Obama Stimulus Robin Hood In Reverse: Poor Get Poorer

Remember that woman at one of Obama’s rallies saying Obama was going to pay her mortgage and fill her gas tank?  No, he won’t.

Remember that woman who beseeched Obama to give her a kitchen? After a momentary freebie, she’s still on the down and outs, too.

“Little people” believe Obama is the ticket to “finally getting their slice of the pie.”  But that is only because they are naive and frankly ignorant.

The reality is that Obama will take from the haves and piss it away rather than perform the usual Robin Hood function.  Just like all the liberals promising their liberal utopias before him.  And the poor will actually end up worse off rather than better off as the overall economy shrinks due to Obama’s policies.

Newsflash: the poor will remain poor under Obama’s stimulus giveaways.

STIMULUS WATCH: Jobs, but not where needed most

By MATT APUZZO and BRETT J. BLACKLEDGE, Associated Press Writers

WASHINGTON – The billions in transportation stimulus dollars that President Barack Obama promoted as a way to create jobs shortchange counties that need the work the most, an Associated Press analysis has found.

The AP’s review of more than 5,500 planned transportation projects nationwide is the most complete picture available of where states plan to spend the first wave of highway money. It reveals that states are planning to spend 50 percent more per person in areas with the lowest unemployment than in communities with the highest. The Transportation Department said it will attempt to replicate the AP’s analysis as it continues pressing states to dole out money fairly.

One result among many: Elk County, Pa., isn’t receiving any road money despite its 13.8 percent unemployment rate. Yet the military and college community of Riley County, Kan., with 3.4 percent unemployment, will benefit from about $56 million to build a highway, improve an intersection and restore a historic farmhouse.[…]

The AP reviewed $18.9 billion in projects. They account for about half of the money set aside for states and local governments to spend on roads, bridges and infrastructure in the stimulus plan.

The very promise that Obama made, to spend money quickly and create jobs, is locking out many struggling communities needing those jobs.

The money goes to projects ready to start. But many struggling communities don’t have projects waiting. They couldn’t afford the millions of dollars for preparation and plans that often is required.

“It’s not fair,” said Martin Schuller, the borough manager in the Elk County seat of Ridgway, who commiserates about the inequity in highway aid with colleagues in nearby towns. “It’s a joke because we’re not going to get it, because we don’t have any projects ready to go.”

I seem to recall hearing the Republicans – who were completely locked out of the $3.27 trillion Obama stimulus plan – predicting that this spending plan wouldn’t stimulate anything but the size of an already-bloated federal government.  And lo and behold: Obama promised Caterpillar his stimulus would save the day for them, but it hasn’t done squat for them; and state after state is saying the stimulus package hasn’t helped them.  Oh, well: what’s a few trillion dollars wasted?

Quote: “The U.S. government and the Federal Reserve have spent, lent or committed $12.8 trillion.”  That’ $42,105 for every single man, woman and child in the U.S.  Where’s your $42,105 slice of the pie?  I know I haven’t seen mine yet.  And I’m not going to hold my breath that I ever will.

Obama is promising a “tax cut” for 95% of Americans (which actually just means more welfare for the 43.4 percent who already don’t pay any federal income tax at all) at the expense of taxing the bejeezus out of the wealthiest five percent (including a great many small business that employ most of our workers who file as individuals).  But how much is Obama going to actually put in your pockets?  Answer: Nada.  Nothing.  Zilch.  And a lot of poor and middle-class workers are going to wake up very surprised one day as they find out that “taxing the rich” cost them their jobs.

You’re going to be paying more for your electricity.  A lot more.  In fact, Obama promised that “electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket” under his energy plan.

You’re going to be paying a lot more for your next car.  Again, a lot more.  As auto analyst Rebecca Lindland put it, “The consumer needs to understand that they will see significant increases in the cost of vehicles.”  As much as $10,000 more, in fact.  You’ve got Obama now.  And soon you’ll have a bus pass to go along with him.

If you’d like to keep your own health care benefits, you’ll be paying taxes on them under Obama’s new plans.  In a dramatic reversal from his campaign position, Obama is now “open” to taxing health benefits in order to gin up money for his socialized system.

And you WILL be paying more in taxes, whether you’re smart enough to realize it or not.  The average 30 year old will pay $136,932.75 just for the interest of just Obama’s 2010 budget over the course of his or her working lifetime.  Obama’s massive budgets are stratospheric even in spite of the fact that he keeps lying about it.  Obama’s $3.6 trillion 2009 budget adds more to the debt than all previous presidents – from George Washington to Goerge W. Bush – combined, according to the Wall Street Journal‘s Michael Boskin.  And that was BEFORE Obama raised his current budget deficit by another $89 billion.  That means the budget red ink will top $1.8 trillion – more than FOUR TIMES the record set by Bush last year.  That means the US will borrow nearly 50 cents out of every dollar it spends.

And you think someone else is going to continue to pay for all of that?  When we could literally confiscate all the wealth of the richest 5% and STILL NOT scratch the surface of all the debt we are accumulating?

In 2008 we spent $412 billion to service the $11 trillion national debt.  That figure will easily double over the next ten years, dwarfing everything else in the federal budget.  Obama’s spending will add $9.3 trillion to the national debt, nearly doubling it.  Obama’s spending will cause debt to double from 41% of GDP in 2008 to a crushing 82% of GDP in 2019.

You may be like the women who believed that Obama would pay their mortgages, fill their gas tanks, and give them new kitchens.  But you seriously need to realize something: what Obama is far more likely to give you is food riots by 2012.

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17 Responses to “Obama Stimulus Robin Hood In Reverse: Poor Get Poorer”

  1. hl Says:

    How is your mom doing?

  2. Michael Eden Says:

    She’s doing well. She had a bad headache that she told the oncologist about, and so she sent mom for a brain scan as a precaution.

    She’s had more fatigue on this 2nd round of chemo. The first drug was supposedly much “nastier,” but she only had it once every three weeks. This one is every single week. She is now 6 weeks into a 12 week cycle. She’s been fighting high potassium levels (they won’t give the chemo if potassium is too high, as it could create a heart condition). And she has been more fatigued on this chemo.

    Everything else is so far, so good, and her spirits are still very high.

    Thank you for your prayers.

  3. Michelle Says:

    I have just one disagreement. The poor, the entitled, will not recieve an awakening. They will suffer, but it won’t penetrate that the Democrat policy was the problem. The Democrats will find a way to blame the Republicans, who in spite of their complete lack of power, will take the fall. It shouldn’t be hard, the left will just have to say, “It’s this evil capitalistic system that the uncaring Republicans keep clinging to. We tried, but . . . ” I mean, if there’s not already a crisis, you create one, right?

  4. hl Says:

    Thanks for the update, Michael. Continuing to pray.

  5. Michael Eden Says:

    I believe that what you are saying is VERY possible, Michelle. Even probable.

    My view: the more depraved and amoral a society becomes, the more willing it is to believe in lies, propaganda and demagoguery. Good people tend to apprehend the truth; unfortunately, we are no longer a good people.

    As a committed Christian who takes his Bible seriously, I also know that the beast is coming. And the whole world – most certainly including the United States – will worship him. I think we are very close to that time.

    I’m trying to tell the truth, and leave a record behind as to what has occurred. If I fail to convince any of these deluded liberals (2 Cor 4:4; Romans 1:22) it will not be from my lack of trying!

  6. Michael Eden Says:

    I’ve told my mother about you, and I can assure you that both she and I deeply appreciate your continued prayers and concern.

  7. Diane Manegold Says:

    Yeah I just realized my life isn’t getting better with Obama – I voted for him. I realized he’s just helping the new middle class strugglers that have big houses and cars they can’t afford. I always have struggled and no matter what I do it gets worse or stays the same. I am going to school to hopefully get a better paying job. The biggest issue is I am a single mother and can not even afford the day care. Hey Obama how about helping with good affordable day care subsidies instead of banks. Help the single parents and the disabled poor!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Michael Eden Says:

    Diane,
    I’m sorry you’ve struggled financially. You most certainly strike me as a mother who loves her children and puts their needs above all else. For that reason alone, you are noble.

    I hope you are praying for God to take care of you and your child/children. He is a MUCH better savior than Obama, I promise!!!

    You get at the heart of what was so terrible about the stimulus. It was NEVER aimed at helping the people who needed it; but it was ALWAYS targeted to benefit key Democrat/liberal groups with pork projects.

    I always believed a good “workfare” (I don’t believe in government welfare handouts) would have pooled parents together and allowed you to train and then afterward work by taking care of one another’s children on a part-time basis. I also believe that people ought to be able to have “workfare” benefits in exchange for LOCALLY determined community service. Where people are earning their benefits as opposed to getting handouts that ultimately end up sapping their character.

    It has never been that conservatives are not interested in helping people in need; it is rather that we 1) oppose helping people with taxpayers’ money who have no interest in helping themselves; and 2) oppose massive federal socialist bureaucracies as the answer.

    I’m glad you “get it”: trillions (not billions) of dollars have been thrown away, “invested” in a liberal agenda rather than in helping the people who were tricked to believe THEY would be helped. It’s a liberal “bait and switch” that has been going on for decades.

    I’m saying a prayer for the well-being of you, Diane. May you be able to continue to provide a good home for your kids.

  9. Diane Manegold Says:

    This situation of poor economy started because of greed and also the last administration. Obama does seem to be making Congress and the Senate work and is doing what he can for the middle class of which I am not part of. Why did you post my email on the web? You said you wouiln’t!!!! I now have about 800 spam of which some is important and hard to find with all the junk. More greed! Post this! Or doesn’t this go with your agenda? Thanks for all the spam!!!!!!

  10. Diane Manegold Says:

    Take my first comment off if you don’t post this and get my email out of there. As I said before I now have over 800 emails because you did post it my email.

  11. Michael Eden Says:

    Diane,
    I have no memory of any “email” conversation we might have had, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t have one. I didn’t see any such request from you in your previous comment to this article. I took your email out of your current comments, and apologize if I failed to follow through if I was asked to do so before. I’m rather surprised you had so much “spam” from having your email on my blog, but can’t rule out such a thing.

    I try to present the truth as I understand it. That’s my agenda.

    I’m rather surprised you think Obama is making the Senate “work.” As we speak, in spite of total Democrat control of Congress – including a filibuster proof majority in the Senate – Barack Obama is utterly unable to get his terrible health care plan through. Meanwhile, Congress’ approval is plummeting, Reid’s and Pelosi’s (as respective leaders) approval is plummeting, and Obama’s approval is plummeting. If that’s “making Congress and the Senate work,” I don’t know what to say.

    As a religious person, I am opposed to greed, and would suggest we “bring back” religion. As an atheist, I don’t know how I can be against something that is in perfect accord with the “survival of the fittest” as we all participate in the “struggle for survival.” As a Darwinist, if I can help myself at your expense, there is no less reason for me to do so than there is for the spider not to suck the juices out of the next insect that tumbles into its web.

    This is why our founding fathers said the following:

    “We have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions, unbridled by morality and true religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
    – John Adams

    “…And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion…reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
    – George Washington, Farewell Address, Sept 17, 1796

    “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports…In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens…”
    – George Washington, Farewell Address, Sept 17, 1796

    “Statesmen, my dear Sir, may plan and speculate for liberty, but it is Religion and Morality alone, which can establish the Principles upon which Freedom can securely stand.”
    – John Adams, Letter of June 21, 1776

    “Religion and good morals are the only solid foundations of public liberty and happiness.”
    – Samuel Adams, Letter to John Trumbull, October 16, 1778

    “The great pillars of all government and of social life [are] virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor…and this alone, that renders us invincible.”
    – Patrick Henry, Letter to Archibald Blair, January 8, 1789

    “Independent of its connection with human destiny hereafter, the fate of republican government is indissolubly bound up with the fate of the Christian religion, and a people who reject its holy faith will find themselves the slaves of their own evil passions and of arbitrary power.”
    – Lewis Cass, A Brigadier-General in the War of 1812, Governor of the Michigan Territory, a Secretary of War, a Senator, a Secretary of State. The State of Michigan placed his statue in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall.

    “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are a gift of God? That they are not to violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.” – “Yes, we did produce a near perfect Republic. But will they keep it, or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom? Material abundance without character is the surest way to destruction.”
    – Thomas Jefferson

    “Without morals, a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion…are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments.”
    – Charles Carroll (signer of the Constitution), Letter to James McHenry,November 4, 1800

    “Religion is the only solid basis of good morals; therefore education should teach the precepts of religion, and the duties of man towards God.”
    – Life of Gouverneur Morris, Vol III

    “Let divines and philosophers, statesmen and patriots, unite their endeavors to renovate the age, by impressing the minds of men with the importance of educating their little boys and girls, of inculcating in the minds of youth the fear and love of the Deity…in short of leading them in the study and practice of the exalted virtues of the Christian system.“
    – Samuel Adams, Letter to John Adams, October 4, 1790

    “In contemplating the political institutions of the United States, I lament that we waste so much time and money in punishing crimes, and take so little pains to prevent them. We profess to be republicans and yet we neglect the only means of establishing and perpetuating our republican forms of government. That is, the universal education of our youth in the principles of Christianity by the means of the Bible.”
    – Benjamin Rush, “A Defense of the Use of the Bible as a School Book”, 1798

    “In my view, the Christian Religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government, ought to be instructed…no truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian Religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.”
    – Noah Webster, Reply to David McClure, Oct. 25, 1836

    In any event, I hope that people will become more religious and more Christian, and less Darwinian and atheistic, in their behavior and dealings with one another.

  12. Diane Manegold Says:

    Thanks for taking my email out! Yeah I checked my email and had about 800 ads along with some important emails so it’s fun wading through. Pelosi did say why do so many people want to adjurn at 10 AM when we have work to do.
    The greed that is in people and yes can not be changed unless the person changes is in everyone. I guess what I’m try ing to say is it is hard to change without God or some other reason. I just see some real big businesses as greedy when they start earning money they don’t pass it down to the workers and then the workers are strapped. Our state PA hasn’t payed it’s State workers for a few weeks or a month but they still have to go to work or they loose their jobs. Some jobs aren’t that easy either.
    The thing is rules will attempt to change the affects of greed but it usually comes out another way then. Some top executives do have to be applauded though I have heard of some CEO’s going without pay to bring back the profitability of their companies.
    The note in parenthesis on the mail space does say it will not be published. If it meant home mail I’m really glad I just put my email.
    Have a nice day! Maybe we all need to do like the movie “Pay it Forward”!

  13. Michael Eden Says:

    I took your email out again. But you’ll always have to mention removing your email or I won’t remember (I have way too many comments).

    Capitalism and laissez-fare came out of Christian principles. The idea was first and foremost based on the recognition of fallen human greed. Utopian principles envisioning a “perfect society” will never work, because we are not and will never be (in this world) perfect. Second of all, the thought was to create a system that would recognize, and to the extent possible, even harness, greed in a positive direction.

    Thus the idea was to have a fair system based on competition. If I am a merchant, and cheat and charge too much, customers will go to another merchant who is honest and charges less.

    I would caution you to realize that those who take the most risk and exercise the most creativity deserve to be rewarded more than those who the people who took risk and exercised creativity in starting that business hired to assist them. That said, there IS an excess of greed in business today. In the 1950s, when we WERE much more religious, the average CEO earned about 40 times more than the average worker; today, it is over 600 times more. And that is adjusted for inflation. It is a simple reflection of the fact that as we’ve become more and more Darwinian in our worldviews, we’ve become more Darwinian in our competitive business practices.

    Sadly, as government has grown bigger and bigger, it has in fact exacerbated or even created many of the problems that it ostensibly sought to eliminate. Right now, for instance, we have government – which is trillions of dollars in the red – lecturing private businesses about staying in the black. Who are THEY fooling? Many government regulations were written by lobbyists from big companies that were essentially trying to use the opportunity undermine their competitors by making them go through hoops that wouldn’t hurt the larger company. That has happened again and again.

    They say power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. And one of the sick truths is that nothing is more corrupt or possesses as much absolute power as government. And yet the left says, “Government is the solution to our problems!”

    No. Most of the time, government is the CAUSE of them.

  14. mike3 Says:

    “The reality is that Obama will take from the haves and piss it away rather than perform the usual Robin Hood function. Just like all the liberals promising their liberal utopias before him. And the poor will actually end up worse off rather than better off as the overall economy shrinks due to Obama’s policies.”

    All this means is that he should be doing that (performing that “Robin Hood” function), not that that function itself is bad if it _were_ performed.

  15. Michael Eden Says:

    Well, I’d ask you to define stealing, Mike.

    Maybe you’re okay with stealing. Would it be okay if I pursued the same line of liberal reasoning to take half of what you have, just so long as I give it to someone “in need”? Oh, and by the way, the people I define as “in need” will be from Republican special interests voting groups so I can create a block of solid Republican voters. Which is exactly how the Democrat Party has used redistributionism.

    And, the fact of the matter is that you seem committed to doing something – right or wrong – even if it fails and even if it always has failed.

    Strikes me as rather shoddy reasoning on your part, Mike.

  16. Emmebean Says:

    Just curious: if you’re a committed Christian, why do you say such horrible things about people like Barack Obama. Your language is very emotive in a bad way. Would you like someone writing that sort of thing about you?

  17. Michael Eden Says:

    Emmebean,

    And how many nice, gracious things have YOU written about me? I looked and looked in your comment but had a very difficult time seeing any.

    Which means that here you are doing the very thing you’re calling me out for PLUS attacking me personally for my religious beliefs. And I’m sitting here wondering how your head isn’t exploding trying to contain the obvious contradictions?

    You see, Emmebean, I’m only doing to Barack Obama what YOU JUST DID TO ME. I am seeing bad things and I am calling Obama out for them.

    The difference between you and me amounts to one thing: you hypocritically attack me for doing the very same thing that you do to me.

    Apparently, Emmebean, you have actually never once read the Bible. Because you would see Jesus referring to his opponents as a “brood of vipers,” for instance. If you were to look at the Old Testament, you would see all sorts of “descriptive” language being used to refer to the enemies of God and of His people.

    There is right and wrong. If you bothered to read the Bible, you would very clearly see that there is right and wrong, good and evil, righteousness and wickedness. And the Bible actually – I’m sure you’ll be criticizing it next – points out which is which so that we can know and be able to spot these things in the real world.

    You frankly idiotically ask me, “Would you like someone writing that sort of thing about you?” And I must say no. For example, I would just as much prefer it if nasties like Emmebean didn’t accuse me of being a pseudo-Christian fraud. And I have a feeling you haven’t read what your fellow lefties have routinely said about me. So that really isn’t much of a point aside from asinine political correctness, is it?

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