Friday, February 27, 2009

On Friday, Duncan and the state lost a statesman, not a politician. Former Mayor, State Representative and Senator Wayne Holden passed away at the age of ninety years. The Mayor was not an imposing figure physically, but his presence filled a room. He commanded respect because of the way he conducted his life.

Wayne was born on a farm north of Loco when Oklahoma was just ten years old. He went to work for Halliburton when he was a young man. After serving four terms as Mayor of Duncan, Holden was elected to the state house at the age of 45. Wayne would stay in the state legislature- first as a representative, then as a Senator- for fourteen years. During Holden’s tenure in the legislature, he was elected Majority Whip, the highest position a Senator from that district had been elected to prior. That was until this year when Senator Anthony Sykes became Majority Whip.

Holden was the oldest of four kids and had two sons and two daughters. He was a vital part of Stephens County’s growth because of his principled, ethical leadership. Here are three examples that define who Wayne Holden was:

First, According to the archives of The Duncan Banner in 1977, Holden got the Oklahoma Historical Society to request a $12,500 appropriation from the state legislature to relocate the Stephens County Historical Museum to Fuqua Park. $12,500 seems like a drop in the bucket today, but Holden’s pleasant persistent persuasion made the appropriation happen. Wayne was interested in passing along Stephens County’s history to future generations.

Second, Holden was never afraid to proclaim his faith. The Trinity Baptist Church, Duncan web site lists Mayor Holden as one of their speakers at their dedication service on August 12, 1956. That’s just one example of Holden unashamedly declaring his faith. In fact, his faith “defined” him.

Third, Wayne wasn’t afraid to cross the aisle and work with Republicans. As a moral and fiscal conservative, he likely felt more comfortable later in life with the “R”s than the “D”s. At a county fair several years ago, the Mayor told me he was very concerned about the moral lapses and failures of national Democrats. He wasn’t so narrow minded or inflexible that he couldn’t work with those of a different political affiliation for the betterment of the community.

Wayne Holden contributed a great deal to our county and state, but none more important than the example of statesmanship.

Steve Fair
Stephens County Republican Party

Monday, February 23, 2009

Weekly Opinion/Editorial
by Steve Fair

Is the American Dream dead? James Truslow Adams first used the term—The American Dream— in his book The Epic of America that was written in 1931. Adams stated: "The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not necessarily a dream of famous cars, nice homes and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman would be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable—to live up to their potential—regardless of who their parents are or their station in life upon birth.”

To the pilgrims coming to America in the 1600s, The American Dream meant religious freedom-even though the new land wasn’t yet called America. In the 1700s, more settlers seeking the right to worship freely along with those seeking adventure and wealth braved the over three month journey across the ocean to the new world. In the 1800s and early 1900s, America’s industry and ingenuity attracted people from throughout the world-all seeking their piece of the American Dream. While their motivations might have been different, they were united in their goal to live a better life in a better country. America’s first immigrants believed in personal responsibility. They didn’t come to America to get on welfare rolls or to panhandle. They were the best and brightest in their mother country, but personal liberty had eroded in Europe and across the globe until these risk takers left their home to live the American Dream.

It appears the American Dream has become a nightmare. American-the country noted for rewarding personal responsibility and ingenuity- has now started to reward people who are reckless and irresponsible. President Obama has proposed a two hundred and fifty billion dollar program where taxpayers would pick up some of the tab for people who are behind on their mortgage. That’s un-American! America doesn’t reward irresponsibility. Let the lenders and their customers work it out. The problem is the mandating of bad loans by the Clinton administration forced some lenders to make bad loans.

This week, Obama proposed we bail out Citibank-actually buy 40% of the stock in the mismanaged company. What about the banks that made good loans? The ones that did their due diligence and wouldn’t make the high-risk loans? They of course will be forgotten. America is fast headed to a Collectivism state.

According to Jeff Landauer and Joseph Rowlands,"Collectivism attempts to see a group of individuals as having a single identity similar to a person. ... Collectivism demands that the group be more important than the individual. It requires the individual to sacrifice himself for the alleged good of the group." This is taught in college today as “teamwork,” but the stark reality is that true teamwork requires unselfishness on everyone’s part- not just a few. Obama’s mortgage proposal is socialism- pure and simple.

This “Robin Hood” mentality Washington Democrats are engaging in forgets one unmistakable fact- Robin Hood was stealing. As much as I love the story, the real fact is Robin Hood was a thief- a criminal. Sure we have those in our country who are poor and in need and those of us who are blessed with plenty should help the truly deserving. But it’s not government’s job to mandate citizens help their irresponsible neighbors. This type of legislation will encourage more irresponsibility.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “You cannot help the poor, by destroying the rich. You cannot strengthen the weak, by weakening the strong. You cannot bring about prosperity, by discouraging thrift. You cannot lift the wage earner up, by pulling the wage payer down. You cannot further the brotherhood of man, by inciting class hatred. You cannot build character and courage, by taking away men’s initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently, by doing for them what they could and should, do for themselves.”

James Adam’s definition of the American Dream didn’t stop with the statement- a land in which life should be better, richer and fuller for everyone. He continued and added the dream rested on the initiative, ability, ambition or achievement of each individual. The American Dream of our forefathers may not be dead, but it’s on life support and with it’s death will go our capitalist way of life.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Washington Post editorial writer George F. Will spoke at Cameron University tonight in conjunction with their centennial celebration. Will said that America is in danger of subsidizing failure with the current attitude in Washington of bailing out private industry. Will pointed out that most Americans have an "entitlement" mentality. "When the government begins to think they can distort the genius of the free market, we are going to see a dependence agenda," Will said.

Will pointed out that in the last decade Americans rate of savings is now negative. He pointed out the average credit card holder has nine cards and the average credit card debt in America is $12,000 per household. Will said both liberals and conservatives want to return the the 1950s, but for different reasons. "Conservatives want to return to the life style of the '50s, and liberals want to work like it was the 1950s," Will said. "Liberals want to return to the days of Big Labor," but those days are behind us," Will said.

"We have a crisis in the welfare system in this country for two reasons. The population is aging and by the year 2030, the average age in America will be greater than the average age in Florida now," Will said to a laughing crowd. He pointed out that the increased life expectancy and increased amount of money spent on health care are the two reasons the welfare system is strained. "We spent just six percent of the our GNP on health care in 1960, but that is now 17%," Will said. "Twenty three percent of Medicare patients have one or more chronic illness and 46 out of every 100 dollars spent on health care in our country is government money," Will said.

Turning to the IRS, Will pointed out the top five percent of America taxpayers pay 60% of the nation's taxes. "The bottom 50% pay only 3% of the taxes," Will said. Quoting Oklahoma's favorite son, Will Rogers who once said about the correlation between death and taxes, "Death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets."

Contrasting the difference between what constituted wealth, Will said 200 years ago, that was land. "A century ago, wealth was defined by industry- steel, railroads, manufacturing," Will said. "Now it's human capital-education has become the wealth of our current society," Will said.

Defending capitalism and free markets, Will said that after WWII, a great example was conducted on the European continent with the division of Germany. "We had one section advocating Collectivism and the other Capitalism." "We survived and they didn't, Will said. "Capitalism does not just make us better off, it's makes us better," Will concluded.

Will answered several questions and when asked about his recent "dinner meeting" with President Obama, he declined to reveal what was discussed. "I facilitated the meeting with President Obama and several conservatives to promote civility in Washington. I believe to divulge what was discussed would be counterproductive to what the objective was," Will said cagedly.

Will was engaging, gracious and funny. A huge fan of baseball, he included in the lecture a couple of stories about Major League managers. When asked if he wanted to be the next MLB Commissioner, Will answered, "My good friend Faye Vincent is the current commissioner and he can stay as long as he likes."

I purchased Will's new book, One Man's America, and he inscribed it. I also got a fuzzy picture with the writer. It was a great evening and the one hour lecture was informative and educational. I commend Cameron for bringing George Will to Lawton and to the McCasland Foundation of Duncan for sponsoring the event.
Often times those of us who live in Oklahoma believe we live in an area of the country where conservatives don't face opposition or harassment. This story illustrates no one is immune- even in Sooner country.
An overzealous liberal OKC police officer who obviously has a limited education pulled over an OKC driver with a sign in his car that said "Abort Obama Not the Unborn," took the sign and then told the driver he was going to turn the sign over to the Secret Service. The idiot officer thought the word abort meant "to kill."
According to Websters, Abort means "to end a plan or process before completion." Where does OKC get their police officers? This moron should be fired! Anyone running around violating a citizen's right to free speech should not be enforcing ANY laws! This is an embarrassment to the state of Oklahoma and the OKC police department in particular.
You never read about a citizen being harrassed for having an ANTI-BUSH bumper sticker on their car, but when Obama became President, the rules changed. Read this entire story at:
Read another bloggers take on this incident at:

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


What is Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi doing in Rome? Where are her priorities? Certainly not doing her job. The Pope gave her a piece of his mind today about the rights of the unborn- read the complete story at link below.
Fair endores JONES/LAPLANTE!
By Steve Fair
Gary Jones, the current State Republican Chairman, is seeking re-election. Angie LaPlante, the current 5th district Chair of the State Party, is running for Vice Chair. The two are running as a team. I am wholeheartedly supporting this ticket because it's critical that Oklahoma Republicans continue to set the example of building the grassroots- precinct by precinct,county by county and district by district. The Republican National Committee could learn a valuable lesson by looking at what has been accomplished in Oklahoma in recent years.
Gary Jones has had his detractors during his tenure as State Chair. He has been maligned by conservative political Pharisees, undercut by powerful GOP elected officials, and bypassed by political pragmatists, yet through it all Jones has maintained his cool and been remarkably effective. The primary reason is that Gary doesn't hold a grudge and can forgive and move on better than anyone I know. That's a rare quality and one I wished I possessed. Gary believes in "the cause." Gary wants to leave Oklahoma a better place for his kids and grand kids. During Gary's tenure at the State Party, Republicans have taken the majority in the State House and the State Senate. Last cycle, Oklahoma was the reddest of the red states-all seventy seven counties in Oklahoma voted for John McCain, the State Senate became RED for the first time in state history. We won both Corporation Commission races and returned Senator Inhofe to the Senate. Gary wasn't given sufficient credit for those accomplishments, but rest assured if Oklahoma Republicans would have performed like most of the country, Gary Jones would have been singled out by party hacks and chumps as the reason for the failure. The inconsistency of that slays me. Every good election can't be the result of the consultants and elected officials great strategy and every bad election can't be because Party officials failed. But we didn't fail in 2008 and a major reason for that was the leadership of Gary Jones!
Much of the success Republicans have enjoyed at the polls in the past few years is due to Gary's understanding that GRASSROOTS and GROUND GAME win races. It's not just about money and Gary understands that. Don't misunderstand- Gary is a successful fundraiser and has kept the Oklahoma State Republican Party in the black during tough economic times. Gary is fiscally conservative. He isn't wasteful with Party money. Jones is innovative and embraces new methods of reaching the voter. Gary is an ethical, principled man with strong family ties-he and his wife have been married over thirty years. Oklahoma Republicans are blessed to have a Chairman who is inclusive, fair-minded, and easy to work with. Those three characteristics are the reason I can unreservedly recommend Gary Jones for re-election.
Angie LaPlante and I have worked together for several years. We are both District Chairs in the State Party which allows us to serve on the State Executive Committee. Angie is an enthusiastic individual whose proven leadership in the OFRW resulted in amazing growth in that organization. Angie is a grassroots person-she knows that elections are won by engaging the voter-not debating among ourselves or preaching to the choir. Angie spearheaded a drive to distribute thousands of pieces of literature in Oklahoma County. Her program was not unlike the model the Stephens County GOP has used to engage voters. In 2008, dozens of people showed up every Saturday in Duncan to pass out literature for every local candidate on the ballot all across the county. They went house to house, street by street. They put RUBBER TO THE ROAD! Angie puts action behind her words. She helps candidates get elected by raising money and helping them get their message to the voter. Like Gary, Angie is easy to work with and fair-minded. I recommend that Angie LaPlante be elected Vice Chairperson at the State Convention April 18th.
Those that know me-and there are a those who think they do, but don't- recognize that I believe the answer to Republicans getting back into the majority is embracing GRASSROOTS involvement and emphasising a strong GROUND GAME in campaigns instead of raising obscene sums of money, and using mass media to get their message out. Because few voters are paying attention, BIG MONEY often works, but it's a short sighted strategy that will result in an oligarchy. An oligarchy is a form of government where political power effectively rests with a small elite segment of society often distinguished by wealth and family. If the average citizen is not awakened and energized by what is going on around him, only the elite will have any voice in elections and the principle of SELF-RULE is dead.
The Oklahoma Republican Party in the not too recent past-before Gary- embraced the oligarchy method, but when Gary was elected Chairman, he begin the task to build the grassroots. Political consultants and hirelings viewed that philosophy as old school and out of touch and tried their dead level best to insure Jones' failure. But if you do your research and check where Republicans have performed best in Oklahoma the last four years, you'll find it was in geographic areas where GRASSROOTS and a strong GROUND GAME was emphasised.
Gary and Angie and their philosophy of political leadership is one of servitude and graciousness. What better way to attract uninvolved conservative citizens into becoming more active than by being nice? You don't have to compromise your convictions or change your value system to be civil to people. Jones and LaPlante are mature adults and understand that simple premise. Gary and Angie are not confrontational individuals or unpleasant to deal with. They can disagree without being disagreeable. Those are critical characteristics in effective leaders. If you are a delegate, I urge you to cast your vote for Jones/LaPlante at the Oklahoma State Republican Convention on Saturday April 18, 2009.

Monday, February 16, 2009

In July of 2007, I wrote an editorial entitled, "THE FAIRNESS DOCTRINE ISN'T FAIR! With all the hype on this issue and Congress looking to HUSH RUSH, this article is worth reviewing. Click on the link below to access it.

My co-host on The Grapevine, Georgia Williams-who is also a long time political activist has a post on her blog dealing with the Broadcast FAIRNESS? issue. I recommend your accessing it. The link is:

Weekly Opinon/Editorial
by Steve Fair

Last week, the Stephens County Republican Party held precinct meeting and the annual County Convention. There are over eight thousand registered Republicans in Stephens county, but less than a hundred showed up. Several new people were in attendance and indicated they plan to become involved in their government. Three of our local legislators spoke at the Convention. Despite the fact the local party paid for a large ad in the paper, sent several emails to those on the county email list, and contacted several hundred, less than one tenth of one percent of the registed Republicans in the county attended the meeting—and Stephens County did better than most counties in the state.

Why don’t people show up at political party meetings? The most common excuses are, “I don’t do politics,” or “I don’t have time,” but those same people are involved in a variety of actitivites not nearly as important as getting involved in their government. Some mistakenly believe that getting involved in politics requires one to compromise their own convictions. They believe politics is dirty and that ethical, principled people should stay out of that arena. While it’s certainly true that politics has its fair share of snakes, crooks, and cheats, so does every other segment of society. The point is, not all politicians are unethical people and involvement in the process by honest people will serve to help make sure more of our elected officials are principled, ethical people.

If you are “on the fence” about your political involvement, allow me to point out several reasons you should be involved in the political process:

First, America is based on the principle of self rule—when self-governance of nation-states is discussed, it is often called national sovereignty. As more and more of individual personal freedoms erode away, it’s critical that Americans pay attention to what is going on in their government. As late President Ronald Reagan said, “History will record with the greatest astonishment that those who had the most to lose did the least to prevent its happening." Getting involved in ones government is fundamental to changing government. Americans must take ownership in our government; otherwise we will cease to be self-ruled or sovereign as a nation.

Second, Christians are commanded to be involved in their government and submit to government. Read Matthew 15 and Romans 13. Liberal activists would have us believe our founding fathers were terrified at the prospect of Christians participating in the political process. This led them, we're told, to establish a wall of separation between church and state, but there is no mention of a separation of church and state in the U.S. Constitution—only the right to worship without government interference. When Christians ignore their responsibility to be involved in their government, they get poor government.

Mike Griffin Sr., Senior Pastor of Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Georgia says Christians have four “obligations” to be involved in politics—spiritual, social, moral, and eternal. Griffin says, “This means we have to be involved in the political process of our country, even if it means running for public office, and even if it means you will lose.” “There is more at stake than an election. We, above all people, have an eternal obligation to righteousness that transcends this earthly life into eternity itself!”

Third, we should be involved in politics for our children and grandchildren. U.S. Senator Tom Coburn said in 2004 during a debate, “If we steal from our children, when we don't have to, that is a problem. We have decision-making often being made that centers around the politician and not the next generation. Our decisions ought to be long run and we ought to be caring for the next generation rather than the next election. And the expediency of spending money we don't have hurts now but it also hurts the next generation.”

The “bailout” and “stimulus” monies being thrown around like candy at a parade will have to be paid back by future generations. Would you charge money on your credit card and expect your children and grandchildren to pay the bill after you are dead and gone? Of course not, but that is the type of reckless, irresponsible behavior Congress is engaging in. If for no other reason, this should be sufficient motivation for those who care about their family to get involved in their government.

US educational philosopher Robert Maynard Hutchins summarized the concerns about political indifference when he claimed that the "death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment." Christian author Bodie Thoene says, “ Apathy is the glove into which evil slips its hand.”

Sunday, February 15, 2009

$780,000,000,000 divided by 305,000,000 equals
for every man, woman, and child in America!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

by Steve Fair
Fear mongering (or scaremongering) is the use of fear to influence the opinions and actions of others towards some specific end.

In 1933 in the depths of the depression, Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered his first Inaugural Address. In it, FDR said, “ This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”

It seems the Democrats in Congress and President Obama are using fear as a tactic against the American people to ramrod the stimulus bill through Congress. The bill is full of fishhooks and barbwire that ample time should be allowed for legislators to read, study, and review the details in the bill. But Democrats are saying we don’t have time to study- if the bill is not passed immediately, the sky will fall-the sun will not raise in the east- Americans will be out of work- starving in the streets and worst of all members of Congress might not get re-elected.

This fear the Democrats are cultivating has a purpose and that is to scare Americans into supporting bad legislation. Like any other emotion, fear has both positive and negative aspects. Negative fear is debilitating. Positive fear is exhilarating. Life is boring without fear. Successful leaders constantly search for new, risky ventures. They even consciously focus on doing things that other people are afraid to do; go places where others fear to tread.

Today on Good Morning America, Radio talk show host and debt hater Dave Ramsey was interviewed. Ramsey said he thought it was the best time to buy a house in forty years. He said it was a great time to start a small business. He didn’t seem afraid or fearful, but optimistic and upbeat. Is Ramsey simply clueless to what’s happening around him? NO- far from it! He is a professing Christian and he knows all the hype and fear mongering espoused by the Prez and the Democrats is designed to keep them in power- not help the American public. As Kipling said, "If you can keep your head when all around you are losing theirs....."

America was a victim of terrorism on September 11, 2001. Nearly three thousand people died at the hand of Muslim terrorists. Seven plus years later, 305,000,000 Americans are being terrorized by our President and the Congress by pushing a bill through Congress without due diligence being performed. Normally getting something done in Washingon is like pushing a peanut up a hill with your nose-it's not easy and it takes time. Whenever Congress gets in a big rush, the American people can be sure they are about to get the dirty end of the stick. These FEAR tactics are dishonest and disingenious. Americans should demand transparency and accountability in the stimilus bill before it passes Congress.

Monday, February 9, 2009


President Obama has said his COS, Rahm Emanuel, would be "overseeing" the 2010 census from the White House. This move is unprecedented and can only be political. The Census primary purpose is to determine population by state and for equal allocation of the 435 US House members.

It would appear Obama and his crowd plan to "jury" rig the process to get more "D"s elected. Republicans-particularly those with the last name of Steele- should be on their feet and letting the people know about this move. The Census is constitutionally mandated- Article 1-section 2- and was first conducted in the US in 1790. If Republicans sleep through this grab, then look for "R"s to be in the minority until 2020 in the House. Read the entire story at:

Weekly Opinion/Editorial
A D I E U!
by Steve Fair

Senate Democrats made a deal with three RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) to pass a $780 billion dollar stimulus package this week. The House version of the bill has $819 billion in it, so the two plans will have to be reconciled before they go back for a final vote in each chamber and ultimately land on President Obama’s desk.

The stimulus package is pork laden and will only grow government, but at least we know the government is spending that money. Senator Tom Coburn, R- Oklahoma, is working to identify earmarks and pork in the bill and thank God we have him in the Senate but what about the money we don’t know about? According to Mark Pittman and Bo Ivry at, the Federal Reserve, Treasury and the FDIC have lent or spent almost three trillion dollars in the past two years and have pledged another six trillion. Pittman and Ivry say the money pumped into the economy by the three agencies is enough to pay off more than ninety percent of the nation’s mortgages or enough to write a $1430 check to every person alive in the world. That’s a pile of money and most of the spending has been done out of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York with no oversight or transparency. The new Treasury Secretary, Timothy Geithner, served as President of the FRB of New York.

The Fed and the FDIC have not disclosed who got the commitments in lending programs and guarantees, which amounted to almost two thirds of the value of everything produced in the United State last year. “We’ve seen money go out the back door of this government unlike any time in the history of our country, "Senator Byron Dogran, D-North Dakota, said on the Senate floor last week. “Nobody knows what went out of the Federal Reserve Board, to whom and for what purpose.” “How much from TARP?” How much from the FDIC? When? Why? "Dogran exclaimed to a nearly empty Senate chamber.

What is TARP? TARP is the Treasury Department’s Troubled Asset Relief Program and according to Amy Barnett of Businessweek, TARP has gone from being an asset purchase program to a capital investment program. Barnett says the government has or will invest $250 billion in the nation’s banks through the TARP program and not just in banks that are in trouble, but those who are just not lending because of the economic enviroment. The hope is that new capital will get banks lending again. But that is not the stated purpose of TARP. Where is the oversight? Where is the transparency and accountability?

Newsweek’s February 9th edition features a story entitled, We are all Socialists now. The story outlines how the U.S. government has already—under a conservative Republican administration—effectively nationalized the banking and mortgage industries. “Whether we want to admit it or not—the America of 2009 is moving toward a modern European state,” Jon Meacham and Evan Thomas state. “We remain a center-right nation in many ways—particularly culturally, and our instinct, once the crisis passes, will be to try to revert to a more free-market style of capitalism—but it was, again, under a conservative GOP administration that we enacted the largest expansion of the welfare state in 30 years: prescription drugs for the elderly. People on the right and the left want government to invest in alternative energies in order to break our addiction to foreign oil. And it is unlikely that even the reddest of states will decline federal money for infrastructural improvements,” Meacham and Thomas confidently state.

If we raise our children believing that government, not God will provide their needs, they will become dependent on government, not God. If we raise our children to believe that no one is directly responsible for anything, but everyone is reponsible collectively for everything, they will become slackers. If we teach our children there is no moral absolutes, they will embrace situational ethics. A fundamental principle for us to remember is what we excuse in moderation, our children will abuse in excess.

Meacham and Thomas go on to say, “As entitlement spending rises over the next decade, we will become even more French. This is not to say that berets will be all the rage this spring, or that Obama has promised a croissant in every toaster oven. But the simple fact of the matter is that the political conversation, which shifts from time to time, has shifted anew, and for the foreseeable future Americans will be more engaged with questions about how to manage a mixed economy than about whether we should have one.”

The real issue in America is no one is paying attention to their government. Norman Thomas, a Presbyterian minister and six-time socialist candidate for President said, “The American people will never knowingly adopt socialism. But, under the name of “liberalism,” they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation, without knowing how it happened."

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Weekly Opinion/Editorial
spend·thrift n. One who spends money recklessly or wastefully.
by Steve Fair
If you were mired in credit card debt and had hot checks all over town, would you confidently state, “I’m going to spend my way out of this mess?” Not likely! Your creditors would laugh at you for your completely illogical strategy to handle your economic crisis, but that’s exactly what President Obama said in early January. “At this particular moment, only government can provide the short-term boost necessary to lift us from a recession this deep and severe,” Mr Obama said. “Only government can break the vicious cycles that are crippling our economy.”

The reason we are in the economic mess we are in is because government’s mandated lending to unqualified, irresponsibile people, but Obama still believes government is going to save our bacon after getting us into this mess?

There is a precedent of “priming the pump” or stimulating the economy . Presidents Kennedy and Reagan pushed for economic stimulus monies that placed monies into the hands of taxpayers, but it wasn’t spent on government programs. The $850 billion dollar stimulus bill that passed the house last week is nothing more than a huge spending bill according to U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe, R-OK. Inhofe says the bill provides tax refunds for people who don’t pay taxes and gives checks of up to a $1,000 to illegal immigrants.

Inhofe points out the bill is loaded with pork that has nothing to do with helping the economy. It has $30 billion for federal building improvements, $1.5 billion for homeless prevention, $650 million for digital TV coupons, $650 million for wildlife management, $600 million for the federal government to buy new enviromentally friendly cars. It also includes $570 million for climate change and $75 million for stop smoking activities.

The bill is being scrutinized increasingly by Republicans and economists because it doles out billions of taxpayer dollars for everything from the 2010 census to university research to contraceptives at family-planning clinics - areas far removed from the meltdown in finance, housing and automotive industries.

On Sunday, Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) said on CNN that they would have a hard time voting for the House bill. “It would be hard for me to vote for it,” Collins said of the House bill, one of four Republicans senators who supported a version of the bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee last week. Collins is a moderate at best and often breaks rank with Republicans in the Senate.
“Same thing for me,” said Nelson, who appeared alongside Collins, and who is among the most conservative Democrats in the Senate. “It would be very difficult for me to vote for (for the House bill). I hope that doesn’t happen.”“I like parts of it, that are based on infrastructure,” Nelson continued, “but there’s an awful lot of spending in it that I think is questionable.”

“I think all of us support the fact that we need to do something,” Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said Sunday on ABC's This Week. “And all of us believe that the way to move our economy forward and protect jobs is to infuse more money so that consumers have more to spend, businesses have more to invest, buy capital equipment.”“But there are two ways to do that,” DeMint continued. “One is for the government to take it out of the private sector through taxes and then decide where it's going to go through political manipulation, as they've done in the House. The other is just to leave more money in the private sector for consumers to spend and businesses to invest.”

The Hertiage Foundation has identified three basic problems with the supposed pump priming tool. First, it places too much money back into the hands of government and not into the private sector. Second, it increases the already out of control national debt. Third, the most expensive items in the program are proven losers.

Webster defines stimulus as, “something that incites to action or exertion or quickens action.” The House bill does none of that—it only panders to special interest and is business as usual for the Democrats.