Think the the stimulus bill is bad? Think again. The Stimulus Bill is Even Worse Than You Think. Sobering information from NRO:
The health provisions in the House stimulus bill would expand dependence on the already-unsound Medicaid entitlement program, distort health care choices for unemployed workers, and set up a federal infrastructure that could be used as a tool for government rationing of medical treatments, procedures, and services. [snip]
For the first time, the federal government will give significant cash to able-bodied adults without dependent children. ...Since most of these individuals have little apparent need for assistance, the new credit represents "spreading the wealth" for its own sake. [snip]
Buried in the economic stimulus legislation is a provision that undercuts parental authority and expands control of taxpayer dollars by family planning clinics. Because the income of parents or even a spouse may not be counted in determining eligibility, states would have the option to "consider only the income of the applicant or recipient." In other words, a child in a family at any income level may be eligible for free family-planning services. A child would be able to receive benefits through a "presumptive eligibility period" and beyond without parental knowledge that he or she applied for Medicaid. [snip]
For the first time since 1996, the federal government would begin paying bonuses to states that increase their welfare caseloads. Under the stimulus bills, the federal government will pay 80 percent of cost for each new family that a state enrolls in welfare; this matching rate is far higher than it was under the old AFDC program.
Obama has repeatedly told us in recent days that he is abandoning the old, failed, tired ideas of the past. He isn't.
House passes stimulus bill with no GOP support
It was clear that the measure was the result of old-fashioned sausage-making. Pet provisions were coming to light that had not been included in the original bills that passed the House or Senate—or that differed markedly from earlier versions. Some appeared to brush up against claims of the bill's supporters that no pet projects known as "earmarks" were included.
Gregg Withdrawal Embarrasses White House
White House sources tell me that another nominee for commerce secretary could be announced quite soon, maybe in the next few days. But that candidate will be President Obama's fourth choice for commerce secretary.
Why not make the "stimulus bill" a kazillion dollars?
For half a century, the welfare establishment had the bright idea to pay women to have children out of wedlock. Following the iron laws of economics—subsidize something, you get more of it; tax it, you get less of it—the number of children being born out of wedlock skyrocketed.
Anti-Islam Dutch Lawmaker Sent Back to Netherlands Amid U.K. Ban
The right-wing lawmaker had been invited by a member of Parliament to show his anti-Islam movie "Fitna," which calls the Koran a "fascist" book and accuses Islam of being a violent religion.
Senators Grill Geithner Again on New Financial Plan: Republican Tells Him, 'You Have No Clue'
Jindal to give high-profile GOP response to Obama.
The only thing that can cure poverty is wealth.
U.S. judges admit to jailing children for money.
Two judges pleaded guilty on Thursday to accepting more than $2.6 million from a private youth detention centre in Pennsylvania in return for giving hundreds of youths and teenagers long sentences.
Woman's record-length fingernails broken in crash.
According to the Guinness Web site, her nails measured a total of more than 28 feet long in 2008, with the longest nail on her right thumb at 2 feet, 11 inches.