Stimulus the World Over


By Mr. Curmudgeon

President Obama took nearly $1 trillion from the nation’s treasury to spend on “stimulus,” which was  intended to lift the nation from its economic slump. As the Wall Street Journal wryly noted, this turned the U.S. government into one of the “largest venture capital firms in the world.” It was a dismal failure.

And U.S. government stimulus is working just as effectively halfway around the world. “After examining hundreds of combat support and reconstruction contracts in Afghanistan, the U.S. military estimates $360 million in U.S. tax dollars has ended up in the hands of people the American-led coalition has spent nearly a decade battling: the Taliban, criminals and power brokers with ties to both,” the Associated Press reports.

But an unnamed Pentagon source told the AP not to worry, “The bulk of the money was lost to profiteering, bribery and extortion…” They could just as easily be discussing Chicago.

The Pentagon’s “Task Force 2010” report is considered the most exhaustive and brutally honest appraisal of the financial costs associated with America’s nine-year “nation-building” misadventure in wild and wooly Afghanistan.

That got me thinking, where’s the “Task Force 2008” report on President Obama and Nancy Pelosi’s three-year “stimulus” job-creating misadventure in wild and wooly America? The president is on a campaign bus tour through the nation’s heartland demanding his unenthusiastic supporters call their congressional representatives and demand to be taxed much higher. Even billionaire loon Warren Buffett joined with the president, replacing his “kick me” sign for one reading “tax me more, please.”

If these same congressmen are such sticklers when it comes to the Pentagon’s misappropriation of American tax dollars, why do they exempt themselves from the same scrutiny? More importantly, why do we allow them?

Regarding U.S. tax dollars finding their way into Taliban hands, Massachusetts Democrat John Tierney, who headed the House Oversight Committee when Nancy Pelosi ran the show, said, “When war becomes good business for insurgents, it is all the more difficult to convince them to lay down their arms.”

Tierney makes an excellent point. Think of the Tea Party as an anti-insurgency force dedicated to stopping taxpayer funds from falling into enemy hands. Not supporting Tea Party candidates only makes it more difficult to convince Progressive criminals and power brokers to lay down their arms.