Some people just don’t learn.
Via Byron York:
Now that Sens. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., Jon Tester, D-Mont., Jim Webb, D-Va., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., have either voted against President Obama’s American Jobs Act, or said they would if it came up for final passage, it is safe to say that the chief executive’s second stimulus program is dead. Unfortunately, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is trying to revive one of its worst big-spending provisions, creation of a national infrastructure bank to throw more billions of tax dollars at special interests favored by Democrats. It’s a terrible idea that should be rejected, along with the rest of Obama’s failed stimulus policies.
First, it should be noted that Obama’s proposed new bank, to be called the American Infrastructure Financing Authority, is guaranteed to create a mere trickle of jobs for at least its first year if it becomes law. Before a single dime could be spent, Obama would have to appoint and the Senate confirm a chief executive officer, who would then have to hire a chief financial officer, chief risk officer, chief compliance officer, general counsel, chief operations officer and chief lending officer. Besides all these chiefs, office space would have to be procured and furnished, then swarms of bureaucrats hired to shuffle paper. This process would take at least a year, probably two, and no money would be spent on infrastructure during that time.
Once the bank did get up and running — seeded with $10 billion in taxpayer money — it would essentially function the same way Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac did, as a government-owned corporation that subsidizes sub-market-rate loans and loan guarantees for projects with politically influential backers. Just like Fannie and Freddie, Obama promises there would be teams of government experts to ensure only “good bets” are funded.