Wonder what you would find if you frisked the Democrat’s 2,000 page omnibus spending bill?
Answer: Besides the $1.1 TRILLION price tag, the bill is laced with approximately $8.3 BILLION worth of earmarks.
6,714 earmarks to be exact! The Heritage Foundation reports:
The Senate omnibus bill’s offenses go well beyond its overall cost and size. It would spend more than $1 billion to begin implementing the unpopular and unaffordable Obamacare law, which a federal court has ruled unconstitutional. The bill also includes a number of anti-energy policies that make it unnecessarily difficult to tap into America’s domestic energy supply, wastes $1.5 billion in taxpayer dollars on climate change initiatives, and defunds activities for vital nuclear waste storage at Yucca Mountain.
And, in what has become a grand holiday tradition, the Senate stuffed the bill with more than 6,000 earmarks. [...] While fully funding Obamacare and earmarks, the Senate once again failed to find to room to adequately fund defense. This risks leaving our troops ill prepared to defend the nation at home and abroad.
There is no wonder why Congress’ job approval rating is at an all-time low this week. After getting absolutely dominated in the midterm elections last month, the Democrats have decided to blatantly ignore the American people and continue with their high spending, radical agenda.
Ladies and gentlemen, let’s hope that this enormous omnibus spending bill fails. If the bill ends up being passed, it will prevent the next Congress from making crucial spending cuts until fiscal year 2012. America cannot afford this and I mean that in more ways than one.
*UPDATE* – December 17, 2010 – 1:04 PM
Hate him or love him, one has to admire Senator John McCain’s (R-AZ) stance against earmarks. Check out this latest video of Sen. McCain attacking the “pork” in Washington D.C.:
Good thing the Republicans claimed victory last night! Fortunately, in the words of James C. Capretta, the Democrats were unable to jam a $1 trillion–plus, 2,000-page, earmark-laden monstrosity through Congress!