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Senate clears $447B omnibus measure

Updated 4:20 p.m.
By Ben Pershing
The Senate approved a $447 billion omnibus bill Sunday, clearing a package of six appropriations bills for President Obama's signature.

The measure, which passed the House last week, was approved by the Senate, 57 to 35. The vote was mostly along party lines -- three Republicans voted for the bill, and three Democrats voted against it.

The package contains funding for dozens of federal agencies and the District of Columbia. Including spending on mandatory programs like Medicare and Social Security, the bill's price tag totals $1.1 trillion. The measure also carries thousands of earmarks and double-digit spending increases for many programs, prompting Republicans to attack Democrats' priorities.

"If you reallly want to reduce wasteful spending, vote against this bill," Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said just before the vote Sunday, complaining that the package had been thrown together with precious little scrutiny or transparency.

But Democrats said Republicans were largely to blame for slowing the appropriations process, and they praised the omnibus for injecting much-needed funding for key programs into a struggling economy.

"It represents the priorities of our nation," Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said of the package. "It invests in students, veterans, and law enforcement, just to name a few."

Passage of the measure was a foregone conclusions after Democrats successfully ended a filibuster of it Saturday, voting 60-34 to end debate after holding the tally open to accommodate ailing Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.), an observant Jew who walked from his Georgetown synagogue to cast his vote.

Obama is expected to sign the measure, and when he does, several longstanding restraints on how the District can spend federal money will be removed. The measure ends restrictions -- promulgated by Republicans but unpopular among local leaders -- that banned needle-exchange programs, medical marijuana use and local government-funded abortion.

The D.C. budget is included in the bill that funds the Treasury department. The omnibus measure encompasses that and five other measures: The Transportation-HUD bill; the Commerce-Justice-State bill; the Labor-HHS-Education bill; the military construction-Veterans Affairs bill; and the State-foreign operations bill.

The omnibus includes legislation sought by auto dealers that establishes an arbitration process allowing dealerships that have been targeted for closure by General Motors or Chrysler to appeal the decision. The package contains more than $4 billion in aid to Afghanistan and Pakistan, and controversial language allowing Amtrak passengers to carry firearms in their checked baggage. The measure also provides a pay increase averaging 2 percent for federal workers.

Only one appropriations measure -- the defense bill -- is still awaiting action, and Democrats plan to use it as a vehicle to carry other must-pass legislation, likely including an increase in the federal debt ceiling, a job-creation bill and other key legislative items. The House is expected to clear that package this week, while the Senate's schedule will depend on how quickly the chamber finishes its debate on health-care reform.

By Ben Pershing  |  December 13, 2009; 3:10 PM ET
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When is Congress going to show one lick of fiscal responsibility and self regulate earmarks? We are in debt up to our eyeballs and they are finding ways to spend more money on their home town buddies. We are spiraling into a debt that we will not be able to dig out of. This is madness and it has to stop.

Posted by: mjoy | December 13, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

When is Congress going to show one lick of fiscal responsibility? We are in debt up to our eyeballs and Congress if finding more ways to funnel money to their hometown buddies. We are spiraling into a debt that we won't be able to dig out of. This is madness and it has to stop.

Posted by: mjoy | December 13, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Dems- Keep spending and partying like it's 1999. The 2010 elections are coming and the hangover is going to kick in and double in 2012.

Botox Pelosi and Stumpy Hoyer are getting one-way tickets to sit on HUAC for the next 20 years.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | December 13, 2009 3:40 PM | Report abuse

No wonder No Confidence is so high that Americans want to redress ....

PETITION:

The REDRESS of the 2009 Federal Government of the United States of America
For NO CONFIDENCE
By the recall of :
The Congress, (all names listed both Partys)
The Hill , ( all names listed both Partys)
The Cabinet, (all names listed)
The Czars, ( all names listed)
Barack Hussein Obama ( all "currently" known names listed: Barack Hussein Soroeto, Barack Hussein Dunham )


BEAR REVOLT was started by Veterans ( Czar nick named terrorists) seeking to empower the active troops with a clear documentation of the majority's will of the people via archival quality hardbound petitions (signatured by all men, women, and children who have No Confidence this 2009 Federal Government).

The signed petitions are being entered into County recordations offices as a "recorded document", then pooled, and placed as a" Document" into the Library of Congress by the people of each State.

The well documented majority with " no confidence" can allow the defenders of the US Constitution the ability to carry out the "will of the majority".

It seeks to void all signatures of the current Fed 2009, and hence can retro from 2010 , 2011, etc. to do it.

This Redress call was named when Pelosi went to THE BEAR REPUBLIC of California , threw imported ACORNS at their heads,
then called them astroturf and walked on their backs with her spikey heels out the door absolutely refusing to listen to them saying NO.

Posted by: dottydo | December 13, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

We're just going to have to vote the Democrats out of office or watch our nation go through massive economic collapse.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | December 13, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Certainly, earmarks are a problem, but they are used as extensively by Republicans as by Democrats. McCain is the last guy who should run off at the mouth about deficit spending and the cost of government. He was a part of the credit card war crowd who saw fit to cut the taxes on the richest, including himself and his wife, while not caring that the effect was the creation of an economic snowball rolling down a steep slope. As for his colleague, Kyl, ditto.

When politicians acknowledge that government has a cost that must be met by revenues and that the cost should be held as low as possible, then we can find our way out of the morass of the Bush Regime.

Posted by: ronjeske | December 13, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Dey work Sunday. Whoa. That'es change and hope combined.

I'm impresssed. Yah.

Posted by: jato11 | December 13, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Arabs work on Sunday. It is not their weekend.
This Congress is too bizzare.

Posted by: dottydo | December 13, 2009 4:06 PM | Report abuse

vote all of them out...how stupid can they get? They are breaking the country for their own personal gain.

Posted by: tonyjm | December 13, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

jato,
Maybe their time would be better spent learning some moral compass in Church on Sunday.

Posted by: dottydo | December 13, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

and to celebrate even more spending a new town has been named after his hinda55, outside of C-Springs, in Colorado...

Wasting away in an Obamaville

http://www.krdo.com/Global/story.asp?S=11660020

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | December 13, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

dc debris
december 13, 2009

the decline and fall of america under obama was much more similar to the decline of the british empire, rather than the decline of the roman empire.

by the end of 2009 obama socialism had utterly failed, and the signs were evident to the astute observer. team obama had blown billions in stimulus pork yet unemployment surpassed 15 million with over 6 americans looking for a job for every job opening.

long term unemployment escalated and team obama realized that it was true–only the private sector could provide meaningful jobs. this was a lesson well learned already by the chinese, indeed the sole reason for their switch from communism to capitalism—but in obamaland socialist “share the wealth” ideology trumped reality.

the primary problem was team obama continued to relentlessly attack capitalism, while they could only be saved by that very capitalism.

team obama degenerated into a series of meaningless photo ops–“jobs summits” where the business owners–the chamber of commerce-was not invited, the evil banks next week etc.

meanwhile team obama attacked business, but particularly small businesses with the costs of threatened obamacare and cap and trade. smart money began to convert dollars into euros–after all treasury secretary geithner had conceded the loss of the dollar as the world reserve currency PUBLICLY at the cfr.

team obama’s cabinet was a profile in politically correct, but mindless mediocrity. geithner at treasury, sebellius at health and himan services and janet napolitano at homeland security were known as “the 3 stooges”. sebelius mismanaged even a mild flu outbreak, every week nutcase napolitano failed to recognize much less connect terrorist dots, and geithner set new records in financial imbicility.

yet there was a dignity to those who opposed the obama idiocy in the senate. john mccain railing against more landrieu paid for votes in the form of earmarks as he described each one to empty senate chairs but to the cspan tv audience.

so since team obama had beat their head against the wall with the first “stimulus” they of course, came back for more with a jobs bill and second stimulus for more senseless pain. the effect on
foreign markets was easily predictable.

team obama made straight line projections from previous economic data which was now irrelevant because of:

1. unemployment and underemployment

2. the catastrophic effect of the decline of the dollar as the world reserve currency. even drug dealers began to demand euros for international transactions.

3. the loss of the oral infrastructure–the reputation of the usa as a moral, legally based country, and the very eixstence of the usa as a capitalist country was attacked by team obama

Posted by: ProCounsel | December 13, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

To idiot Durbin - "invests" my asterisk. It takes money from employed, hardworking Americans and gives it away. Kind of makes it seem like the money just comes from heaven, but it DOESN'T.

Also, Senathore Warner, who on CNN this am said we have to do something about the deficits, we need a commission, apparently doesn't beleive he has the fortitude to actually do something about the deficits himself, LIKE IT'S HIS JOB, so he votes for it. I know, maybe he voted to vote to increase the deficit and debt before he's going to vote against the increase?

Yet another profile in courage.

Posted by: bandmom22 | December 13, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

I say anything John McSleezy and the republicans are against is good for the country. It's time the rest of the country get some help, and these republicans stop reaping all the benefits.

Posted by: carolynlebeaufyahoocom | December 13, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

My GOP friends always say we are spending to much, regardless of the outcome. This is an excellent bill and restores individual rights to the District that were stripped away by the GOP.

We ar a big country and our population is growing. In bad times you have to spend money to accelerate the economy.

We will be in good shape.

Posted by: COWENS99 | December 13, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

DC you need a REALITY CHECK :
Our ' decline & Fall ' came under Reagan - Bush 1 & 2 1980-2008 who passed / pushed toxic deregulation policy - that legalized fraud & unethical practices -& made predatory lending possible. . W 's 2 wars - Iraq we were lied into - Afghan war was badly mismanaged 7 long year- left too soon to attack Iraq. Trillions borrowed from China for fat cat cuts- and to wage bothBush wars NONE of it paid for.
but the GOP congress gave W ALL he asked for - over and over. Working class have been undermined-wages down or flat all W 's 8 years .. Only 1 DEM pres from 1980-2008 So who brought us to global collapse. ? Thought so. Jan 2009 Obama took on a 1.4 trillions deficit- a global panic / meltdown - 2 long running wars- jobless economy - demoralized middle class- even pirates ! Clinton left ahuge surplus for W - he spent it i n 5 minutes . Earmarks were around way before Obama got into power.

Posted by: dianhow | December 13, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

cowen 99 Your are indeed wise-
Thanks for a factual- sane comment - in this crazy upside world of politics What drives me nuts is folks who post
misinformation- innuendo. No wonder folks are so deluded
for me pbsorg pbs news has the best news around Not counting Washington post of course
No lies- smears- BS like some of the highly partisan
' news' channels - and B S radio talkers
We all know who they are

Posted by: dianhow | December 13, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

May I add We must all tell our President and reps what we expect from them we must stay vilgilant and involved- or else we will get more of what we had from 1980- 2008
Global Disaster - greed - lies
www.whitehouse.gov 202 456 1111
www.senate.gov
www.congress.gov
www.pbs.org for good info

Posted by: dianhow | December 13, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

NOPE Wasting away i n Bushville - Reaganville 1980-2008 under Reaganomics- trickle down - deregulation policy .
Bush - Cheney decade of the Super Powerful
War Profiteers & Big OIL men
Bush 's close ties to OPEC & Saudi royals
Cheney's to Halliburton How cozy for them both
Now I know why Ron Reagan is a Democrat .

Posted by: dianhow | December 13, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

And President Cheney's wars continue to be funded. Gotta be patriotic, ya know. And what better way is there to show your patriotism than to throw money and troops at an intractable problem? In one way Reagan was right. When it comes to senseless bloodshed, Government IS the Problem. I wonder how bad things have to get on the deficit/national debt front before some sensible somebody with power calls a timeout during which vast numbers of expensive and utterly useless programs get zeroed out. In the meantime, the World's Biggest Ball of Yarn Museum and Gift Shop in Pavement Narrows, Ohio, is getting a half-million dollar Federal grant to upgrade its HVAC.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | December 13, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

first, I would like to know who many, of the thousands of earmarks, are for republican districts? Supported by republican senators?

second, the largest portion of the deficit is the war. End the GOP Darn war now. Such hypocrites.

Posted by: linda_521 | December 13, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Outrageous beyond words. What are they thinking?

Posted by: PittAlum | December 13, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

dottydo wrote:

"PETITION:

The REDRESS of the 2009 Federal Government

For NO CONFIDENCE

Barack Hussein Obama (all "currently" known names listed: Barack Hussein Soroeto, Barack Hussein Dunham)... ACORN..."

--...Now, light the cross and pass the noose! Good times are here again.

Posted by: jewishmother | December 13, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Wait, I thought it took 60 votes to pass a bill in the Senate. I guess that math only applies to bills that help the American People.

Posted by: codexjust1 | December 13, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Tough break for the party of "NO." Now the whining and crying will begin about fiscal conservatism. This is a topic the GOP loves to talk about when not in power, but fails to deliver when in power.

Posted by: AugustWest1 | December 13, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse


During the passing of the bill John McCain took the floor to list many of the pet projects, which totaled nearly $4 billion. He said "You are spending money like a drunken sailor, and the bar is still open"

There were about 5,000 pork projects, averaging 100 per state. Politicians are ruining America.
.

Posted by: Billw3 | December 13, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

The Repubtards have a basic philosophy:

Let's spend spend spend trillions of American tax dollars to help the Afghan's and the Iraqi's and give them single-payer health care too.

When it comes to our own people we'll not spend a dime of their own money to help them.

This is the philosophy of the Repubtards.

Posted by: Maddogg | December 13, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse


POT IS LEGAL IN THE DISTRICT OF C!!!! SMOKE 'EM IF YOU GOT 'EM!!!


Posted by: demtse | December 13, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Republicans are dishonest and it's really preposterous that they are now talking about fiscal responsibility. Didn't "Dick" Cheney, the serial deferment guy who went hidden into a cave during 9/11 while the rest of us were facing the bad guys, say "Ronald Reagan proved deficits don't matter," Furthermore, the last idiotic republican president borrowed more money than all presidents - from George Washigton to Bill Clinton combined, $5.5 trillion. The lasgest deficit in US history, $1.2 trillion. Two wars off the book and a nearly bankrupted country. Go to Fox News with those idiotic comments. After all, it's where the xenophobic morons have a welcome house.

Posted by: fgerald0204 | December 13, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse


codexjust1,
Takes a simple majority. 60 for a filibuster. You must be a Republican. You were missing some 5 votes. Too lazy?

Posted by: AugustWest1 | December 13, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

The downfall of America under Geo W Bush is dramatic and resembles the decline of the Soviet Union from their acquisition of many countries. We need to disengage from Iraq and Afghanistan now.

With all this spending now to inflate the profits of the health care industry, the banks, and to keep the Pentagon satisfied by having wars we are likly to resemble Russia 1917 soon.

Posted by: Maddogg | December 13, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

@Maddogg, and the rest of your brain dead liberals trying to blame the GOP for everything. The Dems have controlled congress since 2006. Since they have been in control things have spun out of control.

Posted by: FredKnowsBest | December 13, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Instead of giving billions and billions of taxpayer dollars away to their buddies and friends over to Haliburton and Blackwater for IRAQI contracts for the last 8 years like it was 1999, Rethugs should have been taking care of the countries Fiscal Domestic priories. And now look at them, whining like a bunch of wussies.

Besides, much of the appropriations in this Bill is for Medicare and SS, which the majority of Repugs are on in this country to supplement their personal incomes.

Just 3 months ago they were ALL screaming, "Don't Cut My Medicare!".

Posted by: lcarter0311 | December 13, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Interesting how may people seem upset about spending in general. This is a spending bill - a normal spending bill. Happens all the time. And "pork" does have some purpose - it usually involves some kind of construction in some senator's home area. Whatever it is there will be some people put to work because of it. Most of these projects can serve very well as stimulus funding. People get upset about "pork" until they find it's coming to their own area. At this particular point in time I think pork is a good idea.

Posted by: bgormley1 | December 13, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Computer wrote>>>Dems- Keep spending and partying like it's 1999.

Republicans never complained while Bush & Republicans spent like drunken sailors!
And Bush NEVER vetoed a spending bill - NEVER!

Obama inherited a $1.3 TRILLION deficit from your Bush boy!

Posted by: angie12106 | December 13, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse


Maddogg said:
"The Repubtards"

Egads good buddy, you're at it again.
.

Posted by: Billw3 | December 13, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

For those of you who feel this a good thing for the United States - you obviously are seriously mentally deficient - or, of course, one of those wonderfully undertrodden who feel that the Government owes you a living without you having to work to earn it.
For those of us who have worked all our lives and are productive citizens this is the death knell as we will see our livelihood destroyed at the hands of those in Government who strive to make you "gimmee" folks foreever and after enslavened to them.

Posted by: sandynh | December 13, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: bgormley1
Whatever it is there will be some people put to work because of it. Most of these projects can serve very well as stimulus funding. People get upset about "pork" until they find it's coming to their own area.

~~~
Unless of course, it's a "Bridge to No Where".

Posted by: lcarter0311 | December 13, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse


Now Obama is handin’ out dough
To make the economy grow
But it really is tough,
To acquire enough
‘cause the printin’ press runs too slow.
.

Posted by: Billw3 | December 13, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

PULL YOUR MONEY OUT OF THE BANKS NOW OR LOSE IT TO OVOMIT!

THIS WEEK ALL OUR MONEY WILL BE PULLED FROM THE BANKS-DON'T WANT TO LOSE IT - ANOTHER DEPRESSION IS COMING WITH ALL THIS SPENDING.

IMPEACH OVOMIT NOW!

Posted by: Sparky15 | December 13, 2009 6:27 PM | Report abuse

If, the American people want to stop wasteful spending, we would send congress both senate and the house of rep. home for the duration.
What has congress done for you lately?

Posted by: llevario2 | December 13, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

ALL INCUMBENTS WILL BE VOTED OUT IN 2010 AND 2012.............THE PEOPLE WILL SPEAK!

Posted by: Sparky15 | December 13, 2009 6:41 PM | Report abuse

I just can't wait for China to cash in on their one trillion in Treasury bonds. We don't have the ability to pay off our trillion dollar debt to China. If it happens, our economy will make the Great Depression look like a holiday. Let's spend more! Let's go for 2 trillion dollars of debt! Hope! Change! Yes we can!

Posted by: Dodgers1 | December 13, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

I can't but wonder why there is no cost-of- living increase in SS benefits and VA benefits and probably many more for 2010. Ya just got to love the United States of Arrogance. Not Not Not Not Not Not Not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TFL, Ken

Posted by: kentigereyes | December 13, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

I am continually astounded that people actually believe there is a difference in dems and repubs. These jerks fight in public and are very well paid to do so. After all, they are bought. Way past time to dump the two-party system. If not, the United States of Arrogance is going even further downhill, FAST!!!!!. TFL, Ken

Posted by: kentigereyes | December 13, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

I thought George Bush could spend our dough on idiotic things but the Dems are making him look like a tightwad.

Posted by: birvin9999 | December 13, 2009 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: bgormley1
Whatever it is there will be some people put to work because of it. Most of these projects can serve very well as stimulus funding. People get upset about "pork" until they find it's coming to their own area.

if so, legal citizens in my area won't get any of it.

Posted by: jimmy_7591 | December 13, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

If there was ANY doubt about the plans that oscumbo and his administration have for America and its people, I think today's actions speak much louder than words! What else needs to be said, what ever is good for the country and our people these idiots take the path farthest from it! Impeach oscumbo, and clean up the senate and congress!

Posted by: BOZOISPREZ | December 13, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

And just like the stimulus bill, our drunk-with-power representatives dedicate yet more earmarks for the pig causes of their big donors. Vote them out.

Posted by: judithod | December 13, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: lcarter0311
Besides, much of the appropriations in this Bill is for Medicare and SS, which the majority of Repugs are on in this country to supplement their personal incomes.

Just 3 months ago they were ALL screaming, "Don't Cut My Medicare!".

Medicare and SS? I thought they took that straight out of my paycheck, for years now.

Posted by: jimmy_7591 | December 13, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Don't whitewash the facts. This was a trillion dollar spending bill. Although you try to hide that with the way you spin this article.

Posted by: felixw | December 13, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Keep hearing about "Bush's wars, Bush's deficit, Bush's mess". It is, and always has been OURS. This article is about another $447 billion to blame on Bush and the republicans. If it's bad "Boosh did it", but, if it's good, Obama and his Democrats did it, even if it's a fabricated story. Regardless, "WE" have to clean it up!

Posted by: jimmy_7591 | December 13, 2009 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Republicans like to spend money on foreign projects like single payer health care for Iraqi's.

Democrats like to spend money on American projects like health care for American's.

Republicans do not pay for their projects, while Democrats do.

Come 2010 Repubtards will only win seats in Dixieland because we have a blackman in the White House.

Posted by: Maddogg | December 13, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

ONE POINT ONE T*R*I*L*L*I*O*N DOLLARS !

WOW.

"tax and spend", huh democrats?

obviously they don't care how far in the hole our country will be in 20 years.. they will all have retired with their under the table kickbacks and their congressional salary and benefits.

obama and co say, "screw the people... live for today!"


Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | December 13, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

A sign reading "Welcome to Obamaville Colorado's Fastest Growing Community" appeared at a homeless tent city in Colorado Springs this week.

Posted by: ItsOver2 | December 13, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Repubtards are the party of anti-abortion and anti-gay.

Posted by: Maddogg | December 13, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

the story reads, "Passage of the measure was a foregone conclusions after Democrats successfully ended a filibuster of it Saturday, voting 60-34 to end debate after holding the tally open to accommodate ailing Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.), an observant Jew who walked from his Georgetown synagogue to cast his vote."

--------------------

an observant jew? LOL! did you see that pompous lieberman? he kept congress waiting ONE HOUR while he leisurely walked from his place of sucking up to the lord to the floor.

i can't stand that little pr ick lieberman. every time i hear him talking, i just KNOW he's going to start crying.. he has that little trembling voice... "hey.. don't cry little boy lieberman.. it's not that bad.. just don't cry baby boy..."

Posted by: AuthoritativeAuthoritarian | December 13, 2009 7:49 PM | Report abuse

And Jesus said give all you have away. And the Repubtards listened in awe. And the Repubtards said: "baloney".

Posted by: Maddogg | December 13, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

And Jesus spoke to the people telling them to leave leftovers for the poor, the widow, and the orphan.

The Repubtards listened in awe and said "blow it out yar ear, sucka. We must balance the budget".

And Limbaugh, Beck, and O'Reilly heard the Lord but decided to spread hate ignorance so they could gather all the fruits of their sponsors unto themselves.

Posted by: Maddogg | December 13, 2009 7:59 PM | Report abuse

and obama said to jesus, I'M the chosen one buddy.. back off! and then obama raised his arms and parted the potomac river and walked across the waters to his fancy presidential helicopter and took the short flight to air force one and went to oslo to accept the nobel prize.. the prize that he was nominated for two weeks into his presidency for being the president who found the presidential TOILET in record time in the white house. and god looked, and said, "ALL IS GOOD.. well, except for that putz in the white house.."

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Posted by: huangzhixian165 | December 13, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Computer wrote>>>Dems- Keep spending and partying like it's 1999.

angie12106 wrote>>> Republicans never complained while Bush & Republicans spent like drunken sailors!
And Bush NEVER vetoed a spending bill - NEVER!

Obama inherited a $1.3 TRILLION deficit from your Bush boy!
==========================
Okay. According to my US Constitution, the House of Representin' is where appropriations start. The President has only can approve or veto what comes out of Congress. Now who's been running the House of Representin' for almost three years? Could it be "Botox" Pelosi?

And who is the man who wants to take TARP Money and pour it down a rat-hole, instead of returning it to the Treasury?

And who is the man who poured money down a rat hole for Obummer Motors and is looking at a $30 billion loss?

And who has double-downed on "Botox" Pelosi's spending bills?

Republicans offer the individual the opportunity to succeed, whereas the Democrats are more focused on failures and "everybody gotta succeed or nobody succeeds." Everybody has to have health care at the expense of those who work hard for a living.

Sorry Angie, but I'd rather have my freedom to choose, than live under the tyranny of a narcisstic monarchist, who is a used car salesman, along with a nut-case from San Francisco who thinks we ought to bail out California.

Screw them, in 2010 and 2012.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | December 13, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

WHEY MAH CHECKS BE?? ODUMBO BE DONE PROMISED ME MAH CHECKS!!

Posted by: tjhall1 | December 13, 2009 8:31 PM | Report abuse

As a true independent voter, business person, father, homeowner, self made wealthy person, I am amazed that people get so emotionally dedicated to one party or the other. Why, because your daddy was a member of the same party you are now? Can't think for yourself?

Republicans have a big problem with one of their now not so hallowed principles (sic) in that they have no responsibility about anything except getting back into power. They have become scoundrels who will say anything, defame, lie, distort, twist, manipulate, dishonor, block, stall, etc. And they are now radicals, not conservatives at all. They accept no blame for where we are as a country, and will not discuss, compromise, support, call a truce, or do anything that could result in a positive outcome or progress because they want to deny Democrats any credit for anything positive that happens.

As for Democrats, they are a bunch of wimps and wusses, and are hypocritical about whom they represent. They say they are for the great masses and the unprotected - that would be great if true, since Republicans are only for capital, corporations and the wealthy - but Democrats are too afraid to admit that they also - with certain exceptions - have been compromised by capital, lobbyists and corporate donations. And they avoid conflict and are unwilling to confront the Republican beasts.

The dilemma is then what to do as a citizen. It's real simple for a start: improve the budget gap by downsizing the military and defense spending, which is where all the revenues are going rather than into infrastructure, peaceful R&D, education, etc.
Just cut the damned military spending and we'll soon be back in good shape, and be safer rather than being belligerent and scouring the world looking for fights. And one more thing - adopt the abandoned GOP principle of self sufficiency with corporations and eliminate government subsidies and loopholes, and make corporations compete rather than lobby for business.
And they should bring back the jobs they sent to China.

Our country has lost its way, and neither party has a solution, but rather both parties are just working around the edges. Confront the vested interests head on and gore them, and let people see how these fat pigs are no competitive, innovative, well managed or honest. Where is a politician who is willing to stand up and confront these interests without fear for losing an election? Let the two parties die and let's get a new political honesty that is directed at government for people, not corporations and lobbyists. And a press/media that has the courage to call out untruths and vested interests.

Posted by: enough3 | December 13, 2009 8:38 PM | Report abuse

so much money~~~if someone wants to talk about this further, I have a great suggestion. There might be someone waiting for you after registering at Ageromance.com~~ you'll be surprised!!

Posted by: jacotao | December 13, 2009 9:10 PM | Report abuse


tjhall1 ask:
"WHEY MAH CHECKS BE?? ODUMBO BE DONE PROMISED ME MAH CHECKS!!"

Da be comin' yo way Bro. He goin stimulate you big time. YAY!!!!
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Posted by: Billw3 | December 13, 2009 11:28 PM | Report abuse

LOL, hey what the heck its only money right? LOL

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Posted by: clermontpc | December 14, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Another misleading headline.

the senate did not pass a 447 billion dollar bill.

They added enough pork to spike the total
to 1.1 trillion dollars.

All of this liberal spinning of the truth
is going to get some dem's voted out of office.

Perhaps a story on the unemployment numbers? How do we lose 170,000 jobs,
but the party line, is we only lost
11,000 jobs.

Obviously, what we don't know, can't
hurt Obama.

Posted by: simonsays1 | December 14, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

The Congress are greedy crooks--health reform has really shown us who is paid off!!I do think we must pay attention to the 2010 election--WE MUST question candidates and vote for candidates not necessarily party!!Wouldn't it be great if just one republican senator presented something positively to the nation!!All could care less about the people::Lieberman, Baucus, B. Nelson , Grassley classic corporate bought off crooks. Maybe Lieberman could go live in Israel and collect all of his government funded perks!!The president should not sign the Omnibus spending bill--Congress is so worried about the deficit--For 2 years all federal salaries should be frozen--including top military!!No Pork!!The president has no lie item veto power--congress took that away years ago--save their greed!!Mr. President veto this spending bill and throw it back at the Senate!! Sincerely, Ms. Buddy

Posted by: alicelmcgee | December 15, 2009 3:30 AM | Report abuse

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