President Obama began his "Pork Tour" today with a town hall meeting in Elkhart Indiana. Obama chose Elkhart because of its dubious distinction of having high unemployment rates. This selection was deliberate as Obama want's you to be afraid that your city could have 15 percent unemployment.
The facts are that Elkhart relied too much on the RV industry and did not adaquately diversify their tax base and attract other kind of business to their area. Ata time when it was apparent that smaller was better, the RV industry continued to crank out "King of the Road" motorhomes that block out the sun as they passed you with SUV in tow.
Everyone knows that dinosaurs are extinct and anyone could see five years ago that this was a doomed industry. Elkhart's problems are more cause by bad management decisions and bad governmental decisions that brought them to where they are now.
Obama chose to not hold this town hall in Greensburg Indiana home to a new Honda plant that has created hundreds of jobs and when fully operational will create more jobs and crank out 200000 Civics a year.
Obama chose to not hold this town hall in Indianapolis where it was just announced a local company was expanding, Street Links is moving to a larger facility and adding 320 new high paying jobs
Obama chose to not hold this town hall in Shelby County where a new Casino is opening and will employ 350 new people.
Obama Chose to not hold this town hall in Crane Indiana where a new 10 million dollar facility will create 220 new jobs.
No, Obama chose Elkhart, because he wants you to be in fear, fear that your job, your town, will be next. He will follow up tonight with a press conference to further scare you into supporting this stimulus bill. He is worried that Congress will slow down and give you the time to know how much wasteful spending is in this bill that does nothing to create jobs or stimulate the economy, but is political "payback" to unions, lobbyists and special interest.
Yes, we are in a recession, and yes, jobs are being lost, but they are also being created. As one sector dies, as one product dies, another comes along to replace it. Obama is worried that you are actually looking at this bill, that you understand it is full of pork and wasteful spending and fails to provide real stimulus, things like a tax holiday, caps on credit card interest , and payday loans or mortgage refinancing.
Obama is afraid you might know what the Congressional Budget Office thinks of his stimulus plan:
CBO, the official scorekeepers for legislation, has stated the House and Senate bills will help in the short term but result in so much government debt that within a few years they would crowd out private investment, actually leading to a lower Gross Domestic Product over the next 10 years than if the government had done nothing.
Obama knows that support for this bill is slipping, according to a new survey released today support for the stimulus has eroded 12 percent in the last month. He is worried about the thousands of calls going to congressional offices today with people urging their senators to vote no on the stimulus.
Americans know that this stimulus bill is a "spending bill in disguise" and will saddle the American Taxpayer with a deficit that may take a generation to pay off.
So Obama must use FEAR to sell this stimulus bill. Hopefully the American Public and the Senate is smarter than that.