Inhofe: Stimulus Largest Spending Bill in History

Saturday, 14 Feb 2009 02:26 PM

By Senator Jim Inhofe

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Sadly, America just embarked on an unprecedented slide toward the failed model of the stagnant Western European social welfare state. The lost wealth creation, lost jobs, crushed innovation, and quite simply the encroachment of economic freedoms contained in this bill mark one of the most ghastly turning points in U.S. economic history. This day and this vote will long live as the day America turned its back on its reliance on free men and free markets.

Today the Democrats voted to pass the largest spending bill in the history of the world.

Editor’s Note: To see Sen. Inhofe's video, Go Here Now.

In just the few short hours that the final version of the massive stimulus bill had been posted online for the public to review, we had discovered a multitude of outlandish provisions in this legislation.

Just imagine, if we had just a little more time, how much more we could have exposed!

But Democrats in Congress were anxious to pass this bill before the American public found out exactly what was in there. The House did, with zero Republicans voting for the bill and six Democrats joining in opposition.

Our ground troops were hard at work. I want to thank all of you, from the Heritage Foundation and Americans for Prosperity to talk radio leaders to bloggers to the thousands of conservative activists who poured through every square inch of this bill to expose just a few of the ridiculous items in this bill.

Here are some of the more outrageous items included in this massive spending bill already to have been exposed:

  • This bill provides more than $1 billion dollars to create a new layer of bureaucracy within the Department of Health and Human Services laying the groundwork for Hillary Health Care. Basically, this bill contains a provision that could lead to the rationing of health care for Americans in the future.

  • Next, there is a provision within the Stimulus Package that prohibits colleges and universities with a religious mission, those that allow faith-based student groups, or those who rent their facilities for worship services from receiving federal funding for building renovations and repairs. This is clearly discrimination and a violation of our religious liberties and could lead to costly litigation for these institutions.

  • On tax cuts, the news doesn't get any better. The bill went into conference with 35% tax cuts and 65% spending. It's coming out of conference with 27% tax cuts and 73% spending. The tax relief portion amounts to $8 dollars in additional take-home pay per week for the average American worker, or a little more than an extra $1 dollar per day.

  • This bill will contribute to a $3.5 trillion expansion of federal debt in 2009 and 2010--a staggering $30,000 in new debt per household, dumped into the laps of our children and grandchildren.

    So there you have it. But remember 1992 -- the Democrats controlled everything -- the White House -- the House and the Senate -- and what happened? Spending skyrocketed, Hillary Health Care... you remember. But you also remember what happened in 1994. You know, history does have a way of repeating itself.

    Editor’s Note: To see Sen. Inhofe's video, Go Here Now.

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