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Senate Republicans to force reading of the ominus bill

Yea!!  Republicans with some Back. Bone.  Love it.

According to The Hill, Senate Republicans are going through with a plan to have the entire omnibus spending bill read on the Senate floor, a feat that won’t be completed for 50 hours. Republicans have vowed to vote against the 1,924-page, $1.1 trillion bill that is loaded with billions in earmarks.

That would mean any Senate business would be stalled until Saturday evening.

Now you’re talking.  I’ll stay up and watch.


Posted:  12.16.10

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Harry Reid presents $1.1 trillion omnibus for passage

This Congress has a 13 percent favorable rating from a recent Gallup poll, (with 83 percent disapproving) the lowest since Gallup has been polling.  And is there any wonder.

Then come January, we will begin to hear how we have to address the deficit – it will be all about “shared sacrifice.”  How outrageous that will be after more spending such as this.  Just look at these examples of wasteful spending below.

Here are some of the earmarks uncovered in the Omnibus $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill they hope to pass before Saturday, when the government will supposedly shut down.  HR 3082.  This is a different bill than the one to extend Bush tax cuts, which I think has already passed.  [Sorry, it passed the Senate, now to the House for vote probably Thursday]  (Notice, now that particular measure has become the Obama tax cuts.  Obama is not cutting any taxes, so I will always refer to it as the extension of the Bush tax cuts.  It only keeps taxes. from. going. up.!!!

Unsatisfied with the simple continuing resolution the House passed that would keep the government running until the next Congress takes over in January, the Senate is proposing the earmark-laden omnibus as one last spending hurrah before legislators leave town. Grass-roots conservatives are particularly angry that the bill includes $1 billion to fund the healthcare bill that may be unconstitutional, based on a judge’s ruling in Virginia this week.

Among the 6,000 earmarks the media has uncovered so far in the massive legislation the Senate is trying to push through just weeks after Democrats sustained their worst landslide defeat of the post-World War II era:

  • Literal pork: Almost $350,000 is earmarked to study the management of swine waste in North Carolina.
  • $235,000 for the management of invasive weeds in Nevada.
  • $300,000 for the Polynesian Voyaging Society in Hawaii. Founded in 1973, the society sails a “voyaging” boat throughout the Pacific, studying how ancient Polynesian people settled far-flung lands.
  • Funds are devoted to a variety of agricultural needs, including research of maple syrup in Vermont, control of potato pests in Wisconsin, the development of virus-resistant grapes in Washington state, and peanut cultivation research in Alabama.
  • $80 million for states and Indian tribes to pay for preservation of Pacific salmon.
  • $13 million for clean-water initiatives in rural villages in Alaska.
  • $450,000 for the World Food Prize.
  • $500,000 for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute.
  • $200,000 to install solar panels at a food bank in Arizona

This one, the Omnibus, has passed the House, now to the Senate.  hard to keep up with them.  Here are Republican Senators who are Likely to vote Yes on this bill:

Kit Bond Missouri
George Voinovich Ohio
Robert Bennett Utah
Thad Cochran Mississippi
Susan Collins Maine
Jim Inhofe Oklahoma
Dick Lugar Indiana
Lisa Murkowski Alaska
Richard Shelby Alabama

Posted:  12.15.10

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Highlights this week on the economy, Cramer, Gibbs, “Wealth Destruction”

Jim Cramer, “Greatest wealth destruction by a president.”

Robert Gibbs responds (giggling).

Cramer responds to Gibbs Here.

GOP Sen. John McCain’s amendment to strip the omni-pork package of an estimated 8,500 earmarks worth roughly $8 billion was defeated yesterday afternoon.

See yeas and nays Here.

Some of the same republicans voting against this, Snowe, Collins, Specter, among others.


“”During the 2008 presidential campaign, candidates Barack Obama and John McCain fought vigorously over who would be toughest on congressional earmarks.

“We need earmark reform,” Obama said in September during a presidential debate in Oxford, Miss. “And when I’m president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.””

Dow up 149 points today closing at 6876.
Dow was 9000+ in January.

Posted:  03.04.09

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Stop the Pork

OINK, OINKlipstickonpork21

Posted:  01.29.09


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Did I Hear Senator Obama Say Something About Earmarks?

I’m sure I did just this morning hear Mr. Obama talking about earmarks and I believe he was criticizing Governor Palin on this subject.  Senator Obama said:

“I know the governor of Alaska has been saying she’s change, and that’s great,” Obama said. “She’s a skillful politician. But, you know, when you’ve been taking all these earmarks when it’s convenient, and then suddenly you’re the champion anti-earmark person, that’s not change. Come on! I mean, words mean something, you can’t just make stuff up.”

Now, I thought change was the mantra of the Obama campaign.  Things seem to have changed, all right, and the change is that it looks like Sister Sarah has become the change candidate.  🙂

If Senator Obama wanted to call someone on the issue of earmarks, I thought it was odd that he would bring up Governor Palin rather than John McCain, a fellow Senator, and the one who is actually his opponent.  Obama has a way of playing with your mind and if you’re not careful, he’ll lead you to a wrong conclusion.  Of course, he didn’t mention the millions of dollars (just under $1 billion) in earmarks that HE as a United States Senator has passed out in the two years since he was elected.

After looking into this subject just a little bit, it is abundantly clear why Senator Obama can’t criticize McCain on the subject of earmarks, as you will see.

But just what are earmarks and what do they have to do with anything?  Well, it seems…..

Earmarks are grants of your tax dollars without the normal public review, often given to pet projects by members of Congress in near secrecy.  They add up to billions of dollars, and critics say they are ripe for fraud and abuse by some.

Senator John McCain, who has long criticized the spending practice, “was one of five senators to reject earmarks entirely.”

On the other hand…..

Q  What earmarks did Senator Obama request for the Fiscal Years 2006 and 2007?

A.  A lot. Click link below for a detailed list:

http://answercenter.barackobama.com/cgi … JnBfY2F0cz

**Hmmm, he took the list off — but — here’s another link where you can see all the earmarks he requested.  Be sure and scroll down a little bit to be sure and see them all:


Sarah Palin was not in the congress, of course.  As Governor of Alaska, Palin reduced her state government’s requests from congress from 63 earmarks to 31.  I don’t know if congress actually funded these projects or not.

Here’s what Palin said in a February interview (obviously before she was a candidate):

“My position has been in trying to read that writing on the wall, and understanding there’s going to be reform,” she said. “We can either put our heads in the sand and ignore the reforms that are coming or we can be proactive and get Alaska in the position of being more productive, contributing more and becoming less reliant on the federal government.”

And here’s how the McCain campaign sees it: Palin “doesn’t mind bucking the establishment to get things done,” said her campaign spokeswoman, Maria Comella. “As vice president, she is committed to working with John McCain to end this wasteful, earmark system that she has seen corrupt leaders in Alaska.”


So to recap:

  • Senator John McCain requested zero earmarks.
  • Senator Barack Obama requested a long list of earmarks.
  • Sarah Palin requested for her state 31 earmarks from Congress as Governor of Alaska, and is trying to move her state towards less federal money and more self-reliance.


Posted:  09.07.08


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