Please, Obama, Just Set Billions of Our Taxpayer Dollars on Fire

To set the table for discussion here, let’s start with Mark Steyn’s latest: “Statism the Only Thing Being Stimulated”

I was in Vermont the other day and made the mistake of picking up the local paper. Impressively, it contained a quarter-page ad, a rare sight these days. The rest of the page was made up by in-house promotions for the advertising department’s special offer on yard-sale announcements, etc. But the one real advertisement was from something called SEVCA. SEVCA is a “nonprofit agency,” just like The New York Times, General Motors and the state of California. And it stands for “South-Eastern Vermont Community Action.”

Why, they’re “community organizers,” just like the president! The designated “anti-poverty agency” is taking out quarter-page ads in every local paper because they’re “seeking applicants for several positions funded in full or part by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA)” – that’s the “stimulus” to you and me. Isn’t it great to see those bazillions of stimulus dollars already out there stimulating the economy? Creating lots of new jobs at SEVCA, in order to fulfill the president’s promise to “create or keep” 2.5 million jobs. At SEVCA, he’s not just keeping all the existing ones, but creating new ones, too. Of the eight new positions advertised, the first is:
“ARRA Projects Coordinator.”
Gotcha. So the first new job created by the stimulus is a job “coordinating” other programs funded by the stimulus. What’s next?
“Grantwriter.”
That’s how they spell it. Like in “Star Wars” – Luke Grantwriter waving his hope saber as instructed by his mentor Obi-Bam Baracki (“May the Funds be with you!”). The Grantwriter will be responsible for writing grant applications “to augment ARRA funds.” So the second new job created by stimulus funding funds someone to petition for additional funding for projects funded by the stimulus.
The third job is a “Marketing Specialist” to increase “public awareness of ARRA-funded services.” Rural Vermont’s economy is set for a serious big-time boom: The critical stimulus-promotion industry, stimulus-coordination industry and stimulus-supplementary-funding industry are growing at an unprecedented rate. The way things are going we’ll soon need a Stimulus-Coordination Industry Task Force and Impact Study Group.

Sigh.
I think it’s fair to say, without exaggeration, that Barack Obama is ushering in a new era of governnment waste, the magnitude of which the world has never seen before.

He may as well take billions of taxpayer dollars and set them on fire.

In fact, torching hundreds of billions of dollars would probably leave the country better off than it will be by the time Obama is done funding every two-bit organizer, agitator and malcontent in the country. He’s stirring the pot, creating dependency, and destroying freedom. By the time he’s done, the country will resemble a third-world basket case. In barely four months, we’re well on our way to that result, with unemployment rising and businesses being nationalized.
Please, President Obama. Just take billions of our taxpayer dollars and set them on fire.

Come to think of it, maybe he already has. He admits were already out of money.

Truly, this presidency will be one for the history books. Not in the way Democrats had hoped, however.

Cross-posted at GINA COBB

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