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"And when I'm president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely."
Senator Obama. September, 2008
How things have changed since candidate Obama became President Obama. In his first month in office, President Obama has presided over the largest government expansion the world has ever seen. Let’s not forget that as Senator, Obama requested over $740 million worth of pork barrel earmarks during his short tenure as junior senator of Illinois. Sen. Obama was the most liberal senator in 2007, according to National Journal's 27th annual vote ratings, so none of this government expansion should come to any ones surprise.
Earmarking large sums of money to top supporters and fundraisers is a popular practice in both houses of Congress and to some degree both parties. Sadly, Obama followed a pattern of conspicuous allocations of federal funds during his time as senator. Mr. Clean handed a million dollar earmark to his wife’s employers in 2006 after which her salary increased from $121,910 a year to $316,962. Maybe that was just happenstance but I will let you be the judge.
In 2006, Senator Obama requested an earmark of $300,000 to replace the projector at the Adler Planetarium. In 2008, he requested $3,000,000 for the replacement of the projector system and some other equipment in the Sky Theater. On the surface, this may seem like typical pork requests for a member of congress, but let’s dig down a little further. The Chairman and two of the Vice Chairmen of Adler Planetarium Board raised $250,000 for Sen. Obama’s 2008 Presidential campaign. The Adler Planetarium was probably surprised when they found that their earmark increased by $2.7 million dollars.
The point that I am trying to make is that President Obama is just like Senator Obama but now he is on steroids. Obama just signed the $787 billion dollar pork riddled “stimulus” bill and congress just passed another $410 billion dollar bill that is infested with eight thousand, five hundred earmarks. It is now being reported that Obama is now asking for $634 billion as a down payment of what will be one trillion dollars to transform our health care system into a socialized system.
President Obama is a great orator, but I think he will be better remembered as a European-style socialist when it is all said and done. Is this what America voted for? The diehard liberal-socialist’s are happy campers at present, but I do think that the moderates that voted for Obama will wise up before 2012. I really think that with the socialist troika that is now in charge, it will be really tough to repair the damage in the event a conservative wins in 2012. Mr. President, you promised to cut the deficit in half in four years and all I can say is, good luck!
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
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