Friday, December 14, 2007

Funding bill means a lot of cutting

Congressional negotiators struggled to cut hundreds of federal programs, big and small, as they fashioned a $500 billion-plus catchall government funding bill Thursday.

But agreement with the White House remained elusive.

Meanwhile, the House passed a bill to keep the government open for another week to give negotiators time to fashion the omnibus spending bill, pass it in both chambers and adjourn for the year.

The House passed the short-term funding bill by a 385-27 vote; Senate approval Thursday night sent it to President Bush. It would fund through Dec. 21 the 14 Cabinet departments whose budgets have yet to pass.

*So Mega-rich people and huge corporations continue to get even MORE tax cuts and loopholes, while you and I get fuck-all! They (the news spinners and politicians) BLAME the budget shortfalls on everyone from the returning veterans to retired guys like me who live on less than a minimum income! I am so goddamned sick and angry! It will be interesting (not so much) to see who the democrats decide to offer up for us to vote for next year. I am guessing it will be either republican lite hillary or there will be some trumped up lying-assed reason the dems lose to the republicans again...DAMN*

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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.