The President is beginning to resemble the myth about Emperor Nero, who supposedly was playing his fiddle as Rome was burning to the ground. More often than not new facts prove his programs are out of touch with the facts or the will of the people, but he keeps on going almost as if he has lost all touch with reality (or he doesn’t own a subscription to a newspaper).
Take the Porkulus bill:
The White House defended the effectiveness of the economic stimulus act on Monday after a government audit last week called many of the reported job numbers into question.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that $173 billion of the $787 billion stimulus package had been paid out by the federal government as of Sept. 30. That’s about 22 percent of the total, and it indicates that 78 percent of the stimulus funds have not been paid out – at a time when unemployment was rising.
Asked why 78 percent of the stimulus funds were not spent in the first fiscal year, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told CNSNews.com that the GAO report probably is counting only the money that actually has been spent, not the amount of money that has been obligated.
“For instance, on a road project, the check may not come until the very end,” Gibbs said. “That doesn’t mean the contract can’t be agreed to and the money can’t be obligated and the effects go with [the] construction company as well as the indirect jobs that are ultimately created. I can get you an updated figure, but I think more than 50 percent (of stimulus funding) has been obligated,” Gibbs said.
(The GAO says groups receiving stimulus funding must report how many “direct jobs” were created or retained with the taxpayer money. Indirect jobs are not counted.)
Yesterday the news leaked out that the United States will announce a target for reducing its greenhouse gas emissions before the UN climate conference in Copenhagen, removing a major obstacle to a deal, a senior official says.
The official refused to be drawn on specific numbers but the announcement was expected to be in line with legislation being debated in the US Senate that envisages a reduction of up to 20 per cent from 2005 levels by 2020.
Huh Didn’t the President Read the News….the stolen Emails….evidence that the whole global warming thing is a fraud ?
It was announced Thursday afternoon that computer hackers had obtained 160 megabytes of e-mails from the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in England. Those e-mails involved communication among many scientific researchers and policy advocates with similar ideological positions all across the world. Those purported authorities were brazenly discussing the destruction and hiding of data that did not support global-warming claims.
Professor Phil Jones, the head of the Climate Research Unit, and professor Michael E. Mann at Pennsylvania State University, who has been an important scientist in the climate debate, have come under particular scrutiny. Among his e-mails, Mr. Jones talked to Mr. Mann about the “trick of adding in the real temps to each series … to hide the decline [in temperature].”
Even if he didn’t want to believe the Emails without further proof doesn’t it rate an investigation? For Pete’s Sake !!!! The President just spent almost three months deciding whether or not he would believe his generals, but he won’t spend three weeks deciding whether he can believe scientists OWN EMAILS saying that the warming evidence was doctored? Does he need it explained to him in big letters, or is he simply out of touch? My guess is that that he doesn’t care, because PORKULUS was never about Jobs, and Global warming was never about the environment, its all about increasing government control of our lives.