"Last Stand of the GOP Cowboys"

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  1. Killjoy Propelling The Farce!! Valued Senior Member

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    With apologies to Mick Farren

    Republicans stop Senate vote on spending bill

    WASHINGTON - Republican senators on Thursday thwarted Democratic leaders' efforts to pass a heavily debated $410 billion bill that would fund most government operations this year.

    The bill has been blasted by Sen. John McCain and others for including about 8,000 "earmarks" for pet projects.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he is one vote short of the 60 votes needed to advance the measure toward a final vote. The Nevada Democrat has now decided to allow Republicans more opportunities to change their votes next Monday...


    ...Republicans say the sprawling bill is too costly and loaded with pet projects.

    Those earmarks have drawn the ire of conservatives who equate pet projects with wasteful, unnecessary spending — even though many Republican as well as Democratic lawmakers seek them out. The Senate appeared poised Thursday to send President Barack Obama a huge spending bill that awards big increases to domestic programs and is stuffed with pet projects sought by lawmakers in both parties...


    ...And, to the embarrassment of Obama — who promised during last year's campaign to force Congress to curb its pork-barreling ways — the bill contains 7,991 pet projects totaling $5.5 billion, according to calculations by the GOP staff of the House Appropriations Committee.

    McCain, R-Ariz., Obama's opponent last year, called the measure "a swollen, wasteful, egregious example of out-of-control spending" and again criticized the president for pledging to sign the measure despite his earlier promises on earmarks.

    "It doesn't sound like he's willing to use his veto pen to back up his vow," McCain said.



    C'mon Johnny !

    Nobody backs up their vows on The Hill !

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  3. Buffalo Roam Registered Senior Member

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    Hay KJ you forgot to mention the Bi-Partisanship of Democrats who joined the Republicans in blocking this Hog Greased Bill.

    A couple of the Democrats are standing with the Republicans on this as the most I could find out so far is that:

    Democrats needed five or six Republican votes to advance the bill.
     
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  5. ashura the Old Right Registered Senior Member

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    This is coming from the same McCain that helped create and voted for the first pork filled TARP bill? I swear, the fucking nerve of these politicians. How do they look themselves in the mirror each day?
     
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  7. Tiassa Let us not launch the boat ... Staff Member

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    Rube Goldberg mirrors

    Rube Goldberg mirrors? You know, if the reflection they're actually viewing is a late enough generation, then the standard loss of energy that comes with any transference of force across a gap will have muted the medusa-like evil of their hypocrisy so that it does not strike them dead? Rather, just like normal people, they just die a little inside each time. It's so close an imitation, you might mistake them for human.

    Or maybe they're just reverse vampires. Look in the mirror, see what isn't actually there.
     
  8. Buffalo Roam Registered Senior Member

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    Does, that include THE Obama?
     
  9. desi Valued Senior Member

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    Its posturing to show the taxpayers that there is some visible resistance to irresponsible spending. After a few press briefings to show how fiscally responsible all these politicians are this bill will pass in one form or another after a Friday afternoon vote.
     
  10. Killjoy Propelling The Farce!! Valued Senior Member

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    You're not allowed to mistake him for human.

    I think burning hail starts falling on you if you do that... or a plague of toads shows up in your swimming pool or some such.


    They only got a stopgap schlepped through...

    Congress passes stopgap bill to avoid shutdown

    With the vote postponed until at least Tuesday, both the House and Senate had to pass the stopgap spending measure by midnight Friday to prevent a shutdown of most domestic agencies. Midnight is when a temporary law that keeps the government in business, mostly at 2008 spending levels, expires.

    But, as you said, the notion of God's Own Party opposing it on the grounds of "fiscal responsibility" is ludicrous, since -

    The huge, 1,132-page spending bill awards big increases to domestic programs and is stuffed with pet projects sought by lawmakers in both parties.

    How'd that go - SOSDDD

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