Thursday, March 18, 2010

Republicans DEMAND We Waste More Money

Item #1: The CBO estimates the reconciled health care bill will cost $940 billion over 10 years, and reduce the deficit by $138 billion over 10 years and by $1.2 trillion over 20 years. Republicans insist that we need to spend 1.2 trillion more than we need to, and that spending less would be socialism. What the heck, that's our kid's problem, right? Interestingly, saving $1.2 trillion is also "an affront to God" in the eyes of some Republicans, though they can't produce God's direct quote on the matter.

Item #2: Republicans are furious that the administration is selling off those formaldehyde-laced FEMA trailers instead of destroying them. The rationale they use is that the buyers could then resell them to ignorant poor people; but I think what's really bothering them is this:

FEMA officials defended the sale, noting that Congress has complained that the government has spent $220 million over three years to store vacant units.
See? That's $73 mil a year we could be throwing away!

And what is the one thing Republicans agree with Obama on? We need to send troops into Afghanistan.

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