I have been hearing about this, but I could not find the verification. Okay. I didn’t look. Now someone has e-mailed it to me, and I would like to share it with you. Maybe this will motivatve you to call again and again until we get satisfaction and stop this drive-by bill.
Senate “Stimulus” Vote Slammed
Project 21 Chairman Mychal Massie Suggests Lawmakers Remove Radical Aspects from Final Package
Washington, D.C. – Mychal Massie, chairman of the Project 21 black leadership network, is condemning the 61-36 vote to pass the so-called “stimulus” spending bill in the U.S. Senate.
With the bill now proceeding to a conference committee with a radically-different version already passed in the House of Representatives in January, Massie is suggesting the most controversial aspects should be removed before it is returned for final approval by both chambers.
“I submit that the urgency articulated by the Senate leadership and the Obama Administration is simply an attempt to have this egregious bill passed before its contents can be fully unearthed,” said Project 21’s Massie. “Despite the claim there are no earmarks in the bill, there are certainly enough pet projects that have been inserted into it by other means that many lawmakers are celebrating Christmas in February.”
“As lawmakers convene to hammer out a final spending package,” Massie suggested, “now is the time for cooler heads to prevail and for some of the more wasteful spending and partisan policies to be removed.”
The Senate bill is estimated by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office to cost around $838 billion. The House version has an estimated cost of about $819 billion.
There are also new questions about language in the Senate bill that would require the medical records of all Americans to be centralized in a federal database. This database, defended as a means of streamlining treatment, would create a federal bureaucracy that might monitor and advise doctors on how they can treat individual patients.
In a commentary distributed by Bloomberg.com on February 9, former New York lieutenant governor Betsy McCaughey suggests the language comes from a plan outlined in a book written by disgraced former Health and Humans Service Secretary-designate Tom Daschle. Daschle wrote favorably about formulaic European health boards that ration health care. In his book, Daschle suggested slipping such a proposal into must-pass legislation because “[t]he issue is too important to be stalled by Senate protocol.”
There is also concern that over $5 billion in Community Development Block Grants, the Self-Help and Assisted Homeownership Opportunity Program and Neighborhood Stabilization Program in the Senate bill could eventually be funneled to questionable special interest groups such as ACORN (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) – a group implicated in voter fraud and the creation of the conditions that precipitated the mortgage crisis.
“There is every reason to believe this so-called stimulus is nothing more than thinly-veiled attempt to nationalize healthcare, fund special interest allies such as ACORN and shovel pork back to lawmakers home states,” said Massie.
“It’s surreal that this bill passed the same day Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner presented muddled, undefined plans for spending the rest of the bailout funds approved last year” Massie added. “The first stimulus bill did not work, and it is understood that another ‘stimulus’ will likely be needed after this one. How many more of these salacious abominations will it take before it’s considered to be enough? How much more debt will we be saddled with in this vain attempt to make these unworkable solutions work?”
Project 21, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research, has been a leading voice of the African-American community since 1992. For more information, contact David Almasi at (202) 543-4110 x11 or e-mail Project 21, or visit Project 21’s website at www.project21.org.
Does this sound like something you want? Do you realize that other countries ration their health care? Do you know that when you get older, they deny you health care because you are going to die anyway and they don’t want to foot the bill? Think about this. Very seriously, because it could happen to you…
May you walk with the LORD always, and when you cannot take another step, may He carry you the rest of the way until you can walk along side Him again.