That is a good example of the Obama goal to spread the wealth around (regardless of the harm it does).
Second, the stimulus plan calls for nearly doubling federal spending on education, which means doubling federal control. This money gives Obama the opportunity to spread his friend William Ayers' "social justice" teaching (i.e., that America is an oppressive and unjust society) throughout K-16 education.
This goal will be facilitated by Obama's appointment of Arne Duncan for secretary of education, who like Obama and Ayers, is an alumnus of the Chicago political machine. Duncan made news last year with his plan to open a "gay-friendly" public high school in Chicago with a curriculum teaching "the history of all people who have been oppressed and the civil rights movements that have led to social justice and queer studies."
The gay-friendly school, to be called "Pride Campus," was quietly put on hold after Duncan's appointment as secretary of education was announced.
Third, the stimulus plan calls for Obama "change" by giving government control over access to medical treatments plus surveillance over online medical records for every American. Giving bureaucrats the power to decide which procedures have "clinical effectiveness" and may be used means nationalizing the health care industry and rationing medical care.
Fourth, the stimulus bill greatly expands by about $23 billion nearly every element of the welfare state, including food stamps, Medicaid eligibility, the earned income tax credit, the Special Supplementary Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, and child-support enforcement for single moms. The governors have just awakened to the fact that the stimulus plan will require their states to raise business taxes if they accept this new free money.
Fifth, Obama's claim that the stimulus plan cuts taxes is a fraud. A large percentage of the alleged tax "refunds" is just another handout because it will go to people who don't owe any income taxes.
Sixth, the announced purpose of the stimulus is to create jobs, but Obama's photo-op to illustrate this at Caterpillar Tractor in Peoria, Ill., turned into a political donnybrook. National television showed Obama speaking to some of the 20,000 whose jobs have been outsourced by Caterpillar and implied that the plan will enable them to be rehired.
Minutes later, Obama was contradicted by Caterpillar's CEO, who warned that, on the contrary, more layoffs are coming. It looks like the stimulus will create more government jobs plus an estimated 300,000 jobs for illegal aliens, but not much for anyone else.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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