Is anyone paying attention to this?
Last week it was the $787 billion Stimulus Bill, which supposedly contained no earmarks of any kind. Of course, that was a lie, but, let’s set that aside for now. This week, it’s the Omnibus Bill, which if you aren’t aware, is a totally separate, $410 billion bill that’s been passed by the House this week. An omnibus bill is a scary thing; it’s essentially hundreds of separate bills that may be totally unrelated, which are grouped together in one big package. This particular bill, besides containing pro-abortion language, includes about 9,000 earmarks. That’s right, 9,000 earmarks – those things that were so bad, Obama wanted everyone to know they weren’t a part of the stimulus package. This is a classic magician’s sleight of hand trick; while all eyes are on the Stimulus, there goes the Omnibus.
An example? How about $2 million for “swine odor and manure management.” Or another $2 million for new buildings at the Center for Grape Genetics. Want more? Here’s all 258 pages.
And, unfortunately, we can’t just blame the Democrats. No, many Republicans were quick to include as much Republican pork as they possibly could.
Change? Hardly. The only change I think we’re going to see is what we have left in our pockets after Obama and company take our wallets. By the way, I’m not mentioning the President’s proposed budget, which would leave us with a deficit the equivalent of $12,000 per taxpayer.
Earlier today I was thinking of the old song by Ten Years After, I’d Love To Change The World:
Tax the rich
Feed the poor
Till there are no
Rich no more.
I’d love to change the world,
But I don’t know what to do.
So I’ll leave it up to you.
However, “leaving it up to you” now means leaving this mess for our kids to pay off. I’m thinking that perhaps another old song is more appropriate:
Call out the instigators
Because there’s something in the air
We’ve got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution’s here, and you know it’s right
And you know that it’s right
We have got to get it together
We have got to get it together now (Something In The Air – Thunderclap Newman)
I’m just sayin’ …