Daily Archives: February 16, 2009

Thoughts on H.R. 1 – Obama’s Stimulus Bill

Link to text of the Stimulus Package (H.R. 1 – The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009). It is so large that Congress had to divide it up into two separate sections.



Here are the thoughts of one simple tax payer on the bill. Please note that I, like all members of Congress, have not read the entire thing yet. That should scare  us to think that Congress passed the largest spending bill in our nation’s history without a proper vetting of the bill. It should equally share us that the Treasury Department is spending even more to prop up the banking sector than the stimulus bill, and we know even less about those appropriations.

And I thought there was supposed to be a new “tone” in Washington?

Why did Congress have to pass this right now when most of the money won’t be spent until much later this year if not next year? I understand the need to do something. But couldn’t you give the Republicans at least a week to review the final bill?

As a taxpayer, I tried to find a copy of the bill on Friday. It wasn’t available. By the time that the final conference report was available, both the House and the Senate had approved the legislation. How is that transparent? 

Unlike Rush Limbaugh, I don’t want Obama to fail. Government can do a lot to help this situation. But it can just as easy muck up any chance for recovery too. Quick money is how we got in this mess in the first place. Shouldn’t all sides have at least a week to see if the final bill will really help spark the economy as Democrats claim.

I am not for massive government spending unless it is connected with a viable economic strategy. If this bill is about rewarding donors, funding “liberal” pet projects and swelling government, then maybe I do agree with Rush. In that case, I do want this bill to go down in flames. Too late. My only hope is that Obama forgets how to spell his name.

Like most average Americans, I want smart government. It doesn’t seem that passing a stimulus package under cover of darkness is smart.

Am I missing something here?