The Senate Omnibus Bill Would Make Machiavelli Proud

The Senate Omnibus Bill Would Make Machiavelli Proud

It appears that ‘The Prince‘ by Niccolo Machiavelli must be required reading by elected officials in the District of Criminals.

This article about the senate omnibus bill has been difficult to write as there are many little pieces to the puzzle, so a brief recap of the dems ‘enhanced negotiation tactics‘  is in order.

  • The democrat majority has not passed one single appropriations bill (there are 12 of them) this past year.
  • The dems have waited until four days before the government is set to shut down to drop a 1,924 page package omnibus bill on the senate that includes approximately 6,488 earmarks and funding for Obamacare and additional funds for the IRS.  Yes, you can thank my POS senator for this new version of gang-rape.
  • This bill funds the government until next September, freezing out the new Republican House from making any spending cuts and bringing us many more steps closer to national bankruptcy.
  • This bill was dropped on the senators while they are currently duking it out over as tax cut package, that if passed, will endanger the United States AAA rating with Moody’s.
  • This bill will fund the Financial Fascism law currently nicknamed the FrankenDodd Law that includes tracking of every single financial transaction in the country.

On December 8th, the House approved a $1.2 Trillion spending bill that would fund the federal government through 2011 and give large budget increases to the SEC, the CFTC, and the Treasury in order to fund provisions of the Dodd-Frank financial reform fiasco law.  My understanding is that this was an ‘earmark free’ budget bill; and then my senator, Daniel Inouye stepped in, proposed a 1,924 page package omnibus bill because the democrats failed to pass 12 individual spending bills this past year, and now there are approximately 6,488 earmarks (according to John McCain) attached to the Senate version.  In addition, one of those earmarks is funding for ‘Native Hawaiian Recognition Study Authorization’ which in layman’s terms means:

The appropriation is related to his support for the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act – legislation nicknamed the “Akaka Bill” in honor of Hawaii’s U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka, which creates a native Hawaiian sovereign government within the state with its own powers relating to taxation, land ownership, regulation, law enforcement, and more.

Neil Cavuto interviewed Sen. Tom Coburn about this bill earlier today and Mr. Coburn made pertinent points.

  • If this bill passes, the GOP won’t be able go cut any spending because it funds everything through 2011.
  • Inability of the GOP to address the impending bankruptcy of the United States.
  • This bill does not give the American people any confidence that the feds might actually be listening.

What Sen. Coburn failed to mention is that this bill will fund Obamacare and also gives additional funds to the Internal Revenue Service.

Sen. John McCain, 12.14.2010:

Does it ever feel like we are being forced to swallow glass shards while walking across hot coals when it comes to the UTTER VINDICTIVENESS of our elected officials in the District of Criminals?  This spending package must be passed this week or the feds will have to shut their doors on Saturday.  Who in their right mind allows such a walk on the razor’s edge to occur?  This fails to be a lack of planning; it is absolute lunacy and mean-spiritedness from politicians that are holding the American people hostage with their enhanced negotiation tactics in order to fund programs we don’t want, all the while running the clock out fighting over bleeding the American taxpayer even more on January 1st.  I used to believe that they were actually trying to start a revolution, but have come to the conclusion that we are entirely invisible while they are playing Machiavellian politics.

Senate Sunday Session: Spend $1.1 Trillion MORE

When a congressional body known for ‘getting the heck outta Dodge’ often and early starts working on Sundays, be worried, no; be very afraid.  Yep, the Senate had another of their Sunday sessions and this time they only spent $1.1 TRILLION.  Yippiee, happy days are here again, and The Monster is about to become a millionaire – right after we pay this off.

The Senate passed a huge end-of-the-year $1.1 trillion omnibus spending measure Sunday afternoon by a vote of 57-35.

The chamber was forced to work for the second consecutive weekend after talks broke down late Thursday to move the massive spending package and Republicans continued to filibuster it. Senate Democrats overcame the opposition Saturday when the Senate voted 60-34 to end debate and clear the way for a final vote.

The bill, which includes $447 billion in appropriations for a number of cabinet departments and $650 billion for Medicare and Medicaid, combines six of the 12 annual spending bills Congress had been unable to pass separately because of Republican concerns that the measure is over-inflated and exceeds the cost of inflation in its government budget increases.

Republican fiscal hawks Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), as well as centrist Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), were among the Republicans who voted against it. Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill (Mo.) and Evan Bayh (Ind.) voted against it while GOP Sen. Richard Shelby (Ala.) voted in favor of it.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele reacted to passage of the omnibus bill by calling on President Barack Obama to veto it.

“Poll after poll have made it clear that this kind of irresponsible and excessive spending is unacceptable, but Democrats simply aren’t getting the message,” Steele said. “Now the American people are looking to President Obama to stand true to this campaign promises of fiscal responsibility and stage an economic intervention on his spend happy colleagues by vetoing this bill. I encourage President Obama to stand firm against the peer pressure and ‘just say no’ to Congressional Democrats.”

Right after the vote, the Senate was expected to return to legislation to overhaul the healthcare system, with the goal of wrapping up work before the Christmas-week recess. Chances for reaching that goal, however, dimmed last week when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) failed to reach agreement on a proposal to vote on four healthcare-related amendments at the end of the week.

The House voted Thursday to approve the half-dozen spending bills lumped into one package. That bill passed 221 to 202, with 28 Democrats joining all 174 Republicans present in opposing it. Republicans griped that the measure was too large and introduced late in the week to avoid public scrutiny, especially considering the nearly 5,000 earmarks worth $3.9 billion it contains.

So much for changing the politics as usual. Nancy’s legislative coercion continues in full force, and it appears the House Dems are beginning to get a glimmer of the realization that for Americans, it is no longer ‘politics as usual’. Average Americans are beginning to set policy and are leading the leaders.   Americans are definitely coming to take their capitol back, and for many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, it’s already too late.  Go right ahead Senate, vote for this abomination of a health care bill and add another nail to your coffins.

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