Libertarian Party daily poll: Which is the most wasteful item in Obama’s pork spending plan, now projected to cost taxpayers $1 trillion?

LP.org Poll:

Which is the most wasteful item in Obama’s pork spending plan, now projected to cost taxpayers $1 trillion?:

$650 million for digital TV coupons

$50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts

$200 million to re-sod and beautify the National Mall

$20 billion to computerize the health care records of all Americans

$400 million for “National Treasures”

Posted to IPR by Paulie

17 thoughts on “Libertarian Party daily poll: Which is the most wasteful item in Obama’s pork spending plan, now projected to cost taxpayers $1 trillion?

  1. VirtualGalt

    My vote is for the sod.

    This whole exercise is just silly, IMO. The only thing propping up asset prices right now is incredibly low interest rates. We are on the edge of disaster and Obama is destined to be a one term president.

  2. libertariangirl

    re-sodding gets my vote , although they are all wasteful i picked just one for the votes sake:)

  3. paulie cannoli Post author

    More money = more waste.

    I picked

    “computerize the health care records of all Americans”

    Out of the choices provided.

    Besides costing more, it sounds more dangerous, since the plan is to eventually cross-reference it with all other kinds of records and make it available to cops, regime-partnered corporations, etc.

  4. VirtualGalt

    If real estate values drop another 20 percent, and the Dow falls below 5000, the only thing that could save an Obama 2nd term would be Sarah Palin.

  5. Robert Capozzi

    Interestingly, Obama is admitting that FDR and the New Deal EXTENDED the Great Depression.

    Frighteningly, he’s saying because it wasn’t BIG enough!

  6. Bryan

    What about all of the above?

    Why should we be computerizing the health care records of ALL Americans? My health care records should be available to ONLY me, my doctor, and those who I give permission.

    The other items on this list are already funded through the “normal” funding process, and NONE of them could remotely be considered a necessity. How is anyone, or any business, going to be helped in these hard times by putting in new sod or making sure everyone has a chance to see their favorite soap opera?

    At the same time as these and other “stimulus” ideas are being promoted, only about 2-3% of the program is being directed to small business tax cuts/relief.

    Of course very few American’s seem to be able to grasp the simple idea that if you cut taxes you should cut spending.

    We couldn’t spend our way out of the depression of the 1930’s and it won’t work now…

  7. VirtualGalt

    Yes I did read the article.

    I do not agree that Obama is FDR. Time will tell.

    Things did get somewhat better in the later 1930s relative to the 32-33 lows. Not great, but somewhat better.

    My bet is we haven’t seen the low yet, not by a longshot. Which could make Obama more analagous to Hoover than FDR.

    Want a scary thought? Think about who could come after a failed Hoover 2.

  8. Robert Capozzi

    Time will tell, but I’d say Obama could be FDR (horrible disastrous setback for liberty); Jimmy Carter (clueless vacillator with a few bright spots) or Bill Clinton (inherits tough situation, doesn’t do much, and things generally got better).

    Right now, even money on each possibility.

  9. Ross Levin

    I mean, the sod is helping to create jobs, because someone is going to have to lay the sod. That’s the point of the stimulus, to create jobs. Technically, that’s not too wasteful.

  10. Bryan

    I mean, the sod is helping to create jobs, because someone is going to have to lay the sod. That’s the point of the stimulus, to create jobs. Technically, that’s not too wasteful.

    But you don’t get the “multiplier” effect. I am against this whole thing…however…$200M in most states is enough for 150 to 200 miles of roads, which would have the effect of making transportation quicker/cheaper thereby lowering prices, and would serve the common good.

    This sod and beautification will be a short term project that will benefit only a certain few, and most of them could care less if they are walking on cheap fescue.

  11. paulie cannoli Post author

    Ross, that money has to come from somewhere.

    So what you are proposing is that the government can redistribute money more efficiently and create more jobs than the economy can on its own without central planning.

    I don’t believe that is the case.

    If you have the time, some suggested reading:

    http://www.econlib.org/library/Bastiat/basEss1.html
    What is seen and what is not seen
    by Frederic Bastiat

    http://jim.com/econ/
    Economics in One Lesson
    by Henry Hazlitt

    http://www.jonathangullible.com/
    The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible:
    A Free Market Odyssey
    By: Ken Schoolland

    http://ruwart.com/Healing/rutoc.html
    See especially:
    http://ruwart.com/Healing/chap2.html
    http://ruwart.com/Healing/chap3.html
    http://ruwart.com/Healing/chap4.html
    http://ruwart.com/Healing/chap7.html
    http://ruwart.com/Healing/chap11.html

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