By John W. Lillpop
Have fleeced the American people out of a trillion dollars for a so-called “stimulus” bill which was supposed to create and or save 3-4 million jobs, President Obama has once again come calling on Congress with open, oil-slicked palms.
This time the needy are those who belong to labor unions which universally supported the Obama candidacy--teachers, police, and firefighters.
As reported at the Washington Post, in part:
“President Obama urged reluctant lawmakers Saturday to quickly approve nearly $50 billion in emergency aid to state and local governments, saying the money is needed to avoid "massive layoffs of teachers, police and firefighters" and to support the still-fragile economic recovery.
“In a letter to congressional leaders, Obama defended last year's huge economic stimulus package, saying it helped break the economy's free fall, but argued that more spending is urgent and unavoidable. "We must take these emergency measures," he wrote in an appeal aimed primarily at members of his own party.”
Why is “urgent” always the priority when it comes to spending, but never the case when an attempted terrorist attack or a devastating oil spill needs presidential attention?
Obama's latest urgent wolf call elicited the understatement of the century from House Majority Leader Steny H. Hover when he said, “I think there is spending fatigue.”
Yes of course that is true; however, fear for their own jobs will be the most prominent thought on the minds of House Democrats as they ponder yet another foolish Obama spending spree.
Democrats in the least bit interested in holding on to office need to muster the fortitude and intellectual honesty to challenge Barack Obama to fully account for that trillion dollar stimulus bill before authorizing another penny for jobs.
The obvious question that should be posed to Obama is, “What in the hell happened to that trillion dollars, Mr. President?”