Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Practically Kosher

$18.7 billion sounds like a lot of money, and it is. That’s enough to fund the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the fourth-largest school district in the country, for three years. But when you count it as a part of the stimulus package working its way through the Senate, it comes up to only 2% of the whole deal, according to Steve Benen.

But the Republicans are talking about that $18.7 billion as if it was the most money ever spent on anything since the beginning of time.

The ailing national economy is undeniably in need of direct, targeted action that will put American workers back to work and restore confidence in our markets. Unfortunately, the legislation presented to the House today is merely a makeover of special programs and non-critical, non-job related projects that unquestionably miss the mark at the expense of helping families and small businesses. It is all sizzle and no steak and, thus, I cannot support the legislation.

If the bill is only 2% pork, it’s practically kosher.

By the way, I wonder how much $18.7 billion bought us in the war in Iraq? A month? Two months? Talk about your wasteful spending.

HT to Creature.