House Oks $410b More In New Domestic Spending

It is not going to stop until we stop it.  Our leaders have lost their minds with spending.  Just think how much can be spent in the next two years.  Think about how much they have spent just the past month and a half.  Are you not mad about all of this?

http://www.newsmax.com/headlines/house_domestic_spending/2009/02/25/185626.html

WASHINGTON – The Democratic-controlled House approved $410 billion legislation Wednesday that boosted domestic programs, bristled with earmarks and chipped away at policies left behind by the Bush administration. The vote was 245-178, largely along party lines.

 

Republicans assailed the measure as too costly — particularly on the heels of a $787 billion stimulus bill that President Barack Obama signed last week. But Democrats jabbed back.

 

"The same people who drove the economy into the ditch are now complaining about the size of the tow truck," said Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass., pointing out the large increase in deficits that President George W. Bush and GOP-controlled Congresses amassed.

 

From the GOP side, Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas said the legislation was "going to grow the government 8.3 percent ... but the family budget which has to pay for the federal budget only grew at 1.3 percent last year."

 

The debate occurred one day after Obama told Congress in a prime time television address that he intends to cut deficits in half over the next four years, and one day before he submits tax and spending plans for the coming year. Given the extraordinary costs of the financial industry bailout and the stimulus, the White House projects this year's budget shortfall will be $1.5 trillion, triple the previous record of $455 billion in 2008.

 

In a symbolic bow to the recession, Democrats included in the spending measure a prohibition on a cost-of-living increase for members of Congress for the year.

 

Overall, the legislation would provided increases of roughly 8 percent for the federal agencies it covered, about $32 billion more than last year.

 

The bill is intended to allow smooth functioning of the government through the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year. The Senate has yet to vote on its version.

 

After persuading lawmakers to keep earmarks off the stimulus bill, Obama made no such attempt on the first non-emergency spending measure of his presidency. The result was that lawmakers claimed billions in federal funds for pet projects — a total of 8,570 earmarks at a cost of $7.7 billion, according to Taxpayers for Common Sense. Majority Democrats declined to provide a number of earmarks, but said the cost was far smaller, $3.8 billion, 5 percent less than a year ago.

 

Among the earmarks was one sponsored by Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., who secured $200,000 for a "tattoo removal violence outreach program" in Los Angeles. Aides said the money would pay for a tattoo removal machine that could help gang members or others shed visible signs of their past, and anyone benefiting would be required to perform community service.

 

Rep. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., said the bill included at least a dozen earmarks for clients of PMA Group, a lobbying company now at the center of a federal corruption investigation.

 

"It's simply not responsible to allow a soon-to-be-criminally indicted lobbying firm to win funding, all borrowed, in this bill," he said. No charges have been filed against the firm or its principals, although the company's offices were raided earlier this month, and it has announced plans to disband by the end of the month.

 

Federal prosecutors are investigating PMA Group's founder and president, Paul Magliochetti, who is a former top aide to Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that funds defense programs.

 

In remarks on the House floor, Republican leader John Boehner urged Obama to veto the legislation, citing earmarks.

 

At the White House, press secretary Robert Gibbs responded only in general terms whether that was possible.

 

"There is great concern in this building and by the president about earmarks," Gibbs said. "Without having looked specifically at a piece of legislation, I'm hesitant to throw out that four-letter word, `Veto.'"

 

After eight years without control of the White House, congressional Democrats also used the legislation to target several policies of former President Bush.

 

Under the bill, Mexican-licensed trucks are banned from operating outside commercial zones along the border with the United States. The Teamsters union, which supported Obama's election last year, had sought the move. The Bush administration backed a pilot program to permit up to 500 trucks from 100 Mexican motor carriers access to U.S. roads.

 

Bush administration restrictions on travel to Cuba were loosened in the legislation, to permit more frequent visits and expand the list of family members permitted to make trips to see relatives on the Communist nation-island.

 

Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., took aim at a provision that he said would vastly broaden the government's ability to invoke the threat of climate change to halt economic development. "Most all of the shovel-ready projects on the trillion-dollar stimulus bill would in fact be at risk," he said.

 

Nominally, the provision halts implementation of a Bush-era regulation that lists the polar bear as a threatened species, and Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., and chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said it would merely give the new administration 60 days to decide its fate.

 

Democrats also inserted a provision into the bill to end a program that allows students in the District of Columbia to use federal funds to attend private schools of their choice. Boehner, who helped establish the program as part of a political bargain several years ago, called the move "hideous."

 

Grits4life Grits4life
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16 Responses Feb 25, 2009

No, I watched part of it once. Not much into cat fighting.

hahaha yeah luckliy it was a fictional joke but yes... that would've been savage. Even worse... watching The View.<br />
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"Oh, what are you doing there? Did you see what Barbara Walters just said?"

ouch! that had to hurt. At least she wasn't reading the paper.

Sorry, still awake for some reason and realized I forgot to add in the extremely stupid, fatigue-induced joke that was supposed to go with my first post here.<br />
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"Stop the insanity! Wake me when it's over." <br />
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I was going to say, "hey, I had a girlfriend who said that!" but it slipped my mind. <br />
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Ah. Glad I got that out. Corn is tasty.<br />
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Chris

Haha. Franklin was a pretty slick guy. He had style our thinkers today lack.<br />
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Good quote and good talking. It's fun letting the hate dissipate after a post or two and getting some decent conversation out of eachother. Everyone should try it once or twice. The pillow is calling. One definite downside, among many, of retail is the lack of a good sleep schedule and being sick compounds the horror. <br />
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Chris

you know, when Franklin was asked by a woman what kind of country they were giving them, he responded "a republic, madame...as long as you can keep it"

Ha yes, a great song and quite true. The Constitution seems to be a pretty amazing document but we whored it out early with the whole slavery thing and on from there.<br><br><br />
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If followed fairly closely you get a pretty free nation where people can live and work without being hassled. Which... I think both sides of the spectrum ultimately agree on.<br><br><br />
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It's the little details that decide the polarity. The Constitution Party (is that what its still called?) of course argues for strict Constitutional adherence and therefore if it's not mentinoed... its gone. Like public education and what not. <br><br><br />
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It gets complicated but, yeah. Cutting the bullshit from the left and right and leaving that nice founding document as the basis of our system always seems like a good idea.<br><br><br />
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I'm not sure if it will ever come to fruition though. I'd like to hope so. Hopefully by non-violent means and hopefully not following another complete economic collapse. If change comes through violence or absolute starving necesssity then the change will not be for the long-term improvement of our nation but for the short term goals of whoever just snatched power.<br><br><br />
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Power for power's sake all over again only with, most likely, less media coverage. <br><br><br />
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If Jefferson and Pals could look at the way things have become I think they'd be supremely disappointed, no matter which party happens to be sitting in the Oval Office at the time. He'd throw his wig down and say "Dude, what the hell? We laid it all out for you and you ****** up!" Well, maybe not an exact quote but something along those lines.<br><br><br />
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I think its nap time again. I just quoted Jefferson as if he were joining a fraternity, haha.<br><br><br />
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Well, that's my pseudo-intellectual thought for the week.<br />
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Time to dive headlong back into invisible mediocrity.<br><br><br />
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Chris

Have you heard the song by the Who...Won't get fooled again"<br />
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"the new boss is the same as the old boss..."<br />
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I would like to see us start completely over and uphold the constitution in its' original intent. Otherwise, you are right, it could be even worse than what we have now...

I hear Jamaica is actually pretty nice. I've never gone to the Caribbean before. Canada a few times, they're good people.<br />
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They're also fairly polarized politically its just that nobody here cares enough to have it on our news haha. They do make a lot of our automobiles that aren't coming from Asia, though, since the decline of Detroit.<br />
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I know you may only be half serious when you guys talk about a Revolution but on the whole its probably not a bad idea. The key is to know what to do AFTER. I think our Founding Fathers did pretty well at first and now our governement is openly corrupt to the point where everyone expects not to trust it. That's exactly what Jefferson was talking about in the first place, eh? When the people fear the government, there is Tyranny. When the Government fears the people there is Liberty?<br />
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You lay out a fair manifesto and start the signatures, man. The new government simply must not suck as much as the existing one so if you want to talk about things of that magnitude I hope you're actually thinking about solutions and not finger pointing. You're a smart cat, though, so I'm sure you have. I'm curious to hear it. If not on here then PM me.<br />
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Johnny Appleseed

hey, why don't we just move to Jamaica and forget about everything? Oh, we would get drunk, but after we went target shooting.

Come on lads, you know the previous administration's way didn't work as planned. Give it four years and if you don't like it vote Republican again. ;-)<br />
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Seriously though, this is how the other half felt the last eight years. Let's not forget the human aspect here. We all hate eachother. Once the sides flip again we'll be doing the same dance once more. You'll be defending and calling for patience and we'll be calling you idiots or evil.<br />
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Can't we just all go bowling and get drunk and get some barbeque? I'll buy the first round but I assure you - my bowling only gets worse.<br />
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We can even go shooting. Orien, you ever fired a Desert Eagle?<br />
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Hell, you know i'm a liberal and shooting that righteous bastard gave me strange tickles in funny places.<br />
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in the meantime I think we should all take a day off. No news, no editorial page. They're 90% bullshit anyway. You have to watch foreign news to get a fair summation of the whole scene. They think both parties are equally silly and they're more matter-of-fact about it.<br />
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Well, just feeling mellow and peaceful. Was up most of the last 24 hours with a stomach bug vomiting Gatorade and sleeping at random times so maybe it's just a lack of oxygen in the hate-centers of my brain.<br />
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Until next time friends,<br />
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sad, but true. if I didn't have children, I wouldn't care as much. There are many times that I wished I would have taken up being a sniper in the military.<br />
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My hope is that the boys from Texas are as pissed as the rest of us.

orien what you say seems more real everyday.

they'll have to get past my Glock 17 first.<br />
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I did hear that one of Barry's buddies floated the idea of taking everyones 401k's and "protecting them from the evil stock market. They promise that when we retire at age 70, they will give us an interest rate of 3% on the money in there.<br />
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If they do this, I wil have had enough and will put down the pen, and pick up the sword.

put your money in a jar and dig a whole in the backyard for it cause they are coming after it.

Stop the insanity! Wake me when it's over.