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The omnibus blows an engine

I think it is unanimous, at least on the right, that the withdrawal of the Democrat’s omnibus 1.2 trillion dollar spending bill – larded with over 6,600 earmarks – is a “good thing”.  Instead we can hope that a continuing resolution keeping funding at current levels (or reduced – that wouldn’t hurt my feelings at all) is passed.  Sen. Mitch McConnell was waiving around a one-page bill yesterday that essentially does that.

One page.  Imagine.

Not almost 2,000.  One page.

Anyway, I’m glad to see the GOP standing tough on this stuff.  And the other good news is the midterm election losses have so unnerved the Democrats that Harry Reid couldn’t find the votes for cloture on the bill.

McConnell, embarrassed by reports on his own earmarks in the omnibus, went to the Senate floor Thursday to propose a one-page, “clean,” two-month extension of the current stop-gap funding resolution that has kept the government funded since Oct. 1. And as if caught with their hands in the cookie jar, he and other top Republicans vowed to do everything in their powers to kill the omnibus to square themselves with their tea party backers.

Fear is a wonderful motivator, isn’t it? POLITICO spends much of the article pointing out the hypocrisy of the GOP who also had earmarks in the bill.  And that’s about the only talking point the lefty blogosphere has as well.   Yup, stipulated and acknowledged.  But look how it turned out and they know why.  Retribution from those supposedly on their side.  They know it will happen.  Yes indeed, fear is indeed a fine motivator if properly applied.

Which says to me that the Tea Parties need to understand that the pressure they’ve been able to bring to bear to this point is a) working and b) needs to be unrelentingly continued. They didn’t “win” and can now “quit”.  Slack up now and I promise they’ll be right back at their old ways before you can blink twice.

Of course representatives of the administration weighed in in favor of the omnibus spending bill trying to sell it as a necessity:

“We need these resources now more than ever to support national security priorities in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, where we are helping secure gains made by our military and preventing the spread of violent extremism,” Clinton said. “Our budget is being used to help stabilize the global economy, combat extreme poverty, demolish transnational criminal networks, stop global health pandemics and address the threat of climate change.”

“These are not partisan issues; they are national imperatives,” Clinton said.

They may not be partisan issues in particular, but there’s absolutely nothing that says the funding for some of what is deemed “national imperatives” be funded in a clean bill addressing that.  But it is time to stop this incessant habit of using any passing bill as a chance to lard it up with earmarks that would never survive an actual appropriations process vote.

You can’t fix the spending problem until you take the first step – and this was a good first step.  But only that.  GOP, you’re on notice – you’re expected to do a lot more of this in the next Congress.  We want to see spending cut dramatically and the deficit reduced equally as dramatically.  

Yes, hope springs eternal.  But who knew the GOP would find a spine?  Keep it up boys and girls, we’re all out here watching you, you better believe it.

~McQ

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10 Responses to The omnibus blows an engine

  • The GOP has found a spine. It’s called “The Tea Party”.—CONEY

  • Prince John Kerry wanted to know why they couldn’t just vote on it (he meant approve it of course) and get on with important business (in his case, going home for Christmas).  He has a problem with the screwed up world where someone insisted they actually READ the document they were signing?!!!

     

  • McQTea Parties need to understand that the pressure they’ve been able to bring to bear to this point is a) working and b) needs to be unrelentingly continued. They didn’t “win” and can now “quit”.  Slack up now and I promise they’ll be right back at their old ways before you can blink twice.

    In this, I think that the Tea Parties will find a very unwitting ally in MiniTru, which will trip over itself to highlight any earmarks, porkbarrel, and overspending on the part of the GOP in an effort to embarrass them.  After all, MiniTru labors under the impression that the Tea Parties are some sort of GOP false front and not a genuine movement of people who are enraged about what fiscal profligacy means for the future of our country.  Keeping the light on Congressional big spending by either party  will keep those people enraged, and enraged people VOTE.

    McQFear is a wonderful motivator, isn’t it?

    Indeed.  I think that part of the reason we’re in this fix is that fear of losing reelection had been all but eliminated among the members of Congress.  However, they just saw a huge number of their fellow crooks get pink-slipped and know that they could be next.

    We have to protect our phoney baloney jobs here, gentlemen! We must do something about this immediately! Immediately! Immediately! Harrumph! Harrumph! Harrumph!

    Gov. William J. Lepetomane (Mel Brooks)
    Blazing Saddles (dir. Mel Brooks, 1974)

  • One can only hope that the media will actually hold the GOP’s feet to the fire in regards to spending, and particularly when it comes to pork.  I would not trust a liberal-leaning media to want to stop government from spending, even if it’s the GOP doing the spending.  Oh, I’m sure they’ll take potshots now and then and point out how hypocritical it is to decry excess spending while porking it up, but I fear that they won’t make it a priority or put the necessary pressure on Congress.

    We spend to much.  The GOP has been quite guilty of this, and I don’t think they’ve shaken the habit.  I think they’d like to make a fancy show to convince us that they have.  And without proper attention paid to them going forward, a fancy show is all we will get.  An expensive fancy show.

  • Clinton said. “Our budget is being used to help stabilize the global economy, combat extreme poverty, demolish transnational criminal networks, stop global health pandemics and address the threat of climate change.”
    “These are not partisan issues; they are national imperatives,” Clinton said.
    Let’s see, Stabilize the global economy – not in the constitution
    combat extreme poverty – unconstitutional
    Demolish criminal networks, – possibly constitutional
    Stop global pandemics, – unconstitutional in regards to other nations
    Address climate change – stupid and unnecessary.
    The only national imperative is to remove you and your horrible marxist party from power as soon as possible.
     

  • The elephant in the room that seems to go unnoticed is that there isn’t a single appropriation bill passed by this Congress for FY2011.  Everything was in the omnibus bill.  This Congress is the failure of all failures.

  • I assume Krauthammer will now come out and say this was another GOP backfire to Obama’s advantage?

    We’ve gotten two very important victories in this lame duck.  I admit that is two more victories than I expected the GOP to have in all of the next congress!

  • CHICAGO (WLS) – Newly elected Illinois Senator Mark Kirk was the pivotal vote that prevented a nearly $1.3 trillion monster spending bill from passing Thursday night.

    Kirk was the 41st vote that caused Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to give up on the 1,924-page measure stuffed with over 6,000 earmarks after several retiring Republican members that were likely to vote for the bill pulled back their support.

    In late breaking news last night, the Democratic leadership may be trying to bring Guantanamo Bay terrorists to the United States. They’ve inserted language in the defense bill that would then give the president the ability to transfer Guantanamo terrorists to the continental United States.”

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