America is not great because of the size of our government, but because of the vision and values of our people. I am convinced that those who believe in big government have little faith in self-governance. Their philosophy says that government should do what a man can't - or won't - do for himself.
Yesterday President Obama signed a spending bill drafted by Congress full of pork and special interest handouts totaling nearly $800 billion. The Democrats think this bill will change our country's financial fortunes, but you and I know better.
In January, Governor Perry spoke at the Texas Public Policy Foundation's 7th Annual Policy Orientation. See the entire speech, including introductions from TPPF President Brooke Rollins and Board Member Jeff Sandefer, for yourself here:
Washington needs to know that this increasingly pervasive embrace of bailouts must be stopped before it drowns us in debt and destroys our national tradition of self-reliance. Sign this petition and add your voice to a growing chorus of Americans who are fed up with Washington and sending a simple message: “STOP!”
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Bailout recipients spent a staggering $114.2 million on lobbying last year, receiving from TARP funds an even more mind-blowing 267,208 percent return on their dollars, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Yes, that's more than two hundred sixty-seven thousand percent.
It's no wonder, then, that the latest Rasmussen poll indicates that more than half of Americans now believe the new pork-laden bailout of '09 (a.k.a. "stimulus package," in mainstream media parlance) will actually do more harm than good; meanwhile, support for the New Bailout has fallen from 11% net positive (45-34) to 6% net negative (37-43) in just the past couple of weeks.
In February of 2009, it's finally "cool" to oppose the bailout, so it seems. Months ago, though, Governor Perry spoke out strongly against the emerging "bailout mentality" before being against bailouts was cool.