-$6 billion to weatherize "modest income homes."
Why should I pay for someone elses' home improvement?
-$6 billion to provide internet in "underserved" areas
If yokels have to look at analog and magazine porn, the terrorists have already won I suppose
-$6 billion for "higher education modernization."
A blatant pay-off to dreadful teachers' unions
-$20 billion to increase food stamp funding
Great, more welfare to make laziness and dependency a more comfortable way of life
-$300 million to provide rebates for people who purchase Energy Star products
-$600 million for the federal government to buy brand new energy efficient cars
-$400 million for state and local governments to buy brand new energy efficient cars
-$2.4 billion for carbon capture demonstration programs
-$350 million to research using energy efficient technology on military bases
-$300 million for grants and loans to state and local governments for projects that reduce diesel emissions, "benefiting public health and reducing global warming"
-$500 million for energy efficient manufacturing demonstration projects.
If any of these technologies were worth a crap, people would be buying them already and the government wouldn't have to prop them up
-$400 million to build major research facilities "that perform cutting edge science"
-$1.5 billion for expanding "good jobs in biomedical research"
I'm in biomedical research and I don't even know what this means. If it means more funding for technology and medical research nationwide, then that's a legitimate role of government and I can't complain about that.
The bottom line is that politicians of both parties are salivating at the chance to dramatically increase the size and scope of the federal bureaucracy, and they've easily convinced stupid, lazy, brain-dead Americans that it's a good idea to do so.
For me, this is Bush's legacy. I appreciate no more terrorist attacks and all that but, the longest lasting effects of his presidency will have been the citizens' acceptance of the socialization and nationalization of huge parts of America that used to be violently private. I don't think we'll ever go back to the fierce individualism, self reliance, and determined independence that defined Americans 250 years ago.