Stimulus bill brings back welfare without limits

Read the following text buried in the House version of the Generational Theft Act of 2009 (emphasis mine):

Hopenchange Kool-AidEMERGENCY FUND. — ”(1) ESTABLISHMENT. — There is established in the Treasury of the United States a fund which shall be known as the ‘Emergency Contingency Fund for State Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Programs’ (in this subsection referred to as the ‘Emergency Fund’). ”(2) DEPOSITS INTO FUND.–Out of any money in the Treasury of the United States not otherwise appropriated, there are appropriated such sums as are necessary for payment to the Emergency Fund.

That’s a blatant return to unlimited direct welfare payments. Remember those? A Republican Congress cut off those hand-outs in 1996 with Bill Clinton’s approval years ago, but Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi want to go back to the bad old days of welfare queens.
I searched the text of the Senate’s “compromise” version and found this:

‘(1) ESTABLISHMENT.–There is established in the Treasury of the United States a fund which shall be known as the ‘Emergency Contingency Fund for State Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Programs’ (in this subsection referred to as the ‘Emergency Fund’). ”(2) DEPOSITS INTO FUND.– ”(A) IN GENERAL.–Out of any money in the Treasury of the United States not otherwise appropriated, there are appropriated for fiscal year 2009, $3,000,000,000 for payment to the Emergency Fund.

It’s a sad day when three billion dollars in welfare payments sounds less insane than the alternative, but here we are. Any bets on what dollar figure will result from the conference committee in which the House and Senate reconcile the differences in their bills and go for final passage?
I’m not betting on anything small.
Hat tip: Mickey Kaus

7:00 Update: Tom Blumer points out that this bill is 47% pork.

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