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‘Shovel-ready 2.0,’ another Washington fraud in the name of ‘infrastructure’ - Cal Thomas


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Remember those “shovel-ready jobs” promised by the Obama-Biden administration in 2011? When many failed to appear after the passage of a Washington spending boondoggle in 2009, and President Obama joked, “Shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected.”

That law, noted Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), cost $787 billion, of which $48 billion was supposed to go for infrastructure. It was disingenuously called the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. Harvard economist Martin Feldstein calculated that each job created would cost taxpayers $200,000. When asked about this statistic in a September 26, 2011 interview with ABC News, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner did not dispute the figure, saying, “the price tag is the wrong way to measure the bill’s worth.” We hear similar assertions about the new law.


Welcome to “shovel-ready 2.0” and another swindle that has just been perpetrated on us in the name of “infrastructure.” Swindle means “to obtain by fraud or deceit.” The administration and congressional Democrats claim the bill will cost us nothing. That’s because they have used accounting gimmicks and rely on the money they hope will come in through tax increases. Won’t that cost something?:snip:

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Democrats move toward vote on Biden social welfare and climate bill

House Democrats were preparing on Thursday evening to advance President Joe Biden’s Build Back Better plan, a $1.85 trillion social welfare spending bill they hope will help revive party approval ratings by providing a new array of government services and subsidies.

Democrats moved to vote on a procedural measure to advance the bill, clearing the way to final House passage. The effort came after the Congressional Budget Office issued a long-awaited final analysis of the legislation that found it would add to federal deficits but nevertheless was favorable enough for the White House to make the case that the bill is fiscally responsible.:snip:

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Kevin McCarthy speaks

Scott Johnson

Nov. 19 2021

The slight Democratic majority in the House of Representatives was poised to pass the current iteration of the Bummer Beyond Belief spending blowout last night when House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy took the floor at 8:38 p.m. (Eastern). McCarthy turned in the longest speech in House history — 8 hours and 32 minutes — to delay the vote until a few minutes after 5:00 a.m. this morning. He has just wound it up.

Congratulations are in order, and not just because McCarthy set the House record in a good cause. You can feel the heartburn in the New York Times story posted at 5:32 a.m. (Eastern) about McCarthy’s performance. You can feel the heartburn in the AP story with the headline deriding McCathy’s speech as a “rant.” Anything that makes mainstream media political reporters feel so bad must be good.

If the Senate ever returns to the old-fashioned Senate filibuster, McCarthy will be the indispensable man. He rightly cited “Mr. Smith” in the course of his remarks. McCarthy even looks a little like Jimmy Stewart. That must cause heartburn among the bien-pensants as well.





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1 minute ago, Valin said:


That is what came to mind. 8 1 1/2 Hours! Good God! If nothing else he must have a Cast Iron Bladder.

Well, that Depends :P

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2 minutes ago, Geee said:

Well, that Depends :P




When I played Mechwarrior Online this other guy and I were going to start our own unit . It was going to be called The Dependable. You had to be 65 or older to join.

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