Don’t ask, don’t tell, Obama-style:  The Government That Cannot Withstand Scrutiny (and It’s Less Than a Month Old)

A staff and cabinet that had the mainstream media gushing “best and brightest,” with as many euphemisms as could be mustered, almost immediately transformed into a mafia gang that possibly could but wouldn’t shoot straight.

In short order, the ethically challenged (that we know about) included New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (nomination for Commerce Secretary withdrawn), being investigated for pay-to-play politics, followed by three tax cheats, Tim Geithner (confirmed as Treasury Secretary), Nancy Killefer (nomination for “Chief Performance Officer” withdrawn) and Tom Daschle (nomination for HHS Secretary withdrawn).

Don’t target at the stimulus:

The most serious issue that will bear no scrutiny at all is the abominable “stimulus” package that President Obama is now pushing with all his might and, frankly, with all his arrogance and more than a little deception.

To try and put the bill in perspective, because most of us cannot even comprehend a trillion dollar expenditure, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “If you started the day Jesus Christ was born and spent $1 million every day since then, you still wouldn’t have spent $1 trillion.”

“I Won” doesn’t trump everything:

On February 5, President Obama published an Op Ed in the Washington Post that echoed comments he had made the day before.  In it, he writes, “In recent days, there have been misguided criticisms of this plan that echo the failed theories that helped lead us into this crisis…I reject these theories, and so did the American people when they went to the polls in November and voted resoundingly for change.”

With all due respect, Mr. President,we thought the campaign slogan was about change people could believe in.  The way the polls are going, as more and more about the “stimulus” bill is understood, by next week more people will believe this bill is a travesty than voted for you.  Were they wrong in November or are they wrong now?

If you believe this bill, this trillion dollar bill, can withstand scrutiny, then defend it expenditure by expenditure to the American people.  You made them believe once, but that was on the rhetoric.  Now try it with substance.  Otherwise, pull the bill and start over with a package that addresses the economic crisis and only the economic crisis, not a wish list of expansionary government programs.

And stop the deception of shifting the meaning of “the government” in your explanations.  Sometimes it means taxpayers, and sometimes it means bureaucracy.  They are not interchangable terms.  For example, the cost of the stimulus package will be, say, $800 billion, including tax cuts.  So how does a tax cut cost the taxpayer anything?  It doesn’t, of course.  Who it costs is the government bureaucrat who will have less wealth to spread. Republicans need to articulate this distinction, otherwise they’ll continue to be talking to Nancy Pelosi’s hand.