A Congressional Christmas Deja Vu

Harry Reid and his collection of Daycare rejects, known as the Senate Democrats, yesterday released a 1,900 page, $1.1 trillion budget Omnibus bill proposal.  Mitch McConnell and Republican leaders are opposed to the measure due to its size, cost and the nonexistent time for debate.

The Senate Minority Leader said he would rather pass a short-term spending patch to fund the government instead of jamming through the omnibus bill before Christmas. Although there had been some bi-partisan co-operation in drafting the bill, Tuesday was the first time that most policymakers saw the finished product.

Dinghy Leader Harry Reid said yesterday that he wants it passed before the next Congress begins on Jan. 5.

I’ll bet he does. Coward.

McConnell compared the effort by Senate Democrats to pass the bill over the next few weeks to the underhanded garbage used to get the health care bill on the Senate floor on Christmas Eve last year.  He called for a Continuing Resolution that will fund the government until February in order to allow more time to actually find out what is in this enormous omnibus spending bill next year.

Anybody out there feeling a sense of Deja Vu? Who could forget Obamacare? Is under the cover of darkness the only way the Democrats can hope to complete their nefarious plans? You betcha.

The Senate Minority Leader feels the same way:

Where we are is eerily reminiscent of last year. It was December. There was either snow on the ground or snow was on the way. And all of a sudden we had, in that case a 2,700 page bill that no one had seen, and we were trying to jam it through the Senate. Fast forward a year. It’s cold outside. Snow is on the way. And we have another, in this case, almost 2,000 page bill that no one has seen, at least on my side of the aisle.

Per C-Span’s Congressional Glossary:

An OMNIBUS BILL packages together several measures into one or combines diverse subjects into a single bill. Examples are reconciliation bills, combined appropriations bills, and private relief and claims bills.

An annual event, the omnibus bill supposedly provides funding for all parts of the federal budget. If short-term measures to fund the government aren’t passed, the government could shutdown.

McConnell says so what?

This bill should not go forward. It’s completely and totally inappropriate to wrap all of this up into a 2,000 bill and try to pass this a week before Christmas.

The usual Senate RINOs are claiming to support the bill.

Incoming House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio wants the Senate Democrats to stand down:

This bill represents exactly what the American people have rejected: more spending, more earmarks, and more big government. Republicans strongly oppose this last-ditch spending spree, a smack in the face to taxpayers at a time when we’re borrowing 40 cents of every dollar we spend. Instead of making reckless spending decisions in the waning days of the lame-duck session, Senate Democrats should stand down so we can get to work on cleaning up Washington’s fiscal mess.

As reported on drudgereport.com, Sen. John McCain stood on the Senate floor and blew the whistle on the Dems . He 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.

It’s nice to see ol’ Maverick man up and tell it like it is. 

There needs to be more of this from the Republican Senators in regards to this Christmas president that the Cowardly Dems seem determined to give to themselves, regardless of how the country feels about it.

The Democratic Party, from Obama on down, seem to have embraced denial, as to what exactly happened on November 2nd, 2011.  Somehow,using their own unique pretzel logic, they have intentionally misconstrued the Midterm results to mean that Americans want them to double down on their Progressive Schemes.  What’s equally as bad, is the reaction of the Beltway Elite Republicans, who see the election as an affirmation to continue their backroom dealing.

To those in Washington who think that the results of the Midterms mean that you can continue ignoring the wishes of the American people, a word of warning:  I hope y’all have a trade you can fall back on after November 2012.  Politics as usual just ain’t gonna cut it. 

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19 Responses to “A Congressional Christmas Deja Vu”

  1. futiledemocracy Says:

    It is incredible that America still takes its right wing seriously. Republicans have been utterly despicable these past two years, and nothing short of crooks for eight years prior to that.

    • kingsjester Says:

      Tell me something. Who has controlled Congress since 2007? Who has had control of the presidency and both Houses of Congress since 2009? Who has spent more of Americans’ money than any other administration in America’s history? The Republicans are crooks? That would be hard for them to accomplish any crooked schemes they might have, as they were not the party in power for the overwhelming majority of the last 40 years. Try again.

    • lovingmyUSA Says:

      Really, futile, when you get all your information from “The Guardian”–you will find this doesn’t qualify you as knowledgable in American politics…

    • yoda Says:

      futile only knows what is being spoon fed to him/her. When you clean up your own mess where you come from, then you can cross the pond and tell us about our politics.

  2. ladyingray Says:

    I know how to do beaver control and take care of those wolves too!!! Where’s my freakin’ 30.06???

  3. ladyingray Says:

    Heck, I’ll even pay for the ammo myself!

  4. yoda Says:

    Where do the Democrats think the money is coming from? Maybe we can borrow the money from Europe!!! No, wait.

  5. lovingmyUSA Says:

    I love how someone from outside our country thinks he is capable of intelligent comments about our politics. Obviously futiledemocracy has not been paying attention. It was the politics of the democraps that caused the financial meltdown, in collusion with ACORN and our “community organizer”. Now they want to finish raiding our children and grandchildren’s piggy banks for that last penny. And when we’re dead, they STILL want to take more of our money…to pay for a broken toenail on the poor little piggies…

  6. J-Mac Says:

    futile,
    Maybe we should follow the British model, where we overextend ourselves to the point that paying for one’s own education leads to setting businesses on fire, the same businesses that pay for your up until now “free” education. Clearly British universities do not teach economics. Or how about we kneel before our new Islamic overlords as the enlightened in the UK seem hell bent on doing. You have lost your country and you wish that we lose ours as well. Pray tell just who do you suppose will defend Britian when the US collapses? Your nation hasn’t been able to defend itself since the days of Churchill due to ignorant Brits such as yourself who put your comforts at another’s expense above the common defense and well being of your nation. You shall have neither comfort nor defense.

  7. Steyn Fan Says:

    KJ – “noxious weed management in Nevada”? If I hadn’t seen this in various news stories, I would have thought that you were making a Harry Reid joke.

    As American families tighten their belts, seeing stupid spending sprees by the stewards of our taxes just makes us angrier. Bring on 2012!

  8. Crimefyter Says:

    I wonder if futiledemocracy understands the one fatal mistake he and his countrymen made when they gave up their firearms.

  9. Badger40 Says:

    The payout for ranchers in wolf reintroduction states is pathetic compared to the actual kills.
    But when your reimbursement deponds upon Fish & Wildife employess, as well as private enviro groups to personally decide whether each individual kill is the work of a real wolf, your odds of getting paid are almost nil.
    And why not? They have nothing but bias concerning this.
    They do not want the wolf delisted.
    Even though the Rocky Mtn pack breeding pairs are way over what the govt said they would maintain, they will still not delist it.
    The wolf is not an animal in danger of extinction.
    But these poepl would have you think so.

  10. Badger40 Says:

    RE: ladyingray Says:

    December 15, 2010 at 7:10 am | Reply
    I know how to do beaver control and take care of those wolves too!!! Where’s my freakin’ 30.06???”

    Well you’re welcome to come shoot all the beaver you want on our ranch.
    They have decimated our native tree populations.
    Buggars.

  11. Fallen Sparrow Says:

    Good piece – one note of correction, though: Mr. Boehner called for Senate Democrats to stand down, not Senate GOP. Mr. Boehner is opposed to the bill, and the error gives the impression he supports it.

  12. Gohawgs Says:

    Last year, McConnell caved and we got obamacare. Is he going to repeat history this year and allow a 2000 page kitchen sink POS bill to pass into law? He needs to STOP each and every attempted vote on each and every POS bill that comes forward during the lame duck session. To do otherwise is to Neville Chamberlainize the republicans going forward…

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