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Why on earth does congress even try anymore? They have proven one hundred times over that they are simply not compable of being compitent or rational. The majority are also not able to resist the temptation to slip in their little “extras”, ranging from subsidies for struggling artists to millions for a boat to break up “dangerous polar ice”. So from this day forth, as deemed by me, stimulus packages and discussions regarding stimulus are banned from America. Thank you.
Now back to reality. As much as I would love to be able to ban stimulus packages altogether, I simply don’t have the power. And as I sit here and watch the fearless leader preach his fearmongering and propaganda on C-SPAN, I am becoming increasingly convinced that stimulus nonsense will become commonplace in this country. And until the next elections, when hopefully Republicans can rebound in congress, the nonsense like polar ice boats and artist subsidies and national parks improvement will more than likely be thrown in there too, all for the benefit of the country of course. (By the way, check back here in a few days for a special on all the nonsense thrown in the stimulus that apparently will save us from financial ruin!)
So here’s what I say, ban stimulus and instead try what’s proven to work: tax cuts to EVERYONE, not just the people that don’t pay taxes at all. (No, I’m not referring to Democrats, here I’m actually talking about the people that aren’t supposed to pay taxes.) A quick look back at history shows that these kinds of tax cuts work. Early 1980s saw record unemployment and a recession. Solution? Tax cuts. Result? Out of recession and into some of the most prosperous years the United States has seen in recent memory. Why on earth the Democrats in congress don’t even want to consider this blows my mind. The only thing I can come up with is the simple fact that they apparently pay no taxes, so a tax cut wouldn’t benefit them at all. So I encourage everyone to e-mail or write to your congressmen and women and encourage them to vote against this and future stimulus packages. Let them know that there are tons of us out here that would rather keep our money off the bat than have the great government collect it then redistribute it at there liking!
So what do you think of the stimulus? Are you as stunned as I am at the lack of cooperation in congress? Or how about there ignorance to the fact that we actually don’t want to pay for the polar ice boat? Leave a comment below or send us an e-mail. If it’s good we just might feature it on the site!