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.”