• Barack Obama,  Ecstasy,  Eric Cantor

    Obama: $ 787 Billion Economic Stimulus “Has Worked As Intended”

    Obama It's Working

    The President might try a different embellishment.

    President Barack Obama said his $787 billion stimulus bill “has worked as intended” as he pushed back against Republican criticism that his recovery program has failed to rescue the economy.

    “It has already extended unemployment insurance and health insurance to those who have lost their jobs in this recession,” Obama, who is traveling today in Ghana, said in his weekly Saturday radio and Web address. “It has delivered $43 billion in tax relief to American working families and business.”

    Were it not for the stimulus program, the president said, “state deficits would be nearly twice as large as they are now, resulting in tens of thousands of additional layoffs — layoffs that would affect police officers, teachers, and firefighters.”

    In the weekly Republican response, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor of Virginia said the stimulus bill was “full of pork- barrel spending, government waste and massive borrowing cleverly called ‘stimulus.’”

    “The plain truth is that President Obama’s economic decisions have not produced jobs, have not produced prosperity, and have not worked,” Cantor said.

    He said the Republicans want reductions in tax rates that he said would help middle-class families.

    In asking for public patience, Obama said the recovery act “wasn’t designed to restore the economy to full health on its own, but to provide the boost necessary to stop the free fall.”

    I thought the economic stimulus pushed by the Democrats and Obama was all about JOBS? You know, like in putting people back to work.

    Not to bailout bloated state governments, like California, who refuse to live within their means without more and more taxes.

    The spin is not going to play too well and the polls reflect the public’s displeasure. But, to spin results and ask for patience?

    This is not going to fly, Mr. President.

    Listen to Republican Congressman Eric Cantor from Virginia:

    House Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) delivers the weekly Republican address on the economy, the Obama Administrations trillion-dollar “stimulus” spending bill that isnt working, and Republican efforts to offer better solutions.

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  • Ecstasy,  Health

    Ecstasy: Smuggling Through Canada Increases

    A 21-year-old Canadian woman — who said she thought she was going on a “shopping spree” — sobbed inconsolably in U.S. District Court in Seattle yesterday afternoon when a federal prosecutor announced that she and her partner face 20 years behind bars if found guilty of smuggling about 167,000 tablets of the club drug Ecstasy across the border.

    That seizure, which amounts to millions of dollars in the illegal drug, underscores the growing use of Washington by Canadian smugglers who employ the Interstate 5 corridor to move Ecstasy through Seattle and across the United States.

    The Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement has recorded steady growth since 2002 in Ecstasy seizures along the Northwest border with Canada with the numbers spiking sharply this year. In 2003, 47,686 doses were seized. In 2004, the number rose to 258,026. And in just the first four months of this year, 465,220 doses were intercepted at the border.

    Methamphetamine from Mexico and now Ecstasy from Canada.

    ICE certainly have their hands full.