Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Growing the Gummints: Porky and Budget

Think the Fed Gummint is big now?

Wait a few months.

The $787 billion stimulus bill, when combined with the $410 billion omnibus bill, will nearly double the year-to-year spending of several federal agencies, eventually “sucking money out of the private economy” and taking a whack out of Americans’ standards of living, conservative economists warn

...Based on a report that factors omnibus plus stimulus spending, federal departments face a major problem: How to spend all the money Congress and the Obama administration have allocated.

The report indicates that spending by the departments of Labor and Health & Human Services will increase by 91 percent this fiscal year. The U.S. Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will jump by 139 percent.

Interior and Agriculture -- mere paupers when it comes to budget hikes – will enjoy budgets 45 percent larger than they were last year. In other words, the budget footprints of Interior and Agriculture will swell by about half in a single year.

And yes, I know it started with GWBush.

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