Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The real fight behind Ominibus Spending bill

As almost nothing to do with the pork in the bill, and everything to do with Obama forcing a Government shut-down with a veto.

As you've no doubt heard by now, The $410 Billion Omnibus Spending bill to fund domestic spending for the current fiscal year is "choked full of Pork". Actually, about 2% of the bill are earmarks, 40% of which belong to Republicans including Mitch McConnell's $75 million and Sen Lisa Mukowski's $128M for her oil rich Alaska.

This bill was negotiated between the Dems and Republicans last year -- when it should have been passed -- and held over to this year to avoid a veto from President Bush.

If the bill doesn't pass this week, the Federal Government will shutdown after mid-night Friday night.

Don't get me wrong, I think the pork in the bill stinks and would have voted with Sen McCaskill on McCain's amendment to strip all the pork from the bill.

But those Republicans covered in bacon grease really don't care about the pork.

Republicans want Obama to set the precedent of shutting down the Government in a spending dispute to give them cover to do the same over every single spending bill of his administration.

The White House is of course on to them and has no interest in shutting down the Government over last year's spending bill.

This time next week no one will be talking about this bill.

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