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Entries in government spending (4)


Republicans To Read Every Page Of Omnibus Spending Bill On Senate Floor


As the lame duck session of Congress draws to an end, Senate Democrats have proposed a massive, last minute 'catch all' bill before ceding power in the new Congress next year.

But, Republicans claim none of them even know what's in the nearly 2000 page bill that will cost a half billion dollars per page.

Republicans will paralyze the Senate floor for 50 hours by forcing clerks to read every single paragraph of the 1,924-page, $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill.

Senate clerks are expected to read the massive bill in rotating shifts around the clock — taking breaks to drink water and pop throat lozenges  — to keep legislative business on track, according to a Democratic leadership aide.

The bill would fund the budget which expires this weekend. Republicans want to pass a 'continuing resolution' that would extend the current budget into February and give lawmakers time to put together something smaller and more reasonable.

Imagine, reading a bill before passage...that's certainly novel.


Congressional Christmas

The United States Senate passed the massive health care reform bill this morning and also voted to increase the nation's debt ceiling to 12.4 trillion dollars. Some of you might have a few words to say in regards to these measures, so the floor is yours.




America Now Over 6 Million Jobs Shy of Administration's Projections

Courtesy of the Committee on Ways and Means:

The table below compares the White House's February 2009 projection of the number of jobs that would be created by the 2009 stimulus law (through the end of 2010) with the actual change in state payroll employment through September 2009 (the latest figures available).  According to the data, 49 States and the District of Columbia have lost jobs since stimulus was enacted.  Only North Dakota has seen net job creation following the February 2009 stimulus.  While President Obama claimed the result of his stimulus bill would be the creation of 3.5 million jobs, the Nation has already lost a total of 2.7 million – a difference of 6.2 million jobs. 

To see how stimulus has failed your state, see the table below.


Axelrod In Denial? Claims Protesters Are "Wrong" And In The Minority

Appearing on CBS's 'Face the Nation' yesterday, White House senior adviser David Axelrod claimed that recent 'Tea Party' and Town Hall participants were in the minority. Even after last weekend's massive march on the capital.

"I don't think it's indicative of the nation's mood," Axelrod said on CBS' "Face the Nation." "You know, I don't think we ought to be distracted by that. My message to them is, they're wrong."

"I don't believe that some of the angriest, most strident voices we saw during the summer were representative of the thousands of town hall meetings that went on around the country that came off peacefully, that were constructive, people voicing their points of view," Axelrod said. "You know, one of the great things about our country is people can express themselves even if they're not representative of the majority."

Perhaps Mr. Axelrod is naive, in denial...or possibly attempting to blow smoke, as that's not what the polls suggest.

A Rasmussen Poll says that 62% of Americans would rather see tax cuts than more spending. In fact, 77% see politician's unwillingness to cut spending as a major problem.

And  53% oppose Congress' current health care reform proposals.

As the White House, Congress and the main stream media continue to ignore the public outcry against bigger government, the voices of the people will be resoundingly clear in future elections.