18 July 2009

Even More Adventures in Irony.

So, I am pretty peeved off about the Federal Government spending money that doesn't even exist like drunken sailors on shore leave.

I even contacted my two senators about it. I haven't heard anything from Senator Richard Lugar, but I did get two very nice messages back from Senator Evan Bayh.

The first one contained this paragraph:

It disturbs me that the Federal Government borrows billions each year from foreign creditors, such as the Chinese and Japanese central banks. The growing indebtedness of our country to our competitors raises troubling questions about America's independence and the ability of foreign countries to influence our economic and trade policies in ways that might not be in our national interest.

and this:

For these reasons, it is imperative that we spend every taxpayer dollar wisely. In January, I supported a resolution of disapproval regarding the release of the second half of the funds for the Troubled Asset Relief Program from the Treasury. It concerns me that these funds may have been used improperly, rather than to stabilize our banking system as intended. It is now more important than ever that our government demonstrate the accountability that we taxpayers deserve.

Oh yeah, there's this, too:

I was also one of two Democrats to vote against the Fiscal Year 2010 congressional budget resolution due to its lack of fiscal restraint. At a time when so many American families are tightening their belts to make ends meet, Congress should be equally committed to living within its means. The budget I opposed projected an unsustainable level of deficits spending. The national debt today stands at over $11 trillion and is projected to reach $17 trillion by 2014 under this budget. We cannot pass that burden on to our children and grandchildren.

Got all that? Sure sounds like Senator Bayh is very concerned about all that money we're spending . . . .

So, here's how the second message starts off:

I strongly supported President Obama's $789 billon economic recovery plan, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which was enacted on February 17, 2009. While this legislation is not perfect, it does make job creation and tax relief for the middle class top priorities. It is critical that the government play an active role in stimulating the economy to keep thousands of businesses from failing and millions of people from losing their jobs.

What? I thought you just said . . . .

The economic recovery plan provides more than $17 billion in funding for biomedical research, public health, and other health-related programs within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is an important contribution to Indiana's premier life sciences sector. Specifically, ARRA provides $10 billion to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for biomedical research and extramural research facilities; $2 billion for the modernization of health records and health information technology (HIT); $500 million for health center grants and HIT acquisition; more than $1 billion for comparative effectiveness research; $1.5 billion for health center renovation and repair; $500 million for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and other health workforce programs; and $1 billion for disease prevention.

Wait a minute, I coulda swore your first message was all about fiscal responsibility . . . .

I have confidence that the economic recovery plan will continue to save and create jobs in Indiana and around our country, improve our transportation system and existing infrastructure, and eventually improve the quality of health care for Americans. Please rest assured that I will keep your views regarding health care funding in mind as Congress debates these important issues.

Seriously, Senator. W. T. F?

Sounds like someone's fixin' to get a phone call from me soon.

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