Throwing Taxpayers Under the Ominibus

The $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill is speeding its way through Washington in a last desperate attempt to squeeze pork form the American public before new members of Congress are seated. The earmarks and wasteful spending that the omnibus bill contains are examples of why voters cleaned the House in November. This bill seems to be an arrogant, departing slap in the face to those voters.

The rush to pass this 2,000-page bill mirrors the way the stimulus and the health care bills were passed. It is too lengthy and complex for members of Congress to understand fully before being hastily forced to vote. Earmarks have been slipped into the bill in order for members to take something home to their districts and since some members will not be returning, there are no qualms about throwing the American public under this omnibus.

According to Taxpayers for Common Sense, a government watchdog organization, there are 6,600 pet projects in the bill that have been added by lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. The bill was supposed to be dealing with the extension of the Bush tax cuts and some unemployment benefits, but it has been fattened with spending that has nothing to do with either.

This “politics as usual”, from both Democrats and Republicans, must stop. We can no longer afford to turn a blind eye to this type of behavior from our elected representatives. It is imperative for all Americans to become “watchdogs” of Congress and demand accountability and decency from our elected officials. Apathy is no longer affordable.

David J. Hentosh

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