Media types will tell you that there are several ways to get potentially controversial news out with minimum damage. The Friday afternoon before a three day weekend is the preferred method because everyone who has fun is either in a car, an airplane, on the beach or just not paying attention. A second favorite maneuver, especially liked by lame duck presidents issuing pardons, is the “last second lunge”. William Jefferson Blythe Clinton III perfected this move during his last day in office.
(An aside: Stephen F. Hayes (sorry, no link.), in his book Cheney: The Untold Story of America’s Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President ,recounts a funny moment when the Vice Presidential motorcade arrived at the White House on the way to the Bush inauguration. According to Hayes, then Vice President Al Gore and Tipper climbed in the Vice President’s limousine and laughingly told Cheney and his wife Lynn that they would be waiting for a while because President Clinton was still in the White House residence signing pardons.)
The stimulus package is over 200 pages (and that’s the draft) and contains gems like:
1) “$150,000,000 for repair, revitalization, and alteration of facilities owned or
occupied by the Smithsonian Institution.” Save The Smithsonian: Save Jobs!
2) $50,000,000 for the National Foundation on the Arts
and Humanities Act of 1965. Rescue a Poor Artist: Save Jobs!
3) Wetlands scam purchases: “$175,000,000 is for necessary expenses to purchase and
restore floodplain easements as authorized by section 403
of the Agricultural Credit Act of 1978″. Save a Poor Developer: Save Jobs!
4) $650,000,000 for the DIGITAL-TO-ANALOG CONVERTER BOX PROGRAM
Digital for All: Save Jobs!
As noted, there are over 250 pages of this nauseating pork filled giveaway and I’ve just scanned a few pages.
The Federal Bank of PelosiCo & Reid wants to shove this package through as fast as possible because the first few weeks in any new term are the safest use of political capital. Said another way, it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.
Republicans should go to the mat on this extraordinary day of spending proposals and vote against every bill including the remainder of the TARP funding.