About the $388 billion bill — a monument to the GOP’s raw power controlling the White House and Congress.
Lawmakers supported funding cuts for:
- The State Department
- Federal air traffic controllers
- National Science Foundation
- Certain low-income education programs
- No funding increases for special education or Title I aid to local public school districts
- Shortchanging programs crucial to low-income Americans
- Two committee chairmen given access to all Americans’ income tax returns
Here are some examples of items added to the new budget:
- Mariachi music in Nevada ($25,000)
- A historic cafeteria building in Alabama ($8 million)
- American Cotton Museum in Texas ($200,000)
- Exemption of large livestock and dairy farms from some environmental laws
- Exemption of pesticide users from Endangered Species Act
- Possible authorization for drilling in protected areas in Alaska
- Reclassifying Georgia’s Cumberland Island as “non-wilderness”
- Scales back college grants for hundreds of thousands of low-income students ($300 million)
- Buy back of the former presidential yacht, Sequoia. ($2,000,000)
- $225,000 to study catfish genomes at Alabama’s Auburn University
- $800 billion increase in the government’s borrowing limit
Even the president got his programs whacked.
- Request for development of new nuclear weapons was rejected (Good idea)
- His budget for the AmeriCorps volunteer program was sliced 12 percent
- $2.5 billion he wanted to aid countries adopting democratic practices was slashed by $1 billion
Other outrageous stories for your enlightenment:
- The government’s enforcement of civil rights laws dropped sharply during the first Bush term
- (LIE) Terrorist attacks have dropped to the lowest levels in three decades
- Malnutrition doubles in Iraq due to invasion
- Opposition to the intelligence bill is coming from the White House
Among the 11,700 pork barrel projects packed into the new spending bill: $45,000 for an “A+ for Abstinence” program in Pennsylvania, $250,000 for “asparagus technology”.
“Despite complaints the bill was too stingy, most Democrats supported it. They helped write it and included many projects for themselves. They knew the alternative — holding spending to last year’s levels — would be $4 billion tighter.
Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.) said the bill “falls so far from meeting our investment obligations for the future that it could only be brought to the floor by the majority party after the election.”Powered by Sidelines