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House “Jobs” Bills – Addiction To Pork Wins Over Fiscal Responsibility

You remember the headlines Senate Majority Leader Reid got last week when he threw out a bipartisan jobs bill effort crafted by Sen’s Baucus and Grassley with a price tag of about $100 billion for a very scaled down version costing$15 billion?

Not to worry – the House’s version of the job bill is much more like the Baucus/Grassley version than the Reid bill – and even more. In fact it comes in at 10x times the Reid bill and has the usual cornucopia of porky spending and subsidies for perpetual money losing programs we’ve all come to expect from our out-of-touch legislators. This list is classic – subsidies for programs of marginal worth with many completely unconnected with jobs or job creation as well as the usual unemployment benefit extensions. And don’t forget the Medicare “doc fix” – critical to creating jobs [/sarc] – which also finds its way into the bill. Here’s the list:

* $27.5 billion for roads and bridges
* $8.4 billion for public transit
* $800 million for Amtrak
* $500 million for airport improvement projects
* $100 million for maritime interests
* $2.1 billion in Clean Water funding
* $715 million for Army Corps of Engineers projects
* $2 billion in Energy Innovation Loans
* $4.1 billion in School Renovation Grants
* $1 billion for the National Housing Trust Fund
* $1 billion for the Public Housing Capital Fund
* $23 billion for an Education Jobs Fund for states
* $1.18 billion for law enforcement jobs
* $500 million for firefighters
* $200 million for AmeriCorps
* $500 million for Summer Youth Employment programs
* $300 million for the College Work Study program
* $270 million for Parks and Forestry Workers
* $750 million for competitive grants in “High Growth Fields”
* $41 billion to extend expanded jobless benefits for six months
* $12.3 billion to extend COBRA health insurance aid for jobless workers
* $354 million in Small Business Loans
* $2.3 billion in expanded Child Tax Credits
* $305 million to keep certain people eligible for federal aid programs
* $23.5 billion to extend a higher federal match for some Medicaid payments to doctors

If you carefully peruse the list you realize this is “Stimulus II” and will have just about the same effect “Stimulus I” – drive us into a deeper debt hole and create nothing in terms of jobs.  Small business creates about 80% of the jobs in America.  The $150 billion bill sets aside $354 million for Small Business Loans.  $354 million.  Even Summer Youth Employment programs got more.  Yup – a real “serious” jobs bill.

A poll today said that only 6% of Americans believe the $787 billion stimulus bill (which was promised to keep unemployment down to 8%) has had any positive effect whatsoever in creating jobs.  It should be clear that such messages from the unwashed masses has still yet to penetrate the “clueless bubble” many members of the House continue to live under inside the beltway.

~McQ

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12 Responses to House “Jobs” Bills – Addiction To Pork Wins Over Fiscal Responsibility

  • But We Have Got to Do Something!

  • Seems to me the only way Congress will ever begin to act fiscally responsible is to fire
    as many of them as we can — 2010 is the time to start.
    Perhaps once they watch enough of their ‘ cronies’ go down in defeat, they will finally
    hear the peoples’ message.
    The very fact they could try to pass this scam and call it a JOBS BILL tells us how
    stupid they think we are. And I have no doubt the President would sign it too.
    Have you had enough, folks ??

    • Seems to me the only way Congress will ever begin to act fiscally responsible is to fire
      as many of them as we can — 2010 is the time to start.

      So they can go become lobbyists and enhance their $150K per year pensions with Cadillac health plans?
      It’s not like they get fired, they end up in homeless shelters.

    • The very fact they could try to pass this scam and call it a JOBS BILL tells us how
      stupid they think we are.

      One only needs to remember what happened in November of 2008 to understand why they would think this way. Oh, and a little media cover doesn’t hurt.

  • * $1.18 billion for law enforcement jobs
    * $500 million for firefighters

    I suggest that these things are cynically added by the bill’s writers for political reasons: anybody inclined to vote against the bill can (and will) be criticized for “voting to cut funding for police and firefighters!” O’ course, nobody stops to consider that funding for (local) police and (local) firefighters is a LOCAL matter that doesn’t concern Uncle Sugar, and indeed is out of the constitutional purview of the federal government.

    • Note that the summer jobs program is as important as the firefighters……

    • When it is added to:
       
      * $23 billion for an Education Jobs Fund for states
       
      Then it looks like another bone thrown to the unions, to me.

  • Do you remember (seems like forever, but it just 3 weeks ago) how Obama was going to “Pivot” and focus “Laser Like” on job growth?

    And here we are already with the House and Senate arguing about Pork that no one believes in and Obama off campaigning and still playing around with health care.  A whole month has gone by since Brown was elected and Obama realized that he had to do something dramatic if he was to have any last chance to get control of the narrative back – so what have Dems done with that month?   Absolutely Nothing.

    I don’t think they even realize how gloriously inept and incompetent they are.

  • So it’s actually a “Government Jobs Bill”.
     

  • The 2nd largest on the list (after roads and bridges) is $23 billion for an Education Jobs Fund for states.
    Now we can’t have any unemployed teachers out there

  • You can tell you’re in big trouble when this stuff appears in the MSM …

    The federal government is again counting the nation’s homeless and, by many accounts, the suburban numbers continue to rise, especially for families, women, children, Latinos and men seeking help for the first time. Some have to be turned away. “Yes, there has definitely been an increased number of turnaways this year,” said Jennifer Hill, executive director of the Alliance to End Homelessness in suburban Cook County, Illinois. “We’re seeing increases in shelter use along the lines of 30 percent or more.”