Obama fails to gain GOP backing

Trying to build support for his $825 billion economic stimulus plan before a crucial vote, President Barack Obama traveled to Capitol Hill on Tuesday, but he continued to meet a stubborn wall of complaints from ... Full Story
Nobama

Whitehall, PA

#1 Jan 28, 2009
"$335,000,000 FOR STD PREVENTION IN ECONOMIC STIMULUS BILL
Wed Jan 28 2009 09:58:30 ET

Democrats may have eliminated provisions on birth control and sod for the National Mall in the "job stimulus" -- but buried on page 147 of the bill is stimulation for prevention of sexually transmitted diseases!

The House Democrats' bill includes $335 million for sexually transmitted disease education and prevention programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. "

Do I want this bill to fail? You betcha! Do I want to give ACORN 4.5 BILLION dollars? Nope!

Do I want to provide 300 million in funding for contraceptives? Nope!

So, if this is Obama's bill, and I want it to fail, does that mean I want my President to fail?

You guys gotta be kidding!
Nobama

Whitehall, PA

#2 Jan 28, 2009
from the Bill, page 2!
(a) IN GENERAL.—Each amount in this Act is designated as an emergency requirement and necessary to meet emergency needs pursuant to section.....

Each amount is an emergency? Are you kidding me? Condoms? STD's? Nat'l Endowment for the Arts? Please, please read the bill!

http://www.rules.house.gov/111/LegText/111_hr...
Nobama

Whitehall, PA

#3 Jan 28, 2009
another example of the "emergency" nature of this joke of a bill..

$$$$for NOAA and Gore

NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION OPERATIONS, RESEARCH, AND FACILITIES For an additional amount for ‘‘Operations, Research, and Facilities’’,$400,000,000, for habitat restoration and mitigation activities. PROCUREMENT, ACQUISITION AND CONSTRUCTION

For an additional amount for ‘‘Procurement, Acquisition and Construction’’,$600,000,000, for accelerating satellite development and acquisition, acquiring climate sensors and climate modeling capacity, and establishing climate data records: Provided further,that not less than
15 $140,000,000 shall be available for climate data modeling.
Nobama

Whitehall, PA

#4 Jan 28, 2009
Here's a big economic emergency for 'ya!

For necessary expenses for a ‘‘Prevention and Wellness Fund’’ to be administered through the Depart-
ment of Health and Human Services Office of the Secretary,$3,000,000,000:
not less than $335,000,000 shall be used as an additional amount to carry out domestic HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, sexually-transmitted diseases, and tuberculosis prevention programs, as jointly de
termined by the Secretary and the Director;
not less than $60,000,000 shall be used as
7 an additional amount to carry out environmental health programs, as jointly determined by the Sec9
retary and the Director; not less than $50,000,000 shall be used as an additional amount to carry out injury prevention and control programs, as jointly determined by the Secretary and the Director;
Nobama

Whitehall, PA

#5 Jan 28, 2009
"A rising chorus of GOP leaders are protesting that the blockbuster Democratic stimulus package would provide up to a whopping $5.2 billion for ACORN, the left-leaning nonprofit group under federal investigation for massive voter fraud.
Most of the money is secreted away under an item in the now $836 billion package titled “Neighborhood Stabilization Programs.”
Ordinarily, neighborhood stabilization funds are distributed to local governments.*****But revised language in the stimulus bill would make the funds available directly to non-profit entities such as ACORN,***** the low-income housing organization whose pro-Democrat voter-registration activities have been blasted by Republicans. ACORN is cited by some for tipping the scales in the Democrats' favor in November."

Why isn't the whole country upset about this? Why is this package in such a rush to be passed?
Nobama

Whitehall, PA

#6 Jan 28, 2009
Please note the below $$$$. All laudable goals, but not even remotely an emergency stimulus program!

CHILDREN AND FAMILIES SERVICES PROGRAMS For an additional amount for ‘‘Children and Families Services Programs’’,$3,200,000,000, which shall be used as follows:$1,000,000,000 for carrying out activities under the Head Start Act, of which $500,000,000 shall become available on October 1, 2009; (2)$1,100,000,000 for expansion of Early Head Start programs, as described in section 645A of the Head Start Act, of which $550,000,000 shall become available on October 1, 2009: Provided, That of the funds provided in this sentence, up to 10 percent shall be available for the provision of training and technical assistance to such programs consistent with section 645A(g)(2) of such Act, and up to
12 percent shall be available for monitoring the operation of such programs consistent with section 641A of such Act: Provided further, That the preceding proviso shall apply to this appropriation in lieu of the provisions of section 1106 of this Act: Provided further, That the provisions of section 1103 of this
18 Act shall not apply to this appropriation;(3)$1,000,000,00 0 for carrying out activities under sections 674 through 679 of the Community Services Block Grant Act, of which $500,000,000 shall become available on October 1, 2009, and of which no part shall be subject to paragraphs (2) and
24 (3) of section 674(b) of such Act: Provided, Thatnotwithstanding section 675C(a)(1) of such Act,",,,,and so on!
Nobama

Whitehall, PA

#7 Jan 28, 2009
from Newsmax, admittedly no Obama fan, but the data IS in the bill Part 1.

A rising chorus of GOP leaders are protesting that the blockbuster Democratic stimulus package would provide up to a whopping $5.2 billion for ACORN, the left-leaning nonprofit group under federal investigation for massive voter fraud.
Most of the money is secreted away under an item in the now $836 billion package titled “Neighborhood Stabilization Programs.”
Ordinarily, neighborhood stabilization funds are distributed to local governments. But revised language in the stimulus bill would make the funds available directly to non-profit entities such as ACORN, the low-income housing organization whose pro-Democrat voter-registration activities have been blasted by Republicans. ACORN is cited by some for tipping the scales in the Democrats' favor in November.
According to Fox news, Sen. David Vitter, R-La., could appear to be a “payoff” for community groups’ partisan political activities in the last election cycle.
“It is of great concern to me,” Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., tells Newsmax.“I think our government has stayed strong because we’ve had a two-party system, we have had robust debate, people have felt that it was one man-one vote. They are privileged and grateful that they have that ability to cast that vote. And when something is done to belittle or diminish that, it is of great concern to me.”
Regarding ACORN, Blackburn added,“Additional funds going to these organizations that have tried to skew that system, it causes me great concern and I believe that it causes many of my colleagues great concern.”
The three-term congressman stopped short of suggesting the “neighborhood stabilization” money is a power grab by Democrats seeking partisan political advantage. But radio talk giant Rush Limbaugh did not.
Limbaugh warned his listeners Tuesday:“I’ll tell you what’s going on here: We, ladies & gentlemen, we’re funding Obama and the Democrats’ army on the street. We are funding the forces of the Democrat party’s re-election.”
Blackburn echoed the concerns of Republican leaders who object that the bloated package lacks the short-term stimulus a cut in payroll or sales taxes would provide.
According to Matthew Vadum of the Capitol Research Center, the stimulus package now under consideration includes:
$1 billion stashed away in Community Development Block Grant money that ACORN often vies for successfully.
$10 million to develop or refurbish low-income housing, a specialty of ACORN’s.
Nobama

Whitehall, PA

#8 Jan 28, 2009
Part 2 of Newsmax...

$4.19 billion to stave off foreclosures via the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Vadum states the current version of the bill would allow nonprofits to compete with cities and states for $3.44 billion of the money. Some $750 million, however, would be exclusively reserved for nonprofits such as ACORN, which is actually an umbrella organization for over 100 progressive organizations.
Regarding the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, Vadum writes in American Spectator:“Although ACORN operatives usually get their hands on such funds only after they have first passed through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development or state and local governments, the new spending bill largely eliminates these dawdling middle men, making it easier to get Uncle Sam's largess directly into the hands of the same people who run ACORN's various vote fraud and extortion rackets. And the legislative package provides these funds without the usual prohibition on using government money for lobbying or political activities.”
The charges of partisan political payback appear to be resonating in part due to Obama’s longstanding association with partisan get-out-the-vote operations. He was endorsed by ACORN, and during the campaign paid an ACORN affiliate $832,600 to get-out-the-vote assistance. Early in his career, he led a voter drive for an ACORN-affiliated group called Project Vote.
It’s not the first time ACORN has been entangled in a bailout controversy. In September, House Republicans objected that the original $700 billion bailout package included $100 million for ACORN – a tiny fraction of the sums for ACORN now being considered in the stimulus package.
Nobama

Whitehall, PA

#9 Jan 28, 2009
Are you actually reading the bill, folks? And I re-post this part of the article for you to peruse and REALLY consider the implications of....

"Regarding the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, Vadum writes in American Spectator:“Although ACORN operatives usually get their hands on such funds only after they have first passed through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development or state and local governments,^^^^the new spending bill largely eliminates these dawdling middle men,^^^^ making it easier to get Uncle Sam's largess directly into the hands of the same people who run ACORN's various vote fraud and extortion rackets. And ####the legislative package provides these funds without the usual prohibition on using government money for lobbying or political activities.####”
Um no

Florham Park, NJ

#10 Jan 28, 2009
lol Did they purge all the comments? Something hit home, MC or Topix?
NeoHooverite

Fogelsville, PA

#11 Jan 28, 2009
It's best to do nothing! Cut spending! Balance the budget! Tax cuts for the rich! Trickle down! Let them eat cake! Tent cities, the new Hooverville!
Tom G

Norristown, PA

#12 Jan 28, 2009
Blobama wanted GOP support so that when it blows up..he can say they supported it too..he has enough support in his party that he doesn't need the GOP votes...he just wants cover!
no bailouts

Bath, PA

#13 Jan 28, 2009
Hope the GOP in the Senate does the same thing the House did! Just wish more dems would realize how bad this is! 12 did with the house!

So much for Obama's promise of no pork!! Got all of you to vote for him by his smooth words. You did not want to look at his voting record! Now you will see the real Obama. Just another left wing give to the lazy and all their special interest groups liberal.

Hope you will all be happy when Acorn gets handed hundreds of millions of dollars. Obama has to take care of them. After all they took care of the election for him!
snowman allentown PA

Sellersville, PA

#14 Jan 28, 2009
And the House of Representatives has decided that the governor blaco etc is guilty and should be impeached. Why? Do they know more than the Illinois senate? They have put into the stimulus bill the words no money from this bill will go to Illinois if the governor is still in office. I call that meddling, but they know better. I wonder fi azzwhole pelosi is going to give up her plane to save some money (I doubt it, she would have to mingle with us common people, the skank).
no bailouts

Bath, PA

#15 Jan 29, 2009
snowman allentown PA wrote:
And the House of Representatives has decided that the governor blaco etc is guilty and should be impeached. Why? Do they know more than the Illinois senate? They have put into the stimulus bill the words no money from this bill will go to Illinois if the governor is still in office. I call that meddling, but they know better. I wonder fi azzwhole pelosi is going to give up her plane to save some money (I doubt it, she would have to mingle with us common people, the skank).
She is trying to shove the green stuff down our throats, too. But yet she will not tell the media what kind of car she drives. Her staff says it is a matter of security not to tell us! Just about as green as Al Gore going in a jet everywhere.

The democrat motto - Do as I say, not as I do!

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