By Lucas Roebuck
If I didn't know what a sincerely compassionate guy President Obama is, looking at his policies one week in office, I'd have to believe he must hate unborn children.
Of course, I am talking about abortion - but not just abortion. It appears certain that either as a part of the stimulus or as a separate bill, Obama's pro-choice allies will get their political payoff in cash. But the preemptive snuffing of millions of children is not the only anvil Obama is hoisting on future generations. His stimulus plan is basically assuring that the children who do survive American infanticide will be born owing tens of thousands of dollars - their share of the national debt.
Currently, the national debt is about $10.6 trillion. If every resident of America (about 305 million) were required to pay back the debt, that would come to about $37,400 per person. I don't know about you, but I don't have that sort of change hiding in my couch. It's amazing that my 1-year-old daughter already has nearly $40,000 of debt responsibility.
Think of the twisted logic pro-choice people will come up with. "The baby will be much better off never having been born," the Planned Parenthood counselor might explain, "because who wants to start off life with tens of thousands dollars of debt as soon as they cut the umbilical cord."
If I was smart, I could figure out how this mental pretzel relates to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's belief that reducing the birthrate will provide immediate stimulus to the economy.
With interest, the total cost of the stimulus plan will be nearly $1.2 trillion (assuming we pay the debt off in a timely fashion). Add another $4,000 per person to the national debt. Even if the stimulus works and somehow magically saves the American economy from the millions of individual bad choices we made to put us in this mess, could there be a more selfish act than to promote current economic growth on the backs of our grandchildren and our grandchildren's grandchildren? Some legacy worthy of the greatness of America.
What is even worse is that the stimulus isn't a stimulus. By the reckoning of the Congress' own bean counters, most of the borrowed money won't even hit the economy for a year to two years. Economists from little-known schools like Princeton, George Mason, Dartmouth, the University of Rochester and Harvard are warning that not only will Obama's stimulus plan not work, but it may also actually retard a natural economic recovery - much like Herbert Hoover's actions did after the Great Depression.
So why are Obama and this Democratic majority dead set on passing a stimulus plan this week? The cynic in me point's to the Chicago way. A look at the potential recipients of the money from this plan reads like a list of Democratic supporters - from ACORN all the way to Planned Parenthood. The Democrats, now fully vested in power, appear to be using the federal treasury to strengthen their own base.
The Republicans are not innocent in helping to cause the current mess. Republican congresses and presidents helped increase the national debt as much as Democratic ones. Kicked in the teeth in 2006 and nearly decapitated in 2008, now the Republicans are starting to find their voice again. Since the Republicans in Congress have nothing to lose, they are finally taking a stand against big government and wasteful spending,
Currently, the government brings in $2.5 trillion a year in tax revenue. The federal government spends around $2.7 trillion a year. Spending is like crack cocaine for Washington, and it's time for our Congress to realize that we are addicts and that we can't spend our way out of our economic problems - especially when we are spending our children's children's money.