Framing the Dialogue

Posts Tagged ‘pork’

Nicked by the Bullet

A few weeks ago I postulated about how much damage the lame duck session of Congress would inflict on the American people (Duck Duck Screwed). Like my Amazon Wish List, liberals had their own, more costly wish list that we would have to pay for. Many of these items were specifically not brought to the floor prior to the election as they were vote killers and would have likely precipitated an even more lopsided win by Republicans.

Let’s NOT Make A Deal!

I have to confess that I am embarrassed by being fooled by Obama last week and his tax “deal.”.  I felt a sense of relief when he annouced an agreement with Republicans for an extension of the Bush Tax Cuts for ALL Americans.  The far left went nuts over letting the “wealthy” keep their own money as if not stealing it through government dictate is something to give thanks.  The official Republican spin was that this was a good deal.  As the week wore on, however, we come to find that this deal contained a good deal more crap.  As usual the Republicans gave a lot more than they got and the Democrats are still trying to load this bill up with their wish list or more realistically to buy votes so the measure can pass.  Here is a partial list of the pork, but none of this is in writing and has all been done behind door number three:

Congress acts, but bank bill has work ahead

In this series I choose a current news article and you decide via a multiple choice format which terms were used and whether others would have been more accurate…….

WASHINGTON — In the end, it’s only a beginning.

The __________ (comprehensive, far-reaching, power grabbing, socialist) new banking and consumer protection bill awaiting President Barack Obama’s signature now shifts from the politicians to the technocrats.

The legislation gives regulators __________( latitude, unlimited power, control, plenty of campaign contributions)  and time to come up with new rules, requires scores of studies and, in some instances, depends on international __________ (approval, loans, agreements, scorn) falling into place.

I Am From the Government and I Am Here to Help – Part 5

Part 5 – Mushroom Farmers

I was going to call this Dyson (that fancy sweeper) to allow you to imagine that sucking sound as you think about the amount of money that will be sucked out of our wallets.  I could have also called it “No Apologies Necessary” or “Pay No Attention to What I Said Before” or “Look at How Much I Can Get for $26/Month” or “They’re Stupid and Will Accept What We Tell Them.”

My Case of Bad Timing

I probably could not have chosen a worse time to make my case for the repeal of the 17th Amendment.  As I write this Illinois Governor Blagojevich is on his world innocence tour while avoiding his impeachment trial.  In New York, the last two weeks of news has been dominated by talk of whether Caroline Kennedy has the right stuff.  Gov. Paterson did not think so and mud was slung.  Delaware’s choice to replace Vice-President Biden did not get as much press, but many believe that state’s new senator is a “place-holder” for Biden’s son, Beau.