A post by Pat

Now there’s a quote I can hold as close to my heart as, “Give me liberty or give me death”.

A million dollars for oyster rehabilitation is just one of the earmarks stuffed into a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that just passed the House.

House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill

The House Thursday passed a huge spending measure combining major spending boosts for domestic agencies and foreign aid with more than 5,000 back-home projects sought by lawmakers.

The 1,088-page, $1.1 trillion measure would provide $447 billion in operating budgets for 10 Cabinet departments, awarding increases averaging almost 10 percent. On top of that comes more than $600 billion in payments for federal benefit programs such as Medicare and Medicaid.

The 221-202 vote to approve the House-Senate compromise bill sends it to the Senate, which may pass it this weekend and ship it on to President Barack Obama. Not a single Republican voted for the bill.

The generosity comes on top of an infusion of cash to domestic agencies in February’s economic stimulus bill and a $410 billion measure in March that also bestowed budget increases well above inflation.

“When are we going to say, ‘Enough is enough?”‘ said House GOP Leader John Boehner of Ohio. “Let’s stop the madness.”

Jason Chaffetz said it.

The American people get it. If you want to continue to have a job here and continue to represent the people, you better vote the way they want you to. America is fed up with this uncontrolled spending.

This is the worst of the worst. We had a 2500 page bill that we have less than 24 hours, and we voted on it, and it is so full of garbage.

I took out a 12-year incumbent Republican because of this issue. I was adamant in saying, look, we have to be good stewards of the American peoples’ money, and those that refuse will suffer the consequences. The reason you do an ombnibus bill and combine six different agencies into one bill is to hide stuff…You load all the crap that would never stand by the light of day…

Everybody is going to have to be personally accountable and go back to their voters and they will say, you know what, I did not send you to Washington to write pork. …

They’re going to have to answer. The more they become creatures of Washington D.C., the more trouble they will have. I can just answer for myself and say I am proud I did not vote for it and did not put any crap in the bill.

A different point of view from Maryland’s representatives.

House OKs spending bill with nearly $100 million sought for Md.

Nearly $100 million in spending earmarked by Maryland lawmakers appears headed to more than 70 projects in the state under a huge year-end spending measure that the House approved Thursday.

The earmarked money would be spread liberally across Maryland. Favored recipients include the state and local governments; colleges and universities, both public and private; as well as the Girl Scouts; the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation; the Kennedy Krieger Institute; and many more.

Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, one of the negotiators, unleashed a flood of news releases Wednesday to trumpet the spending measure. … “Today, my promises made are promises kept,” she said.

My hat is off to you to Rep. Chaffetz. One of the few good guys.

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  1. Maynard says:

    The Democrats, under Obama’s leadership, actually believe — or pretend to believe — that they’re doing the nation a favor by piling up the debt and consuming as much as they possibly can. Their economic theory is that they’ll spare us from unemployment if only they can consume enough, because we’re going to have to work to fill their demand. These are ideas that appeal to desperate or gullible people, but they just make no sense, either economically or morally. Our resources are being squandered and we’re getting nothing for it. When it’s over, we’ll have debt and no resources to pay that debt. Congress is just making excuses to loot America and pay off its cronies.

  2. Sam Joe says:

    everyone who voted for this should not be in office in 2010 or 2012. they should be taken out of office and immediately put in jail. this is outright thievery, no other way to spin it.

  3. lord-ruler says:

    This is the second politician after Sarah Palin to say crap. It is a good trend.

  4. lord-ruler says:

    Actually congressman Chaffetz should have said, “I didn’t put any bolsheviks in the bill”

  5. kwilder says:

    It becomes more and more obvious every day that we need to do everything we can in 2010 and 2012 to establish some sense of fiscal and moral responsibility in Washington. I commend Rep. Chaffetz on taking his stand… we need 434 more representatives just like him…

  6. Richard Riker says:

    Unlike most Senators and Congressmen Jason Chaffetz gets it. We need more people in Washington that will speak up and lead the way back to an ethical and honest stewardship of the peoples money. The more ethical Senators and Congressmen that speak up the more the unethical ones will be seen as just what they are, dishonest criminals stealing the food and shelter of the people the say they purport to represent. Fortunately we in the 8th Congressional District of Florida have just such a person that will replace the NON representative Alan “the mouth” Grayson. That person is Patricia Sullivan. Unlike the carpetbagging Grayson who represents his party not his constituents, Patricia Sllivans’ agenda is that of the people she will be representing when defeats “the mouth” next November.http://patriciasullivanforcongress.com/

  7. Leon says:

    Oyster rehab? Well… I am very concerned having to step over the oysters, sprawled unconscious along the sidewalk, still clutching their brown paper bagged booze.

    So long as these people control the currency printing presses, they can spew out these mountains of I.O.U.’s, drawn against anything the citizenry can ever earn.
    Maybe the people need to take control of it somehow?
    A national vote on every annual budget and every issue of currency?
    Return to a gold standard?

  8. CO2aintpoison says:

    Three shorts:
    1. Thank you for addressing the two/three-party question. We will fight the battle no matter, to save this country;
    2. Drink recipie: “Chocolate Cake”: equal parts Vanilla Vodka and Frangelica. Swish w/ice and strain (then drink of course) Nom nom;
    3. For Christmas, I wish to purchase a TAM membership for a friend of mine who is a single mom and struggling. How can I do that?

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