I wrote a post about this $60 billion dollar Sandy Relief Bill passing the House of Representatives, after conservative republicans fought to curb some of the spending and/or offset it, only to be defeated by the spend thrift democrats and some liberal republicans, but I just have to make a separate post on this to call attention to it.. I think this goes to the Senate next week, so no telling how much they may add.
I just read this short little list of some of the unrelated pork that is in this bill. This is just dishonest and outragious. It would be like me, say, I had a tax deduction for interest on my house, and I just decided I’d throw in a whole bunch of other expenses under that same deduction. We should all try that.
But for God’s sake, just look at this. And I am sure this is not all of the off-the-wall expenditures that are inserted in the bill so they can get them passed under the guise of “helping all the poor unfortunate victims of Sandy.”
“$500 million for weather forecasting and to help create an ocean zoning plan–the latter one of Obama’s pet projects. Also included are $10 million for FBI salaries $2 billion for road construction across the country, as well as funding for the Head Start program, roof repairs at the Smithsonian, and $150 million for fisheries across the country.”
Posted: 01.17.2013 A. D. @ 2:59 p.m.
UPDATE: Omnibus is Dead!!
With congress at a low of 13 percent, the democrats have introduced another bill with massive amount of earmarks and wasteful spending. Yesterday, John McCain speaks out against it. He says, “You vote for this, you put your political future in great peril.”
It’s always interesting to review what has been said in the past, what has been promised. When is a lie not a lie?
Below a discussion back in 2009 on Chris Matthews Hardball about the same subject, earmarks, . Nothing has changed. Notice the excuses that were made back then. What are the excuses this year??
I’ll bet you if John McCain were president today, he would not sign a bill filled with all this pork.
The only thing I can see that has changed since 2009 is an election took place in November, and the republicans took the House taking 63 seats. So let’s put a hold on this and let’s see what the new congress will do.
Posted: 12.16.10 Update: 12.16.10 @ 9:00 p.m.
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.
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
Remember Shirley Sherrod and Andrew Breitbart’s video of her which caused the loss of her job, and exposed a case called Pigford? It could not have been more appropriately named.
Since that time Breitbart has worked to understand the full story behind Sherrod’s hasty ousting and believes he has an answer. According to Breitbart, the answer lays in a piece of legislation President Barack Obama signed Wednesday — which provides $1.15 billion in funding for a case known as Pigford II. The money will be doled out in payments of $50,000 for more than 90,000 alleged black farmers as retribution for alleged discrimination on the part of the USDA.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2010/12/09/will-pigford-vindicate-andrew-breitbart/#ixzz17chfp1C8
Small problem. There are only 18,000 black farmers in the country. This story is focused on Breitbart, but, of course, he is not the story. The story is the stealing of more tax money. Notice the Sherrods already have received $13 million dollars. Uh oh, that makes them filthy rich. And means we’re supposed to hate them, right?
The fraud is exposed. It is well-documented. And yet the president signed it into law anyway yesterday. Now what? This is an outrage.
I had a garden once. Wonder if I should apply.
“How to slop a pastured pig”: http://www.ehow.com/how_6041069_slop-pig-healthy-pastured-pork.html
I believe it was Tom Coburn (R) who made some statement about America rotting from within. Don’t blame it on America as a whole. It’s the government in Washington, D. C. that is rotting. And the fine Mr. Dr. Coburn was one of the republicans who voted in favor of the DREAM Act that passed the House yesterday. Talk about rotting, or rotten.
The “Porker of the Month” award could not have gone to a more deserving person than Barney Frank. He is so much a part of the problem that he should be before his own committee answering questions instead of AIG executives. Barney has no shame.
In September 2003, Frank told The New York Times that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac “are not facing any kind of financial crisis.” Both Fannie and Freddie are now almost entirely owned by the government, and while Freddie Mac got $13.8 billion in bailout money last year, Fannie Mae is estimated to get $15.2 billion in 2009, according to the CAGW.” (Citizens Against Government Waste).
“Even in this global capital of hot air, bait-and-switch politics, and double-talk, Chairman Frank deserves singular recognition,” said CAGW President Tom Schatz. “It strains credulity to hear him rebuking anyone for rewarding failure after he helped create the disaster in the first place.”
See story here.
Senator Barack Obama received a $101,332+ bonus from American International Group (AIG) in the form of political contributions according to Opensecrets.org. The two biggest Congressional recipients of bonuses from the A.I.G. are – Senator Chris Dodd and Senator Barack Obama.
Is there any wonder they wanted to see AIG get their bonuses? Bob Shrum, democratic blubbermouth, is trying to cover for Chris Dodd. It’s going to take a very large cover.
And Maxine Waters? She has a lot of nerve. She says President Obama has some “explaining to do.” Of course he does, but then so does Mz. Waters!! Review, Preview – watch her here praising Franklin Raines and Fannie Mae, zero down payments, so forth.
These people have sold our country out. The AIG bonuses are just the tippy, tip, tip of the iceberg.
Boy, oh, boy, we sure do have the foxes in the hen house. The guilty parties are in charge of the “recovery.”
All together now…..O-Ba-Ma, O-Ba-Ma.