. Votes late tomorrow aft or early eve. Holding flight home tomorrow night. Hope I make it. (about 12 hours ago from web)


Just heard news on Gregg. Old ways die hard around here. I know our President won't give up on changing the unproductive partisan habits. (about 18 hours ago from web)


Don't know when we're going to vote. Will the no votes delay vote just because they can?Speed is important. They know that. (about 20 hours ago from TinyTwitter)


I think we all know why speed is important here. I guess it would be asking too much to allow members (and *gasp* the public) to actually have time to read and digest the thing before voting on it. As for the comments on "unproductive partisan habits" maybe she was referring to her snarky comments about Sununu. I guess only those elected to Congress are qualified to express an opinion on the "stimulus" bill? Funniest comment was probably the one about going through the "whole thing" before noon. Since it would take over 31 hours to read it aloud I can just imagine how closely they are going to "go through" it.


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Comments (26)

So...McCaskill was watching... (Below threshold)
SATerp:

So...McCaskill was watching "The Daily Show" when she was supposed to be reading the bill?

These Democrats are really, REALLY amateurs. And corrupt, to boot.

Every scammer knows time is... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Every scammer knows time is of the essence. You can't allow the mark to think or reconsider once you've gotten them to commit - you have to press the deal home, take the money, and run like hell before the mark wises up.

Guess they figure with Spendulus, they won't have to run once the marks wise up...

Plus, McGranny Rictu... (Below threshold)
Master Shake:


Plus, McGranny Rictus has other important business to take care of....

They couldn't give us anoth... (Below threshold)

They couldn't give us another 48 hours?? The economy is a slow moving creature. It changes direction over the course of months...not hours.

Of course they have to ram this thing through. You can't let a crisis go to waste, and this crisis is showing signs of letting up. Plus if they let the public review the bill for another mere 48 hrs, that might be just enough time for public support to completely collapse.

The "stimulus package" would just as accurately be described as a "social engineering" package. Obama's bill has stealth provisions that are designed to undercut parental authority, roll back Clinton's successful welfare reform, and set up a federal infrastructure that could be used as a tool for government rationing of health care.

This thing is ugly.

http://www.rightklik.net/

Don't know when w... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:
Don't know when we're going to vote. Will the no votes delay vote just because they can?Speed is important. They know that. (about 20 hours ago from TinyTwitter)

Tranlation:
We've got to hurry up and get this done before anyone figures out what we're doing.
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Maybe I'd to see a mandatory minimum on the length of the debate tied to the length of the bill (e.g. for every 16 pages the debate must be 1 day long - so for a 1600 page monstrosity, debate would be 100 work days). Perhaps, we'd see more concise wording in legislation and slower intrusion of government into the lives of individuals.

Yeah, they need to hurry up... (Below threshold)
John:

Yeah, they need to hurry up and vote so Queen Asshat can fly to Europe on her private jet...

Those in the GOP, whose hel... (Below threshold)
Angellight:

Those in the GOP, whose hell-bent stance is to be the Party of "NO", will find its return karma in 2010 and 2012 when the American public will have their turn to vote No! It is unfortunate for them that the GOP continue to Place themselves on the wrong side of history and that which is good.

However, the Stimulus, Rebuild America Package will do a lot more for future generations than GOP rheteroic and stale ideas, which does nothing but pollute the air.

Why are the Dems insisti... (Below threshold)

Why are the Dems insisting on INSTANT votes on the largest and most complex bill in American history??? I wrote a piece on that here:
http://blog.bejohngalt.com/2009/02/13/stampede.aspx

STAMPEDE!!!

Angelight is the orange hou... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Angelight is the orange house on your street with the cheap sign that says "Fortunes Told".

Angel, you spew out your rhetoric with no support or coherant facts. You are what is wrong with america. ww

The opportunity to read the... (Below threshold)
Ken Hahn:

The opportunity to read the bill is something akin to allowing the rape victim to examine the condom.

"the GOP continue to Place ... (Below threshold)
apb:

"the GOP continue to Place themselves on the wrong side of history and that which is good"

Another brilliant piece of analysis from the typical US voter. Please let us all know when your unicorn shows up.

As per Lorigues... (Below threshold)
Marc:

As per Lori

guess it would be asking too much to allow members (and *gasp* the public) to actually have time to read and digest the thing before voting on it.
Transparency, thick as mud.

Angellight... next time you... (Below threshold)
Marc:

Angellight... next time you make a major purchase, like a 30k auto or 100k home, I hereby decree you will be unable to view the contractual obligations you will be required to meet prior to signing on the dotted line. (Have "fun" with the Carteresque 20% interest rate)

NITWIT.

These seven Dems better wat... (Below threshold)
Marc:

These seven Dems better watch their collective backs (Bobby Bright of Alabama, Peter DeFazio of Oregon, Parker Griffith of Alabama, Walt Minnick of Idaho, Collin Peterson of Minnesota, Heath Shuler of North Carolina and Gene Taylor of Mississipp), all voted no on the version of the stimulus package agreed upon by the House-Senate conference. The vote was 246-183.

Every Rep that voted, two didn't, voted NO.

Just learned that this crap... (Below threshold)
ExSubNuke:

Just learned that this crap sandwich passed the House, with no GOP support and some Dem opposed.

Getting ready to have the Senate pass this crap sandwich.

I can't believe this is really happening. I cannot believe this is happening to MY country. The USA. There's no way anyone of those clowns has actually read what's in there. There's no way someone can read through 1000+ pages of crap to see just exactly what they're going to be voting on.

And they're going to just piss 780+ BILLION FUCKING DOLLARS INTO THE WIND.

You know, the last 3 times I bought a car ($30,000 being the most expensive) I read every single damned line before I put my name to paper finalizing the sale. I didn't give a rats ass how much it inconvenienced those finance managers. Yet this bunch of asshatted CLOWNS is PISSING AWAY 780+ BILLION FUCKING DOLLARS. Without knowing what they're signing.

I singed my life away for 10 years to defend this country from enemies both foreign and domestic.

I cannot BELIEVE these idiots are actually doing this.

For the first time in my 30+ years of life, I think we, as a people, need to dust off that Declaration of Independence, and get rid of all these idiots. By whatever means necessary.

I apologize for the languag... (Below threshold)
ExSubNuke:

I apologize for the language of my preceding post... but I just cannot believe they're actually doing this.

Actually, ExSubNuke, I thin... (Below threshold)

Actually, ExSubNuke, I think you were fairly reserved in your language CONSIDERING. The reason they are pissing so much money away without batting an eye is because it is not their money. It is our money and our kids' money and our grandkids' money. I am generally more careful when I am in charge of someone else's money than I am with my own. I don't guess I could be a Democrat in Congress.

I am very proud of the Republicans who stood on principle. Look out. Every bit of good news that comes out now, like the news of increased retail sales we already saw in January, will be credited to the bill. Every bit of bad news will either be explained away as not having had time to be influenced by the bill yet or as evidence that we need to spend even more.

The media will not report the embarrassing crap in the bill. They won't take Democrats to task for breaking their "48 hour" promise and rushing the vote. They won't point out the complete lack of transparency. It will be up to us to do it and to scream it as loudly as we can -- at least until the fairness doctrine silences us.

For the first time... (Below threshold)
Marc:
For the first time in my 30+ years of life, I think we, as a people, need to dust off that Declaration of Independence, and get rid of all these idiots.
I'll second that.

Out with the good AND bad regardless of party or hall of Congress.

First pass term limits, 4 years for Senators, 2 years for Representatives.

AND build them dormitory style housing within walking distance of their respective jobs, AND strip them of the "right" to raise their own paycheck. That should be up to those that hire them - the People.

Once all that is corrected, hold an election and start ALL OVER.

P.S. Along with the above limit campaigns for the presidency to no more than 9 months prior to the date of the Nov. election.

P.P.S. Reps and Sens campaign contributions MUST be limited to those coming from the state they will represent. No more "hollywierd elites" giving to Hillery (unless they legally reside in NY), for one example.

Lorie: "Every bit of goo... (Below threshold)

Lorie: "Every bit of good news that comes out now, like the news of increased retail sales we already saw in January, will be credited to the bill. Every bit of bad news will either be explained away as not having had time to be influenced by the bill yet or as evidence that we need to spend even more."

Some things bear repeating...and this was one such!

The Press has absolutely got the Dems back on this. Some brain-damaged Dem (redundant, I know) Congresswoman just announced on the Chris Mathews show that this was: "The most transparent legislation in American history". Naturally Mathews did NOT challenge her a bit on this.

It's a rigged game, folks. Sadly, we're not allowed to leave the table. Maybe, as ExSubNuke suggests, it's time to turn the table over, and back out the door. Just sayin'

find your Galt's Gulch and HUNKER DOWN!!

OMFG!!!!!I'm watch... (Below threshold)
ExSubNuke:

OMFG!!!!!

I'm watching Fox right now... and they just reported that the White House (ie... Barry O.) authorized the use of a private jet to fly Ohio Senator Brown to go to the wake for his mom, and then bring him back for the necessary 60 votes?!?!

Corporate jet usage is CRIMINAL behavior for CEOs whose time actually IS worth money (usually millions). But it's perfectly Ok if its to be used for a Senator if it'll green light the spending of 780+ BILLION FUCKING Dollars?!?!

Are you kiddin' me?!?! Truth really IS stranger than fiction.

You are 100% correct in tha... (Below threshold)
ExSubNuke:

You are 100% correct in that assessment Justrand. I tried changing channels last night to MSNBC and CNN while the conference was finishing. Fox was covering the fallout of the conference for the most expensive spending bill in human history (something that could reasonably pass for what we call "news").

CNN? Why they were covering Hillary's visit to the mid-east. Yes, that too passes as "news", but I don't think it's anywhere near as important at the passing of the largest spending bill IN HUMAN HISTORY.

MSN? Some puff piece about Michael Phelps... that doesn't really pass muster to be "news". Human intrest story, maybe. "News?" Not so much.

I just sent this letter to ... (Below threshold)

I just sent this letter to Michael Steele:

Dear Chairman Steele,

Sir, I have been a VERY loyal Republican over the years. I have donated thousands of dollars to National campaigns, and local campaigns. I have gone door to door, made phone calls, and attended rallies. I have blogged, phoned TalkRadio stations and written dozens of letters to newspapers and magazines.

I tell you this for one reason: IF the Republican Party supports Senator Specter, Senator Snowe or Senator Collins in ANY future election bid I will turn my back on the Republican Party forever! I will register Independent and work just as hard to defeat EVERY Republican I can.

You may get lots of letters like this. I don't know. I just know how I feel...and what I will do.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Lorie,I don't thin... (Below threshold)
ExSubNuke:

Lorie,

I don't think it's that they don't care that they're not spending their own money, I just don't think they can actually wrap their minds around exactly how big of a number 1 trillion is (780 billion with interest).

If you were to stack 1 trillion dimes (our thinnest coin), the stack would be 927,241 MILES tall. If it were stack up all 1 trillion dollar bills that they're spending, it would be a stack just under 62,137 MILES tall. That's HIGH earth orbit. That's almost 1/4 of the way to the MOON.

They just aren't trying hard enough to understand just how much they're actually spending. Either because they don't care, or they're just not able to do it for whatever mental reason.

"However, the Stimulus, ... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

"However, the Stimulus, Rebuild America Package will do a lot more for future generations than GOP rheteroic (sic) and stale ideas, which does nothing but pollute the air."

That (soylent green) package will do no more for future generations than the "Smart City 2020" is a name for technologies poised to reshape our urban environments for the better. You'll get the special privilege of partaking in watching a very select few suck the life out of our economy as well as most of humanity. "It's big club, and you ain't in it!"

Just listen to all that oin... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

Just listen to all that oinking comming from WASHINGTON D.C. and the hawgs are flying to europe on our expense

Lorie, I don't thin... (Below threshold)
maggie:

Lorie,
I don't think Wizbang will be silenced,
Kevin gave the left their voice quite some
time ago. Wizbang Blue.

I will state this, there are many who post
here who have no idea of what real freedom
is. And the 'freedom' we're seeing disappear
is only the illusion of what this country was
founded on.

More and more we're becoming enslaved by the
government that is supposed to be working for
us, not us for it.
Unless at least a third of the citizens began
to work at undoing the great harm being done
there is no where where freedom will ring
ever again.

When we're gone, the whole world will go dark
again. Forever.




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