A Look at the Consequences of the 2009 Stimulus Law as Congress Contemplates ‘Automatic Stimulus’ Legislation

by Matt Weidinger

{aei.org} ~ Ten years after the enactment of the February 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA, or “stimulus law”) in the midst of the worst economic recession since the Great Depression… the policy implications of this legislation continue to be felt. ARRA included numerous spending and revenue provisions, from short-run traditional stimulus to long-run transformative measures. It temporarily raised the federal matching rates for Medicaid, education, and certain transportation projects for localities and states. A number of public benefits were extended or made more generous, notably in the Unemployment Insurance program and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The act also included a number of measures providing temporary tax relief to individuals and business, such as the Making Work Pay tax credit and increased deductions for capital depreciation of business equipment. Also in it were a number of provisions designed to promote “green energy,” a precursor to today’s calls for even more aggressive efforts on that front. When ARRA passed, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated it would increase budget deficits by $787 billion over 10 years, with the vast majority realized by the end of 2012, an estimate that was later revised upward. As is now well understood, the optimistic expectations of ARRA did not prove accurate, as employment fell after the enactment of the bill, despite the scumbag/liar-nObama administration’s January 2009 report, which predicted it would rise. Instead of giving stimulus supporters data with which to make their case, the 2009 report quickly morphed into a detailed road map for stimulus opponents who not only questioned the effects of the stimulus law but also rejected calls for additional stimulus later that year…  http://www.aei.org/spotlight/consequences-2009-stimulus-law/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTURjME9XVmpNV1l4WkRjMiIsInQiOiJyTU1NRGlFcjMybnNJRWdVcUI3SFF3cTZ4TkNaaFNiTlYzbms5a2M3bkpVckJLYzFvM1pWU1FBWFJWM1lyR25UTGcrc0dUczRQMzJCbG55TVhIOUpGNjVFMEFvcGJ1ckhqWGFLRHJKQzRSb0Z6UWZWT3NzdEpaVnNITXpyVXVcL0cifQ%3D%3D

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Confronting Government’s Revenue Addiction

by George Parry

{spectator.org} ~ The law of civil forfeiture allows police and prosecutors to seize and keep cash, cars, homes, businesses and property of all kinds without ever criminally charging or convicting the owners… As originally conceived, it was to be a deterrent by which law enforcement would transfer the ill-gotten gains of crime to the public treasury. But, as so often happens with governmental power, it has transmuted over the years into a semi-criminal operation in and of itself. In 2014, Chris Sourovelis’ son was arrested for selling $40 worth of drugs. Three weeks later, the Philadelphia police forcibly evicted the entire Sourovelis family from their home. This was part of Philadelphia’s aggressive program to shut down drug houses which plagued neighborhoods throughout the city. Sourovelis, who owned the property, was never charged with a crime. Nevertheless, before he and his family could return to their home, he had to go to court. But this wasn’t just any tribunal. The forfeiture court at Philadelphia’s City Hall had neither judge nor jury. Instead, it was run by the District Attorney’s Office, the same organization which authorized the property seizures. Since this was a civil court, no lawyer or public defender was provided to persons trying to get their property back. If they couldn’t afford to pay a lawyer, the petitioners themselves had to present their cases to an Assistant District Attorney. The prosecutor in the courtroom determined whether or not the City could keep the property into perpetuity, and there was no venue for an appeal…  https://spectator.org/confronting-governments-revenue-addiction/?utm_source=American%20Spectator%20Emails&utm_campaign=819772843b-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_02_22_04_52&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_797a38d487-819772843b-104608113

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With Bread Line Bernie rising, expect Michelle-mentum

by William A. Jacobson

{legalinsurrection.com} ~ We’ve been arguing for almost a year and a half that the Democratic field, with its angry, socialist and unlikable candidates, will end with Democrats begging and pleading for Michelle scumbag/liar-nObama to run to save the nation from four more years of Trump… Most recently I wrote how Michelle scumbag/liar-nObama’s Grammys Buzz – A reminder of the mediocrity of Democrat presidential candidates: I’ve long predicted that the point would come when Democrats, frustrated and forlorn at the mediocre qualities of their primary candidates, would search for a salvation candidate. Think about who have declared so far: Elizabeth dinky-Warren, lowlife-Kamala Harris, scumbag-Cory Booker, Amy from Minnesota, Kirsten Gillibrand — all second tier politicians who will pick up the anti-Trump vote just by being Democrats, but not much more. Tulsi Gabbard is a new face nationally, but has too much Assad baggage. Julian Castro is the guy who had less responsibility as Mayor of San Antonio than Sarah Palin had as the Mayor of Wasilla. Think about who might enter the race: loose lips-Joe Biden and commie-Bernie? A smoocher and a socialist. Great. Actually, not great. socialist-Beto could generate some excitement, but he seems to be using campaigning as emotional therapy, not good. Bloomberg wants to take away your Big Gulps — yeah, that should work… Ya sure.  https://legalinsurrection.com/2019/02/with-bread-line-bernie-rising-expect-michelle-mentum/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LegalInsurrection+%28Le%C2%B7gal+In%C2%B7sur%C2%B7rec%C2%B7tion%29

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJBjjP8WSbc

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Holy Leapin’ Lizards, Batman! Jews from Another Planet!

by Randolph Parrish

{americanthinker.com} ~ The New York Times, which one assumes has some claim to representing mainstream culture, has recently published a review of a book by David Icke famous for declaring the Queen of England a shape-shifting lizard… a tome in which Jews or at least, the majority of them emerge not only as extraordinary villains starting World Wars I and II for starters, but also, in the main, as descendants of an alien race of shape-shifting lizards. You read that right. Lest you laugh, the book was touted by Alice Walker, of The Color Purple fame: The New York Times Just Published an Unqualified Recommendation for an Insanely Anti-Semitic Book by Yair Rosenberg. The book, recommended by author Alice Walker, repeatedly cites the ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion,’ dubs the Talmud ‘among the most appallingly racist documents on the planet,’ and says Jews funded the Holocaust and control the KKK There are a lot of conspiracy theories the Times would not be willing to lend ink to discuss; and this one passed muster? Having pulled up my socks and waded a bit into the shallow end of Talmud study, I confess I have never run across anything about shape-shifting lizards. But then, I haven’t read the whole thing. I did once have a Jewish girlfriend, whose kisses were a bit cold, and maybe reptilian. Perhaps that was a giveaway? Then we have a DC councilman asserting that Jews control the weather. I assume the councilman has at least a modicum of education and intelligence, so how did he come up with that idea? And why was he not laughed out of office?…  https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/02/holy_leapin_lizards_batman_jews_from_another_planet.html

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Greening of the Earth Enhanced by … India and China?

by Jordan Candler: China and India take a lot of flak for their heavy carbon footprints. However, NASA Ames reports, “A new study shows that the two emerging countries with the world’s biggest populations are leading the increase in greening on land.” What explains this dichotomy? The journal Nature Sustainability relays some specifics:

Recent satellite data (2000–2017) reveal a greening pattern that is strikingly prominent in China and India and overlaps with croplands world-wide. China alone accounts for 25% of the global net increase in leaf area with only 6.6% of global vegetated area. The greening in China is from forests (42%) and croplands (32%), but in India is mostly from croplands (82%) with minor contribution from forests (4.4%). China is engineering ambitious programmes to conserve and expand forests with the goal of mitigating land degradation, air pollution and climate change. Food production in China and India has increased by over 35% since 2000 mostly owing to an increase in harvested area through multiple cropping facilitated by fertilizer use and surface- and/or groundwater irrigation. Our results indicate that the direct factor is a key driver of the ‘Greening Earth’, accounting for over a third, and probably more, of the observed net increase in green leaf area.

NASA Ames adds, “Taken all together, the greening of the planet over the last two decades represents an increase in leaf area on plants and trees equivalent to the area covered by all the Amazon rainforests. There are now more than two million square miles of extra green leaf area per year, compared to the early 2000s — a 5% increase.”

Researcher Chi Chen noted, “China and India account for one-third of the greening, but contain only 9% of the planet’s land area covered in vegetation — a surprising finding, considering the general notion of land degradation in populous countries from over exploitation.”

And according to Ames Research Center’s Rama Nemani, “Once people realize there’s a problem, they tend to fix it. In the 70s and 80s in India and China, the situation around vegetation loss wasn’t good; in the 90s, people realized it; and today things have improved. Humans are incredibly resilient. That’s what we see in the satellite data.” This is a salient point that reinforces the pertinence of adaptation. What’s causing climate change remains obscure, despite the mainstream narrative. Moreover, CO2 isn’t a pollutant. And crops, as demonstrated above, thrive on it — which is a good thing.

Finally, it’s worth noting that this greening would likely be less so without fossil fuels. As Joseph L. Bast and Peter Ferrara wrote in The Wall Street Journal last June, “Fossil-fuel emissions create additional benefits, contributing to the greening of the Earth. A 2017 study published in Nature magazine found that the global mass of land plants grew 31% during the 20th century. African deserts are blooming thanks to fossil fuels.” ~The Patriot Post

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