Wasteful government spending must stop

As part of its campaign against wasteful government spending, Americans for Prosperity Foundation has started a television advertising campaign and companion website to help Americans learn more about the harmful effects of the stimulus plan promoted by President Barack Obama, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

In just a handful of years, AFPF has grown to become “America’s leading conservative grassroots organization,” according to a recent article penned by Richard Viguerie. The recent attacks on AFPF by President Obama are evidence of this.

According to AFPF President Tim Phillips, “This first ad called ‘Hollywood’ details how the failed $862 billion Obama/Pelosi/Reid ‘Stimulus’ bill was wasted on pet political projects, how it cost every American family an average of $10,000 and how it in reality killed genuine private sector jobs.”

The companion website at SpendingCrisis.org has useful information that citizens can tap to learn more about the stimulus spending, as well as government spending in general. The site carries the headline “Washington, we’ve got a problem.”

In particular, an issues page gives some reasons as to why high government spending is bad for America.

As an example, under the heading “Government Spending is Inherently Wasteful,” we find “It’s regarded as a virtual truism that no one spends someone else’s money as well as they spend their own. The only people who seem to disagree are politicians.”

Other facts highlighted include:

  • This year, the federal government will borrow about $12,500 per household to pay for its spending.
  • Despite claiming that the $862 billion stimulus package would keep unemployment below 8 percent, it is hovering around 9.5 percent with few signs of improving.
  • Public employees earned more than $120,000 per year in salary and benefits on average, compared to about $60,000 in the private sector.
  • From anti-poverty spending programs to defense and education, the federal government now spends a record $30,543 per household.

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