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Update 12/15/10: It’s the $1.27 Trillion Parr-tay and you still get the Bill.
As if “The Porky Tax Deal” was not already a choker, now the Democrats are pushing the “$1.1 Trillion Spending Bill” (Omnibus Spending Bill). That’s 1.1 Trillion Dollars to spend on government so government can spend 1.1 Trillion Dollars on government.
That’s quite a party, and the U.S. taxpayers are expected to pick-up the tab. Again.
Senate Dems unveil $1.1T spending bill
-by Alexander Bolton, December 14, 2010
Senate Democrats have filed a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that would fund the government through fiscal year 2011, according to Senate GOP sources.
The 1,924-page bill includes funding to implement the sweeping healthcare reform bill Congress passed earlier this year as well as additional funds for Internal Revenue Service agents, according to a senior GOP aide familiar with the legislation. (— Continued).
Wait, didn’t the Senate just punt forward on “The Porky Tax Deal”? Yes, yes they did, both parties agreeing to send that bill to the House to maintain the Bush Tax Cuts (a good thing), to extend unemployment benefits for the extensively unemployed (a good thing for their welfare but debatable as to the benefit-cost considerations), but otherwise compromised to include earmarks and more earmarks and pork and pork and…
Tax-Cut Bill Draws Wide Support in Senate
Lawmakers from Both Parties Back Plan in 83-15 Vote, but House Democrats Still Weigh Effort to Raise Levy on Estates
– by JANET HOOK, Wall Street Journal, December 14, 2010
(— Continued)…Mr. Udall complained that the bill added too much to the deficit. “It is a time bomb in our midst, the ticking of which we cannot ignore,” he said.
Deficit concerns were also cited by the five Republicans who voted against the tax deal: Sens. Jeff Sessions (Ala.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), George Voinovich (Ohio), Jim DeMint (S.C.) and John Ensign (R., Nev.).
Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.), one of the few Republicans to vote against the Bush tax cuts in 2001, said Monday he supported their extension to avoid damage to the economy.
But he railed against subsidies for ethanol producers and other provisions of the bill that he called “unneeded, unnecessary, unwanted sweeteners” to win votes for the package.
“This is precisely the business as usual behavior that Republicans told Tea Party voters they wouldn’t engage in,” Mr. McCain said.
“…In the short time I’ve had to review this massive piece of legislation – I’ve identified approximately 6,488 earmarks totaling nearly $8.3 billion. Here is a small sample:
$277,000 for potato pest management in Wisconsin
$246,000 for bovine tuberculosis in Michigan and Minnesota
$522,000 for cranberry and blueberry disease and breeding in New Jersey
$500,000 for oyster safety in Florida
$349,000 for swine waste management in North Carolina
$413,000 for peanut research in Alabama
$247,000 for virus free wine grapes in Washington
$208,000 beaver management in North Carolina
$94,000 for blackbird management in Louisiana
$165,000 for maple syrup research in Vermont
$235,000 for noxious weed management in Nevada
$100,000 for the Edgar Allen Poe Cottage Visitor’s Center in New York
$300,000 for the Polynesian Voyaging Society in Hawaii
$400,000 for solar parking canopies and plug-in electric stations in Kansas
“Additionally, the bill earmarks $727,000 to compensate ranchers in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan whenever endangered wolves eat their cattle. As my colleagues know, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Gray Wolf program is under intense scrutiny for wasting millions of taxpayer dollars every year to ‘recover’ endangered wolves that are now overpopulating the West and Midwest. My State of Arizona has a similar wolf program but ranchers in my state aren’t getting $727,000 in this bill. (Read the whole thing…)
Or view a video of this McCain speech, part of which is quoted above.
So we’re told we’re not getting massive tax increases in January 2011 but we’re also going to be paying to fund government to the tune of $1.1 Trillion. Not sure about the bargain there.
But [tiny violin here], that sum “cuts more than $26 billion from President Barack Obama’s 2011 requests“. Bad taxpayers, depriving Obama like that, bad taxpayers, bad.
When does this insanity ever stop? Did people in political office not hear the message from the voters on November 2010? Obviously not, they not only didn’t hear the message, they seem entirely stoned, drunk, wasted, swimming on substances, whatever it can be called, though “deranged” works.
D.C. continues to order lobster, filet mignon and bottles upon bottles of taxpayer-paid green-bill libation while sailing away on luxury yachts and moon rides with Fluffy on their laps and rocks on their ears and wrists, and, hey, just runs off to another party. They’re drunk and in our pockets.
As to Barack Obama, he does not know how to “do the Presidency,” he appears to only know that he wants to ride around in fancy cars, planes, take luxury vacations, play ball games of any and all sort, eat really well, as long as someone else pays for it, and wreck the United States of America.
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