Five terrible things inside the omnibus bill

By Americans for Tax Reform,

Desperate Congressional Democrats and fool-hardy Republicans who have been shown the door for the 112th Congress are considering a 2,000 page pork-filled omnibus measure to ram through spending they haven’t been able to secure this Congress. The bill amounts to a political wish list for big spenders who see the “Cromnibus” as the last possible vehicle to shuttle political kickbacks and sweetheart spending.“This is an attempt by Democrats and corrupt Republicans to spend everything that isn’t nailed down before they are thrown out of Congress,” Said Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist….

1. The Cromnibus includes almost 7,000 earmarks, many of which will go to building or sustaining Congressional “Monuments to Me.” This includes $18 million for non-profits dedicated to deceased lawmakers and $6 million for an Iowa school program named for Sen. Tom Harkin

2. This amounts to over $8 billion in earmarked spending. Of this, many are for projects that have been rejected or unwanted, like the $450 million included for the Joint Strike Fighter alternative engine program for which the Pentagon has not requested funding for four years but still receives Congressional authorization

3. Being in charge has a sweet payoff – Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) included $21 million for his home state’s health care system while retirement also has its perks – rejected Senator Robert Bennett (R-Utah) has over $10 million in transportation funding tucked into the bill

4. The Cromnibus was filed four days before current government funding expires. At nearly 2,000 pages, the majority is ensuring no one will have time to read the bill before forcing a vote on it

5. In total, the Cromnibus authorizes almost $1.3 trillion in spending.

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  • Britt Storkson

    The politicians don’t care how much they spend because it isn’t their money. It’s other people’s money taken by force from those who earned it. When the airplane of state starts to nose-dive they simply strap on their golden parachutes and bail out.

  • John in Oregon

    Ding dong the witch is dead, the wicked witch is dead.
    Ding dong the bill is dead, the pendulius spendulius bill is dead.
    Ding dong the bill is dead, the food safety farm take over bull is dead.
    Ding dong the witch is dead, the wicked witch is dead.

    Follow the yellow brick road.

    As the phone lines melted down, voice mail overflowed, as the people spoke again, NO damnit,
    The majority senator didn’t have the votes and pulled the pig spending bill.

    • Steve Plunk

      You dog. I was singing that same song before I saw your post. Well played.

      It’s a regular Christmas miracle that this beast of a bill was killed. I can almost see some light at the end of this dark tunnel we have been in.

  • Bob Clark

    I guess Build America Bonds, or more aptly bail out bonds, are history for this cycle. Now that we’ve got the Bush tax cuts in place for another two years plus a social security tax cut, hopefully we can start taking away other bail out spending. Wouldn’t mind seeing the deep blue state of California get a does of Greek like medicene called fiscal austerity. Maybe take the smirk off of the faces of the likes of Gavett Newsom.

    Go Ducks!

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