National Review Online has performed a national service with respect to the Democrats’ trillion dollar pork package. NRO commissioned Stephen Spruiell and Kevin Williamson to itemize 50 of the most outrageous items in the package. Spruiell and Williamson report the results of their research in “50 de-stimulating facts.”
Near the top of their report, Spruiell and Williamson write:
Of course, it wouldn’t be a liberal wish list if it didn’t include something for ACORN, and sure enough, there is $5.2 billion for community-development block grants and “neighborhood stabilization activities,” which ACORN is eligible to apply for. Finally, the bill allocates $650 million for activities related to the switch from analog to digital TV, including $90 million to educate “vulnerable populations” that they need to go out and get their converter boxes or lose their TV signals. Obviously, this is stimulative stuff: Any economist will tell you that you can’t get higher productivity and economic growth without access to reruns of Family Feud.
“De-stimulating” doesn’t quite capture it, but it’ll do for the moment.
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