saynopig Apparently, “Just Say No” is not a concept that our Congress understands.  Last week, House Appropriations Chairman Dave Obey (D-WI) introduced an omnibus spending bill to complete the annual budget funding for most federal agencies. This bill was to provide needed monies to continue government operations through the remainder of the fiscal year which ends September 30th.

C-Span’s Congressional glossary defines an omnibus bill as a bill which “packages together several measures into one or combines diverse subjects into a single bill.”  It’s the government’s version of a budgeting to-do list.

The bill, H.R. 1106, which amounts to additional spending of $410 Billion, was passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 245-178 with 16 Republican “aye” votes. However, when the bill was transferred to the Senate for vote, Republicans, along with a few conservative Democrats, refused to blindly sign off on this expenditurepig-in-grass without further investigation into what was contained in the bill.  After the revelations of the Stimulus Package Bill, constituents were burning up the telephone and fax lines with angry responses to the enormous amount of “pork” included in what was sold to Americans as a necessary fix for our dire economic situation. Fearing the repercussions at re-election time, many Senators made certain that this time they would know where taxpayers’ money was being allocated.

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Even Indiana Democrat Senator Evan Bayh expressed his views on the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 to the Wall Street Journal stating it “is a sprawling $410 Billion compilation of nine spending measures that lacks the slightest hint of austerity from the federal government or the recipients of its largess.”  His stance against the bill does not bode well for President Obama who has squandered his credibility as an agent of change and exposer of earmarks with the public outcry over the $4 Trillion Stimulus Package – a direct breach of his campaign promises.

The Heritage Foundation has an excellent in-depth piece on the Omnibus spending bill that explains very clearly the costs involved and the impact on taxpayers and American families. Author of this report, Brian Riedl, cites a total of 9,287 pork projects at a cost of nearly $13 billion and an 8% discretionary spending hike (the second in two years).  These numbers, combined with the enormous Stimulus Act (which increased discretionary program budgets by 80%), will most likely lead to an additional $2,000 tax per household. Heritage, as well as other government watchdog groups, has declared this bill in its current form as irresponsible and justsaynounnecessary spending to an already bloated federal budget.

It seems that no matter what the politicians tell the American people during the campaigns, when push comes to shove, they are unwilling to “just say no” and tighten the government belt by limiting or eliminating programs that are now viewed as inane and superfluous funding during such a desperate and growing financial crisis.

This Omnibus bill contains the second-highest proposal of earmarks contained in a single bill in our country’s history.  Together, the Omnibus bill with 9,297 earmarks which will cost $12.8 Billion, and the Stimulus Act, with its 2,627 earmarks which amounts to $16.1 Billion, represent a total of 11,914 earmarks thus far in 2009 at a total cost of $28.9 Billion. This type of greedy, unnecessary expenditures is the fault of both Republicans and Democrats.  It is also fault of every American that allows such wastefulness to continue with no great hue and cry.  Moreover, it sets the stage for a Federal government that, now, more resembles a socialist state than the democratic republic that we have cherished for more than two centuries.

We are courting disaster and it is apparent that the vast majority of our elected officials have not the integrity, the statesmanship, nor the courage to be the Patrick Henrys of our generation. Are you prepared to live in a country that grows more and more toward Socialism/Communism?  Or are you prepared to stand up and fight for what is rightfully yours? Stand with those of us who intend to bring America back to the people. Be a true patriot, because…that is Why It Matters.

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  1. Wade Carrington says:

    Can we say ‘SOCIALISM” right before the American public eye. This will just stimulate the next generation of government dependee’s to continue their way of life taking hand outs instead of getting a job to earn an honest living…

    “In practice, socialism didn’t work. But socialism could never have worked because it is based on false premises about human psychology and society, and gross ignorance of human economy.” Unknown Author

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