Today I got an email from the Organic Consumers Association, of which I am a member. Their website is a wealth of information for all things sustainable and many times I have been compelled to take action after reading articles on the site. Not this time. Todays email encouraging thier members to write to their representatives in support of the massive stimulus bill is something I just CAN NOT do.
While I applaud the inclusion in the stimulus package of 'green' jobs and environmentally sound provisions to help secure our future. I find it impossible to believe that borrowing close to a Trillion dollars to finance it makes any kind of sense, green or otherwise. And look closely at the list of items we are being asked to finance....
--$198 million for U.S. military benefits for Filipinos who fought for the U.S. during WWII
- $75 million for smoking cessation activities
- $87 million for the design of a new polar icebreaker
- $335 million for HIV/STD screening
- $600 million to buy hybrid vehicles for federal employees
All projects worthy of money, to be sure, but are they worthy of being part of an economic stimulus plan that's now expected to cost U.S. taxpayers $900 billion?
(excerpt from Yahoo news)
While I would certainly have traded the bailout of Wall Street for the stimulus package....that is sadly not possible. The point is....even good and practical things are just plain WRONG if you cannot pay for them! This country simply can't afford this massive pork barrel.
We will be urging our senator to VOTE NO on the stimulus bill.
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