Buried in the pages of the current $516 billion ‘Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations’ Bill, is a clause that would cut 3 billion dollars from the two-tiered border security fence that Congress promised to build. The bill, which contains the annual expenditures for domestic and foreign spending in the upcoming fiscal year, included the WOT in Afghanistan, but left out funds for the WOT in Iraq. The whole thing is a ruse by the Democrats to sneak in more pork and spending for thousands of pet projects that were rejected by President Bush. They tried to rush the 3,500 page bill through with only 24 hours for the public and voting members to read what was hidden in the contents.
The 2006 Secure Fence Act specifically called for “two layers of reinforced fencing” and listed five specific sections of border where it should be installed. The new spending bill removes the two-tier requirement and the list of locations.
……Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, the Texas Republican who has led the charge to change the 2006 law, said she wants to give Homeland Security more flexibility and wants local officials and landowners to be consulted.
……”Senator Hutchison believes that Customs and Border Protection can better decide how to utilize limited resources to secure the border than a congressman from Maine,” said Matt Mackowiak, Mrs. Hutchison’s spokesman. He said double-tier fencing has worked in San Diego, but it might not be the right solution for the entire fence.
So Hutchinson’s solution is to let the Department of Homeland Stupidity, which has failed miserably at the job of preventing illegals from getting into this country, decide whether a fence is the most effective means to secure the border?
Smooth move, Senator ExLax.
I’d love to see our elected “representatives” get a good taste of the consequences of their stupidity. They need to be forced to live on the 1,951 mile stretch of border, where unimpeded throngs of illegals traipse across everyday. They should be forced to live in the neighborhoods infested with and affected by the illegal aliens commiting more crimes like molestation, theft, murder, and rape. Better yet, I’d love to collect ‘em up by the truckloads and dump them on the front lawns of every Demrat and RINO who voted against the appropriation for a border fence.
The pork in the Bill:
The 3,417-page (and counting) omnibus appropriations bill unveiled by Democratic appropriators provides further evidence that Congress has failed to curb its addiction to spending and pork. On the surface, the bill adheres to President Bush’s $932 billion cap on discretionary spending. However, the bill employs enough gimmicks to push total discretionary spending nearly $20 billion above the President’s requested level.
Congress would not have to resort to such budget-busting gimmicks if it had not raised the total number of earmarks in the fiscal year 2008 appropriations bills to more than 11,000. Costing approximately $20 billion, this pork violates Congress’s own pledge to cut the number of earmarks in half from the 2005 peak. Congress should scrap the earmarks and use the savings to offset the “emergency spending.” If it refuses, President Bush should veto the bill and insist on a year-long continuing resolution (keeping remaining discretionary spending frozen at fiscal year 2007 spending levels), which would save taxpayers more than $30 billion relative to the omnibus.
Want to know where some of it is supposed to go?:
$3.5 million for La Raza, a radical hate group which advocates a takeover of parts of the U.S. Southwest by Mexico.
$1 million for the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, requested by Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, both Democrats from Arkansas;
$200,000 for the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas, requested by Rep. Shelley Berkley of Nevada;
$3.74 million for research into the Formosan Subterranean Termite, requested by Reps. Rodney Alexander and Richard Baker of Louisiana;
AFL-CIO Working for America Institute, requested by Sen. Tom Harkin;
$750,000 for the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library, requested by Clinton, Schumer and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid;
$3.76 million for the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library, requested by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison;
$1 million for the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library, requested by Sen. Thad Cochrane, Republican of Mississippi;
$150,000 for rodent control on the Aleutian Islands, requested by Ted Stevens of Alaska;
$250,000 to build the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center in Washington, requested by Rep. Doc Hastings.
$470,000 to study the Asian Long-Horned Beetle, requested by Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois;
$244,077 for bee research in Weslaco, Texas, requested by Rep. Chet Edwards;
$213,386 to study the Oliver Fruit Fly in Montpelier, France, requested by Mike Thompson of California;
$1.7 million for the Centers for Disease Control to fund a Hollywood liaison to advise doctor dramas;
$5.1 million for “audio and visual integration” in the CDC’s new Thomas R. Harkin communications and visitor center – and, yes, that is Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa.
They’ll nix a protective barrier that would enhance national security, but dig into our pockets for 10 million bucks toward Public Defenders for illegal aliens. They’ll try to eviscerate the continued success of the American military against the Islamofascist pigs, but they’ll give our money to terrorist-supporting cesspools like Sudan, Jordan, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Columbia, and miscreants like the Palestinians. Most of the foreign nations we assist, siphon money to countries explicitly restricted from the foreign aid budget. And for all this shit, they get to vote themselves a pay raise every year?
One hopeful outcome:
Senate Republicans on Tuesday were optimistic of winning a vote to provide $70 billion for U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of a year-end budget deal between the Democratic-controlled Congress and President Bush.
……The bill passed the House late Monday. Under an unusual legislative two-step, the Iraq portion of the bill would be returned to the House, with Republicans supplying the winning margin. That vote, if successful, would send the entire omnibus bill to Bush for his signature.
The result would be a twin defeat for Democrats, who had vowed not to allow additional Iraq war funding without conditions and had spent months on legislation to add $27 billion to domestic programs, an almost 7 percent increase.
But the pork still remains:
Taxpayers for Common Sense, a Washington-based watchdog group that opposes so-called pork barrel projects, counted 8,983 such “earmarks” worth $7.4 billion. These hometown pet projects include economic development grants, aid to local transit and police departments, and clean water projects, among many others.
As of this writing, the Bill has been passed to the Senate for a vote. The Republicans need to give that damned thing a thorough overhaul before they cast even one ballot. Anything less is a travesty.
If taxpayers raise enough hell, the politicians think twice. They cannot sneak spending through as they once could, thanks to watch dog groups and the Internet. Observe how quickly people responded when the Dems tried to ram the Omnibus Bill through in less than 24 hours. They didn’t count on anyone scrutinizing the legislation for buried earmarks. They were wrong.