Speaking to Congress
by James Glaser
February 25, 2009

I would like to think that last night President Obama was making a speech to the nation, but he was only talking to Congress. At the same time he was using the applause of Congress to make his words sound better. In all honesty, last night's speech was political, more of a advertisement, trying to get approval for bills passed and bills pending.

President Obama just signed into law the biggest spending package ever passed in our country, and he wanted to tell how good it was. He had to tell us, because we still don't know what we are spending our money on. We don't know now, and Congress didn't know when they voted for it.

Barack Obama is increasing the size of our government, even larger than George Bush made it. Obama has just started spending, and when he talks about how bad deficits are, that is all he is doing... talking. Here is an example of what I mean.

David Espo, AP Special Correspondent
Tuesday February 24, 2009, 8:50 am EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats unveiled a $410 billion spending bill on Monday to keep the government running through the end of the fiscal year, setting up the second political struggle over federal funds in less than a month with Republicans.

The measure includes thousands of earmarks, the pet projects favored by lawmakers but often criticized by the public in opinion polls. There was no official total of the bill's earmarks, which accounted for at least $3.8 billion.

The legislation, which includes an increase of roughly 8 percent over spending in the last fiscal year, is expected to clear the House later in the week.

Democrats defended the spending increases, saying they were needed to make up for cuts enacted in recent years or proposed a year ago by then-President George W. Bush in health, education, energy and other programs.

So, we are going to spend another $400 plus billion, send 17,000 more troops to Afghanistan, bailout the banks again, give more money to AIG, bail out Detroit again, and keep the troops in Iraq. Barack Obama is going to do all of that and more, while telling us how dangerous deficit spending is.

It was a good thing he has a Democrat congressional majority to stand up and cheer. I think they were the only people cheering. The rest of us were thinking about our future and our children's future.

Rich people made a lot of money when George Bush was in office, and rich people are going to make a lot more with Barack Obama in charge.

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