What happened to Emanuel Cleaver’s Facebook “Savings Spotlights” posts from last summer?
I so enjoyed those – because it almost looked like a liberal Dem was taking the deficit seriously, and was finally trying to rein in spending. A cynic might have suspected that one of the most left-wing members of Congress, a member of the progressive (DSA) caucus, and Fidel Castro fan, was simply offering bromides to a public sick to death of Washington’s wild spending, during an election year. But not me. Those Savings Spotlight posts had me totally convinced that Cleaver was turning over a new leaf.
Here’s a sample post, chosen at random:
•Emanuel Cleaver II SAVINGS SPOTLIGHT: Since 2009, I have voted time and time again for measures that reduce the deficit, crack down on wasteful government spending, and impose fiscal discipline. For example, I was proud to support the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act (now law), which reinstituted a requirement to offset new policies that increase mandatory spending or reduce revenues, giving it the force of law.
So you can imagine my shock (and awe) when I read this:
In the midst of a colossal global concern for the economic stability of our great nation, Emanuel Cleaver, Missouri’s 5th Congressional District representative, has one small earmark on his wish list that deserves some attention.
Cleaver has listed a new earmark — one of several — and he promises to “fight for every one.” But this is a whopping $48 billion package that must go down as the grandaddy of all earmarks.
Proposed by a gentleman named Lamar Mickens, president of the not-for-profit Quality Day Campus, the $48 billion earmark would funnel money into the inner cities to give money to the poor and thereby produce a much larger consumer class to buy the goods and services produced in this country.
Just call this redistribution on steroids.
Cleaver’s office says this of the proposal:
“The Epicenter is a proposed estimated $48 billion (Phase One) mass scale urban reclamation project for combating, reducing, reversing and/or eliminating poverty within under served communities by utilizing mass scale economic redevelopment to bring about stability and self reliance.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (MO-5) requests $48,000,000,000 for:
Quality Day Campus, Inc.
As Ace says:
I’m thinking if 48 billion is the foot in the door, Phase Two has got to involve real money.
Pardon me… I think I’m going to be sick, now.
Cross-posted at Nice Deb