When President Barack Obama came to Denver to sign the stimulus bill into law, not everyone was happy to see him. A group of several hundred people and one Vietnamese pot bellied pig rallied on the west side of the Colorado state capital against the stimulus.
The Denver Post described the crowd thus:
“The crowd that assembled for the rally was an eclectic one. There were party operatives and moms with children in tow. There were anti-illegal-immigration activists and self-described libertarians. One man was asking crowd members if they wanted to be interviewed for a ‘renewable-energy comedy show.’ Another man stood in the middle of the crowd after the rally shouting things such as: ‘And by the way, Obama, where’s your birth certificate?’
“Barb Neville of Littleton brought her pet pig, a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig named Nathan, to the rally.”
The enthusiastic crowd, some sporting pig noses and some waving outsized $30,000 novelty checks meant to represent what the stimulus law will costs every tax payer, was addressed by a series of conservative activists, including columnist and TV commentator Michelle Malkin, and Republican officials.
The message from the speakers was that not only is the stimulus law an unwarranted intrusion into the pockets of generations of tax payers, but that it largely consists of pork barrel spending that will not stimulate the economy.
The anti stimulus law rally suggests that public discontent with the stimulus law, passed on a virtually party line vote by the Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama, is lingering. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, often mentioned as a possible candidate for President of the United States in 2012, has actually suggested that Louisiana may not accept all or part of the stimulus money allocated to that state, depending on things like what strings are attached. Polling continues to suggest wide spread public cynicism about the stimulus law. The Republican Party is determined to use the passage of the stimulus law as a political issue.
The stimulus package is likely only the beginning of the Obama administration’s spending plans. The automobile companies are demanding more bailout money. The Obama White House is working on proposals for mortgage relief and national health care. There might even be more stimulus bills planned if the current law proves insufficient.
The Denver anti stimulus rally ended in a catered barbeque dinner for the attendees. It was barbecued pork, naturally.
Source: Anti-stimulus protest staged at Colo. Capitol, John Ingold, Denver Post, February 17th, 2009
Michelle serves stimulus-pork barbecue in Denver, Allahpundit, Hotair.Com, February 17th, 2009
Jindal Signals Louisiana May Not Take Stimulus Money, Brian Montopoli, CBS News, February 17th, 2009