They have totally lost it! There is no other way to look at it. Only six weeks after being sent a huge election day message by the American people, progressives of both parties presented a massive 2,000 page omnibus spending bill authorizing $1.2 trillion in spending including 6,000+ earmarks totaling $8.3 billion. Have these people gone deaf or mad.
“The American people said just 42 days ago, ‘Enough!’ . . . Are we tone deaf? Are we stricken with amnesia?” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a leading earmark critic, said on the Senate floor, flipping through the 1,924-page bill as he pounded his desk.
The bill includes $18 million for two nonprofits associated with deceased Democrats, the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy and Rep. John P. Murtha; $349,000 for swine waste management in North Carolina; and $6 million for a rural Iowa school program named after Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa).
The Swine should not get a fat head, because there is also an earmark for the study of bovine waste, that’s right, the economy is being dragged down by a massive federal debt and we are wasting money on pig and cow poop. That is what is with our congress today, they are full of poop!
Some of the other fun earmarks include:
$247,000 – Virus free grapes in Washington State
$413,000 – Peanut research in Alabama
$125,000 – Fishery equipment for the Guam Fisherman’s Cooperative Association
$349,000 – Swine waste management in North Carolina
$277,000 – Potato pest management in Wisconsin
$246,000 – Bovine tuberculosis treatment in Michigan and Minnesota
$522,000 – Cranberry and blueberry disease and breeding in New Jersey
$500,000 – Oyster safety in Florida
$400,000 – Solar parking canopies and plug-in electric stations in Kansas
$165,000 – Maple syrup research in Vermont
$300,000 – Polynesian Voyaging Society in Hawaii
$235,000 – Noxious weed management in Nevada (that’s easy get rid of Harry Reid)
$100,000 – Edgar Allen Poe Cottage Visitor’s Center in New York (Quote the People Nevermore)
This morning Gallup released a new “approval rating” for congress.
It is at the lowest point in American history. Americans’ assessment of Congress has hit a new low, with 13% saying they approve of the way Congress is handling its job. The 83% disapproval rating is also the worst Gallup has measured in more than 30 years of tracking congressional job performance.
The prior low approval rating for Congress was 14% in July 2008 when the United States was dealing with record-high gas prices and the economy was in recession.
If Congress wants to understand why their rating is so low all they have to do is look at the Omnibus bill. Folks its time again to call your Representatives and Senators, obviously they didn’t understand your votes a few weeks ago. Its time to tell them in plain English (be polite) in small words.