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$410 Billion Spending Bill Passes Senate; On Its Way To the White House

$410 billion is not "change", Mr. President.

As DrewM. wrote earlier, Obama got the last few votes he needed by promising he wouldn't actually comply with some provisions of the bill concerning Cuba. The porked-up bill will also end the successful school choice pilot program in Washington, D.C.

The turncoats on school choice: Crapo (R-ID), Murkowski (R-AK), Snowe (R-ME), and Specter (R-PA).

Posted by: Gabriel Malor at 08:10 PM




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1 Maine is basically a write-off but is there some reason we can't get real conservatives from Idaho and Alaska? Also, let's all thank W for torpedoing Pat Toomey's primary challenge to Specter in '04.

Posted by: Star Witness at March 10, 2009 08:16 PM (Gfs2J)

2
The United States Government is out of control.
We gotta stop it! Who's with me?
YYAEEEAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH...


(crickets)
c'mon, guys...!

Posted by: Jones at March 10, 2009 08:17 PM (KOkrW)

3 Where's my ammo belt, grenades and boots. Time to hit the ground running.

Posted by: Ginger at March 10, 2009 08:18 PM (jajon)

4 We obviously need more moderate Republicans in congress so we can... um... get this kind of crap passed faster.

Posted by: Cautiously Pessimistic at March 10, 2009 08:20 PM (ltwze)

5 Is there anything that Specter hasn't fucked up lately? I'm serious. He is to the Republicans what John Kerry is to the US Navy.

Posted by: pendejo grande at March 10, 2009 08:21 PM (PXZI9)

6 Someone at the Olathe Tea Party mentioned that they heard that their was a poll where 24% of Americans think the governement has all the money. This is a sad state of affairs we are living in. I believe the Revolution should start in the schools.

Posted by: Ginger at March 10, 2009 08:21 PM (jajon)

7 I'm with you, Ginger. Enough already.

Powerline had a bit a few days ago about naked demonstrations. He commented how naked conservative women were more gentle on the eyes than their counterparts. Code Pink? Yuck!

Posted by: Trish at March 10, 2009 08:23 PM (0U5Kd)

8 This is a sad state of affairs we are living in. I believe the Revolution should start in the schools.
I ain't going against the NEA w/o my AK and a Mac 10.
And some wooden stakes soaked in garlic.
HHHHHMMM stakes in garlic.

Posted by: jimmytheleg at March 10, 2009 08:25 PM (/ObIJ)

9 A billion dollars?
Suppose you wanted to make a single $1,000,000,000 (one billion dollar) stack of $100 bills.
It would have to be 10,000,000 bills high.
That is a stack of 10,000,000 - $100 bills…
The 10,000,000 thick stack would be 43,000 inches tall or 3,573 feet tall - a little over 2/3 mile high.
Fuck Congress!

Posted by: Fish at March 10, 2009 08:26 PM (CG+cG)

10 Crapo-R idaho?

I am looking forward to this. Right in my back yard. I wonder why he would vote with the teachers union? Why can't these guys vote like they imply they will?

Oh well Mr. Crapo just earned an enemy. Mike I will be supporting your opponent in the next race.

Just emailed his office to say I noticed.

Posted by: locus Ceruleus at March 10, 2009 08:27 PM (e2mBS)

11 Fuck, 400 billion dollars is chump change. I find that in my couch all the time.

Posted by: Ginger at March 10, 2009 08:29 PM (jajon)

12 You know the road to hell is paved with little things that signify the death of good common sense and basic human decency.
Killing a small school choice program that gave minority children hope and throwing them back down the public school well makes me officially realize that Congress is a complete cesspool of humanity.

Posted by: jjshaka at March 10, 2009 08:30 PM (LKcsq)

13

Whoa, both Shelby and Sessions voted against school choice. I'm without speech.

Stern letters to my senators tonight.

Posted by: toby928 at March 10, 2009 08:34 PM (PD1tk)

14 >i>Also, let's all thank W for torpedoing Pat Toomey's primary challenge to Specter in '04.
And don't forget Liddy Dole's Senate Incumbent Protection Committe. We here in RI remember it from '06 very well.

Posted by: jimmytheleg at March 10, 2009 08:36 PM (/ObIJ)

15 Supporting Crapo's opponent is a great idea. The problem is finding a credible candidate willing to run against an incumbent Senator. Any ideas?

Incidentally, am I the only one who thinks candidate recruitment is a huge problem for the party? It seems like every cycle there are winnable seats in the house and senate that go uncontested (or essentially uncontested) because we couldn't find someone to run.

Posted by: Star Witness at March 10, 2009 08:37 PM (Gfs2J)

16 Whoa, both Shelby and Sessions voted against school choice. I'm without speech.
Oops, they voted to strike the restrictions. I am a dumbass.

Posted by: toby928 at March 10, 2009 08:38 PM (PD1tk)

17 toby928 In this case yea was agood thing. We wanted yea's for school choice.

Posted by: jimmytheleg at March 10, 2009 08:38 PM (/ObIJ)

18 So...errr... I'm gonna sign this bill, but...uuuummmm... pay to attention to what it says, cause....errrr... I am ignoring everything in it but the cash.

Posted by: Damiano at March 10, 2009 08:44 PM (cfKer)

19 to= no

Damn teleprompter...

Posted by: Damiano at March 10, 2009 08:44 PM (cfKer)

20 Is the omnibus the one Obama keeps throwing people under?

Posted by: Waterhouse at March 10, 2009 08:45 PM (f/H4f)

21 So The Won promises to ignore the law when it suits him and that's supposed to reassure us? What little integrity he had is gone.

Posted by: Retread at March 10, 2009 08:49 PM (agz60)

22 In the end, there will be only chaos!

Posted by: Kratos (on the back of Gaia, scaling Mt Olympus) at March 10, 2009 08:57 PM (otlXg)

23 The RINO twits must know they have moved themselves to the front of the line when the firing squads are formed, and I don't mean behind the guns. More graves for conservatives to piss on.
I think the AF should sacrafice a plane and crew and land Peeeloshi upside down at 600 MPHin the rockies on her next trip. They would be American hero's.
"What little integrity he had is gone" Things he never had can't be lost.

Posted by: Scrapiron at March 10, 2009 08:58 PM (GkYyh)

24 "410 Billion is not "Change' Mr. President'.

My ass!! I cut out the Klingon arm-toning subsidy!

Posted by: B Hussein Obama at March 10, 2009 09:16 PM (QBsSH)

25 Does this mean that 'Bama's kids gotta go to public school?

I didn't think so. "Nuance".

Posted by: GarandFan at March 10, 2009 09:20 PM (237hA)

26 Where's my ammo belt, grenades and boots. Time to hit the ground running.

Posted by: Ginger at March 10, 2009 08:18 PM (jajon)
Bunk.

Posted by: B Hussein Obama at March 10, 2009 09:20 PM (QBsSH)

27 Great. My presidential sock puppet is get the handlove and I'm sitting here with my dick in my hand.

Oh, wait....

Posted by: Herr Morgenholz at March 10, 2009 09:22 PM (QBsSH)

28 Good one, #20! I needed a laugh today.

Posted by: teri at March 10, 2009 09:22 PM (J9IDm)

29 Someone at the Olathe Tea Party mentioned that they heard that their was a poll where 24% of Americans think the governement has all the money.
If the Dems have their way, this will be true pretty soon. In fact some Dems already think all the money belongs to the government, and it just lets us use it sometimes.

Posted by: flenser at March 10, 2009 09:22 PM (gZDVr)

30 Somebody has something on Murkowski and Crapo.....hmmmm....I wonder what it could be? Or what did the sell their soul for?
No one throughout history has ever survived such a show of hubris. This whole thing is a built of cards, we just need to get some people to start stamping up and down and stirring up the wind.

Posted by: Cooper at March 10, 2009 09:27 PM (dUaKN)

31 Day 50
The wolves bay at my door. Not the cool wolves from Never Cry Wolf, but the cruel, slavering curs from Lord of the Rings (the books, not the lame movies). I wonder, do I have enough ammunition? Do I have enough Top Ramen and frozen elk? Do I have the will to defend my wife and sons from the Hun, who even now is readying the battering ram? Do I, God help me, have enough Val-U-Rite vodka to keep me properly separated from the growing panic I feel building in my breast?
This is Day 50...
Fuck.

Posted by: PaleoMedic at March 10, 2009 09:33 PM (yiNoG)

32 @6: "I believe the Revolution should start in the schools."
Goo point!If nothing else,as per Full Metal Jacket, you don't have to lead kids as much....

Posted by: Fa Cube Itches at March 10, 2009 09:34 PM (rrHhF)

33 @12: "Killing a small school choice program that gave minority children hope"
CHANGE!!!

Posted by: Fa Cube Itches at March 10, 2009 09:36 PM (rrHhF)

34 Where the hell was Susan Collins vote? Is she ill? This is the first time this Congress she hasn't sided with the Dems.

Posted by: XBradTC at March 10, 2009 09:38 PM (TK7Qa)

35 I cant even keep track of how much money the govt is spending anymore. My brain ran out of fucking zeros.

Posted by: President Zero at March 10, 2009 09:40 PM (BNavG)

36 I want Obama to succeed.

Posted by: fucking stupid RINO at March 10, 2009 09:41 PM (8Bzzz)

37 I dont even know what to say anymore.

I needed to say that.

Posted by: Dan F at March 10, 2009 09:52 PM (u+bwu)

38
#23

I think the AF should sacrafice a plane and crew and land Peeeloshi
upside down at 600 MPHin the rockies on her next trip. They would be
American hero's.

Sworn to protect the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic, though some fealty to the CiC, none to the nine in black dresses

FWIW - a good civics project would be to send every swinging dick a pocket copy of the Constitution, with the following high-lighted:



Section 8 - Powers of Congress


The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, ...


To borrow money on the credit of the United States;


To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among
the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;


To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and
uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;


To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the
Standard of Weights and Measures;


To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the
Securities and current Coin of the United States;


To establish Post Offices and Post
Roads;


To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited
Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective
Writings and Discoveries;


To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court;


To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and
Offenses against the Law of Nations;


To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures
on Land and Water;


To raise and support Armies, ...


To provide and maintain a Navy;


To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval
Forces;


To provide for calling forth the Militia...


To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the Militia...


To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases
whatsoever, over such District ...



To make all Laws which shall be necessary and
proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers ...



Not sure where spending $100 billion counting the gnats on a rat's ass comes from... weights and measures or commerce clause perchance?

Posted by: Druid at March 10, 2009 09:56 PM (34rPf)

39 Wait, what's this $100 billion for? I've lost track. Is this the thing that isn't Obama's fault because it was written in Congress while Bush was President? The thing which nobody seems to be bothering to point out to Obama that he was a sitting member of Congress when it got written?
And how exactly does it work for a President to ignore some parts of the legislation? This does not sound like such an awesome power to let the President have because couldn't he ignore lots of stuff if he wanted to? Am I confused? I haven't even been drinking.

Posted by: ParanoidInSeattle at March 10, 2009 10:09 PM (AJ4xq)

40 Don't blame me. I voted for the American.

Posted by: Lily at March 10, 2009 10:15 PM (gIQ7K)

41 I think the AF should sacrafice a plane and crew...
No, the crew can bailout. (The good bailout, that is, not the bad one.)

Posted by: andycanuck at March 10, 2009 10:58 PM (TpHGM)

42 Don't blame me. I voted for the American.

Would that be Biden or that other VP nominee? Ya know, that one that seemed to have some sort of wierod religious values or something... PALIN! That was it, Palin.



...Dirty Little Secret... neither McCain nor Obama met the the original intent of "natural born citizen"... and moronic cockholsters of all stripes know this as a matter of fact - especially THOSE who liken themselves to, maybe, just maybe, wearing a black dress someday .


Posted by: Druid at March 10, 2009 11:05 PM (34rPf)

43 I think the AF should sacrafice a plane and crew...

Point is -

We have reached YOUR destination, please exit the plane now...

PAX?!, we have no stinkin' passengers.

Here is the passenger manifest, you can see we had no PAX.

Posted by: Druid at March 10, 2009 11:07 PM (34rPf)

44 I wonder if there was pork in there to give Nanny Nancy her own personal shopping mall. Can't have her and her family mixing with those unwashed commoners, even if it is Rodeo Drive.


Posted by: kbdabear at March 10, 2009 11:12 PM (miw86)

45 Obama got the last few votes he needed by promising he wouldn't actually comply with some provisions of the bill concerning Cuba.

And they believed him?

After all the promises Obama broke in just the first two months of his term, you gotta be dumber than a stump to take his word on anything.

Posted by: Socratease at March 10, 2009 11:18 PM (xeW58)

46 Sen. Crapo I don thee Sen. Shit-for-brains.

Posted by: rockhead at March 10, 2009 11:27 PM (DvaIL)

47 George W. should have been impeached IMMEDIATELY for violating his oath of office to uphold the Constitution when he said McCain-Feingold was not Constitutional, and then signed it.

Same here, but ZERO is stating he will not comply.

It is not implicit, but explicit that he is either willfully violating the Constitution by not complying to the Constitutional authority of the Legislature, or the signing into law what he knows violates the Constitution....





Posted by: Druid at March 10, 2009 11:32 PM (34rPf)

48 Oh noes, the markets were up big time today.

Obama.might.not.fail.

Posted by: andros at March 10, 2009 11:50 PM (k39jK)

49 Until Obama speaks again, andros, then they'll drop below 6,500.

Posted by: andycanuck at March 11, 2009 12:00 AM (TpHGM)

50
Oh noes, the markets were up big time today.

First Time since election, Eh?

Cockholstering 'renewable energy' tree-killing commie hoards. Oh, Yeah!, We can distill maple tree sap into alcohol, and BURN it because it soooo much easier that harvesting the heat of radioactive rocks which are gonna give off heat whether we gather them or not.


Posted by: Druid at March 11, 2009 12:11 AM (34rPf)

51 I see two of the lovable 'tards in Snowe and Specter have shat the sheets again. Where's that third stooge, Collins? Shame that more (R)'s have lost their minds, but I guess these gummint fucknuts are on a roll.

Posted by: apb at March 11, 2009 12:52 AM (43DZi)

52 @39 Wait, what's this $100 billion for? I've lost track. Is this the
thing that isn't Obama's fault because it was written in Congress while
Bush was President? The thing which nobody seems to be bothering to
point out to Obama that he was a sitting member of Congress when it got
written?

Yes.

And how exactly does it work for a President to ignore some parts of
the legislation? This does not sound like such an awesome power to let
the President have because couldn't he ignore lots of stuff if he
wanted to? Am I confused? I haven't even been drinking.
Welcome to the New World Order baby. Buy your ammo now, before it becomes outlawed.

Posted by: shibumi at March 11, 2009 05:02 AM (tZB/c)

53 Snowe Specter come through again. Snowe hasn't been in long enough to deserve quite the ire that Specter has invited, though she's working pretty hard at it right now. Specter is just a Democrat in waiting. I'm guessing Specter switches to "D" outright in '10 or pulls a Lieberman and goes "I" should he lose the primary to a conservative.

I hope some international computer cracker steals his identity and raids all his financial accounts. Maybe then he can feel like a taxpayer.

Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at March 11, 2009 05:50 AM (swuwV)

54 "wierod religious values or something... PALIN!"

Yes, didn't she go to the church that was damming America from the pulpit? That was spewing racist hatred from the pulpit? No, that was the other guy.


Posted by: Lily at March 11, 2009 08:52 AM (gIQ7K)

55 $410 billion is not "change", Mr. President.

No, it is chump change.

Posted by: I R A Darth Aggie at March 11, 2009 09:24 AM (1hM1d)

56 If tomorrow's dollar is worth half of today's dollar, the market doubling would mean nothing. As Boortz would say, for those of you educated in government schools, that's called inflation.
So far we're not even close to where we were 50 days ago. Is the term "miserable failure" copyrighted? I think we've found one. The One.

Posted by: MarkD at March 11, 2009 09:36 AM (MMy4A)

57 Are you telling me that we have a Senator named Crapo? He certainly votes like his name.

Posted by: Kevin at March 11, 2009 11:32 AM (CU2xx)

58 So what is this a trillion and a half dollars in 50 days? He's like a drunken sailor on port call.

Is this the fastest amount of money ever spent by a president?



Posted by: GregS at March 11, 2009 11:44 AM (7ilwV)

59 GregS: "Is this the fastest amount of money ever spent by a president?"

By a looong shot. It just has to be the most spent by a country in 50 days ever... probably no matter whether you slice it in absolute terms or relative ones.

Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at March 11, 2009 12:14 PM (swuwV)

60
Oh noes, the markets were up big time today.

Let's wait until the end of the week to embrace the hope.

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