Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Some Things Never Change

WASHINGTON — Billions of dollars in federal aid delivered directly to the local level to help revive the economy have gone overwhelmingly to places that supported President Obama in last year's presidential election.

That aid — about $17 billion — is the first piece of the administration's massive stimulus package that can be tracked locally. Much of it has followed a well-worn path to places that regularly collect a bigger share of federal grants and contracts, guided by formulas that have been in place for decades and leave little room for manipulation.

"There's no politics at work when it comes to spending for the recovery," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says.

Counties that supported Obama last year have reaped twice as much money per person from the administration's $787 billion economic stimulus package as those that voted for his Republican rival, Sen. John McCain, a USA TODAY analysis of government disclosure and accounting records shows. That money includes aid to repair military bases, improve public housing and help students pay for college.

In many ways, it still looks like politics as usual. Some things never change. You only thought you voted for a change. I find Mr. Gibbs comment laughable. I know, I'm getting old and senile, but this is exactly why I don't trust politicians...any of them! They will tell you anything to get elected, and do anything to get re-elected.


  1. Well, I guess my first thought is we can only HOPE things don't change--any more for the worse!

    It is difficult to keep a positive attitude when we see so much of this SOS surfacing, and it seems like any time anyone says a negative word about Obama or his policies, there are devout followers all set to jump down the throats of the naysayers to silence their concerns. But we will do far greater to advance God's Kingdom by offering hope than criticism. Anyone can see the damage and fear inducing signs of the times, but not everyone has the peace of knowing the One who will one day rule over all.
    Peace and blessings to you and yours today.

  2. I'm not surprised at all.

    Oh we'll get change. It will take at least two or more generations of workers to dig out from under the debt that he will create. The ones that don't work and feed off the system don't care. As long as that welfare check shows up every month. Now that's change. The taxing is about to begin too, and it's not only going to hit the rich. Everyone will share in this. That's when change will really begin.

    Have a terrific day. Big hug. :)

  3. I agree with everyone. I feel that things are politics as usual and the sad part is there is not much we can do about it.We can't even elect a president. The popular vote doesn't count.

  4. I had not read disappoints me