Saturday, December 18, 2010

This is taken directly from the Christian Science Monitor.  I checked the numbers and it appears to be good.

On the anniversary of the actual Boston tea party some 237 years ago – when pesky colonists dressed up as Indians and threw the King's tea into Boston Harbor – the modern invocation of that revolutionary spirit tossed another expensive package overboard Thursday: a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill.
After leading a Republican charge into the House in the Nov. 2 midterm elections, the anti-debt, anti-federalist tea party movement notched its first major legislative victory Thursday by standing up to big-spending Democrats and Republicans and forcing Republican leadership to revoke its support of a bill laden with $8.3 billion worth of legislative earmarks – lawmakers' pet projects known as pork-barrel spending.

So, let's see if I got this straight.  The August Personages better known as senators killed a bill to fund government because of their ungodly offense at a 8.3 billion dollar package of earmarking in a 1.1 trillion dollar budget?


Do the math here folks.  8.3 billion is 0.7545455% of 1.1 trillion.

These folks are fucking clowns.   We are spending over 150 billion a year on wars that make no sense.  We have a demographic bombshell waiting at the door when the boomers get to old to work.  We have a train wreck of a health care system and a economic depression staring us in the face and these fuckwads preen and treat themselves as heroes because the saved 0.76% of the budget.

I am speechless.


brokeboater said...

I thought I was the only one who noticed the ridiculousness of that. We're heading right for the rocks and the ship is under command of a bunch of self serving fools. It's no longer hard to understand why revolutions end up being so bloody.

Weren't you the one who (temporarily) ended your blog with a photo of your hand with by-by written on it? If it was, kudos, I loved that shot.

russell1200 said...

Well in fairness to them, it is pretty hard to run on a platform of anti-earmarks and then give a wink and a nod to the pork laden package.

Ear marks are over hyped from a budgetary point of view, but from a symbolic point of view teapot museums and bridges to nowhere are corrosive to public opinion.

I am nervous about the amount of debt we are carrying, and nervous about trying to turn off the spigot just as we are barely starting to look better. Looks a lot like 1937.

Degringolade said...


Yep...that was one on my many quits. You do get tired of thinking about this stuff sometimes. The frequency of my posts leads me to believe another hiatus is on the way.


But isn't it amazing how we put such terms a "pork=laden" to trivial sums and then go and ignore an minimize huge sums for projects that are equally dicey but politically sacred.

8.3 billion is around 166 million per state or 83 million per senator. They are usually spent on projects with jobs attached. I still say that this is chump change used to distract the masses.