Cynical Synapse

Wed, 11 Mar 2009

Obama Sold His Soul

Filed under: Michigan, Paradoxes, Politics — cynicalsynapse @ 9:49 pm

No matter how you look at it, President Obama took the easy road today. He signed the “imperfect” Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 into law.

We’ve all heard the faulty logic about the bill. It’s last year’s business. It’s needed to keep the government working. Ok; shield the kiddies’ eyes. Bullshit! The bill includes $7.7 billion in earmarks, a key point candidate Obama campaigned against. Nonetheless, he signed the pork-laden bill into law.

The Senate passed the bill by voice vote. They can do this because they already had a roll call vote on cloture, with 60 or more preventing a filibuster. Take a seat now, but Michigan’s two Democratic Senators, with their names on about 70% of the earmarks for Michigan, both voted…you guessed it, in favor! So, Michigan’s Senators can pat themselves on the back for adding 4.8% of pork to the Omnibus bill. And Michigan garnered about 6.8% of the total pork compared to generally being a donor state. Did our Senators do a good job? In my opinion, no! See how your Senators voted. You should check how your representative voted as well.

Yes, I appreciate Michigan sees a benefit. But the process is broke to begin with and we all pay for that. And $7.7 billion in earmarks is nearly 2% of the total bill! Legitimate projects should be part of the basic budget, not an add-on. Isn’t that the logic of President Obama’s issue with funding the Global War on Terror with supplemental spending bills?

So, let me see if I understand this. Earmarks are verboten. But President signed the bill. The Democratic President campaigned on controlling earmarks. But my Democratic Senators are in the thick of it and voted yes. It’s last year’s business. But it was signed into law this year. The government would stop working without passage. But, without passage, why hadn’t it stopped alreaedy?

I guess change is a lot like business as usual.

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1 Comment

  1. Yea, I guess we had just “hoped” things would be different. Obama says he is going to have “his people” look at the pork line by line and see what can be taken out. He says that’s why he added a signing bill to the stimulus bill. We’ll see. He also said he was letting this one go by because “the government has to have operating money now”, but the next one will be different. We’ll have to “see” on that one also. My bet is there will be other “extenuating circumstances” next time also.

    Comment by Old-Man — Thu, 12 Mar 2009 @ 8:23 pm


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