Todays word on the state of our state, our nation, and the world.
By Donn Marten, December 14, 2014.
The spending bill, which will prevent another partial government shutdown had easily sailed through the House earlier in the week. Republican leader John Boehner’s treachery was evident in cutting a deal with 57 Democrats to marginalize those in his own party who opposed it.Now the only thing that stands between amnesty for millions of illegals is the victorious Obama whose minions are already coordinating the grand ceremony when he signs it this week. Conservatives will have to lick their wounds and hope that Boehner and McConnell don’t sell them out again in February over funding the Department of Homeland Security. Good luck with that.
The parliament of whores – essentially de-fact lobbyists for special interests – that is the U.S. Senate sealed the deal in a rare Saturday session, especially this late in the year. Working for the weekend was made necessary by a late attempt by a number of conservatives – led by Senator Ted Cruz – to force a debate over Obama’s amnesty decree. It however allowed outgoing Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid to exploit a loophole and push through a number of Obama’s blocked appointees. This enraged many, including Palmetto State princess Lindsey Graham who railed about it on Twitter.
The website of the Washington Post has a great piece on the extra day entitled ”Senate approves $1.1 trillion spending bill” from which I excerpt:
The Senate approved a sweeping $1.1 trillion spending bill Saturday night to fund most of the federal government through the next fiscal year.
A small group of conservatives, led by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), had tried to block debate on the bill by raising concerns with Obama’s immigration policy, forcing a marathon weekend session. The move infuriated their colleagues, particularly Republicans who complained that forcing senators to stay in session produced nothing positive for the GOP and only helped Democrats in their bid to approve a final batch of Obama’s nominees for government posts.
The move forced members of both parties to abruptly cancel holiday and retirement festivities back home. Some senators slogged through the Capitol hallways with their young children in tow. Several skipped the Army-Navy football game in Baltimore. Staffers forced to work entertained out-of-town guests by giving them rare weekend access to the Capitol.
Prolonged debate on the spending bill, which passed on a 56-to-40 bipartisan vote, came after Cruz and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) late Friday night derailed a carefully crafted plan between party leaders to allow senators to go home for the weekend and return Monday to approve the spending agreement. The pair had sought to force a vote that essentially would block federal agencies from implementing the immigration policy changes ordered by Obama last month.
But Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) blocked their request and angrily clashed with them on the Senate floor, ensuring that debate on the spending bill would spill into Saturday.
Democrats said the setback was an especially embarrassing blow to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who is slated to lead the chamber next year and has sought to complete unfinished business before GOP control begins. Confident that he had a deal with Reid, McConnell left the Capitol before 9:30 p.m. Friday, telling reporters as he stepped into an elevator: “See you Monday.”
I am sure that there was much weeping and gnashing of teeth as the leeches on the backs of the American taxpayers were inconvenienced by the delay that “forced members of both parties to abruptly cancel holiday and retirement festivities back home”. Horror of horrors that “Some senators slogged through the Capitol hallways with their young children in tow. Several skipped the Army-Navy football game in Baltimore.”. Good work if you can get it with lots and lots of paid vacation and perks to die for. The only real requirement is being a sociopath who is willing to sell your mother’s soul to the devil to land the gig and as for your actual constituents, well just f*ck them.
A companion to the WAPO piece is one at the Inside Baseball of the D.C. Beltway that is Politico which describes additional small details like: “Senators tried to munch food off of the floor to satiate themselves during the bizarre session, and Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) both lost themselves in their reading for long periods of time on the Senate floor.” That Americans continue to reelect these corrupt, gravy train riding charlatans is a testament to the monumental ignorance and apathy that have hollowed out this once great country.