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"Carbon capturing contests" and killing cows? More questionable spending unmasked in Obama plan

Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin is staying busy these days keeping track of some of the more wasteful items included in President Obama's government spending plan.  Pitched as a plan to create jobs, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office now estimates its final cost will top $1 trillion, and most of the spending has little to do with creating jobs.

CBO: Obama spending package costs could top $1 trillion

The Politico today reports when interest costs are added to the $825 billion government spending plan proposed by President Barack Obaama, the total costs to taxpayers could top $1 trillion.

In a letter to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), ranking member of the House Budget Committee, Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf reports the interest cost would be $347 billion over 10 years, meaning the $825 billion plan could cost as much as $1.172 trillion.

Examiner editorial: Hardest choice of all is scaling back government

The Washington Examiner challenges Barack Obama to turn his pretty words about "change" and "hard choices" into some kind of real action.

"Dim Bulb" or silly goose?

If your carry-on bag is sitting on the bottom of the Hudson River right now, The Washington Examiner suggests New York senator Chuck Schumer may be partially to blame.

Pelosi: Reduce government spending by reducing the population

What do you get when the government begins providing all child care, education and health care?

You get a government that begins to look at its citizens as an expensive burden.  The Drudge Report highlights this exchange Sunday between This Week host George Stephanopoulos and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on some of the more ridiculous items in the so-called "stimulus package."

STEPHANOPOULOS: Hundreds of millions of dollars to expand family planning services. How is that stimulus?

Barr in the AJC: "Change" means more of the same

Constancy of government intrusion unlikely to change

By Bob Barr

For the Journal-Constitution

Read the entire column for yourself at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Clearly, much has changed since the early spring of 2008. But, as I scan the news, there remains an eerie constancy to goings on in Washington, in Atlanta and elsewhere.

Report: Government-run hospitals fatally discriminate against the disabled

A 43-year-old man with Down’s syndrome painfully starved to death for 26 days after doctors in Britain’s socialized National Health Service simply forgot to feed him.

Martin Ryan died, according to The Daily Mail, “starving and in agony” in an NHS hospital after doctors failed to give him a feeding tube.  Ryan had difficulties communicating with doctors, which led to him suffering a slow and brutal death from starvation. 

Book Review: “Hamilton’s Curse” by Thomas J. DiLorenzo

It’s common to hear today from Americans that “if we knew then what we know today, we should never have gone to Vietnam. “ Even my father who served as a Green Beret and who agreed with the Iraq invasion visits his friends names at the Vietnam Memorial with a tear in his eye and regret in his voice.

Congress blocks 15,000 ticketholders from inauguration -- and they want to run health care?

The Politico reports California senator Dianne Feinstein is trying to make it up to as many as 15,000 inaugural ticketholders who were blocked from entering the event -- by sending them a photo of Barack Obama.

Thousands of now-angry people secured tickets to the historic inauguration of Barack Obama through the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies and stood in line for hours on a frigid D.C. morning -- only to be told they wouldn't be allowed to see the event.

Obama inaugural's "carbon footprint" five times larger than a coal-fired power plant.

Even though Obama proposes job-destroying tax hikes on employers who emit carbon dioxide, the Institute for Liberty reports his $170 million inauguration had a total "carbon footprint" of 575,000,000 pounds.

According to the EPA, the average American coal-fired power plant produces 10,237,509,070 pounds of CO2 per year. That's 112,191,880 pounds of CO2 every four days.

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