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February 17, 2009

Chuck Norris: Congress' Clueless Credit System

Posted: 08:00 AM ET

by actor Chuck Norris

There they go again! The House and Senate have buried us in yet another bailout-stimulus heaping pile of fiscal dung - a $789 billion loan that has been tacked onto our children's (and children's children's) already staggering $10-plus trillion deficit. Are you just going to sit there and take another one up the tailpipe?

Though President Obama emphatically declared that this 1100-page piece of legislation does not contain "a single pet project, not a single earmark," it's full of some type of financial fluff.

Call it what you will, but few knew recessionary needs included $2 billion for battery companies, $2 billion for the National Parks Service, $2.3 billion for NASA and the National Science Foundation, $1.1 billion for airport improvements, $850 million for Amtrak, $800 million for federal prison construction, $300 million for additions to the federal fleet, $200 million for new Department of Agriculture buildings, $165 million for fish hatcheries, $100 million for the FBI, $100 million for shipyards, $50 million for an arts endowment, etc. (A detailed list of the stimulus package expenditures can be reviewed on the website of Patton Boggs legal firm at http://www.pattonboggs.com.)

(Read more of Chuck Norris' commentary HERE)

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sean brizendine   February 17th, 2009 11:46 am ET

larry i'm a big chuck norris fan and all but frankly though he might have a point from an ultra conservative point of view come on we are in dire straits here, what does he want bread lines, people cant watch him on television with nowhere to live.
"sean in santa rosa"


Gary Chandler in Canada   February 17th, 2009 2:08 pm ET

The economies of individuals, companies, and governments, for the past 50 years, have been built on a sort of Ponzi scheme., debt financing, let the grandchildren pay for it.
The World bank, IMF advised last year, 2008, the world economies are in a depression. Some say the unemployment rate of 7% is nothing like the 30's with a 30% rate.
This is WRONG. If every job that is based on unrecoverable debt was calculated in, the full extent of the problem would be realised.
Back in the 30's they did NOT use great grandchildren to pay for jobs!
Obama keeps saying America has ALWAYS risen to the occasion. [he's watched to many hollywood movies] late into WW1 late into WW2, viet nam, iraq, NOW Afghanistan sheesh
Credit card rates above twice prime must be outlawed
Wage controls on ALL executives, bonuses for PERFORMANCE!
Why get credit flowing again, when it is the root cause of the problem?
Fix the brakes BEFORE you point the bus back down the mountain road.


Gary Chandler in Canada   February 17th, 2009 2:25 pm ET

BTW
Whatever became of the Georgian attack on Ossetia, the Russian defense and counter attack, the Russian claim that Sackofshiltes is a war criminal? Back then Russia said to 'choose sides'.
Has this issue been worked out, or is lurking in the woods?


rose   February 17th, 2009 3:12 pm ET

Wouldnt it be great if Barack would use Line Item Veto as a scalpel and actually trimmed some of the crap out of this bill?


Ethel   February 17th, 2009 3:14 pm ET

Chuck Norris is right on the money. Gary in Canada, is, as well. I'm adding, the government doesn't create jobs, unless it is in government. I'd like to see some actual figures, as to how many jobs will be created in the arts endowment. And just who will get the jobs, in the fish hatcheries and shipyards? Will these be filled with H-B1 workers, for example? And how many jobs and who is likely to get a job with say, NASA?
So many million jobs are created, "normally," in any given year, anyway. However, why will companies create or rehire workers or put laid-off persons, when they cannot sell their goods? Does anyone, who has a job think, that they can make mortgage, auto loan, or any other big purchase payments on $13 a paycheck? It's all a pipedream, folks, and we're going down the pipes and into the tank.
Suse said it well, last night, on Larry's show.....do not spend on things that you "think" that you need. You must have food, shelter, utilities and clothing. [All my paraphrasing] Those are necessities. The reason that we, as a country, is in the mess that we're in, is living beyond our means. Trying to keep up with Tom, Dick and Harry, is not being responsible adults...Grow up.
Those who survive will be those who can use restraint and sound judgment. The coming months and possibly years will " separate the men from the boys." If you are facing financial problems, a good place to start is taking lessons from Rachel Ray and making 30 minute meals and sitting around the table and get to know one's kids. Adversity sometimes acts as a catalyst to enforce families. The marriage saved, just may be one's own and our grandchildren's families.
We are first of all, Americans. The most important part of that title being I CAN. We can get through this, but looking for a bailout is a copout.


Ethel   February 17th, 2009 3:40 pm ET

If Obama cuts the pork fecal matter, out of this bill, there wouldn't be much left. Why didn't he write his own bill. I say allocate, enough money to secure the southern border and create new jobs, in border patrol. Then build several new prisons, to put all employers of illegal aliens in. Then create jobs, in enforcement personel, tracking down those breaking the law, by hiring illegals. Several million to turn this unfair free trade policy, that we have. Several billion to enforce food, drug and other consumer products, safety standards. Several billion to create a humungous bull-dozer to scrape rotten politicians and dump them onto the levies, around New Orleans, thus creating a flood barrier, in the event of another K. Now, that's change we can believe in!


John Hanley   February 17th, 2009 5:50 pm ET

Rose – I wish President Obama could follow your advice but Congress has repeatedly defeated the Line Item Veto. They all have too much invested in ear marks to allow any President that power. We can always keep hoping; however.

As for the items Mr. Norris lists as pork, I support all of them except the Endowment for The Arts. They are all needed things that would put people to work, which is the purpose of this bill. Let's keep a close eye on them but not throw a Hissy Fit over all it's features we do not agree with only to have others throw their own Hissy Fit over what we agree with.


Joe G. (From Illinois)   February 17th, 2009 7:53 pm ET

Hey there Mr. Norris. All I can say is “Tools of the trade” and somebody ought to digest on that.. They can either raise a building or demolish it. Certainly no barehanded man could ever do that on his own (Hero or No Hero..) And let’s not forget that 53% of Americans champion Obama’s Abortion and Anything Goes Family Values. What do you thing the Trophy should be for that? Any guesses?


Lauro Silva-Brazil   February 17th, 2009 8:25 pm ET

I´ve been living through among difficulties not as faces of different crises,but of the same and the only one perpetual and global crisis. The seriousness of its periodical manifestations over the countries, one notes, is essentially tied to the dignity of the respective politicians, bankers and businessmen. The more greedy, dishonest they are the more serious get the effects of the mess, however not for them. They are powerful and in case of need they hire good lawyers, taking advantage of the complex legislation, proposedly created to come in handy to them. So, those perpetrators are not to blame but the in force legislation. No wonder, we run into Madoffs, astronomic bonuses, bailouts, perquisites,hypocrisies, Boeing flying over home every weekend and so many other loathsome outrages everyday. To stimulate suitably the economy asks for first grade urgency but MORE URGENT THAN THAT THE LEGISLATION HAVE TO BE UPDATED TO DECENCY, otherwise, we´ll be trying to pump up a flat tire for good. Legislation one can change easily but the legislature only the people can do it.


Jeff   February 17th, 2009 8:42 pm ET

I heard Obama say there was "no pork" in this so-called stimulus bill. He lied. But more interesting, how would he know anyway? Did he read all 1,100 pages of this socialist agenda scam?


amos tindell   March 26th, 2009 9:25 pm ET

chuck, go back to the movies, there are already TO MANY Politicians!!!


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