The Zombie Congress Stumbles Along (Updated)
Two headlines greet Americans today.
Call me crazy, but I think these headlines just might be related. The Congress that runs until January has been called a "lame duck," but that vastly understates the actual threat this Congress now poses.
On November 2, the voters turned this rotten Congress out. But yet it's still there like some B-movie zombie, engorging itself on the flesh of the nation's fiscal future. It's still there creating monstrous spending bills. It's still there larding up what was a sensible tax cut compromise to the point that it's becoming indefensible. It's still there threatening to amnesty a couple million illegal aliens via the nightmare of a DREAM Act, which will only serve to attract even more to get into the country by whatever means, knowing that goodies await because one of the major political parties has mistakenly staked its future on tearing down the rule of law. And the other hasn't yet decided how to deal with that.
On Tuesday, Sen. John McCain tried tweeting the Zombie Congress' most flagrant pork assaults packed into the omnibus spending bill. The senator was probably tweeting into the wind, but in the interest of helping expose some of the battier, porkier line items in that bill, here are a few of the things that McCain noted:
$247,000 – Virus free wine grapes in Washington State
$413,000 – Peanut research in Alabama
$349,000 – Swine waste management in North Carolina
Hey, at least that last item is for, you know, actual pork.
Last night on the Roger Hedgecock Show, guest host (and PJM contributor) Chris Salcedo said that the Harry Reid version of the omnibus spending bill amounted to a big middle finger from the Democrats to the American people. That seems about right. In November America voted for less spending and more transparency, and the first thing the Reid Gang does is, on the one hand, pay off the casino cartel that kept him in office, while on the other hand, cobbling together a massive, irresponsible $1.1 trillion spending bill. Trillion. With a "T". Over $8 billion of that is earmarks.