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House Passes Earmark-Heavy Spending Bill

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Posted on Dec 10, 2009
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On Thursday, the House of Representatives approved a massive spending bill, totaling $447 billion, which includes quite a few earmarks. In fact, 5,224 earmarks made their way into the bill, adding up to about $3.9 billion. This did not please House Republicans, of whom not a single member voted for the measure.  —KA

Los Angeles Times:

Though Democrats say they have cracked down on pork-barrel spending, critics attacked the bill as excessive. “Clearly, the earmark culture has not been swept away,” Brian M. Riedl, a budget analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation, blogged today.

The $447-billion bill, which passed the Democratic-controlled House with no Republican votes and was before the Senate, combines six spending bills for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1.

The measure brings total earmarks in this year’s spending bills to 7,577 at a cost of about $6 billion, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense. The Pentagon spending bill, the last of the annual appropriations bills, is expected to contain more earmarks than the entire omnibus bill, said Steve Ellis of the taxpayer group.

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By the waiver, December 11, 2009 at 1:30 pm Link to this comment

The Democratic Party spending mega bucks—the President’s flying excursion trips—2 jets to Copenhagen for the Olympics in Chicago costs more because Ms. Obama and Ophrey had to fly a day earlier than President Obama—-so air force one and two and all the security—plus Obama is out of the White House more than in—-it is sad when Americans say:  “is the President in our country today—-or what country will have his time today”-believe it is being said.

NBC had a segment—-“Where In the World Is Matt Lauer”  you wouldn’t know because he never stayed more than a day in one location”  So it is with this President!

I am a Republican and have voted in for some Democrats, but NEVER AGAIN!

In fact, most of the public is tired of seeing Obama on television every day—-Pelosi smiling and assuring the Americans WE KNOW WHAT IS BEST FOR AMERICA~

If the President—Pelosi—Reid haven’t thought of anyone but themselves and their party—-YES WE CAN—-TOGETHER WE CAN GET EVERYONE INSURED—

Yet—the truth out of the 50 million people without insurance—there will be approximately 30 mllion people who won’t have insurance after the health care reform is passed—-SO NO THEY CAN’T DELIVER ON WHAT THEY SAID—-EVERY AMERICAN WILL BE COVERED—IT IS THEIR RIGHT—

NOW IT IS A DISGRACE THESE POLITICIANS CAN’T FOLLOW THROUGH WITH—YES WE CAN—EVERYONE WILL BE COVERED—

NO THEY CAN’T DO IT!

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By John K, December 11, 2009 at 8:13 am Link to this comment

They just don’t get it. The party is over.

This isn’t a cozy little club anymore - and despite the MSM being out to lunch, we are watching you shitheels.

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By G.Anderson, December 11, 2009 at 7:57 am Link to this comment

How many ways can you cook pork?

There’s pork pie, and bacon, and ham, sausage, pork roast, and pork chops with applesauce, pork shishkabob with pineapple, and pork rinds for a quick hit of pork at the mini mart.

Canadian bacon, on the other hand is just too controversial.

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