The Democrats are partying like it’s 2009. Rising out of the depths of the Democrat Senate like the Loch Ness monster, the 2011 budget bill emerged yesterday. It costs $1.1 trillion. Sound familiar? It runs nearly 2000 pages, not a page of which anyone has read. Sound familiar? It contains nearly 6500 earmarks, totaling nearly $9 billion. Sound familiar? Democrats want to ram it through in a lickety-split vote while most Americans are decking the halls. Sound familiar?
From Senator John McCain, we learn that the massive, unread, monstrous omnibus spending bill contains the following earmarks:
$277,000 for potato pest management in Wisconsin
$246,000 for bovine tuberculosis in Michigan and Minnesota
$522,000 for cranberry and blueberry disease and breeding in New Jersey
$500,000 for oyster safety in Florida
$349,000 for swine waste management in North Carolina
$413,000 for peanut research in Alabama
$247,000 for virus free wine grapes in Washington
$208,000 beaver management in North Carolina
$94,000 for blackbird management in Louisiana
$165,000 for maple syrup research in Vermont
$235,000 for noxious weed management in Nevada
$100,000 for the Edgar Allen Poe Cottage Visitor’s Center in New York
$300,000 for the Polynesian Voyaging Society in Hawaii
$400,000 for solar parking canopies and plug-in electric stations in Kansas
I thought I had heard it all in last year’s spending bill, when money was appropriated for gang tattoo removal in Los Angeles, but this year’s dough for maple syrup research takes the cake.
While it’s a last-gasp Democrat spending bill, there are a number of Republicans who have loaded it with some of this gunk. They do so to their shame and at their political peril. $9 billion out of $1.1 trillion seems like a drop in the bucket, and relatively speaking, it is. But it’s incredibly insulting, disrespectful, and abusive to us—the American people—who voted resoundingly against this kind of vote-buying spending. It’s as if there were no thundering rebuke of this behavior on November 2. It’s as if there were no Tea Party. It’s as if our representatives are deaf, dumb, and blind.
Could they really be this stupid? Could they really be this arrogant? Could they really have this kind of stupendous contempt for us? Yes, yes, and yes.
If Obama is as serious as he’s said he is about eliminating earmarks, he will veto this bill. It would be nice if Republicans and the remaining Blue Dog Democrats kill it before it even makes it to the White House, but I’m not holding my breath.
Every Washington clown who supports this revolting piece of trash must be on notice: if this thing goes through, the taxpayer revolt you will see will make the Tea Party look like a day at the beach.
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